27 November, 2012
Emerald Testing Week:2
Week 2 testing of the Emerald is underway. So far everything has been 100% successful. We are going through every testing process and holding up to all the safety standards to ensure you stay on the trail!
Engineer Josh Baltaxe might be a little pumped on his work of art coming to life!
Getting the Emerald Prepped for the MTS machine. MTS stands for “Materials Testing Systems” and it applies a static load which allows us to measure the amount of force and deflection that occurs in the fork. The machine compresses the fork so we can accurately verify spring rate through the entire stroke. It also allows us to test the bottom out system, tire clearance, and safety precautions.
The MTS machine putting some serious weight on the Emerald!
A nice view of the dropouts. Josh did an amazing job on these CNC works of art!
This is a tensile test machine, it pulls apart the fork to a certain force. This machine checks the fail safe mechanisms to make sure the fork will never come apart even if the damper or the air spring fails.
This is a bending fatigue test. This test allows us to simulate real world fatigue to ensure the fork meets our safety standards. This machine applies a load (fully reversed) up and down for hours and hours, we will test various load values at specific cycle amounts and of course every part is inspected after each test.
Shake N’ Bake!