Front Forks And Heads Patents (Class 280/276)
  • Patent number: 10889352
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is provided that can improve the stability of the behavior of a bicycle. The bicycle control apparatus includes a controller configured to control a motor that assists a manual drive force, based on a state of a suspension that absorbs vibrations of a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi Ichida, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 10850650
    Abstract: A vehicle seat 10 has a seat cushion 12, a seatback 14, a fixed supporting portion 24, and a movable supporting portion 26 that is supported by the fixed supporting portion 24 movably at least toward a seat rear side. Further, the vehicle seat 10 has an energy absorbing member 28 that, by being provided between the fixed supporting portion 24 and the movable supporting portion 26, restricts displacement of the movable supporting portion 26 with respect to the fixed supporting portion 24, and, due to the seatback 14 being pushed toward the seat rear side at a time of a collision of a vehicle, the energy absorbing member 28 is deformed and the movable supporting portion 26 is displaced with respect to the fixed supporting portion 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Mori
  • Patent number: 10850793
    Abstract: A lower fork alignment system for a vehicle is described. The lower fork alignment system includes: a brace detachably coupling a first lower tube and a second lower tube of a lower fork, wherein the first and second lower tubes include: first and second receiving adjustment mechanism configured for receiving corresponding interfacing mechanisms of the brace, wherein upon receipt of alignment features of the interfacing mechanisms, one of the first lower tube and the second lower tube is enabled to be adjusted in a horizontal direction along a horizontal axis, and the other of the first lower tube and the second lower tube is enabled to be adjusted in a vertical direction along a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Galasso
  • Patent number: 10793221
    Abstract: A front structure for a straddle-type vehicle includes a front cushion unit supported by a support shaft installed between a pair of left and right arms of a straddle-type vehicle while being disposed at a position behind a front wheel steering shaft of the straddle-type vehicle and above an engine, and a cover that covers a space between the pair of left and right arms between the front wheel steering shaft and the front cushion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 10780941
    Abstract: Provided is a motorcycle including a frame, a front ground-engaging wheel, rear ground-engaging wheel and a steering assembly. The steering assembly includes handlebars, an upper steering stem, a lower steering stem and a lever assembly intermediate the upper steering stem and the lower steering stem and wherein the steering assembly is operably connected to the front ground-engaging wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Radial Engine Innovations Holding LLC
    Inventor: Charles Mitchell Boulton
  • Patent number: 10737740
    Abstract: A bicycle according to the present disclosure comprises a frame assembly and a front fork. The frame assembly includes a head tube defining a steering axis. The front fork is rotatably coupled to the head tube and includes upper and lower supports aligned with the steering axis. The upper and lower supports project away from the fork assembly and rotationally couple the front fork assembly to the head tube. A buttress is coupled to the upper and lower supports at upper and lower buttress ends. A pair of laterally spaced fork legs project from the buttress lower end at one end of the fork legs. The buttress is disposed forward of the head tube and has a lateral width which tapers from a first width at the buttress lower end to a second width at the buttress upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. D'Aluisio
  • Patent number: 10688018
    Abstract: The apparatus of the invention is used for cardiopulmonary massaging and/or resuscitation of a patient and includes a massaging device (15) which can be reversibly driven in an actuating direction (23) by a drive unit (18) and which has a pressure surface (20) that can be placed in a target contact zone (21) on the rib cage (12) of a patient (11). In order to easily and reliably prevent the pressure surface of the massaging device to deviate from a target pressure point (21), the plunger (19) can be secured to the rib cage (12) of the patient (11) in the target contact zone (21) and is mounted in such a way as to be freely movable in a plane running transversely to the actuating direction (23) at least during an unloaded state between two massaging strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GS Elektromedizinische Geräte G. Stemple GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Stemple, Christian Klimmer, Michael Heller
  • Patent number: 10670101
    Abstract: A linear motion assembly having a static coefficient of friction, ?S, as measured between an inner component and an outer component, and a dynamic coefficient of friction, ?D, as measured between the inner component and the outer component, wherein ?S/?D is less than 2.0, such as less than 1.9, less than 1.8, less than 1.7, or even less than 1.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas F. Witting, Vincent Dimartino
  • Patent number: 10625811
    Abstract: A suspension assembly including a core member; and a skin member bonded on said core member. The skin member having a higher strength than the core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Galasso
  • Patent number: 10583888
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame, a steering swivel unit supported on a head pipe of the vehicle frame and angularly movable about a steering axis, a front wheel angularly movable in unison with the steering swivel unit, and a steering handle mounted on the steering swivel unit. The vehicle has a steering handle turning mechanism that makes the steering handle angularly movable about the steering axis relatively to the steering swivel unit. The steering handle turning mechanism includes a handle turning motor for angularly moving the steering handle about the steering axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Araki, Yusuke Yamamoto, Toru Takenaka
  • Patent number: 10543866
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame, a steering swivel unit supported on a head pipe of the vehicle frame and angularly movable about a steering axis, a front wheel angularly movable in unison with the steering swivel unit, and an automatic steering mechanism for angularly moving the steering swivel unit, wherein the vehicle frame includes a main frame extending rearwardly from the head pipe, and the steering mechanism includes a steering motor for angularly moving the steering swivel unit, the steering motor being supported on the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Araki, Kazushi Akimoto, Toru Takenaka
  • Patent number: 10526035
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for a bicycle comprises a lower tubular support configured to be received within a steerer tube of a bicycle fork assembly; an upper tubular support configured to be connected to a stem of a steering assembly above an upper end of the steerer tube; and a spring configured to exert a force that biases the upper and lower tubular supports toward an extended position, wherein the upper and lower tubular supports are configured such that the upper tubular support slides longitudinally relative to the lower tubular support adjacent the stem and above a fork crown of the bicycle fork assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher P. D'Aluisio, Jean-Luc Callahan, Tyler Kraus, Conner Swarthout, Michael McAndrews
  • Patent number: 10518837
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body and a front wheel that is disposed anterior to the vehicle body and that is steerable about a steering axis. The vehicle body includes a vehicle body frame and a steering rotation unit that is supported on the vehicle body frame and that rotates about the steering axis. The vehicle includes a variable trail length mechanism. The variable trail length mechanism includes an oscillation unit that supports front forks that are disposed to be oscillatable in a fore-aft direction and that support the front wheel, and an electric motor that oscillates the oscillation unit. The electric motor is supported by the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Araki, Takashi Kudo, Toru Takenaka
  • Patent number: 10442492
    Abstract: An articulating bicycle stem is disclosed herein wherein the stem comprising a handlebar-receiving region, a rotatable member receiving region, a rotatable inner member connected to the handlebar receiving member and received in an outer casing of the rotatable member receiving region. A stem body intervenes the rotatable member receiving region and a steering tube connector. The rotatable member receiving region may include a first releasable locking mechanism for selectively securing the rotatable inner member and inhibiting rotation of the rotatable inner member relative to the outer casing, and thus the handlebars, in at least one of a storage position or a riding position. A method of reducing the footprint of a bicycle is also provided and a kit of part therefor is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy K Taylor
  • Patent number: 10328993
    Abstract: A bicycle steerer tube is adapted to reside in a plane of travel of the bicycle. A thickness at a point on the wall of the steerer tube body in a lower section thereof varies as a function of the cross-sectional angle of the point to the plane of travel, with the wall thickness being at a maximum in the plane of travel. An inner wall of the lower section may be elliptical, with a minor axis aligned with the plane of travel and a major axis orthogonal to the plane of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Blair Watt, Robert Powell
  • Patent number: 10232904
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle includes a body frame including a headpipe, a front wheel, a steering torque transmission including a steering shaft supported by bearings, a handlebar assembly, and a front wheel connector that transmits a steering torque, and a steering torque detector. The steering torque transmission includes a torsional deformation element upstream of a portion of the steering shaft supported by the most upstream bearing in a steering torque transmission path, and which is easily twisted and deformed by a steering torque input from grips on the handlebar assembly. The steering torque detector detects at least a portion of the steering torque input into the steering torque transmission based on a torsional deformation of the torsional deformation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Toyota, Nobuo Hara, Yukihide Fukuhara, Tatsuya Nagata
  • Patent number: 10155560
    Abstract: A handle structure is provided that maintains strength and rigidity of a steering handle bar or object, is lightweight, and does not require a steering handle bar with a large rise (height). A steering column is rotatably supported by a head tube, while left and right fork legs are attached along a left and a right side of the steering column. The axle of the front wheel is rotatably supported by a dropout at a bottom end of the left and right fork legs. The top edges of the left and right fork legs adequately projects upward from the top end of the steering column. One steering handle bar is is supported by split couplers or connectors coupled to each top fork portion of the left and right front legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Shinji Marui
  • Patent number: 10131399
    Abstract: To achieve steering angle adjustment on a steering part side and a front wheel side, a positioning structure includes: a first engagement part for engaging the steering part and a body frame with each other at a first steering angle that is an angle about a first steering axis at the time of assembling the vehicle; a second engagement part for engaging a fork and a fork holder at a second steering angle that is an angle about a second steering axis at the time of assembling the vehicle; and a linking mechanism for linking the first engagement part and the second engagement part to each other. The linking mechanism is provided with a steering adjusting mechanism for putting the first engagement part into engagement by adjusting the first steering angle and for putting the second engagement part into engagement by adjusting the second steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Kuwabara, Masayuki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10086899
    Abstract: A bicycle including a forward frame triangle. The forward frame triangle can a top tube, a down tube, a bottom bracket, a lower seat mast, and an upper seat mast. The top tube can have a first end connected to a head tube and a second end. The down tube can have a first end connected to the head tube and a second end. The bottom bracket can be connected to the second end of the down tube. The lower seat mast can extend in an upward direction from the bottom bracket to the top tube. The upper seat mast can at least partially overlap the lower seat mast. The upper seat mast can be adjustably and fixedly coupled to the lower seat mast. The upper seat mast can be rotably coupled to the forward frame triangle proximate the second end of the top tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Hartung, Steven Moechnig
  • Patent number: 9994279
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a frame, a suspension assembly and a steering assembly. The frame includes a head tube that rotatably receives a front fork assembly. A steerer tube extends axially away from a fork crown of the front fork assembly. The suspension assembly includes an upper tubular support longitudinally slidable relative to a lower tubular support. The upper and lower supports receive a first positive biasing means and a first negative biasing means. The lower and upper supports are respectively connected to the steerer tube and a stem of the steering assembly such that the upper support slides longitudinally relative to the lower support adjacent the stem and above the fork crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. D'Aluisio, Jean-Luc Callahan, Tyler Kraus, Conner Swarthout, Michael McAndrews
  • Patent number: 9988123
    Abstract: A suspension and steering assembly is provided for a vehicle. The assembly comprises a steering means mounted on a vehicle frame; a steering mechanism comprising an upper link connected to the steering means; and a steering stem having a top section connected to a lower link of the steering mechanism; a steering tube having an upper and a lower portion; an upper control arm having a first extremity connected to a middle section of the frame, and a second extremity connected to the upper portion of the steering tube; a lower control arm having a first extremity connected to a lower section of the frame, and a second extremity connected to the lower portion of the steering tube; the steering stem mounted inside the steering tube; and a wheel fork having a lower section for receiving a wheel of the vehicle and an upper section connected to the steering stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Loni Hull
  • Patent number: 9981713
    Abstract: A suspension device of a bicycle front fork is installed in a head tube of a bicycle handlebar. The suspension device includes: a cylinder with a bottom fixed to a base of the bicycle front fork and a top passed into the head tube; a piston rod with a top fixed to an inner wall of the head tube and a bottom having a piston and extended into the cylinder; a spring device coupled to the piston rod and having a force to push the piston rod away from the cylinder. The cylinder below the piston has an air chamber communicated with an intake valve of the base. The air pressure of air chamber may be adjusted to adjust the buffering pressure of the spring device, so that a user may adjust the shocking pressure of the front fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Hodaka Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Black Tsai
  • Patent number: 9981709
    Abstract: An aerodynamic front fork assembly for a bicycle may include an elongated crown portion extending from a steerer tube to a distal end behind a front wheel, with one or more fork blades projecting in a generally forward direction from the distal end of the crown portion to engage the front wheel. The crown portion may substantially fill the gap between the front wheel and the down tube of the bicycle, thereby collectively forming an airfoil with the front wheel and the down tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: William F. Logan
  • Patent number: 9862452
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism for at least partially muscle-powered two-wheeled vehicles such as bicycles having a through axle extending in the axial direction, a clamping device at a first end of the through axle and a fastener at the second end of the through axle and with a clamping mechanism for clamping the clamping device. The clamping device includes an engaging section for applying a clamping force from the clamping mechanism to the clamping device and a clamping section with an annular pressure area for clamping. The clamping device has a tubular mounting section extending from the clamping section in the direction of the second end of the through axle and to which the through axle is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Spahr, Jerome Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9849933
    Abstract: A front suspension structure includes a head pipe radially internally supporting a shaft portion forming a steering axis such that the shaft portion is rotatable about the steering axis; a front fork connected to a lower end portion of the shaft portion on a lower side of the head pipe, the front fork supporting an axle of a steering wheel; a link member having one end portion connected rotatably on an upper side of a turning member having the shaft portion, and having another end portion connected rotatably on a side of handlebars; the head pipe disposed so as to be separated frontward from a vehicle body frame; and a rocking arm having a front end portion rockably supported by the head pipe, and having a rear end portion rockably supported by the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Kuwabara, Jun Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9828057
    Abstract: A cushion member is swingable with respect to a main frame about a fourth rotation axis to be expanded and compressed according to a movement of a front wheel. A first arm is swingable with respect to a front fork supporting member about a fifth rotation axis and with respect to the main frame about a sixth rotation axis. A second arm is swingable with respect to the front fork supporting member about a seventh rotation axis, with respect to the cushion member about an eighth rotation axis, and with respect to the main frame about a ninth rotation axis. The fourth to ninth rotation axes are substantially parallel to one another. The fourth rotation axis is provided to be substantially perpendicular to a plane including a second rotation axis about which the front fork is turnable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Aoki
  • Patent number: 9821878
    Abstract: A bicycle assembly can include a front or rear suspension system with a shock absorber. A front suspension system can be a suspension fork. A rear suspension system can include a rear shock absorber. The shock can have a shock body and a pressurized main air chamber within the shock body to act as an air spring. The shock can also have a valve configured to receive a pump for adding air to the main air chamber. A secondary air chamber and a control member can be used to reduce the pressure within the main air chamber by venting the secondary air chamber to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael McAndrews, Robb Jankura, Brian Lampman
  • Patent number: 9815515
    Abstract: A steering apparatus with forward extended fork legs includes left and right fork legs that extend from a wheel axle all the way up to a handlebar. Top fork portions support a handlebar in a more forward location. A mid-fork portion of each fork leg is positioned in front of the steering column to provide more clearance room for the rider's knees. The top ends of the fork legs are positioned a forward distance in front of the vertical axis defined by the steering column. Each fork leg may be tilted forward with respect to the steering column and may also include a forward bend to direct portions of each fork leg towards the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Shinji Marui
  • Patent number: 9758210
    Abstract: A compression assembly/system for a front suspension fork for a bicycle is disclosed. The compression assembly/system of the front suspension fork may comprise a combination of improved functional assemblies including a hydraulic bottom-out assembly/mechanism and a low-speed compression assembly/mechanism and a high-speed compression assembly/mechanism. The compression assembly/system of the front suspension fork may comprise an externally-adjustable hydraulic bottom-out mechanism; and substantially co-located external adjustment controls for bottom-out mechanism and low-speed compression mechanism and high-speed compression mechanism. The compression assembly/system may also comprise an axially-oriented (compression) mechanism configured to transmit movement/adjustment radially from inner components to outer components of the mechanisms to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: HAYES BICYCLE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas William Pye, Edward Charles Kwaterski
  • Patent number: 9738117
    Abstract: A one-piece axle comprised of three cylindrical parallel sections: a large end, a center section, and a small end concentric with the large end. The three sections are separated by an eccentric large step, and an eccentric small step. The center section is located between the two steps and is offset from the large and small ends. The center section locates and supports a front wheel of a cycle. The axle is connected to a first split axle housing and a second split axle housing located at the bottom of each of a first fork and a second fork of a cycle respectively, whereby said housings are pinched to form direct rigid and rotationally secured connections between the respective split axle housings and the large and small ends. The position of the front wheel axis of rotation relative to the forks is adjusted by rotating the axle in the split axle housings before the housings are pinched. The axle allows quick and easy adjustments of the front wheel, affecting cycle steering and handling characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Brent Lorscheider
  • Patent number: 9688344
    Abstract: A linkage front wheel suspension system for two-wheeled vehicles comprising of a control arm hinged with the body of the vehicle, fork member, and steering member. An upper ball joint connects said steering member to the body of the vehicle and a lower ball joint connects the outer end of said control arm with said fork member. Fork member extends upwards and rearwards from said lower ball joint to hinge with said steering member. Steering member extends upwards and forwards from this pivot point to said upper ball joint. A method of steering control connects with said steering member. Means of springing/dampening connects with at least one of the said steering/suspension members. Said suspension system can utilize a lighter design of main frame, provide superior road-holding and can have reduced compression when front wheel braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FORMCEPT TECHNOLOGIES AND SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Rae
  • Patent number: 9669891
    Abstract: A bicycle (1,51,61,81,91) for children that can “grow” with the child. The bicycle comprises a frame (3,53,63,83,93) having a seat-tube (5). The frame has a front wheel (11), a rear wheel (13), a pair of handlebars (19), and a saddle (15) having a seat-post (17) for insertion into the seat-tube. The bicycle comprises a detachably mounted drivetrain (27) for releasable engagement of the frame to allow conversion of the bicycle to a balance bicycle or a pedal bicycle. Furthermore, the bicycle frame itself is height-adjustable to allow adjustment of the seat tube's (5) height above ground and reach-adjustable to allow adjustment of the distance between the saddle (15) and the handlebars (19). By providing such a bicycle, the bicycle will be convertible from a balance bicycle to a pedal bicycle and will also have a frame that is adjustable in height and reach. This bicycle will be suitable for a wide range of child heights and cycling abilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Simon Peter Evans
  • Patent number: 9656716
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein relate to cycling. More specifically, the systems and methods described herein relate to an integrated cycling tool. The cycling tool may be integrated into the bicycle components to reduce the external modifications to a bicycle. This may enable a cyclist to carry a tool with them without the worry of carrying the tool, or the tool falling off the bicycle. The cycling tool may comprise multiple components and may be used to fix various parts of a bicycle. The cycling tool may fit within the confines of the bicycle and provide minimal to no impact to the rider or the functionality and performance of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Evan J. DeGray
  • Patent number: 9599182
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for lubricating suspension seals by pumping fluid to the seals using a compression or rebound action of a suspension component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, David Haugen
  • Patent number: 9567030
    Abstract: A device for shortening the spring path of a suspension fork for bicycles includes a cable; a fixing device for fixing the cable to the suspension fork tubes, which can be moved relative to the bicycle frame; and a cable clamping device, which can be secured in the region of the handlebar, preferably on the front-end section, for detachably fixing the cable, wherein the spring path is shortened in an infinitely variable manner. Thus, an infinitely variable lowering device is produced which is independent of a suspension fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Marzell Maier
  • Patent number: 9404552
    Abstract: Disclosed is a damping cartridge with a rebound stage damping unit and a compression stage damping unit as well as an compensating volume for a damping medium. According to the present invention the compression stage unit is made up of a three-way unit with a high-speed-, a mid-speed- and a low-speed flow path. Furthermore the compensating volume is made up of a tube bladder, which at least partially encompasses the compression stage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: B-Labs AG
    Inventors: Stefan Sack, Andreas Felsl
  • Patent number: 9388878
    Abstract: A suspension device intervenes between a vehicle body and a wheel in a vehicle. The suspension device includes an outer tube coupled to the vehicle body, an inner tube inserted into the outer tube so as to allow the inner tube to advance and retreat, and a wheel-side bracket that includes a tubular holding portion into which an end portion on the wheel side of the inner tube is inserted and couples the inner tube to the wheel. The holding portion includes an annular ring disposed on the outer tube side and having an inner peripheral surface standing along an outer peripheral surface of the inner tube. The ring includes an outer peripheral tapered surface formed on an outer peripheral surface of the ring continuously from the end portion on the outer tube side of the inner peripheral surface and having a diameter gradually expanded to the holding portion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuto Shindou, Hideaki Ogura
  • Patent number: 9359037
    Abstract: A front suspension structure includes a head pipe; an upper arm portion having a front end portion connected to the head pipe rockably about a first coupling axis and a rear end portion connected to a vehicle body frame rockably about a second coupling axis; and a lower arm portion disposed below the upper arm portion, and having a front end portion connected to the head pipe rockably about a third coupling axis and a rear end portion connected to the vehicle body frame rockably about a fourth coupling axis. The structure includes a cushion unit making a lower end portion perform a stroke as the lower arm portion rocks; the lower end portion supported in front of a middle point of a segment connecting the third coupling axis to the fourth coupling axis, and an upper end portion supported in a rear of the second coupling axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Kuwabara, Jun Ishikawa, Munehiro Toda
  • Patent number: 9227662
    Abstract: Motorcycles are provided which include a frame, two front steering wheels, a steering pipe rotatably connected to the frame and rigidly connected to two supporting assemblies, one for each front steering wheel and a steering group consisting of two pairs of transversal arms—upper front, lower front, upper rear and lower rear—arranged inverted at the opposite sides of a central steering pipe and laterally connected through two lateral posts. On each of the supporting assemblies the fixed portions of two telescopic elements may be constrained. Each pair of telescopic elements may be cantilever-mounted with respect to the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bartolozzi, Luca Bernardi, Marco Profeti, Walter Rosellini
  • Patent number: 9169889
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to the field of fluid pressure operated devices such as air springs and fluid dampers and more specifically directed to the field of such devices having externally mounted structures. In particular, one of the mounting elements, such as a mounting hole for mounting the device between sprung and un-spring masses can be reoriented relative to the device and its externally mounted structures. Therefore, the reorientation of the mounting element may be achieved: using ordinary maintenance techniques and tools, without accessing the inside of the device and especially the fluid contained within the device, and/or without changing the length of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9156325
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a vehicle suspension system gas spring. In one embodiment, a vehicle suspension system gas spring includes a compressible main gas chamber and an additional volume combinable with the main chamber to change a gas spring rate of the system. In one embodiment, a low friction piston seal is created by a flexible seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, Josh Yablon, Andrew Laird, William M. Becker, Joseph Franklin, Dennis K. Wootten
  • Patent number: 9132882
    Abstract: A steering and suspension mechanism for a motorbike, scooter, bicycle, skateboard or other two wheeled, in-line, vehicle, incorporating a steering axis rake that is inclined to the vertical, in a direction that is upwards and forwards from the ground in the normal direction of travel, together with a trailing radial arm suspension, in combination. Steering may be effected via a push rod attached to the handlebars, which in turn pivot on the main chassis. A brake calliper may be pivoted on the wheel axle, with a link to the steering head assembly to prevent rotation of the calliper with the brake disc under braking. This link may be parallel or nearly parallel to the radial arm. The exact angle can be chosen to control ‘dive’ due to weight shift under braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Christopher Walton
  • Patent number: 9114845
    Abstract: In a mobile vehicle 1A having a front wheel 3f and a rear wheel 3r, the steered wheel 3f can be steered by an actuator 8. A control device 15 controls the actuator 8 so as to stabilize the inclination angle ?b in the roll direction of the vehicle body 2 and the steering angle ?f of the steered wheel 3f. The control device 15 causes the sensitivity of the steering of the steered wheel 3f to the change in observed value of the inclination angle ?b to be changed in accordance with the steering angle of the steered wheel 3f.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Kazushi Akimoto
  • Patent number: 9051022
    Abstract: A suspension assembly including a core member; and a skin member bonded on said core member. The skin member having a higher strength than the core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Galasso
  • Patent number: 9039023
    Abstract: In an outer tube for a front fork, a metal upper collar to which an upper vehicle body attaching bracket is connected is fitted and attached to an upper end portion of the plastic pipe, a metal sleeve is fitted and attached between an intermediate portion and a lower end portion of the plastic pipe, and the sleeve is provided with a lower collar to which a lower vehicle body attaching bracket is connected, and a seal case for inserting and supporting the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Showa Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoya Toda
  • Publication number: 20150137476
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system includes a spring, a neck assembly, and a rod. The neck assembly has an outer shell housing a hollow stem having an upper end and a lower end. The stem is rotatable respect to outer shell. The upper end is coupled to an upper bracket having a control arm pivotally coupled thereto. The lower end is coupled to a lower bracket having a linkage pivotally connected thereto. The rod has a first end coupled to the spring and a second end coupled to the linkage. The rod extends through the hollow stem. The linkage is further coupled to a wheel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: AMERICAN DESIGN AND MASTER-CRAFT INITIATIVE, LLC
    Inventor: James Thomas Nesbitt, III
  • Patent number: 9027947
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fork brace for a bicycle are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a brace portion is integrally formed along with two tubular fork members and an overlay fits in a mating relationship with the brace portion to create a unitary, tubular brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, William M. Becker, Andrew Laird
  • Patent number: 9010789
    Abstract: A head parts assembly for a bicycle includes two bowls, a plurality of inserting members, two bead nests, and two end caps. The two bowls each are a circular structure and include a pipe-inserting hole, and a plurality of cable-inserting holes around the pipe-inserting hole. Each of the bowls further includes a receiving cavity in communication with the pipe-inserting holes, and the two bowls are disposed at two ends of the front frame pipe. The inserting members each are a hollow tubular structure with a cable hole for insertion of cables of the bicycle, and are screwed in the cable-inserting holes. The bead nests are rotatably disposed in the receiving cavities and abutted against the close ends, respectively. The two end caps are disposed in the open ends of the receiving cavities, and capable of rotating by abutting against the balls of the bead nests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Neco Technology Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Hsin Wang
  • Patent number: 9004516
    Abstract: A bicycle fork includes a pair of fork leg assemblies, each of the leg assemblies having an upper leg telescopingly engaged with a lower leg. A damping assembly is provided in at least one of the legs. The damping assembly includes lock-out and blow-off compression circuits. These compression circuits are externally adjustable without tools. Furthermore, these two compression circuits may be adjusted independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Factory Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Becker, Brian Lampman
  • Patent number: RE45503
    Abstract: A suspension structure includes a pair of right and left cushion units. The right cushion unit is constituted of a compression coil spring and a right damper, and the left cushion unit is constituted of only a left damper having an outer diameter smaller than a diameter of the compression coil spring and larger than a diameter of the right damper. The left cushion unit is constituted of only the left damper and does not include the compression coil spring and hence, the suspension structure can be simplified. Further, in the left cushion unit, the left damper does not slide relative to the compression coil spring in performing a stroke and hence, no friction is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tomohiro Fuse, Kazuhiko Gogo