US Patent Issued for Trek’s Active Braking Pivot
Trek Bicycle announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a US patent on Trek’s Active Braking Pivot (ABP) suspension system. ABP has been invented by
WATERLOO, USA – Trek Bicycle announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a US patent on Trek’s Active Braking Pivot (ABP) suspension system. ABP has been invented by Trek suspension engineers James Colegrove, Dylan Howes, and Jose Gonzalez.
Trek claims ABP is the first suspension technology to effectively separate braking and suspension forces. This separation allows the suspension to remain active while the rear brake is engaged. Trek’s patent number 7,837,213 has broad implications, as it covers a concentric pivot in combination with many other sophisticated and varied types of rear suspension designs.
ABP, utilizing a concentric rear pivot, was first introduced to the marketplace in May of 2007 and has since evolved to become the foundation of Trek’s full-suspension bikes, offered on eight platforms to date.
From its origins in 2006 to today’s 2011 Trek full suspension line-up, Active Braking Pivot remains a competitive performance advantage found exclusively on Trek and Trek’s Gary Fisher Collection full-suspension mountain bikes. Now patented, ABP is further proof of Trek’s commitment to leading the world in mountain bike technology.