When developing a new application, our R&D engineers and technicians will take multiple measurements to create a computer model. Then, our professional test riders assess the performance of the vehicle and its suspension design and provide feedback on what could be improved on it. After designing compatible products that provide the desired improvements, our engineers use in-house rapid prototyping to quickly validate the physical fitment. After all required modifications are made to the design, they generate the first prototypes that are used for additional field testing. At Elka Suspension, this whole process happens in a short time frame; that’s why we are able to quickly offer several product options for new vehicle models.
Combining input from our pro riders and customers with objective data collected using our telemetric data acquisition systems, we develop new technologies that can address various issues encountered in specific riding conditions. This approach has led to the introduction of many successful new products and the continuous improvement of existing products. Using 3D software (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), our R&D engineers can quickly develop new designs and products, optimize the design and the strength of our products through computer models and simulations. These systems also allow them to collaborate easily with other aftermarket manufacturers to ensure compatibility and to generate data that can be used with our telemetric data acquisition systems to speed up and facilitate testing sessions with our professional riders.
The most innovative concepts and features aren’t worth much if they cannot translate into real advantages for our customers. That’s why we also do extensive testing in real-world conditions with riders who have diverse riding experience, ensuring that we not only satisfy the professional racers, but also meet the needs and expectations of every customer profile. During these tests, the products are pushed to their very limits, far beyond what most of our customers would do. When consumers purchase Elka Suspension products, they not only receive high-quality shock absorbers but they also benefit from the combined knowledge and experience of many professional riders and expert suspension engineers.
We use dynamometer testing both for quality control and for precise analysis when developing products. The precision provided by the dynamometer tremendously exceeds what the human eye can detect and supplies objective data that can be compared and reproduced across production units. This testing method has also proven more valuable and accurate than relying on subjective riders’ tests alone.