Optimizing Empire Cycles Mountain Bike Design Using MSC Apex

Optimizing Empire Cycles Mountain Bike Design Using MSC Apex

See how Evotech CAE Ltd used MSC Apex in developing a radical mountain bike design. The work for Empire Cycles, was focused on pre-manufacture analysis of strength, stiffness and durability. Edgecam was also in partnership with Empire Cycles, machining the headstock for the MX6 Evo mountain bike. The next generation tools within MSC Apex allowed for highly-effective FEA and enhanced product understanding.


Empire Cycles MX6 Evo Frame Set FEA Key Analysis Steps:

  • Shell and ‘converged stress’ solid models developed for full frameset assembly (including main frame, rear swing-arm and seat post tower)
  • Analysis performed for non-linear transient impact and cyclic fatigue loading
  • Results output shows areas which can be further optimized for weight reduction, whilst respecting manufacturing constraints
  • Final designs verified against ISO test requirements

The outcome of the project was a 20% weight reduction as well as passing the ISO Testing (4210-6 2015) requirement.

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