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Napier Streets Ahead With Biking Gadgetry

Monday, February 29, 2016 | By Angus (US International) | Tagged: , ,

Napier University’s Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCOS) at Glentress Forest opened in summer 2014 and is the UK’s largest mountain bike trail centre, now attracting more than 300,000 visitors per year.  It is run as a collaborative partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Cycling.

Businesses forming and flourishing in this unique setting enjoy focussed product testing and mountain bike-related training and research opportunities.  Scotland’s economy is being continually boosted through the creation of new and innovative products for mountain bikers the world over.  Commercialisation is endorsed and supported by Scottish Cycling’s ‘Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland’ project which, among other things, hosts innovation clinics to rouse the best input for future developments of the sport in Scotland.  Businesses forming and flourishing in this unique setting enjoy focussed product testing and mountain bike-related training and research opportunities.  Scotland’s economy is being continually boosted through the creation of new and innovative products for mountain bikers the world over.

Commercialisation is endorsed and supported by Scottish Cycling’s ‘Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland’ project which, among other things, hosts innovation clinics to rouse the best input for future developments of the sport in Scotland.  A recent survey of the companies which have worked with MTBCOS forecast a total increase in turnover of £13.5million over the next three years.  This growth will create jobs and broaden Scotland’s horizons as a key player in a niche but extensive global consumer market.

BikingGadgetry

Dr Florida-James, a Reader in Sport & Exercise Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “The opportunities for knowledge transfer between business and academia in the mountain bike industry are huge. We are therefore excited that Scottish academics and in particular Edinburgh Napier University are taking a lead in an area that offers so many opportunities for innovation and research in real world scenarios.”

Examples of innovative outputs involving MTBCOS

Company

SussMyBike Ltd.

Scottoiler (Scotland) Ltd.

Product

SussMyBike Suspension Monitor

S1 Chain Lubrication System

Information

SussMyBike is a small piece of hardware and an associated smartphone app which work together to universally monitor, assess and recommend settings for optimal mountain bike suspension systems.

Early testing showed that the S1 chain lubrication system allows cyclists to improve power output by an average of 12W (5%) through continual automatic monitoring and top-up of chain lubricant.

 

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, said:  “Scotland is blessed with some of the best mountain biking facilities in the world and the Scottish Government is committed to maintaining this international reputation … I am pleased to be here today to see how the Mountain Bike Centre, industry and academia are collaborating to create new products and experiences which will allow this exciting sport to grow even further.”

Stuart Fancey, Interim Director of Research & Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council, said: “Getting the experts in Scotland’s universities working together with bright new businesses is something SFC actively encourages. It’s great to see how this initiative has already helped businesses to develop new innovations in every aspect of mountain biking … I am delighted that this collaborative enterprise is flourishing. It’s a great example of the positive impact that our world-leading universities have on our economy and communities.”

In 2013, a study by the University of the Highlands & Islands estimated that visiting mountain bikers spent £49million per year in the country, with indirect benefit amounting to £130million.

 

Media credits:

Edinburgh Napier University

University of the Highlands and Islands

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