The European Patent Office has notified Trek Bicycle that its patent application on its Active Braking Pivot (ABP) suspension system (which is already patented in the United States #7,837,213) has been approved and will soon mature into a patent in Europe.
Invented by Trek suspension engineers James Colegrove, Dylan Howes, and Jose Gonzalez, ABP has been praised for being 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.
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 full suspension lineup, Active Braking Pivot remains a competitive performance advantage found exclusively on Trek and Trek’s Gary Fisher Collection full-suspension mountain bikes. It’s a symbol of Trek’s commitment to leading the world in mountain bike technology.