Slidepad Technologies of California developed a single-lever, automatic brake system, suitable for commuter and recreational bikes. Product for OEM distribution will be made in Taiwan.
Slidepad is patent-pending brake system for V-brake style calipers in which the friction of the rear brake modulates the front brake, giving the rider smooth, controlled stopping power. The system eliminates the risk of over-applying the front brake and causing over-the-bars accidents, all while simplifying the user experience by requiring only a single brake lever, said a company statement.
Slidepad president and co-founder Brian Riley said:
"Having manufacturing channels in Asia is a huge step for us and creates a very cost-effective way for product managers to spec Slidepad systems on bikes.
"With our partner's extensive experience manufacturing brakes, we know we're providing a quality product that cyclists will be able to trust."
BMC, Breezer, Currie Technologies, Dahon, Electra, Giant, KHS, Marin, Raleigh, Specialized and Trek have requested samples of the product for testing. Rhode Island-based Dynamic Bicycles will be the first bike-maker to spec the new system, with select 2012 models hitting the market in January.
Slidepad Technologies was founded in 2009 by Riley and Andrew Ouellet, design engineers from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California.