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Electrical Front Hub Dynamo Assembly Patent


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We've seen Shimano's electrical generator rear hub before. It looks like the front end isn't immune to the eletricity bug. Shimano Patent #7048546 describes an eletrical generating front hub assembly and suspension fork design. From the description, the electrical wiring (hey, isn't it about time to incorporate some Bluetooth technology already!?) is integrated into the suspension fork leg. The electricity passes from the hub to the fork through a detachable wire that has been specifically designed to be, "repeatedly disconnected and reconnected to a dynamo hub without being damaged" so the front wheel can still be removed. The patent illustrates the use of this hub with a light but I imagine this can be applied to many situations such as supplying electricity to electrical gear shifters, cycling computer displays, charging a GPS unit, or powering circuitry in tomorrows intellegent suspension forks.


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