I have been riding in the Seattle area since I was 12. Engineering was always one of my interests, so I got my degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.
Cascade Components first started as a side project in February 2019. I had broken the rear triangle on my Santa Cruz Nomad and had some downtime. I started looking at putting a longer stroke coil shock on the frame to get a little more travel and a little better small bump. Since I had spare time I decided to make a set of parametric equations for leverage ratio, wheel travel, and axle path. Upon doing this, I realized that the leverage ratio curve was regressive past the stock stroke and not suitable for a coil spring. I began changing dimensions for the lower link to see if it could be made to better suit a longer stroke coil shock.
After choosing a set of dimensions, I quickly machined a prototype to throw on my bike. The performance was even better than I had expected! Fast forward a few months and the Nomad LT link is available with hopefully more links for other VPP frames to come!
We are located up in Everett, Washington where we manufacture dive scooters as Dive Xtras Inc. and offer our design services as ClaroWorks Product Development. We have extensive experience designing machined parts and have always focused on bringing our customers the most value possible.