Bikes could soon use AI to think for themselves, Shimano patent suggests

New invention shows automatic seatpost, suspension and saddle adjustments made through machine learning

Patent imagery of a bike and AI machine learning devices
(Image credit: USPO / Shimano)

Our bikes could soon use machine learning to think and make decisions for themselves, a new Shimano patent suggests. 

Published earlier this week, the patent for a “learning model” details a product that draws on artificial intelligence (AI) to control dropper seatposts, front suspension and saddle tilt. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.