Created by 54blue’s founder and director Jamie Calon and his good friend James Klassen, the Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension system changed the world of biking in a huge way and is an important part of 54blue's history.
VPP is a suspension system that took the fixed pivot point on a bike and made it virtual. With VPP, the pivot point would now move and change with the bike, giving the rider traction and leverage for downhill and uphill riding. The system was unlike anything ever created in the world of cycling and it changed the way bikes are now designed and manufactured. When it was released, VPP was new, it was crazy, and it was innovative. It took some years to stick. In 2010, 9 years after it's birth VPP was named ‘Bike of the Year’ and ‘The Most Significant Patents in Mountain Bike History'. The patent now lives at SantaCruz Bicycles
and Intense Cycles
- and although major innovations have been made since then, the VPP system is considered an important breakthrough for MTB design.
Read "Sorry.You Were Right" - An article highlighting VPP, The Velvet Underground and other ideas that may have been released before the world was ready.