Precor RBK 800 Recumbent
My goal was to create a riding experience that was comfortable, inclusive of all riders, and provided an efficient workout. I'm particularly proud of this piece, and its rather natural, non-arbitrary design gesture, imparted by the flowing tubular steel frame that extends from console to seat structure. The tube frame encircles a well-defined exerciser area, trimmed in darker color materials to reduce apparent wear, and positions the digital console appropriately for our full range of users.
The success of this bike hinged on a resolution to an issue endemic to recumbent riding: seat back support and comfort. By evaluating a range of potential solutions along a fair value graph, the injection molded seat back was shown to be superior to all other configurations. The "back-end" effort of actually designing the correct form for the seat back, and working tightly with my engineering peers to craft an efficient, strong, and aesthetically confident seat carriage assembly, was the major portion of this product's overall success with users and customers. The fact that we delivered this unit and its Upright counterpart in Precor-record time is attributed to the great collaboration with my engineering and PM colleagues.
I was responsible for initial product scope, product architecture, user study and ergonomic conclusions, final surfacing in SolidWorks, final seat shape and pattern design, color/material/finish, and communicating design intent to multiple vendors.