SOURCE: Blue Ridge Numerics

June 21, 2005 09:00 ET

Trek Bicycles Integrates CFdesign Into Upfront Design Process, Accelerates Innovation

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2005 -- Blue Ridge Numerics is honored to announce the Trek Bicycle Corporation is using CFdesign®, the engineering world's preeminent upfront CFD solution, as an integrated component of the company's legendary product development process.

Michael Sagan, a Senior Designer and the Technology Principal for Trek's Advanced Concept Group believes CFdesign will play a significant role in his group's mission to accelerate the innovation of Trek's technologically sophisticated bicycles and accessories. "We are pushing the boundaries of bicycle engineering and in order to sustain our speed of product innovation, we need to see and understand every aspect of product performance as early as possible during the design process," explains Sagan. "CFdesign gives us the necessary and comprehensive simulation platform we need to achieve our aggressive goals."

"The direction of the drag changes we get with different configurations in the wind tunnel agrees with the simulations we've analyzed thus far in CFdesign. Our confidence is growing every day and we are on path to conduct flow simulations on SolidWorks assemblies that are as complex as the ones we put in the tunnel," stated Damon Rinard, R & D Engineer at Trek's Advanced Concepts Group.

"Trek is a role model American company that began modestly but with great ambition. Today they are setting the pace on a global stage and we are truly excited to have our technology in their engineering tool box," stated Blue Ridge Numerics president, Ed Williams. "Our commitment to winning and being the best is on par with what we see at Trek, so I believe we will have a very successful relationship."

About Blue Ridge Numerics

Blue Ridge Numerics ( puts comprehensive fluid flow and heat transfer simulation upfront in the product development process where it creates tremendous value for small, medium, and large companies around the world. Our rapidly growing global customer list includes leaders in major vertical industries including aerospace, appliances, automotive, electronics, food & drug, HVAC, material processing, medical, military & defense, plumbing, and power generation.

First introduced in 1992, our unique Upfront CFD vision, supported by the proprietary CFdesign technology platform, saves customers money and time by reducing the amount of wind tunnel and flow bench testing necessary to validate new designs. Listed on the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Blue Ridge Numerics is one of the fastest growing technology companies in America and the fastest growing CFD software company in the world.

About Trek Bicycles

Trek ( designs, engineers and manufactures high quality, technologically sophisticated bicycles in the United States. With global markets and a full line of high performance components and accessories, Trek is the worldwide leader in the sale of premium bicycles.

Trek not only manufactures the Trek brand name, but also the Gary Fisher line, presently one of the world's fastest growing bicycle brands. In the spring of 1995, Trek acquired the Gary Klein and Keith Bontrager brands. Klein and Bontrager design and build highly technical aluminum, steel and titanium bicycles and components at Trek's factories in Wisconsin. Trek also manufactures a premium line of road bikes and accessories designed by three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond. These acquisitions have expanded Trek's product line and provided a wealth of future growth opportunities around the world.

Founded in a small barn in Waterloo, Wisconsin, in 1976, Trek Bicycle Corporation is a privately held corporation that still resides in Waterloo. Begun with just five employees making hand-built bicycle frames, Trek has grown into a globally orientated corporation that presently employs 1500 people around the world, and the majority of Trek employees work in its five Wisconsin manufacturing facilities.

Contact Information

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