Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2017


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Dr. Craig Johnson PE, Professor

Second Committee Member

Roger Beardsley PE, Associate Professor

Third Committee Member

Charles Pringle EIT, Associate Professor

Fourth Committee Member

Matt Burvee, Engineering Technician


The world of extreme sports and more specifically the world of snow sports is changing by the minute. At the forefront of these new changes is the snow bike. The bike allows you to ride the mountain like you were riding a mountain-bike on skies, but it comes with challenges. The biggest of them being portability. The bike is restricted to certain types of lifts within the mountain and that restricts the user of its potential. This report will show that it is possible to “fold” both the frame and the handlebars to make the bike portable and therefore opening the user to new opportunities. This report shows with the use of the proper material, in this case steel, welded and fabricated correctly can withstand the forces and impacts the bike might encounter. As such, this essay will provide conclusive and positive results to both its physical and theoretical tests. The prototype will be ridden at Stevens pass resort to test its actual resistance to a drop from about 3.5 meters into snow. The frame and the handlebars will also be tested for any deformation, and stresses such as compression, tension and shear. The bike is expected to respond mostly as the original, with some minor extra shaking due to the pins responsible for the attachments.

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