Introducing, Fatigue, my preemptively-named flexure-based scooter.
You can see how a flexure is perfect for the rear brake, which has quite limited travel. Luckily, it also doesn’t see to many extreme forces. It is made from polycarbonate, about 0.1″ thick.
The pivot for the front fork however, needs to achieve relatively high deflection (to improve turning radius) AND it also sees lots of torsion (envision standing on the scooter deck, the deck slants to the right, and you try and stabilize by leaning the handlebars left, ouch). Needless to say, this current setup is not really optimized for high torsional stiffness. But it was pretty easy to make, and will suffice (for the near future).
The two sets of wooden bars that are screwed into the flexure were added after test riding and realizing that without some constraint, the flexure was just not stiff enough.
This was how I tested the idea of adding some bars to effectively shorten the flexure. There was a big hit to turning radius, but the torsional stiffness improved enough to be rideable.
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