08:36 Aug 14, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: air-adjustable
this bike has onboard an air-adjustable shock, which allows spring rate and damping adjustment for individualized performance choices

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na +1amortisseur à air réglable
Yves Georges
nasuspension pneumatique réglable
Didier Fourcot
naAmortisseur réglable
Cybèle Ribeyron



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Amortisseur réglable

Hope this helps!!!!
FYI, I found the info in Termium.

Cybèle Ribeyron
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amortisseur à air réglable

I think that "absorber" is missing in the above proposed text.

air shock absorber = amortisseur à air.
Shock absorbers usually function with a fluid which is forced to pass through a small hole, therefore dampening the movement. The fluid is generally oil or air. Friction shock absorbers, have been used in the past.

adjustable = réglable.
On modern bikes / motorbikes, the dampening factor and/or the spring pretension are adjustable. This is because the weight of the driver is a large proportion of the total weight and can vary considerably from person to person.


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Yves Georges
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agree  Didier LONGUEVILLE: Every thing is in there
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suspension pneumatique réglable

A mon avis le terme "shock" ici utilisé comme abréviation de "shock absorber" est techniquement erroné: il ne désigne pas 'amortisseur mais l'ensemble du système de supension (destiné à amortir les chocs d'où la confusion).
Sur les vélos le ressort et l'amortisseur sont le plus souvent confondus, dans le cas des suspensions à air un clapet peut jouer le rôle d'amortisseur, donc en l'absence de séparation claire des fonctions de ressort et d'amortisseur je propose d'utiliser "suspension pneumatique", attesté depuis de longues années dans le domaine automobile (Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, Renault, etc)

Référence ci-dessous sur les suspensions à air pour vélos:

Didier Fourcot
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