Cycling Health, Comfort and Performance

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Morphologics SAS®, based in Saint-Malo, is an innovative start-up that was created on 21 June 2015. Its aim is to develop and market a range of B2C services and B2B products to improve cyclists’ well-being and performance by optimising their position on the bike. Founded by Michel and William Le Goallec, Morphologics is the fruit of 20 years’ ergonomic expertise with practitioners and cyclists of all levels.

The 1st innovation in the Morphologics® range was the ML Cleat®, developed and patented by Michel Le Goallec. This device is the genesis of the Morphologics® story. It ensures optimum cleat adjustment by superimposing the foot support axis (the head of the metatarsal of the big toe) on the pedal axis using a laser beam. This is a very important parameter as it is the 1st contact with the bike. This type of adjustment guarantees optimum performance, comfort and health for the individual. The ML Cleat® has enabled the company to establish itself as a new player in the world of cycling.

The company carries out comprehensive postural studies using the ML Postural System®, patented postural study software acquired in April 2016 from Cyfac Internationale. This software, based on optimising energy costs, is the result of 7 years’ research at the Lyon sports medicine centre, involving 3,500 cyclists. Today, more than 30,000 studies have been carried out to offer each cyclist the ideal position, combining health, performance and comfort, whatever their riding style (road, time trial, mountain bike, etc.) or level (touring cyclist, cyclo-sportif, experienced cyclo-sportif, competition). The ML Postural System has been upgraded from 9 to 11 anthropometric measurements to keep pace with technological developments. To guarantee millimetre accuracy, MorphoLogics uses the ML Size® anthropometric plate. The values are transmitted via Bluetooth to a digital tablet, which provides the results of the study very quickly and with optimum precision. The report contains the various dimensions to be applied to the bike, as well as the geometry of the custom frame adapted to the rider’s morphology.

The bike can then be set to the correct dimensions using the ML Right®, an oversized square that makes it easier for the cycle technician to make adjustments. This tool will be available shortly.

Based on this ergonomic approach, Morphologics® offers cyclists a complete postural study. Its innovative products meet a real demand from the world of cycling, in terms of both health and performance.

The company is constantly looking for ways to improve, as demonstrated by the partnership it formed with the Mouvement, sport, santé laboratory at the University of Rennes in 2015 to validate the ML Cleat® through biomechanical analysis work, and the collaboration begun in April 2017 with the University of Reims, through Geoffrey Millour, who is carrying out a thesis on optimising cycling posture. All of these products and approaches demonstrate the company’s desire to evolve and stand out through research and innovation.