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Fallbrook Technologies Overview

Cedar Park, TX
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Fallbrook Technologies Inc. is the developer of the patented NuVinci® continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology, which can improve the performance and efficiency of machines that use a transmission, including bicycles, vehicles, stationary equipment ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to establish NuVinci® as a global technical standard to manage mechanical and electro mechanical power systems more efficiently by: (1) Engaging in continuous innovation and developing unrivaled expertise (2) Providing products and services to ... Read more

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  • Extensive NuVinci® Coverage in Dutch eBike Magazine | Fallbrook Technologies Inc.

    The article includes various highly favorable comments and covers tests of seven NuVinci Optimized eBikes: Dutch ID Tour N360H, Flyer T8N, Gazelle Orange CX HM, Koga E-Nova NuVinci, Qwic P-MN360, Sparta MNb, Trek TM700+.

  • David S. Graziosi, President of Allison Transmission, Joins Fallbrook Technologies Inc. Board of Directors. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI3IK

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Fallbrook Technologies – Why Work For Us?


Fallbrook Technologies Inc. is headquartered in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin. The company also has selected manufacturing operations in China and a sales organization in Europe.

The NuVinci technology transforms Gears into Spheres™ by using a set of rotating spheres between the input and output components of a transmission.  Tilting the spheres changes their contact diameters and varies the speed ratio.  NuVinci CVPs can be configured to replace multiple planetary gears, providing significant efficiency and performance improvement in a compact package.  The NuVinci technology offers companies the flexibility to design and produce next-generation products that are better-tailored to their unique business, market, and competitive requirements.  Major automotive transmission suppliers have licensed the NuVinci technology for the development of automotive class drivetrains, and a market-leading supplier has licensed the technology and is developing NuVinci Optimized transmissions for electric and gasoline light vehicle applications.

The first commercial product incorporating  NuVinci technology was the NuVinci N170 continuously variable transmission (CVT) for bicycles introduced in September 2006, followed by the lighter weight and smaller   For more information about NuVinci Optimized products for bicycles, visit www.nuvincicyling.com

The Company currently holds over 800 patents and pending applications worldwide.

In the late 1990’s, Donald C. Miller, a cycling enthusiast, became interested in building the world’s fastest bicycle. Although he had no formal engineering training, he analyzed the system components and determined that the transmission was a limiting factor. He looked around for new ideas, and came across the concept of a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Believing that a continuously variable transmission might help him achieve his objective, Don conducted a series of experiments that led him to develop a new CVT concept for use in a bicycle transmission.

In 1998, Don and a group of investors formed Motion Systems, Inc. (MSI) to develop the technology he had conceived. By 2000, he had filed the first patent applications for a design that he felt could be implemented for a bicycle and seemed to address all of the traditional weaknesses of a CVT. At the end of 2000, as part of a process to provide additional funding and guidance, Miller and The Weiss Group LLC, an investment and startup advisory firm, joined forces to form Motion Technologies LLC (Motion Technologies). Motion Technologies acquired MSI's intellectual property and development rights with Don serving as the CEO.

In 2003, a second financing round for Motion Technologies provided funds via a private placement for the validation and continued development of the technology. The company retained a prestigious independent testing laboratory in Texas to perform validation testing of the technology. The testing quickly verified the technology's potential to provide significant gains in simplicity, scalability, and durability. The testing also indicated that the technology had potential applications far beyond just bicycles - to virtually any device that has a transmission or that can benefit from speed or torque variation.

Robert A. Smithson, a transmission expert involved with the testing laboratory's preliminary assessment was so impressed with what he saw that he joined the Company first as a consultant and later as Vice President of Product Development and subsequently served as the company's Chief Technical Officer.

As development progressed, it soon became apparent that the technology's potential was even greater than originally anticipated. Smithson discovered that the technology would also support the implementation of an infinitely variable transmission (IVT). Miller and Smithson additionally identified a potential application in the area of wind energy. At that point, management determined that it would be appropriate to obtain further funding and additional executive talent and immediately began an aggressive funding effort.

On April 13, 2004, Motion Technologies LLC became Fallbrook Technologies Inc. and in May, auto industry veteran Bill Klehm became Fallbrook's President and CEO. Don Miller then became Vice President of Advanced Research. Fallbrook secured additional funding via a private placement and accelerated research and development by assembling a staff that includes many top engineers in the transmission field. Several of these engineers came from the Texas testing laboratory that had initially evaluated the technology. The accelerated R&D effort began producing tangible results later in 2004, when the Company signed its first agreements with manufacturers.

In September 2006, Fallbrook introduced the first commercial CVP transmission for bicycle and light electric vehicle (LEV) applications. The Company’s core technology and product would take the name, NuVinci N170. The NuVinci name represents a “tip of the hat” to Leonardo da Vinci who in 1490 sketched what is considered to be the first documented continuously variable transmission. Volume production for the Company’s first European and US OEM customers, Batavus B.V. and Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles Inc., began in January 2007. Also in 2007, NuVinci technology won several awards for innovation.

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The success of Fallbrook Technologies Inc. derives from our team of talented employees and their commitment to our business.  We seek out experts in the fields of engineering, operations, and business development. By ensuring that we have “best in class” employees, we secure our ability to develop exceptional products and satisfied clients.

Awards & Honors


Elektrischefietsen (Netherlands) 2016 Speed eBike Award

The Dutch online eBike publication Elektrischefietsen awarded the Riese & Müller Nevo NuVinci HS the 2016 the "overall score" award in its eBike tests of speed Pedelecs (45 km/h).



Bicycling Magazine Editors' Choice

Each year, Bicycling Magazine editors come together to honor the best new bikes on the market. In 2013, of 30 finalists, only 8 were selected, including the Breezer Beltway Infinity, equipped with N360, as Best Urban Bike.


Australian International Design Award

Chappelli Cycles, an Australian brand that specializes in affordable fixed gear bikes, was honored with a 2012 Australian International Design Award for the Chappelli NuVinci, its newly released model sporting the NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission. Chappelli was among the more than 200 entries. Presented by Good Design Australia, the competition is Australia’s longest-running design recognition program.


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Fallbrook provides its employees the opportunity to take on challenges and grow professionally in a flexible and rewarding environment.  We offer a generous benefits package that includes:

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Equity participation (stock options) for strong performers
  • Paid time off for vacation, sick time, and holidays
  • Employee Appreciation Day (your Birthday off!)

Fallbrook provides equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to age, race, color, sex, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, veteran status, or any other factor protected by applicable laws.

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    It is a fun place to work and be surrounded by a lot of smart people. I had really good managers that worked with me and gave me a chance to learn new things.

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    Very little chance for advancement as people stay with the company for a long time. Small company so not much room to move internally.

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