Bernhard Leitner is the founder, as well as the man behind the innovations at Leitner Designs. He began designing and fabricating at an early age, working for his father’s famed motorcycle company, ATK. In those early days, his father Horst Leitner, encouraged him to use all the tools that where available in the shop. By the age of 8, he was a proficient machinist, using a knee mill and metal lathe to prototype parts for motorcycles.
Bernhard used those skills to design his first motorcycle at the young age of 15, using spare parts he found at his father's facility. Powering this bike was a Honda XR100 motor that he tuned himself,and raced it in the 4-stoke nationals. The bike proved to be venerable competitor to the bikes of the day.
In 1992, the age of suspension bicycles was at its infancy. After selling ATK motorcycles to a Utah investment firm in 1991, his father founded AMP Research, a premiere bicycle, motorcycle, and to this day, automotive design firm. He employed Bernhard as the head test rider and fabricator. AMP Research developed proprietary and patented full suspension bicycles and disc brake systems for companies like Specialized, Mongoose, Rocky Mountain, Rock Shox, Mercedes-Benz, and many others. These designs are still considered to be the most dominant to this day, and continue to be used by numerous mountain bike manufacturers.
In 2001, Bernhard accepted a job as the head of the engineering department for one of the premier active sports protection companies: Innovation Sports. He was tasked with the design, development and testing of all their new products. During his 6 years at the company Bernhard was granted several patents for his work on custom knee brace hinge designs and electronic knee brace measuring systems.
In 2007 Bernhard founded Leitner Designs. His goal with this new company was to apply his expertise by helping company's design, develop and manufacture new products. He has been contracted to do design/engineering projects for the following corporations:
- Asterisk - Knee braces and action sports gear
- Two Brothers Racing - Motorcycle exhaust and racing components
- Rokform- ruggedized and mountable cell phone cases
In his personal time Bernhard enjoys, overlanding, Camping, Exploring, target shooting and training his white German shepherd "Atlas" in the German dog sport of Schutzhund.
Bernhard Leitner holds the following patents with many more soon to be granted: