Front shocks without lockout

mysore
mysore Posts: 16
edited October 2009 in MTB beginners
Hi guys,
What is the advantage of having an lockout with the front shocks. Anyone ?

Comments

  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Stops forks moving when you don't want them too ie climbing, sprinting, roads etc.
  • bamba
    bamba Posts: 856
    i shouldnt worry about it too much, unless your a mad keen cyclist, i brought my GT with out checking the spec properly, and realised it didnt have lock out, since then ive used it regulary on XC, some DH an roads and its not been an issue,
  • I only use the lockout on my forks when I have the bike in the carrier on the roof of my car.
  • mysore
    mysore Posts: 16
    thanks guys ( felt a bit reassured). I wont be doing too much on roads. i need the car for my work, so, cant take it to work. I have already bought the bike without any lockout. But, if money permits - will upgrade it latter.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Don't worry too much about lockout. It's one of those things that aren't really neccesary.
  • Hercule Q
    Hercule Q Posts: 2,781
    i only ever lock my forks out when i have to rie on the road for an extended period of time. Its not that important though

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  • saltyman
    saltyman Posts: 472
    its very rare i have had to lock my forks out, only on the odd road/hard trails when im sick of bouncing around and wasting energy.

    dont feel you need them to be honest.
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  • GHill
    GHill Posts: 2,402
    I never lock out my forks, sometimes the rear shock but never the front.

    I'm not convinced there's a real difference in efficiency if I do.
  • Butters
    Butters Posts: 31
    I only ever lock out my forks if I'm cycling, and my body's moving up and down for whatever reason (usually from cycling standing up).
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    The ones on motion control rockshox are quite nice because it's not just on or off, it's variable... So you can use it as a secondary damping setting. But it's definately something you can live without.

    The other thing that bugs me is remote lockouts, the fork top is only about 6 inches away from the lockout switch so why bother?
    Uncompromising extremist
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    because you can lockout without moving your hands. I have both and i definitely use the remote version more because i can lock it out and release it whilst riding over rough terrain.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    The standard poploc I dislike for moco, as it is still on off.
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    because you can lockout without moving your hands. I have both and i definitely use the remote version more because i can lock it out and release it whilst riding over rough terrain.

    I understand that this is the point, I'm just not sure why that's useful. Unless you forget to remove the lockout before you ride into the rough terrain of course, that could be quite handy sometimes :lol:
    Uncompromising extremist
  • hairy_boy
    hairy_boy Posts: 345
    I'd say its more important to have the forks setup right for your wieght - eg right spring or air pressure.

    I used to fiddle a lot with my Tora lockout when I was riding on the standard medium spring. Since changing to the firm spring which is better for my weight I don;t use the lockout as the forks don't seem to bob when pedalling uphill or whatever
  • I use the lockout on mine for the odd sprint at a hill, it's a helpful feature but definitely not an essential IMO