Mountain Biking - What Bikes Have Lockout?
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06-04-04, 12:43 AM
I'm looking for a new bike, and would rather aim on the low end since i'm not competitive, however I would love both front and rear lockouts since my riding will be either XC or paved flat trail.
Does anyone have a good list of what bikes do and don't have lockouts?
06-04-04, 12:47 AM
It's more of a price point thing. Figure anything under $1,500 will not have an effective lock-out. Most everything in the $2,500 ++ range will.
With most of the new suspension technology and inertia valved shocks, it's becoming harder to differentiate without reading the full specs and studying what model has what type of lockouts.
Example, the Specialized Epic has an inertia rear shock, entry level Epic is close to $2,000.
Complete lockout is a nice feature too bad it seems kinda rare. Adjusting to a greater stiffness seems to be the way many go.
06-04-04, 11:58 AM
Some say the "Brain" and other inertia valved shocks make lockouts unnecessary. I have a lockout (Noleen) on my 2001 K2 Razorback Team. I use the lockout on pavement and on odd technical sections where I'd bottom out and hit my crank otherwise.
psyklnut or anyone else, do you have a link to good info on inertia valved shocks? I would like to learn more.
06-04-04, 01:27 PM
06-04-04, 06:53 PM
Actually, it's the suspension components that have the capability to "lock-out", not the bikes themselves.... If you plan on "locking-out" often, I'd recommend a hardtail, Bud.
I would use a lockout feature often and I would use the full suspension often as well. Options are good.
06-05-04, 12:11 AM
If you're talking low end, just go rigid.
06-05-04, 12:41 AM
Well, I'm still exploring the options. I really don't mind dropping some coin, but I'm a recreational rider at best and would like my $$$ to go into good suspension rather than expensive weight reduction. It seems that all bikes with good suspension options are only offered with super-pricey frames and top-end gear.
As mentioned above, options are good. The bike will see only 1)paved trails and 2)XC type courses. Those are pretty divergent, and lockout would be very handy for my use, but I will only get to bike about 3x/month, so it's tough to rationalize high-end bikes.
06-05-04, 05:29 PM
thanks! I was thinking more about a review comparing the different options out there, but this is a start... :)
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