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bobcat19 06-10-07 03:15 AM

I need help buying a new bike.
 
Hi, I need help buying a new bike.

I haven't been mountain biking in some time now, probably about a year now. Partly due to the fact that my bike is an old ( about 1998 ) Kona Firemountain. I think its time I bought a new bike.

I have heard about something called "auto-lockout", wherethe shock tells the difference between rider input and track input and locks the shock out accordingly. This sounds good because ( from what I hear ) it combines the effeciency of a hardtail ( which I like ) with the travel of a full suspension bike ( which I also like ). Can someone tell me about this "auto-lockout". Is it fairly common/expensive? And can I buy a ( cheap ) frame and put auto-lockout shocks on it?

Anyway, I don't want to spend to much money and I don't mind a secondhand bike thats a couple years old. But I would like a bike with a full suspension and disk brakes and a fair bit of travel but not a downhill bike.

Any input is welcome, thanks.

spinnaker 06-10-07 06:52 AM

You might get more help if you use a subject line that made more sense.

Also posting in the correct forum (Mountain Biking) might help.

Retro Grouch 06-10-07 07:15 AM

That's a complicated question. I don't know very much about bike suspension and the more that I learn about it the more I find out that I don't know. I feel that my understanding of bike suspension is going backwards.

Everything on a bike works together and affects how the other parts work. I doubt that simply adding an auto-lockout shock to a bike that wasn't designed around it is going to work very well.

apclassic9 06-10-07 08:59 AM

read the stickies on the mountainbike forum. Check the reviews on MTBrev

Nicodemus 06-10-07 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobcat19
Any input is welcome, thanks.

start with useful thread titles

cyccommute 06-10-07 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobcat19
Hi, I need help buying a new bike.

I haven't been mountain biking in some time now, probably about a year now. Partly due to the fact that my bike is an old ( about 1998 ) Kona Firemountain. I think its time I bought a new bike.

I have heard about something called "auto-lockout", wherethe shock tells the difference between rider input and track input and locks the shock out accordingly. This sounds good because ( from what I hear ) it combines the effeciency of a hardtail ( which I like ) with the travel of a full suspension bike ( which I also like ). Can someone tell me about this "auto-lockout". Is it fairly common/expensive? And can I buy a ( cheap ) frame and put auto-lockout shocks on it?

Anyway, I don't want to spend to much money and I don't mind a secondhand bike thats a couple years old. But I would like a bike with a full suspension and disk brakes and a fair bit of travel but not a downhill bike.

Any input is welcome, thanks.

It's called an inertial valve. It works by keeping the shock valve closed when a downward pressure is put on the wheel like when pedal. If the wheel experiences an impact moving upward, the valve will unseat and allow the shock to travel. It's a pretty slick idea and works well (I borrowed someone's bike once and, unfortunately didn't buy that model which would have saved me lots of headache:mad: ).

However the bad news is that the technology is only available on Specialized Epic and Stumpjumper FSR Expert. The cheapest bike you can get it on starts at $2200 and goes up from there. One Craigslist, Epics still go for around $1500, used.


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