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Old 03-09-06, 04:29 PM   #1
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Do you have lockout forks?

I am wonder'n if you have lockout forks, and if you find them real usefull, or what?
I know it's supposed to be an atvantage while climbing, but what's your experience?
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Old 03-09-06, 05:04 PM   #2
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I have a 05 Skarab Super with remote lockout.
I lock it out for road riding always, but rarely ever lock it out off road, when riding recreationally.
In races, however, I lock out every hill and feel that it does give me a definate advantage when climbing out of the saddle.
Does one really need lockout though?
I don't think so.
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Old 03-09-06, 05:12 PM   #3
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I do on my Rockhopper...it's an older Marathon and it locks out at the bottom end of the travel which makes it great for climbing. I don't bother with it for shorter, steeper climbs. I usually just switch it for longer sustained climbs.
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Old 03-09-06, 06:36 PM   #4
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I just got one a month or so ago. I played with it on the first ride then haven't since.
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I have ETA better than a lockout because it stops the fork on the lower end instead of upper for better climbing geometry but also gives about an inch of travel because not all climbs are smooth
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Old 03-09-06, 06:51 PM   #6
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Oh yeah and got in a terrible accident--the worst fall I've ever taken--and gave up off road biking for good. Stictly road now. I unwittingly had it locked out on a steeeep downhill and went over the bars. Watch out.
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eff yeh.. i have a sid team... lockout is what you need if you climb alot
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i have a lockout, it might not be one of the best. But i never lock it out. i do alot of climbing and like the challenge of climbing. after reading all of your replies next time i ride i'm going to try the lockout on a climb.
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On my hardtail I have Rock Shox SID team with pop-lock and I use it constantly. On my dual suspension I have a Fox F100x that is always locked out from above but fully active from below.
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Yes, an 04 Black Platinum. Back when it was on my only bike, I used it a lot. But since I got a SS/fixie and a cruiser, I only use the hardtail for the trails, so rarely use it.
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I am wonder'n if you have lockout forks, and if you find them real usefull, or what?
I know it's supposed to be an atvantage while climbing, but what's your experience?
i do! ...but i always forget i have lock-out until i get home
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Old 03-09-06, 11:31 PM   #12
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I've got an SID team and I wouldn't buy a fork that didn't have a lockout option.
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Fox RLC 100 - I use the lockout when trudging up long fireroad climbs or when I ride on the road between trail sections, but that's it. The vast majority of my rides have climbs that benefit from front suspension.
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I don't use mine unless there's a lot of paved road on the particular ride. I don't really notice all that difference as I always try to spin smooth circles anyway. I don't lock out on climbs as I like my wheels in contact with the ground. When the air seals failed on my shock (rear) the other day, it was nice to lock it out to be able to finish the ride in "hardtail mode".

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I've got a Recon 351 and I find myself riding more with it locked out than with it not. Still think suspension forks are bollocks and only for the weak.
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On rides, I always forget whether my SID is locked or not... testiment to both my lack of suspension-feel savy and the lack of maintenence I've done on the fork.
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Me is using rockshox psylo race 2003 with remote lockout. Just like anyone, im using it on road rides but not on offroad eventhough i was climbing. I prefer not to lockout during climbing on off road trails. I think it was more comfortable.
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On my hardtail I have Rock Shox SID team with pop-lock and I use it constantly. On my dual suspension I have a Fox F100x that is always locked out from above but fully active from below.
I picked up a Fox F100X late last season. It will be my first fork with a lockout feature.

I've been looking at the Rock Shox SID World Cup forks. Going a little off-topic here, but what are your thoughts on the fork.
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I have a Fox TALAS RL, and I find that the travel adjust helps way more on the climbs than the lockout. The front end can be lowered so the bike is more stable on super-steep climbs. There aren't really any smooth trails around here so it's nice to have some travel. On the road the lockout is nice.
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I've been looking at the Rock Shox SID World Cup forks. Going a little off-topic here, but what are your thoughts on the fork.
their bad ass but if you dont want to blow the extra cash for the bling of cf and a few grams less of weight i would just go sidteam
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I picked up a Fox F100X late last season. It will be my first fork with a lockout feature.

I've been looking at the Rock Shox SID World Cup forks. Going a little off-topic here, but what are your thoughts on the fork.
In my opinion it is a great fork for it's intended usage. For cross country racing it is awesome. It is extremely light and it does the job. They don't flex nearly as bad as they used to either. Since SRAM took them over they are back to making some nice forks. However, if you are over 190 pounds I would probably stay away from it.
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I do on my hardtail. Haven't spent enough time on it though to decide whether it's useful or not.
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In my opinion it is a great fork for it's intended usage. For cross country racing it is awesome. It is extremely light and it does the job. They don't flex nearly as bad as they used to either. Since SRAM took them over they are back to making some nice forks. However, if you are over 190 pounds I would probably stay away from it.
my friend is 190 and it works very well.. but i would definatly have to agree anymore and youre pushing it
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No lockout for me. I would like to know where the lever is that keeps the oil inside a Fox Vanilla.Thats the feature I would really like......**%^%$,piece of crap^#@#*&
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I want a fork with lockout because a bike is my primary methond of transportation, so i think i might get a pike in the summertime when i can get a job(school is annoying for that matter).
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