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Old 03-30-07, 11:09 AM
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Lockout vs. SPV - pro's and con's

Hi,
I'm looking to upgrade my R7 Comp (no lockout) and have been trying to get some advice on whether to go with a fork with pure lockout versus one with SPV. I'm interesting in hearing from those in here about this. Why is one better than another? I've heard that tuning an SPV fork can be a pain in the butt and they're more expensive than other.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Brian
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Old 03-30-07, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by dfioc
Hi,
I'm looking to upgrade my R7 Comp (no lockout) and have been trying to get some advice on whether to go with a fork with pure lockout versus one with SPV. I'm interesting in hearing from those in here about this. Why is one better than another? I've heard that tuning an SPV fork can be a pain in the butt and they're more expensive than other.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Brian
remind me what SPV stands for?
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Old 03-30-07, 11:34 AM
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Stable platform valve. I have not used a fork with lockout so I can't comment, but I like my SPV just fine. It's really not that difficult to set up. Provided you don't buy a bum shock pump....
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Well, I've not used Mani's SPV but I do have a propedal Van R rear shock and I used to have Motion Control with adjustable flood gate.

I love it! The lockout is more efficient on smooth long grinding hills, but 'round here, the hills are a little rough and the climbs are not long and grinding...they're short, steep, and several. The lockout would be on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off-waaaay too much during a ride. I used to use my lockout on the street, but when I hit the trail, I preferred the Motion Control / floodgate setting. You could still hit bumps and it would blow off instead of jarring or slowing ya down.

The Propedal is very effective. I have mine in the fixed middle setting and it's noticeably more efficient, yet very plush.


My opinion is that lockouts are for hardtails that will be ridden on lots of fire road climbs.
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Filling my spv chamber up to the highest recommended psi doesn't= lockout. Still bobs a little bit. Depends on what you want really. If you want lockout, I'd suggest not getting spv. Of course I do weigh 190 and I can't remember what stock spring comes with the manitou minute. But I'm sure it's not the correct one for my weight, that also can account for part of the bobbing.

I have a minute 1.

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Old 03-30-07, 12:06 PM
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I love the lockout feature on my Fox Fork...It's great for those fire road ascents. The only issue I have is reaching down and spinning the switch...but the lockout gives me a nice stable platform.
The lockout on my Fox rear shock however, is not so good. It has quite a bit of undamped movement causing a hideous amount of 'bob' when in the 'lockout' position. I want to give the "Brain" shock a try.
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