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Can someone explain what NOT to do with lockout shocks?

Old 04-28-08, 01:26 PM
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Can someone explain what NOT to do with lockout shocks?

I was wondering - sometimes I'll hit a bump and I hear this high pitched noise from my shocks when they are locked (the front ones). I'm figuring it is bad to impact your shocks when they are on lockout but I'm not sure just how sensitive they are. Obviously it's bad to do jumps with the shocks locked but what about just transitioning off a 6" curb or something, say when you're crossing the road? I just don't wanna do anything stupid that may wear the shocks out faster than they were designed to be, ya know..

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I have noticed that if I'm riding on my bike and I switch to lockout, it doesn't engage until my shocks are fully extended. Usually I'll stop but if I do it on the fly I lightly do a bunny hop after clicking the switch and then it locks while in the air. I'm talking a few inches kind of bunny hop. I was wondering if this is bad and if I should just stop, get off my bike, lock the shocks, then get back on, instead.

I can't find this in the manual. The bike is a 2008 trek fuel ex 8 with fox rp2 for the back and fox float 130rl in the front
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Old 04-28-08, 10:17 PM
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I was curious about the same thing actually, I have a 2006 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert FSR with a Fox Talas RL on the front and a Fox Triad in the rear. Any input? Thanks.
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well, maybe ill just end up asing the lbs
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Originally Posted by legalize View Post
I was wondering - sometimes I'll hit a bump and I hear this high pitched noise from my shocks when they are locked (the front ones). I'm figuring it is bad to impact your shocks when they are on lockout but I'm not sure just how sensitive they are. Obviously it's bad to do jumps with the shocks locked but what about just transitioning off a 6" curb or something, say when you're crossing the road? I just don't wanna do anything stupid that may wear the shocks out faster than they were designed to be, ya know..
It doesn't matter. The forks are designed to handle the stresses encountered during normal riding, locked out or not.

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I have noticed that if I'm riding on my bike and I switch to lockout, it doesn't engage until my shocks are fully extended. Usually I'll stop but if I do it on the fly I lightly do a bunny hop after clicking the switch and then it locks while in the air. I'm talking a few inches kind of bunny hop. I was wondering if this is bad and if I should just stop, get off my bike, lock the shocks, then get back on, instead.
When lockout is engaged, the low speed compression circuits are closed off, while the rebound circuits remain open. It's normal operation. You're not hurting anything.
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Is the sound mechanical or pneumatic? Most fork shocks are designed for a little give for high-impact even if your locked out. This protects you and the shock if you lockout and forget and take a big hit or drop or whatever.
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Thanks for the info
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