by Dave Anderson
February 4, 2014
Is the whole world going electric?
We’ve already seen SRAM’s e:i on Lapierre bikes, and we reckon electric shifting is just around the corner; here’s Magura’s step into the electro arena, the eLect compression damping and lockout system.
Available as either an upgrade for existing forks from 2010 onwards or as an option on current TS8 or TS6 forks; eLect uses a 3D’s worth of accelerometers to work out angulation and motion so it can adjust or lock out your front suspension setting to suit current terrain and speed. There’s also free fall detection to prepare the fork for jumps and drop-offs.
The unit itself is fairly compact and weighs in at under 100g including the wireless remote, that’s lighter than DLO2. Fitting is a simple case of unscrewing your existing damper and dropping in the eLect. Proper simples.
The elect is chargeable via a weatherproofed, but easily accessible micro usb socket and will run for either 40 hours in automatic or 60 hours in manual. Should you run out of power the fork defaults to open setting ensuring you’ve still got active suspension to finish off your ride.
So saddle up, flip your power switch to on and you’re ready to hit the trails with what should be a fairly adaptable and quick (0.2 of a second) reacting fork set up.
We’re just awaiting a test fork equipped with eLect so we can see how it measures up in the real world.
Here’s word straight from the horse’s mouth…
and the pretty video advert.