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These Are The 8 Bikes To Get Fox Live Valve First For 2019

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After years of speculation and rumour, Fox finally announced Live Valve this week. If you want to know what Live Valve is and what it does we have a full write up here, or you can watch our video explanation below. Basically though, the system senses the position of the bike and the forces acting upon the suspension to determine if your shocks should be locked out or not.

The sophisticated box of tricks and related suspension gubbins isn’t cheap and if you were planning on upgrading your current bike to Fox Live Valve you’ll be looking at a bill of around £3000.

To be honest, we don’t expect many people to choose the upgrade route when moving to Live Valve, but rather choose a whole bike fitted with the system out of the box.

Currently, only a handful of manufacturers have confirmed Fox Live Valve equipped bikes, so we’ve gathered the details of each model and listed them below. Where possible we’ve added pricing, but we don’t expect any of these bikes to ship for under £5000!

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Andi tested the non-Live Valve version of the Altitude last year and loved it.

Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon

  • Travel: 160mm
  • Wheelsize: 27.5in
  • Fork: Fox 36
  • Price: TBC

The Altitude is a 160mm travel enduro bike from Canadian brand Rocky Mountain. A Live Valve equipped Fox 36 is the fork give the front end ample travel to get rowdy, but even with all this squish on tap, the Altitidue is a sprightly ride.

The current top of the range Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 90 costs a cool £6999.99 without Fox Live Valve, we can’t wait to see pricing of the new flagship bike.

rocky mountain instinct bc edition
Mega wheels + mega travel = mega fun?

Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon

  • Travel: 140mm
  • Wheelsize: 29in
  • Fork: Fox 34
  • Price: TBC

The Instinct gets larger 29in wheels to roll on but slightly less front end travel when compared to the rock gobbling Altitude. A Fox live valve equipped 34 runs up front with 140mm of travel while the rear Live Valve damper controls the matching 140mm of rear wheel travel.

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Antony tested the BC version of the Thunderbolt and loved it.

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Carbon

  • Travel: 130mm
  • Wheelsize: 27.5in
  • Fork: Fox 34
  • Price: TBC

With the least amount of travel of the 3 Rocky Mountain models listed, you would think that the Thunderbolt is the XC race baby, but this isn’t really the case.

While the Live Valve equipped bike has just 130mm of travel, the geometry and build of the Thunderbolt allow it to handle a lot more than the figures suggest. The Thunderbolt, like the Instinct and Altitude, also comes with Rocky Mountain’s Ride9 feature allowing the rider to fine tune geometry.

This is the current Reign Advanced with DVO suspension as used by the Giant Factory Team.

Giant Reign Advanced 27.5

  • Travel: 160mm
  • Wheelsize: 27.5in
  • Fork: Fox 36
  • Price: TBC

The Giant Reign Advanced is already available, but for 2019 this carbon enduro bike will get a Live Valve option. It’s interesting that Giant will offer a Fox equipped flagship especially when its own race team is running forks and shocks from rival DVO.

The 2019 Giant Anthem Advanced costs a cool $11,500 with Fox Live Valve.

Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29

  • Travel: 100mm
  • Wheelsize: 29in
  • Fork: Fox 32 Step-Cast
  • Price: £7999.00

The 2019 Giant Anthem Advanced claims to have the most up-to-date Maestro suspension platform available paired with Fox Live Valve, meaning an already efficient cross-country race bike might be even faster. Giant hasn’t skimped on the build kit of its pure XC race machine which boasts carbon wheels, a full Shimano XTR drivetrain and a Live Valve equipped Fox 32.

To feel the benefit of Live Valve on the Anthem you’ll need to hand over $11,500 in the U.S or £7,999 here in the UK.

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We tested the Scott Spark RC 900 earlier in the year.

Scott Spark

  • Travel: 120mm
  • Wheelsize: 29in
  • Fork: Fox 34 Step-cast
  • Price: TBC

Earlier in the year Wil reviewed the Scott Spark and commented that normally he isn’t a fan of using lockout levers, but the Spark had changed his mind. We wonder what he would think of a Spark which offers the same versatility and efficiency but automatically switched between suspension settings on the fly?

The current top of the range Scott Spark RC 900 SL costs a cool £9499.00, a lottery win might be needed for us to afford the Fox Live Valve equipped variant.

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Wil spotted the Scott Genius with Fox Live Valve at Eurobike earlier in the year.

Scott Genius

  • Travel: 150mm
  • Wheelsize: 29in
  • Fork: Fox 36
  • Price: TBC

Although Fox only officially released Live Valve this week, the cat was already out of the bag at Eurobike 2018 where Wil managed to track it down on a Genius over on the Scott booth. The Scott Genius has long been known to be one of the most efficient big travel bikes on the market, but with this latest suspension wizardry expect it to move to a whole new level both in performance and pricing.

Now with Live Valve.

Pivot Mach 5.5

  • Travel: 160mm
  • Wheelsize: 27.5in
  • Fork: Fox 36
  • Price: $11,099

The Pivot Mach 5.5 gets 140mm of rear wheel travel mated to a 160mm fork. The carbon framed bike uses a DW link suspension system and a huge 148mm wide rear hub for maximum rear end stiffness. When we attended the launch of the Mach 5.5 last year we spotted the frame had various, unusual mounting points and ports, now we know what they were for.

Will You Be An Early Adopter?

How likely are you to buy a Fox Live Valve equipped bike in the next couple of months? Are you planning to jump on the new technology bandwagon out of the gates? or do you plan on waiting for the technology to trickle down to lower prices? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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