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  • Do you lock out your forks for climbing
  • Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Even standing or long road climbs, I don’t bother, I just try and pedal smoothly.

    There was a discussion a few years ago that seemed to conclude that dropping forks for the climb was detrimental, but that’s a different issue.

    gastromonkey
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    For a fire road climb or if I’m on the road I normally lock the fork and shock. I don’t do it because of any particular research or test findings, it’s just what I prefer.

    Premier Icon Andy R
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    I don’t have any means of locking mine out anyway (Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti) so it’s one less thing for me to forget to do.
    I tend to climb pretty smoothly anyway, in or out of the saddle.

    chrismac
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    Only on long or steep road climbs

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    generally only road climbs, the bugger is remembering to unlock them after, normally only remember halfway down the next DH (or at the bottom)

    Made a big difference when I’ve had lockout forks on my ss where you’re generally bouncing about a bit more for leverage. Minimal things to faff with is a plus point of ss tho. I don’t normally have lockable forks on there.

    I used to lockdown the bombers on my big bike all the time, shifts weight forward, better for pedalling up steep stuff

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Nopes. Never ever… either on the HT or the FS.

    Premier Icon tenfoot
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    When they were on my Zesty frame, I didn’t bother, as I couldn’t lock out the rear. Now they are mated to a C456 frame, then yes, I do.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    no, because if I do, i generally forget to unlock them until i’ve got to the bottom of the next hill wondering my my forks feel so shit.

    Premier Icon cokie
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    I only lock them on long road sections and steep fire road climbs.
    Anything remotely technical they stay wide open.

    Mowgli
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    I don’t have lockout, but for anything steep I drop from 160 to 110, otherwise I find the front end lifts off and steering stops working. Tend to put the shock onto pro-pedal or whatever it’s called to reduce bob. Often forget to change it back, but it’s not rigid really, just a bit stiffer.

    Edit as per Jambo above!!
    Gave up locking them out as 5 minutes into a technical downhill section I`d realize I was still locked out. The less to do the better is my attitude now, loving the 1 x 11 set up on my latest bike.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Pointless for me, I’d gladly see it done away with.

    Premier Icon russyh
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    IHN
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    no, because if I do, i generally forget to unlock them until i’ve got to the bottom of the next hill wondering my my forks feel so shit.

    Amen brother.

    taxi25
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    For a fire road climb or if I’m on the road I normally lock the fork and shock. I don’t do it because of any particular research or test findings, it’s just what I prefer

    ^^this.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    the bugger is remembering to unlock them after, normally only remember halfway down the next DH (or at the bottom)

    I stopped doing it for this exact reason.

    Premier Icon woody74
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    jam bo – Member
    no, because if I do, i generally forget to unlock them until i’ve got to the bottom of the next hill wondering my my forks feel so shit.

    Spot on!!

    wheely
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    Same as several others – yes to road work and fire-road hills. Defo stops the bobbing when you are up and out of the seat.

    tjagain
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    Nope – but I sit and spin on climbs not stand and mash

    also I do as Jambo does

    cynic-al
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    The lock down on Bombers etc was good, but yes I too have ridden Cadden Bank with the fork locked out. Sore neck afterwards.

    Never found bobbing to be a concern TBH, even when racing.

    prawny
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    I did once, when the seal blew out on some recons a few years ago. Probably would if I rode it any distance on the road too, but I never have.

    JackHammer
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    nope. Never really seen the point. Im a sit and spin kinda guy.

    Premier Icon doom_mountain
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    Never lock the forks, rarely lock the rear shock.
    As already mentioned, I always forget to unlock the rear shock and wonder why the downhill seems bumpier than last week 😆

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    I have CTD fork/ shock.

    Almost exclusively set to T, because I forget.

    Premier Icon jobro
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    Like many above, only lock out on roads (which I try and avoid) and good surfaced fire road. Equally, like everyone else, I invariably forget to unlock them. Riding a Turner I never have to tinker with the rear:-) That DW link is really good.

    Premier Icon schmiken
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    I race XC, so lock them out for smooth fireroad or tarmac climbs, otherwise I tend to leave them on the middle setting (Scott Spark with Twinloc system).

    stevextc
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    I used to on my HT XC bike (with the fox ctd) but like so many forgot to unlock them (to be fair mainly when riding with a 5yr old so it makes it easier to boost them up a steep accent with locked forks)… on my trail bike I don’t have a remote and really can’t be bothered… I’m not racing so losing a bit of power is just more exercise and way better than doing a climb then forgetting to unlock ..

    mindmap3
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    Nope. I just leave it. Never use to lower my forks either when I had that option.

    Only when on tarmac and in a hurry!

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    I’ll lock mine if I plan to stand up for a steep, but smooth, ramp, but for seated climbing I just tend to leave them open. Just wondering if there have been any tests done on the effect of locking the forks for a seated climb.

    Premier Icon Normal Man
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    Nope. I’ve got CTD on my forKarate but leave them on D all the time.

    drofluf
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    no, because if I do, i generally forget to unlock them until i’ve got to the bottom of the next hill wondering my my forks feel so shit.

    ^^This!

    JackHammer
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    When I’ve been riding my ht a lot, then head out on the FS I even forget to unlock-out my rear shock. Cue me doing one-handers trying to reach the lockout switch in the first 100m of singletrack.

    scuttler
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    Long road climbs yes. Forgetting to unlock is pretty much a thing of the past now but interrupted plenty of descents historically because my forks felt like scaffold poles.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Only on the HT and only on roads (my local loop is a 10 minute spin along the road to get to)

    Pointless on the FS as the rear only has pro pedal not lockout so locking out the fork would just feel weird

    Premier Icon IvanMTB
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    Hi,

    Off road never, on road occasionally.

    Cheers!
    I.

    qwerty
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    Yes, a lot of the time, but sometimes after a descent i wonder why my forks feel shite.

    steve_b77
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    I do for long climbs especially if they’re smooth regardless of them being on or off road.

    My bike has a dual lock out that does shock and fork in one press so it makes it easy, it also has a very effective floodgate on each that blows through should I forget to unlock them

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Handlebar remote lockout for front and rear, so yes whenever there’s a smooth enough bit that they give no benefit from bouncing. Forgetting to unlock isn’t a big problem either as long as I remember before I’m hanging on for dear life.

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