Locking forks climbing on a hardtail
I’ve mostly found that forks that lock at full travelfully extended make the front of the bike more wandery – it’s often better to run the fork unlocked so that once you shift your weight forward the head angle steepens and makes life easier.
On fire roads/road though it can make a big difference to perceived effort running the fork locked out.Posted 4 years agoshortcutSubscriber
it depends on you, the climb, your prefered style of climbing.
If you keep relatively still on the bike and climb in a seated position without bobbing it makes no difference at all. If you bob loads and bounce around then locking the forks out makes sense. If you ride on the road out the saddle and honk up the hills you want to lock your forks. Rougher climbs are a little easier with unlocked forks.Posted 4 years agosoobaliasMember
How much difference does it make? naff all
Is it faster? is it faster than what? if you want to be faster up a specific (smooth surfaced) hill without changing your bike or your fitness or your percieved input level…… maybe very slightly
Is there a point when it’s so rough that it works against you? yes
its a suspension fork, work with it and learn to ride uphill with it to your advantage
locking the fork means the A2C is longer so the front end will feel lighter/wandery, it also means you have the feel of a rigid fork with the added weight of a suspension fork plus the unnecessary gubbins that can go wrongPosted 4 years ago
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