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    Do you lockout your squish ?

    I'm going from a Whisky carbon rigid to a Magura TS8 100mm suspension fork with bar mounted lock-out on my Selma Ti SS.

    I expect to be slower for a while as I get used to having some bob up front through technical climbing.

    Will lock-out help maintain good climbing rigidity ?

    How has the switch from rigid to squish gone for you?
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    I use lockout every 5 or 10 minutes

    I love climbing steeps on single speed with the fork locked out on familiar sections/trails. I also know which sections to leave unlocked on familiar trails. On newer trails I leave unlocked most of the time unless good sightlines. I WISH I had remote!!!! I am too cheap. Using 120mm FOX RLC on small NINER ONE 9. I would use the heck out of remote if I had it. Almost no bobbing on FOX (well maintained).

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    The XX fork on my S.I.R. has the X-Loc remote, and I use it quite a bit on longer climbs.

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    My SS has an old Marzoochi Bomber that doesn't even have lock-out. So, that pretty much answers that. I have jacked up the PSI to achieve the best balance of limited bob, but still a good response.

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    I used the remote lockout on my rockshox recon even when I was using gears. When I switched to SS I used it even more because I hated that bobbing. I ended up locking the fork and not unlocking It. After that I switched to rigid and like it much more. Ofcourse downhill is much more comfortable with suspension. But on climbing rigid let you direct your power through the front of the bike to the ground without any loss. For that lockout helps significantly.

    What frame do you own? I think that rigid is perfect for steel SS 29ers and suspension fork with lockout is good for aluminium SS 26ers .

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    I went from a rigid to a manitou tower pro 80mm which I LOVE. It has literally saved my wrists. I also wish I had the milo remote lockout, but I'm a cheapo and just reach down and turn it myself. I do go practically full lockout on climbs. It's just awesome to be able to go from full squish (albeit only 3") to half squish, to rigid whenever I want.
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    If I had squish on my SS it would most def have a remote lockout. I love the lockout on my geared hardtail.
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    Nope.
    Even though its came on my bike I rarely, if ever use it. If you want to lock out your fork then you might as well just ride a rigid fork.
    Just my $0.02.

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    Where there is choice....

    On my squishy bikes (all HT's) I have 2 with Rock Shox, 1 with a Manitou, and my rigid (Ritchey Mountain Pro carbon) which has an X-Fusion on occassions...all get the lockouts used. I should say that all perform some townie duties here and there so they are locked out then.

    I like them for climbs or when it just isnt that rough because of the efficiency of rigid, but I do like the squishy when it gets really harsh. Once in a great while on rigid I wish I weren't, but that isn't very often. I just ride to suit the front end and don't drop off stuff with the carbon fork on. Had a PopLoc on my old Recon Gold and miss that so will probobly get another and the MILO for the Manitou and remote for the X-Fusion and one the for the Marzocchi I'm using on a ChupaCabra I'm building this winter. A carbon is going on my On-One. But I'm actually getting pretty OK with the quick reach and switch so maybe I will cheap out, but the remote was handy!

    I like both and I guess I just use what is inspiring and suited to where the ride is.
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    I actually took my lockout remote off of my bike for awhile, never used it. Put it back on not too long ago and made myself remember to use it. It's nice, does its job well, but I'd say I only lock my fork out a few times per ride now. I never think of it still, and I climb just fine locked out or not. It is nice for sections of paved trail.
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    The lockout might be inoperative on my fork; I couldn't care less. Never feel the need to use it. In fact, all the settings on my fork are right in the middle range and it works spectacularly. Probably has a lot to do with the skill of the guy who serviced it last Forget about he LC, I would have bought an F80R if Fox made one.

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    Wow what a variety - some people swear by lock-out, others think it's pointless.

    I have gotten a lot faster on my rigid ti SS, Maybe I should save the 2 lbs. and just suck it up.

    The Groovy Luv titanium bars are almost like suspension anyway
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    I ride with Reba. She is locked up like a prude but on big hits the gate opens up automatically and we have fun.
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    Yes, lock up on climbs. With Reba, manual lock, but my favorite is Fox Terralogic--auto lock! Works awesome for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    my favorite is Fox Terralogic--auto lock! Works awesome for me.
    +1 Terralogic here too.

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    Semi lockout

    I have a Duc 32 which reduces but doesn't lock out and I find even the 2" travel reduction makes a difference in effort due to bob.

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    I never lock out my Fox fork on my SIR9. Never felt the slightest need.

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    I only have a sus. fork on my geared bike, but I lock it out quite often. I rode rigid exclusively for a few years, and ultimately prefer it for everything other than descending..I guess it's a compromise.

    My SS Karate Monkey is rigid with the super harsh stock fork (2011). There have been times when I have considered a sus. fork for it, but ultimately I think a more compliant steel fork and a wider front tire are the best route for that bike.

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    I have a SID XX on my Lynskey, and I lock it out for about 60% of my riding. The hydralic lockout (X-Loc) is extremely fast and easy to work! The best lockout system on the market...hint's why all of C'dale's Lefties went from Fox internals to Rockshox with the X-Loc lockout!
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    I ride rigid, but to me having to think about flipping a switch or turning a knob to adjust for terrain is too much like shifting gears. I just wanna ride.

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    I have a SID XX and I use the X-loc any time I stand up. It's like 2nd nature.
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