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    Why is the new standard Push To Unlock?

    I was just really surprised to learn that my 2020 34 SC shipped out as push to unlock. I normally ride with my bike set to the open position; and it just seems counter intuitive to me that it constantly has to be under tension in order for me to do that. So, I wound up having my new fork immediately rebuilt so that I can run it PTL, which was much cheaper to do than having my rear shock rebuilt to PTU.

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    I just learnt about this too and trying to figure out what to do. Apparently PTU puts less pressure on the remote? as people were breaking the remotes?

    How long and how much did it took to rebuilt your fork to PTL? Do you know if it was just a topcap change or did it involve modifying damper internals?

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    What is push to unlock/lock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    What is push to unlock/lock?
    Fork damper. Old version has the damper open(free to use its travel) by default and push remote to lock the fork for climbing. New version has the damper locked by default and push the remote to unlock the fork to use its travel.

    Old version it was just a simple damper side topcap change from remote topcap to manual 3-pos topcapand vice versa. New version requires damper rebuild if you want to go from remote to manual 3-pos, complete PITA.


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    So it's the function of the remote?

    Wasn't evening thinking about that. Was confused by what one needs to push.

    Got it, thanks for explaining.

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    I have the same question. My 2019 (or 2020?) SID RLC has this and it's really annoying.

    What designer would think that on a very expensive suspension fork the DEFAULT position would be RIGID? WTF?

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    One designing a product for racing.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    The solution is simple, just remove the remote entirely.

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    Or , push it to unlock it. Is it really that difficult?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Or , push it to unlock it. Is it really that difficult?
    Yes, when the same companies product is attached to the other end of your frame and works the opposite way.

    It seems this is only a problem for the FIT4 34 SC forks. The GRIP damper seems to accept similar (same?) parts to the eariler (2018+) to allow top cap conversion between PTL and PTU. At least according the the FOX service videos posted with "2020" in the titles.

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    This is also an issue when the remote breaks/fails. I was with a friend who crashed and broke his remote. Instant rigid fork. Bad idea.

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