All forks I know of have a safety blowoff for the lockout circuit. My Lefty with PBR has a lockout that is pretty dang hard. It's so hard that the fork sounds very angry at the slightest set of small bumps. If I forget and hit a really big bump, it unlocks by itself. If they didn't have a blowoff, there would be a crapload of broken forks out there in the first few weeks of ownership, making a warranty nightmare for the manufacturers.True lockouts are hard on the shock (cause high internal pressures) and bike (more force imparted than intended). As stated above, on a road they can be somewhat useful, but true low-speed compression adjustment is far more useful usually, especially when coupled with a way to rapidly adjust it.
I do it all the time. I actually switched my old Reba fork to a non-remote lockout because I was sick of all of the cable clutter and junk on the bars. I mean, look at it. Your grip is only 10" away from the top of the fork leg. Easy to reach down and spin the knob, or hit the button.The other issue u will have to decide on is whether to go with a remote lock out (mounted on the handlebar) or just the lockout lever on the fork leg. There is a bit of a trade off given you give up some adjustability on the fork if you go with remote lock out (for Rock Shox there are just two positions - locked / unlocked and for Fox three positions - Climb / Trail / Decent). If you plan on racing a remote lock out is essential IMO. No way to be reaching down to lock out your fork in the heat of the race. I use my remote lockout constantly although is puts more wear and tear on the fork seals triggering more maintenance.
So I suppose it's not doable to drink from a bottle or eat a gel safely while XC racing either?I respectfully disagree. Again in the context of XC racing I have encountered countless situation where taking your hands off your handlebar grips is either not possible or will cost you speed / position. On most XC courses there are numerous fast transitions from high speed technical sections requiring both hands on the bar (rooty / rocky / tight switchbacks) to immediately climbing hard / driving hard in or out of the saddle. You simply can't take one hand off the bar and put down max power. In addition, at speed with one hand on the bar it only takes a small root of rock to potentially cause you to crash. IMO for aggressive XC racing a remote handlebar lock out is a must (just my 2 cents).
yep...can we start over now?Sweet, the clipless vs flat pedal debate and 26" wheel vs 29" wheel debate were both getting old.
Now we have a remote lock out vs non-remote lockout debate.
I don't have a remote on any of my bikes so that automatically makes it better.
And for the record, flat pedals and 29ers are also better.
Well, I can see his POV. You can time taking sugar water drinks to happen during non-techy sections when not sprinting. There are times when you might want an open fork to get over some rocky bits, closely followed by a sharp sprint up a hill. It has been my experience that the set of circumstances that kept me from reaching over a foot and slapping a button are so few and far between, that I have never missed my remote lockout... like, ever. That is, in the 4 years since I lost my lockout lever, it has never come up, and I've never missed it. I also do not miss having the extra junk on my bars, or the added maintenance.So I suppose it's not doable to drink from a bottle or eat a gel safely while XC racing either?
Anything that I'm XC racing on that's smooth enough for me to lock out my fork is smooth enough for me to reach down and lock it. I'm smart enough to unlock before I get to whatever rough nasty bits require the unlock. Aside from a dead sprint, there is no way unlocking your fork at the crown is not doable. Really you should only be locking your fork for really really smooth climbs. Everywhere else you're faster unlocked using proper riding technique.