What is a Lockout Fork on a Mountain Bike?

Have you been wondering the function of a lockout switch on a mountain bike, when the rigid bike exists as well?

What is a lockout fork?

It is a simple switch, which you can place on your bike’s front suspension fork to reduce the compression rate. This means that using this switch, you can adjust the suspension fork to a level that it won’t absorb any shocks in a bumpy ride.

Why is it important?

Using any suspension mountain bike can make your ride smoother, especially if you are traveling on steep terrain. On the downhill, the suspension system absorbs excess energy, providing you with a comfortable ride. 

However, uphill, the same suspension system uses your peddling energy, making your journey a bit difficult.

So, this is where the lockout fork comes into play. You can make your mountain bike work as a rigid system when going uphill, whereas you can let it function normally with the full functionality of the suspension system when going down the slope. 

Thus, providing you with the necessary comfort and functionality without requiring you to compromise on any hillsides or other difficult terrains.

Types of lockout systems:

There are multiple types of lockout systems as well to facilitate you in the best possible manner. These include:

Remote lockout system – the compression system that can be controlled through a button on the handlebars

Rear lockout system – in the case of the full-suspension bike, the rear suspensions can also be restricted to compress through the rear lockout system. 

However, it might not generate the same benefits, as using it uphill can make your climbing even more difficult because the rear shocks usually absorb the high-impact energy.

Is it worth using?

After discussing all these benefits of using a lockout fork on a mountain bike, you’ll have this question in your mind that whether this system is worth a try. 

Well, this technology is a bit expensive, so not every rider can afford it. So, if you have to travel a lot on uneven terrain, then using the lockout fork is worth a try, but if you have to ride on the hills occasionally, it is better to put in the manual effort.

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