Test Data from Magura
During initial factory testing, a rider went for an hour loop with the manual lockout and used it 25 times, and then redid the same loop using the eLECT, and it engaged the lockout 200 times, showing a greatly increased utilization by the automatic electronic system. For safety and control, it has a blow off and a free fall detection if big drops are encountered and will unlock the fork before impact, and if anything electronically malfunctions, the damper reverts to the open mode. No release date or retail cost is available as yet.
The eLECT is calibrated by pushing down the top of the damper three times when the bike is level, and this setting tells the damper’s internal sensor at what angle the fork will initiate lock out. If you want the lock out to occur sooner just stick a brick under the rear wheel (bike pointed down) during calibration, and conversely if you want it to engage on a steeper inclination, put the brick under the front tire (bike pointed up). The calibration can be set to whatever you like, and can be altered for different terrain, courses or personal preferences.
The eLECT damper is powered by an internal lithium-ion battery that is charged via its micro USB port, which located under the waterproof screw on top cap. The battery life in the automatic mode is 40 hours and 60 hours in manual, and it takes no more than a couple of hours for a full recharge. If the battery dies during a ride, the electronics is incapacitated, it reverts to the open mode. To save battery life, it will shutoff or go to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, and will reawaken 5 seconds after an initial impact. There is a master on/off switch under the cap, that will be useful during storage or when transporting the bike. In future versions, the USB port might allow data downloads, so you could examine the amount of travels used, number of lockouts, and various other sundry information. It must be installed with the arrow pointing forward, so that the calibration and electronics function properly.
The remote communicates and pairs to the eLECT damper using ANT+ protocol, which is a Garmin proprietary wireless sensor network technology. The remote is powered by a watch battery, and the wireless engagement allows placement of the eLECT into full auto and manual modes, all with a quick indention of its button. The remote can attach with either a separate clamp or be integrated with the MT or HS brake clamps. Press the button to engage automatic mode, press again for manual mode, again to lock the fork, and again to unlock, and then it cycles back to auto.