Just In: Magura eLECT Automatic Lockout and Wireless Remote for Front Forks

27.5 Forks

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.

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  • ginsu says:

    Personally, I never used the DLO on my Magura and tossed the remote. The fork has so much stiction it really doesn’t need a lockout, maybe if it were plusher or coil sprung it would be more necessary.

  • ginsu says:

    Yes, I have an older Magura Durin 100R and it isn’t exactly what I would call responsive. The seals always leak a little and leave residue on the stanchions too. Guess I’m biased towards Marzocchi plushness and open-bath designs and they never leak. Of course, I got the Durin for the weight (or lack of it), so I’m not surprised some performance was sacrificed.

    Also a small crack has appeared right in the middle of the front arch, which really annoys me because I think the walls are too thin and it is a design fault of the double arch.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      There was a recall on a batch of the During 100R’s (2008′s) for cracks. Regardless, the newest set of their forks are light years ahead of the old ones. No leakage issues on the new ones, and much more supple (comparing against my old Thor).

  • David Simons says:

    Technology is great, I’m all for it when used as an appropriate application. I’m not sure if a mtn bike is the application for electronics; the appeal of the bicycle is it’s inherent simplicity. I wonder if we’ll all be riding electronic forks 3 years from now? Anyway, electronic abscence for me for now in my bikes

  • StJoeRider says:

    Didn’t White Brothers already do this?

  • Don says:

    I already run a Magura SL, and the fixed compression setting they have is pretty dialed. At least for racing. I never notice movement from pedaling, but at the end of a ride or race the o-ring shows that I’ve used full travel. I basically just don’t notice the shock at all during the ride. It’s super stiff even with a Q/R, I just stuff it into corners, or through rock gardens and focus on my line out of the next corner rather than worrying about the bumps. I’m just curious I guess on how this might improve on that experience. Perhaps, the open setting could provide even plusher damping in the situations that I don’t need the higher compression damping of the SL.

  • SurlyWill says:

    With the expiration of the brain fork patent, it’ll be good to see more “smart” suspension systems going into bikes.

    Being “electronic” is even better as there is a lot of tuning you can do with a little microchip. In this case, my guess is that the fork needs more than “on” and “off”. On flats, a shock should not be “wide open”. Rather, it should be in short travel mode. For climbs … lockout. For Downhills … full open. And of course, when it gets hit hard it should give, Accelerometers could also help tuning the perfect ride.

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