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

27.5 Forks
According to the Manufacturer

The intelligent eLECT module from MAGURA senses the riding situation, second by second, meter for meter. Due to the effectiveness of the 3D-acceleration sensor any changes to the inclination or impacts are immediately registered.

With the electronic ON-OFF and blow-off function in DLO² (Dynamic Lock Out) the new system is in a position to adjust the fork to a suitable mode for any given situation. At 93g total weight the new system manages to weigh in 15g lower than the mechanical DLO². Naturally the eLECT rider can always chose between automatic and manual modes using the wireless remote – depending on the chosen route and personal preference. Additionally the eLECT can be calibrated – this allows the rider to specify the tilt angle which the system will then use to automatically lock or unlock. One of the system highlights is the ability to detect free-fall – this opens the previously locked fork to allow for a soft landing which will then automatically relock depending on the tilt angle. The rider can concentrate on the trail and prepare for any difficult sections without needing to make any fork adjustments.

The eLECT is perfectly adapted and has been matched for use with all MAGURA TS 8 R and TS6 forks. The wireless remote has been designed to fit directly to all MAGURA MT and HS brake clamps but it is possible to fit with any model if used in conjunction with an additional clamp. The power-on time is 40h in automatic mode and 60h in manual mode which should be more than sufficient for most bike trails. Recharging the eLECT can be easily done through a micro USB-port. Within a few hours the system is fully recharged and the rider is armed for the next trail.

Product Features:

  • DLO² with electronic ON-OFF and blow-off
  • 15g lighter than the mechanical DLO²
  • Automatic or manual mode options can be chosen using the wireless remote
  • Remote module with separate clamp or direct mounted on all MT or HS brakes
  • 3D-acceleration sensor registers inclination and impact to enable automatic ON-OFF
  • Calibration option – selects the tilt angle desired by the user to unlock the fork
  • Free-fall detection – opens the locked fork during flight to facilitate a soft landing
  • 40h power-on time in automatic mode – 60h power-on time in manual mode – recharge using a micro USB port

For more information visit www.magura.com.

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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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