Taipei Cycle Show: Magura Previews new eLect Rear Shock, Automatic Full Suspension Lockout

Magura eLect Rear shock fork system (1)

Less than a year after first introducing the eLect system on a fork, Magura is providing a sneak peek at the future of their automatic lockout system. With the addition of an eLect equipped rear shock, Magura will now have a full suspension package that automatically locks out based on the bike’s inclination. That mean no more fumbling for the lockout switch when you know there is a climb coming out. With eLect, when the bike is going up hill, the suspension is instantly locked out.

Magura eLect Rear shock fork system (2)

Using the same ANT+ wireless connection as the fork, the eLect unit sits on top of the shock body and controls the lockout. The shock itself weighs about 25g more than the standard mechanical lock out model, but without the cable and housing of a traditional mechanical remote it may actually be lighter in the long run.

When paired with an eLect fork, the fork works as the master and the shock the slave. So when the fork senses that the bike is going up hill, it will then send the signal to the rear shock, locking out both at the same times. As soon as the bike levels out or starts descending, both suspension components are opened making full use of the travel. That means that the only way the rear shock will lockout automatically, is if it is paired with the front fork. You could just run the rear shock, but would only be able to lock it out manually. The result is an extremely efficient full suspension platform that requires zero input from the user – unless you want to control it yourself.

Magura eLect Rear shock fork system (3)

If that’s the case, then the new wireless remote will allow you to lock out both at the same time with the push of one button, or lock out only one or the other. This will be the same remote that is shipped with the fork, and can be mounted on the right or left of the bar. Battery life for the rear shock is expected to be around 40-60hrs of actual ride time (the system will go to sleep after a long period of inactivity) and can be recharged through the micro USB port.

Details were slim on the current availability or pricing, but Magura did say that the system will be available for both OEM and aftermarket sales.

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Comments

Jack - 03/05/14 - 9:25am

I’m sure they will have worked out some kind of magic solution, but surely there must be a way to ‘zero’ the rear shock such that it would be in it’s ‘level’ state at 30% sag? Sounds fiddly albeit interesting.

Papi - 03/05/14 - 9:54am

What bike is the shock in the photo mounted to? It looks like a very stiff frame set. I bet it climbs pretty well in and out of the saddle.

mario - 03/05/14 - 10:45am

that frame is just to showcase the shock, no? Otherwise it would be quite a waste to install the shock there, I mean no moving parts on that frameā€¦

jen - 03/05/14 - 11:17am

umm i know this sounds odd but going up hill is when i often need more traction, so why would i want my shock to automatically lock..

mike - 03/05/14 - 12:39pm

Lapierre and their E:I makes more sense…

The Guy - 03/05/14 - 1:45pm

‘Front Fork’? As opposed to what… the rear fork?

justride - 03/05/14 - 1:54pm

is this not similar to the “BRAIN” by big S? without the need of electronics?

Sevo - 03/05/14 - 2:06pm

The cool thing about Magura’s tech is you can “trick” (on purpose) the shock via the angle you zero it out at. Depending on your terrain or a specific course you’ll either zero it out at flat, a small brick under the front wheel, or whatever works best.

It’s definitely for a specific kind of rider. Some XC guys may love it, an all mountain guy may hate it….and vice versa. Really comes down to your preferences and riding style. I think it’d be fun to try, from talking to those who have it’s really pretty cool stuff….more than you’d think. Especially for a guy like me that the only electric thing I want on my bike is my Garmin. But the reports I’m getting I’m thinking that may change. At least on the front fork

mrazekan - 03/05/14 - 2:58pm

The Guy,

Rear fork:
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/images/manitou1.jpg

=o)

Mindless - 03/05/14 - 6:01pm

You do not zero the rear shock, IIUC, inclination detection logic is in the fork. Rear shock is a slave.

DJ - 03/05/14 - 9:50pm

It’s only locked out till it hits something, then it unlocks. I think it will be a sweet system.

The Guy - 03/05/14 - 9:59pm

mrazekan

You made my day with that pic!

Ouam - 03/06/14 - 7:43am

Like the bolts…. :-(

mateo - 03/06/14 - 7:44am

@Jack – the problem with zeroing the shock is that even on level ground, the shock orientation changes as it moves through its travel. As you cycled through the travel, the shock we be trying to lock and unlock itself.

Dave - 03/07/14 - 12:48pm

I have always loved the innovation of Magura. I cannot wait to demo both of these products and see for myself how it all feels.

While I did not need a DA Di2 bike, I have one now and I absolutely love it.

So keep bringing on new innovations as they eventually trickle down to less expensive groups and parts and frames and only makes the riding experience more enjoyable.

Brad - 03/10/14 - 8:38pm

Looks like the o-synce remote. Bet we will see these popping up more with all this talk of wireless everything.

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