The Lock-out remote is a lever, with one or two paddles or with a button, installed on the handlebar, that makes your life easier: press it and you can lock out your fork. A useful tool, I would say, but without which you can still survive. Better than without a dropper seatpost.
For the new 2016 fork models, Rock Shox has a mechanical Lock-Out, that I have already seen on several test bikes. Personally, I don’t think that Rock Shox came up with a notable solution and I can say this from several points of view:
- Construction: the lever is too big and it must be installed on the upper part of the handlebar. Besides the fact that it takes up too much space, this is also not too ergonomic. In the case of the 3 bikes I had for testing, using the remote did not seem quite precise. The feeling was that there was a great friction between the cable and it’s cover. Also, if you place your bike upside down, this leans exactly on the remote, so inevitably at some point you will scratch it.
- Functionality: once I had a bike with such a remote, I immediately wanted to remove it. But, once you remove the cable from the fork, this remains blocked. Really?! This can mean something else: breaking the cable during a contest, leaves you with a blocked fork. And if you are on a downhill and still have to ride 20 kilometers on a difficult path, you must pray in order to get down safely. You and your fork as well. Also, when the fork is unlocked, the upper paddle is used, when normally it should be on the same line with the lower paddle. What history has taught us, is that even the big producers can sometimes come up with a bike component such as this. The old mechanic Lock-Out from Rock Shox was perfect, so I don’t understand why they had to complicate things.