Despite the fact that mountain bikers can manually regulate their bike’s suspension settings, most of them do not always accomplish that all through every trip. That is the place the brand new RockShox Flight Attendant system is available in, because it robotically adjusts the entrance and rear suspension as wanted.
For now at the very least, Flight Attendant is barely being factory-installed on sure forks and shocks, on choose enduro bikes from Specialised, Canyon, Trek and YT. It isn’t at the moment accessible as an aftermarket add-on.
The system consists of three sensor modules, respectively positioned on high of 1 fork leg, on the crankset, and on the rear shock. All three wirelessly talk with each other through mum or dad firm SRAM’s AXS know-how. The fork-mounted “management” module is basically the boss of the setup.
Because the bike is in movement, the system constantly detects when pedalling is going down, when bumps within the path are being encountered, and when climbing or descending are occurring. It responds inside milliseconds by setting the entrance and rear compression damping to one in all three modes: Open, Lock or Pedal.
Open – appropriately sufficient – leaves the suspension huge open, so its full quantity of journey is obtainable to absorb impacts whereas using downhill. Lock is the other, in that it switches the suspension to its firmest setting, so extra of the bicycle owner’s pedalling energy might be utilized whereas they’re climbing or using on clean roads. Pedal is a compromise between these two extremes, protecting the suspension semi-firm with a purpose to supply some shock-absorption and a still-decent diploma of pedalling effectivity.
Using both an app or pushbutton controls on the management module, riders can set the system to have roughly of a bias towards any of the modes. They’ll additionally preserve the system in a single mode, make it swap to a different mode, or manually regulate the efficiency of the fork and shock.
And no, Flight Attendant shouldn’t be the primary system of its sort. Fox’s Stay Valve setup presents comparable performance, whereas Magura’s eLECT module does roughly the identical factor, however for the fork solely.
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RockShox Flight Attendant: Our Growth Story