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In late Au­gust Fox re­leased LiveValve. It’s elec­tronic, it’s au­to­matic, and it’s crip­plingly ex­pen­sive. The over­all con­cept isn’t brand new, Fox have wanted to sim­plify sus­pen­sion for years. Ter­ralogic was one way they went about it, as was the IRD elec­tronic lock out sys­tem, as a way to make sus­pen­sion lock­out faster and eas­ier. Af­ter putting racers on IRD, Fox found out that they would use the lock­out more than twice as much. But Fox could do more.

LiveValve can make ad­just­ments 480 times an hour, with feed­back from the sen­sors on the fork and swingarm 1000 times a sec­ond, with ad­just­ments taking 3 mil­lisec­onds. So no, you can’t do the same thing. The con­troller knows if you’re go­ing up­hill, on the flat or down­hill, so it’s not about to make your sus­pen­sion locked out as you launch a huge drop. In­put from the sen­sors feed into an al­go­rithm to de­ter­mine whether the valve is Open, or Firm.

The Open mode can be ad­justed, but the the Firm mode is set by the bike man­u­fac­turer to suit the sus­pen­sion on your bike. There’s a lot go­ing on, and for more de­tails we’d rec­om­mend read­ing up on the sys­tem on the Fox web­site.

There are a cou­ple of 2019 bikes com­ing with LiveValve as stock, oth­er­wise the sys­tem starts at $4369 as an up­grade to a Gi­ant An­them Ad­vanced Pro, or Rocky Moun­tain Thun­der­bolt (as an ex­am­ple). Still keen? Con­tact Sola Sport to find out if they do a kit for your bike.

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