Thanks for the info so far!
Another quick question - on forks with a lockout, in what position do they get locked out in? Where they are when you lock them out? At max extension? Is there any way to set the position? Does anyone know?
It depends on the fork! Most Rockshox lock out at the top of the travel, but will still compress 1-2" for safety (so you don't blow the air cartridges!), same with Maguras.
I also run a pair of RST's which fully lock at the top - no compression; or they can be progressively locked for increasing amounts of travel all the way up to full, but always from the top down, rather than bottom up.
So they will only travel 30mm, but from 130-120 extension, or 100mm from 130 to 30mm, or lock at 130 (for example).
Pace used to be the same as Rockshox, but now they are all DT Swiss they have a new system found on (I think) the RC41 before Pace's fork business was bought out by DT Swiss call 'Launch Control' which just means that the travel gets locked at the top, with 1-2" movement.
The diff with DT Swiss is that they will completely unlock if you hit a large bump/drop - again to save the air cartridge. Apparently DT Swiss are very flexy though..
Fox use a similar system to Launch Control called TALAS, except this is a combination of the RST and DT Swiss ideas, progressively lockable travel, with the sudden unlock if you hit a big bump.
The other thing to consider is whether you are getting lockout only (a huge number of cheaper air forks, e.g Suntour have this) or whether you get lockout, rebound and compression adjustment, or any combination of the three!
I don't know about Marzocchi or Manitou these days, but I haven't heard many good things about Manitou especially..
I have a pair of cheap Suntours on my hack bike, RST's, Pace, Maguras and RockShox SID's..
Assuming you want light weight, I'd look to Fox/Rock Shox, or even consider RST and X-Fusion if value for money is your priority. I run an X-Fusion rear shock on my Ghost, and it's brilliant!
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