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by Neal Rogers
April 12, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Wellens solos to victory at Brabantse Pijl, dedicates victory to Michael Goolaerts; Bastianelli wins first edition of women’s Brabantse Pijl; Autopsy confirms cardiac arrest caused Goolaerts’ Roubaix crash; Rémy Di Gregorio provisionally suspended for EPO; Five-time Flèche champion Valverde: ‘If I’m in the lead with 200 metres to go, it’s hard to beat me’; 100% launches Speedcraft Air to control nasal dilation; RockShox’s new TwistLoc brings remote lockout control to the grip; Fox boosts travel in its cross country platform with 34 Step-Cast 120mm fork.
With the increased usage of dropper seatposts in cross country racing, handlebar clutter has become a problem. A number of cross country (and Enduro) race bikes already use remote suspension lockouts for efficient power transfer on smoother surfaces, leaving little room for the dropper seatpost remote. RockShox’s new Twistloc aims to be a solution, moving the suspension lockout lever into a design similar to its parent company’s (SRAM) iconic GripShifter.
With the press of a small button, a portion of the left grip can be twisted and used to engage your suspension lockouts. The Twistloc is compatabile with both single and dual suspension cable lockout systems. The open/closed switch is designed to work with a number of RockShox fork and rear shocks, assuming they’re setup for remote lockouts. RockShox claim the TwistLoc weighs just 54g. It’s due out in June and will sell for US$109.
In addition to the Twistloc, RockShox has released longer-travel versions of its SID cross country fork. The SID RLC (rebound, lockout and low-speed compression adjustment) and RL (rebound and lockout) are available with 120mm of travel, up from the previous 100mm maximum offered in the SID range. These, and the rest of the updated SID range, feature the new friction-reducing DebonAir air spring. The damper is changed too, moving to the new lightweight and more compliant Charger2