By Simon Stewart
We got another look at Magura’s eLect electronic suspension system at this week’s camp in Sedona, Arizona. The system relies on 3D Auto Ride Sensors in the fork and rear shock to automatically toggle the suspension between open and locked out, with a handlebar-mounted wireless remote for switching between manual and auto modes.
The system also incorporates a free-fall sensor that detects your gnarly air time and reportedly takes only 0.2 seconds to fully open. My initial impression is that the system works, however, I was riding a 100-millimeter cross-country bike and Sedona’s trails beg for more travel. Due to the techy, ledge nature of the trails they tend to ride better with suspensions left in the fully open/active positions. That said, the system does work and works well, and we're looking forward to testing it on more suitable terrain.
One especially nice feature is that the eLECT cartridge for the front fork is available as an upgrade kit and is retrofittable back to 2010 forks. Magura hasn’t changed it’s actual fork since last year, except for upgrading the seals.
Bike’s Travis Engel rode the eLect earlier this spring. Read his thoughts here.