We spoke with FOX’s global communications manager, Mark Jordan to get a little more info on Live Wire and who will benefit from the technology.
What does Live Valve mean to mountain bikers?
It will simplify the ride, allowing riders to focus on the trail without thinking about suspension modes or lockouts. Riders can jump on their bike and go, and let Live Valve take care of the rest.
Will this technology benefit beginners as much or more than advanced level riders who are familiar with tuning and tweaking their own suspension?
Live Valve will benefit all types of riders. Riders still setup their FOX suspension the same as before but Live Valve adds another dimension with selecting Bump Threshold and automatically adjusting the suspension according to the trail. With regular suspension, riders basically select one damping tune setup for a ride. They may change suspension modes during the ride to increase efficiency and comfort. With Live Valve, riders essentially get two damping tunes – a firm mode and open mode. Live Valve helps put the suspension in the best mode for the terrain; climbing descending and traversing.
How fast does the system work and react to terrain features and changes in the trail?
The Controller can adjust the suspension in just 3 milliseconds – that’s 100 times faster than a blink of an eye – so it’s fast enough to sense a bump at the front wheel and open the fork before the rider feels it.
Are there certain types of trails where this system will be more beneficial than others?
If you are referring to the typical trail rides most people do then the answer is no, Live Valve does not cater to a particular type of trail. Live Valve will read the terrain and make adjustments to provide a more efficient and comfortable ride.
Thanks for the info Mark, we’re excited to test out the new Live Wire suspension products in the near future! Fox offers Live Valve Kits for their 32, 34 and 36 chassis.