RockShox’s second-generation TwistLoc suspension remote goes official, adding the option of 2-position On/Off Lockout or 3-position Open/Threshold/Locked. It’s now even easier to use with the GripShift style twist to lock AND unlock, plus it’s even cheaper than ever…
RockShox TwistLoc gen2 remote suspension lockout
We spotted Ghost Factory Racing testing pre-production versions of this next-gen TwistLoc remote to control their RockShox XC suspension at the Nové Město World Cup last month. But they apparently only took advantage of the 2 position Lock/Unlock version.
Technical Details – What’s New?
Two separate versions of the new RockShox TwistLoc gen2 left-only remote are now offered. Both work by twisting towards you to pull the cable and lock it, then twisting it to unlock it.
There are no buttons to release, the internal detents simply hold the remote in each position, resisting the return spring in the fork/shock.
- 2 positions pulls 10mm of cable for locking/unlocking actuation
- 3 positions pulls 7mm + 7mm of cable for Locking/Threshold/Unlocking actuation.
This new generation also features a larger internal flange diameter at the handle (change) for improved leverage to engage the lockout. It also features a unique angled cable exit guide (vs. modular straight or angled in gen1) for cleaner cable routing, but may conflict with non-SRAM brakes.
This new version also takes up more space at the bar. We’re not sure exactly how much, but there’s clearly some extra width towards the stem from the edge of the grip with a new 2-piece cover and bar clamp.
But that separate bar clamp in this new version means it’s now officially designed to work with either RockShox’s short lock-on grip that’s included, or any shortened grip like the Ghost pros.
A pleasant surprise in this silent deployment, the new $97 RockShox TwistLoc remote is more than 1/4 cheaper than the previous generation. I guess it’s probably mechanically simpler on the inside, relying on spring-loaded detents to stay in place like the old GripShift, instead of the mechanical lock/unlock of the gen 1 remote.
Why didn’t Ghost Factory Racing use the 3 position TwistLoc?
Well, RockShox doesn’t make many 3-position forks and shocks these days – outside of Flight Attendant’s Lock/Pedal/Open autopilot modes. And nothing at the SID SL level of the XC elite. I can only think of the special Deluxe RL3 shock with Lockout/Trail/Descend modes that is unique to Bold’s latest Linkin trail bike. And even that has an On/Off fork lockout. Nothing officially in their 2023 fork or shock 2023 updates either.
But, I would say that while RockShox now has a 3-position suspension lockout that works with both forks and shocks, we should expect to see more multi-position lockouts of their suspension components in the very near future. …
Thanks to reader Hjalmar for standing tall over this sneaky reveal from RockShox.