Three Bikes in One with TwinLoc Suspension System

The TwinLoc Suspension System is a proprietary SCOTT Suspension System that allows a rider to control a bikes suspension performance and geometry simultaneously.

 

With TwinLoc, you can have three bikes in one.

 

How does it work?


The system works by connecting the shock, fork, and ultimately the frame via a handlebar remote. With the remote, the user has the ability to choose from three ride modes, Descend, Traction Control and Lockout. Let's explain each of these modes independently.

 


Descend

Traction Control

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1. Descend


The TwinLoc Suspension System allows us to design bikes with absolutely no compromise on descending performance. We can optimize a bikes geometry and suspension for descending, not having to sacrifice anything for other purposes.

 

Our Proprietary FOX Nude shock features two positive air chambers. In Descend mode, both chambers are open, essentially creating one large volume chamber. This gives you the full amount of available rear wheel travel. Both fork and shock are fully optimized for downhill performance with regards to both air spring rate and damping.

 

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2. Traction Control


As mentioned, when you go from the fully open, descend mode into Traction Control mode, one air chamber is closed off, reducing the effective travel of the rear shock. This necessitates two changes- increasing damping and increasing the progressivity of the spring curve. Making one change without the other drastically reduces performance. The TwinLoc suspension system is the only system that can simultaneously change both spring curve and damping, leading to a ride that isn't harsh off the top and still provides incredible traction.

 


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3. Lockout


Lockout mode gives you the firmest of the three suspension settings for when total efficiency counts. Be that up a fire road or on your way to the trailhead, front and rear lockout makes sure that you're saving all of your energy for the trail.

 

I'm generally not a big fan of remotes or different travel modes, but Scott's Twin Loc system does offer loads of tuning at the tip of your thumb for on-the-go adjustability, and I can see why that's going to make sense to some riders. Mike Levy, Pinkbike

 

Changes in damping vs Changes in spring curve


While similar systems exist on the market, much of the competition can only either change damping, or the air spring curve of their suspension platforms - not both. Let's look at some advantages and disadvantages of each, and how they compare with the TwinLoc Suspension System.

 

Although I'm typically not a fan of remote lockout systems, while testing the Scott Spark RC I did come to appreciate all that it offers. It's more than just the convenience factor as the three lever modes paired with the custom Fox Nude shock enable distinctly different ride characteristics which can be effortlessly matched to what the terrain demands. Matt Eagar, Bike Hub

 

Practical application


The TwinLoc Suspension system find itself on many of our bikes, from full-on XC race machines, to all day trail riding MTB’s. We find that there is a practical application for many uses.

 

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World Champion Nino Schurter has used the TwinLoc Suspension System for many years now, claiming multiple World Championships, World Cup Overalls, and individual World Cups among numerous other titles. Below you’ll find some statistics from a World Cup Cross Country lap in Lenzerheide showing just how often Nino is switching between modes in relation to the type of terrain he is using. Spending a majority of his time in Traction Control mode, Nino switches to Descend mode often, gaining time on his competitors with every meter. When the climbs smoothen out, or when there is an option to really put the hammer down, Nino opts for the Lockout mode guaranteeing efficiency in power transfer.

 

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For trail riding, The TwinLoc Suspension System is the best solution for any day on the bike. Head out the door, start pedaling, and rest assured that your bike will be able to handle any climb, and trail, and any descent with flying colours. Check out the video below to see what a typical day riding in Squamish, BC with Kevin Landry and Joel Ducrot looks like. Regardless of what the trail throws at you, take it in stride. You’ll quickly find that with the TwinLoc Suspension System and the all-new Genius, the day can never be long enough.

 

I’m not normally one for remote lockouts, but riding the Spark has completely changed my tune. The clever TwinLoc design is no gimmick – rather it’s a super climbing aid that puts you in a better position for attacking the ups, while retaining a useful amount of travel. In Descend mode, the plush suspension and progressive geometry make the Spark a forgiving bike. And the fact that you can control the Spark’s personality at the flick of a lever makes it one of the most versatile cross-country bikes going. Wil Barrett, Singletrack

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY: A Nino Schurter signed World Champion's jersey and SCOTT hamper


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Win a jersey signed by Olympic and World Champion Nino Schurter plus a collection of SCOTT apparel and accessories.

 




4 Comments

BaGearA, Jun 05 2018 09:35

Cool down scott , you really haven't reinvented the wheel...

Headshot, Jun 06 2018 12:04

I quite like the concept. Its far better than the typical fork lockout only that many riders in SA have fitted. A friend had his hydraulic lock out fail on his Sid the other day. Rode the whole race with the fork fully rigid Its not quite clear to me if the traction mode leaves the fork open? To me that is essential for technical climbs which should never be ridden with a locked out fork.

BaGearA, Jun 08 2018 09:51

I quite like the concept. Its far better than the typical fork lockout only that many riders in SA have fitted. A friend had his hydraulic lock out fail on his Sid the other day. Rode the whole race with the fork fully rigid Its not quite clear to me if the traction mode leaves the fork open? To me that is essential for technical climbs which should never be ridden with a locked out fork.

you get Hydraulic dampers that are Normally open , on the sid I think you can reclock the internal spring that pushes on the dish to unlock the fork to be normally open/closed to your prefferance ( if your mech knows what he is doing )

CASSIE1975, Jun 21 2018 11:01

Where can I collect my HAMPER please?  :-)