Fox Goes Electric with the Live Valve System
Introducing Live Valve, FOX’s most advanced electronically controlled suspension system for mountain bikes. Featuring ultra-fast reacting sensors and the fastest valve ever created by FOX, Live Valve automatically adjusts the fork and shock independently as the terrain changes.
Designed from the ground up by FOX’s Advanced Products Group, Live Valve essentially changes the way we interact with suspension on mountain bikes. Accelerometer sensors on the fork, rear axle, and main frame read bump input at the wheel and the pitch angle of the bike, sending information to the suspension Controller at a rate of 1,000 times per second. The Controller interprets this information and the solenoids adjust the suspension in just 3 milliseconds – that’s 100 times faster than a blink of an eye. In fact, Live Valve is fast enough to sense a bump at the front wheel and open the fork before the rider feels it.
The solenoids use a latching design that only requires a small pulse from the battery to toggle it between open and closed. The latching characteristic of the solenoids means that they don’t require power to be either open or closed, only when changing modes. This design is a key feature for power efficiency.
The speed and proficiency of Live Valve provides suspension control at a level not possible with conventional design, adjusting the suspension over 450 times an hour during a typical trail ride. The system optimizes the suspension based on climbing, flat terrain, and descending. It even knows when the rider gets airborne and can set up the suspension for a comfortable landing.
The Live Valve system is complex, but what you get is simple. It’s doing the work for you, allowing you to focus on the ride. Once the system is setup, all the rider needs to do is turn it on and enjoy the ride.
Live Valve by FOX, the future of mountain biking efficiency and control, is here.
Greg Callahan had this to say about the Live Valve system: “I was actually pretty surprised with the times as I'd spent pretty much full day riding the same trail with my race suspension and felt like I'd gotten as much time as I could out of the trail. I then switched to the system and straight away went 2 seconds faster than my previous best time, without it feeling any faster, it actually felt more relaxed as I was carrying more speed on the flat sections with less effort. I found myself overcooking corners after flat sections because I was carrying more speed without even realizing. Really really interesting stuff, I think the potential advantage with this could be pretty huge, even in races where we wouldn't expect it to make much difference.”
The Fox Live Valve system will be found on the following forks and shocks:
• 32 Step-Cast
• 34 Step-Cast
• 36 up to 170 (29) / 180 (27.5)
• Standard, metric, trunnion Shocks
• LV eyelet / EVOL air sleeve only
• Reservoir flips 180 degrees depending on frame fitment
Giant, Pivot and Scott will all offer complete bikes equipped with the Live Valve system for 2019. Currently Pivot and Rocky Mountain also offer Live Valve compatible frames. Niner and several other brands will offer Live Valve compatible bikes, with a complete list to be announced soon.
USD Pricing includes fork, shock, sensors and controller.
- 32 Step-Cast: $3000
- 34: $3000
- 34: Step-Cast $3125
- 36: $3250
For more information and other applications of the technology, head over to the Live Valve microsite for a demonstration.