DT Swiss shows tri-lever MTB suspension system

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Three additional function levers, for your mountain bike. And not in the way, of your brake lever. (Photo: DT Swiss)
Three additional function levers, for your mountain bike. And not in the way, of your brake lever. (Photo: DT Swiss)
  • Do you get annoyed at having to reach down and set your mountain bike’s suspension when riding?
  • Those trusty Swiss cycling engineers have fashioned a solution, that goes under your handlebar.
  • It might look complicated, but the DT Swiss tri-lever remote lockout system is designed to work simply and intuitively.

Mountain bikes and handlebar remotes. As engineers and product people add more features to mountain bike suspension, handlebars become crowded with remotes and trigger levers.

The latest is a tri-lever remote from DT Swiss. If you already have shifter triggers for gearing on one side of your handlebar, why would you need a tri-lever remote at the other?

Making the most of your mountain bike's suspension 

Many dual-suspension mountain bikes have a remote-lockout function for the fork and rear shock. These remotes give a rider the option to choose either a firm suspension setting when pedalling or climbing uphill, or an 'open' setting when descending rocky trails.

The problem is when you also need to integrate a dropper seatpost remote, which allows your seat height to adjust on-the-fly, placing you in a more confident position when rolling down steep trails. And matchmaking between your brake levers, a dropper seatpost remote and suspension lockout lever, can be tricky – if not impossible.

For DT Swiss, the solution has been to consolidate three remote function levers, into a single unit. And to make it in an underbar configuration, which is more intuitive to reach with a thumb and less likely to interfere with gear triggers or brake levers.

mountain bike suspension
The DT Swiss tri-lever concept has been proven, in elicte UCI World Cup racing. (Photo: DT Swiss)

Clever - but what about an electronic option?

Designed to only work with DT Swiss suspension and components (for now), the L2&L3 underbar lever system can trigger all three modes of your mountain bike fork or shock: open, medium and firm. When you need to lower that seatpost when descending technical singletrack (or waiting at a traffic light), it’s also a simple thumb movement.

It might look like a lot of additional complexity to your mountain biking experience, but thumbing at an underbar lever is much easier and safer than reaching down and twisting a fork or rear-shock adjustment dial.

For those riders who love adjusting their mountain bike suspension for the slightest variance and gradient on a ride, the DT Swiss L2&L3 underbar remote will be ideal. Then again, you could just spend a lot more money and get an electronic mountain bike suspension system.

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