FIRST LOOK: NEW ROCKSHOX FLIGHT ATTENDANT SYSTEM FOR TRAIL, ALL-MOUNTAIN AND ENDURO

RockShox's new Charger 3.1 damper gets the electronic treatment

FIRST LOOK: NEW FLIGHT ATTENDANT SYSTEM FOR TRAIL, ALL-MOUNTAIN AND ENDURO

Press Release – RockShox 

BEYOND YOUR LIMITS 

During a testing session with our internal RockShox test team, we found that Flight Attendant rider’s average speed was 1.8% faster when compared to those same riders using a manual system. 1.8% reads like a small gain, but it suggests that in a 90-minute XC World Cup race, a rider on Flight Attendant could have a 96-second advantage.

 

MAKE FAST YOUR PRIORITY

Free your mind. Focus on fast. Flight Attendant simplifies decision-making in the heat of the moment by instantaneously changing suspension states to maximize performance. This enhances your bike’s efficiency in fractions of a second. On climbs, descents, and everything in between, Flight Attendant maximizes your suspension’s capability and minimizes your decision fatigue.

We built the new Flight Attendant system to simplify decision-making under pressure. Fewer distractions— FOCUS ON FAST.

It all starts with the AXS ecosystem that gathers mind-boggling amounts of data in every split-second. Flight Attendant analyzes this information and gives you the perfect suspension setting exactly when you need it.

TOTAL SYSTEM CONNECTIVITY 

By listening and learning from more data than ever before, Flight Attendant suspension delivers an unmatched experience for the rider.

Flight Attendant flies with AXS Wireless Technology. SRAM AXS is the only system offering a clean, cable-free design. This wireless communication protocol enables Flight Attendant’s system of components to instantaneously receive data to optimize suspension settings.

FUELED BY SCIENCE. FEELS LIKE MAGIC.

Flight Attendant’s updated algorithm now uses new data sources that give the system a broader, more complete picture to personalize your ride experience.

With more components and more data, Flight Attendant can make better decisions. When it makes better decisions, the bike is more efficient, and you ride faster. The new algorithm gathers your data as you ride, learns from it, and works with increasing precision and accuracy to get the most out of your bike’s suspension.

Flight Attendant remains the only automatic suspension system that paints a picture of the complete riding experience and responds in real time.

A NATURAL FEEL: 3-POSITION DAMPING

RockShox’s most advanced damping systems are the only way to handle everything from World Cup tracks to local laps. Flight Attendant components feature three-position Compression damping that automatically switches from an efficient Lock position to a supportive Pedal position for optimal traction to an Open position for big hits and rocky, rooty descents. Flight Attendant knows exactly what’s best for the trail. Tuned for the smoothest transitions between suspension positions, three-position damping offers the most natural suspension feel for the rider. When Flight Attendant seamlessly swaps between Open, Pedal, and Lock positions, you’d think it was reading your mind.

COMPLETELY PERSONALIZED, FOR YOU

Flight Attendant might know you better than you know yourself. No other suspension system has this level of personalization to match your riding preferences, your terrain, your style, and your physical capabilities. Take full control of Flight Attendant’s personalization options. Better still, Flight Attendant now tirelessly works on every ride to optimize and personalize its algorithm to suit your needs.

TUNE TO YOUR RIDE: BIAS ADJUST 

Bias Adjust gives you the ability to fine-tune how Flight Attendant reacts while in Auto Mode to your ride style and preferences. Bias Adjust instructs the Flight Attendant system to favor the Open or Lock suspension positions to better match your ride style and terrain.

Flight Attendant has another trick up its sleeve: split states. Unlike cable-actuated systems, the system can put the fork and rear shock in different suspension positions to meet the terrain and rider input.

ADAPTIVE RIDE DYNAMICS 

Flight Attendant has a new tool that enables the algorithm to learn how you ride to continuously personalize your suspension: Adaptive Ride Dynamics.

This smart functionality compiles data from your previous rides to precisely calculate your personalized Effort Zones. The algorithm continually collects fresh data and automatically updates as you ride. As you get stronger, Adaptive Ride Dynamics adapts to meet you where you are.

Flight Attendant’s purpose is to ensure that a bike is in the optimum suspension state every moment on the trail. It uses inputs from the trail, your bias settings, and Adaptive Ride Dynamics to do this. Adaptive Ride Dynamics influences Flight Attendant’s selection of suspension state at any given moment.

  • When your effort level reaches Sprint Zone, Adaptive Ride Dynamics encourages the system towards the Lock position.
  • When your output enters the High Effort Zone, Adaptive Ride Dynamics trends toward a more efficient suspension state.
  • As soon as your output dips into the Medium Effort Zone, Adaptive Ride Dynamics trends toward a balance of comfort and efficiency.
  • In your Low Effort Zone, when you’re riding more relaxed, Adaptive Ride Dynamics trends toward comfort and compliance

SPRINT ZONE

When sprinting for the finish or past the competition, Flight Attendant will enter the Sprint Zone and prioritize efficiency above all else.

HIGH EFFORT ZONE

When you are pushing near your limit, Flight Attendant adjusts your suspension for a firmer and efficient ride feel. This matches an all-out effort on flat terrain or a steep climb.

MEDIUM EFFORT ZONE

When your effort level is sustained and moderate, Flight Attendant adjusts to a balance of comfort and efficiency. This gives your bike’s suspension a more reactive feel for a broad range of terrain.

LOW EFFORT ZONE

When you’re soft-pedaling or taking it easy, Flight Attendant will set your suspension to a more comfortable feel. More often than not, this Effort Zone results in a more open suspension position.

THE APP AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL

Use the SRAM AXS app to adjust settings for your entire AXS system, Flight Attendant included.

  • Build a bike profile
  • Customize your controls
  • Adjust Mode Settings
  • View and edit Effort Zones for Adaptive Ride Dynamics
  • Check battery charge status
  • Update firmware as needed

GET RIGHT TO THE RIDE 

Set up is simple. Pair your AXS components, set up your front and rear suspension, calibrate your Flight Attendant system, and you’re ready to ride. Start personalizing your Flight Attendant ride experience from there.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT CHARGER 3.1 DAMPER 

To meet the demands of the world’s best riders, the Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant electronic automatic damper is a brilliant evolution of our proven Charger 3 damper platform. The latest Flight Attendant technology learns from your ride data and instantaneously switches between Open, Pedal, and Lock positions for pure efficiency and going fast. With a refined compression range, the Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant damper gives you the traction, control, and comfort you need to charge dicey lines all-day.

FEATURED IN: 

  • ZEB Ultimate Flight Attendant
  • Lyrik Ultimate Flight Attendant
  • Pike Ultimate Flight Attendant

ZEB ULTIMATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Built for the best riders, ridden on the hardest tracks, ZEB rules the world’s toughest enduros. With Flight Attendant, ZEB Ultimate redefines how far you can go on an enduro bike. The groundbreaking automatic suspension system has an improved algorithm with all-new personalization to match your riding preferences, your terrain, your style, and your physical capabilities. ZEB also rides on the Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant damper for the right balance of comfort, control, and speed.

  • DAMPER: Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant w/ ButterCups
  • SPRING: DebonAir+ w/ ButterCups
  • WHEEL SIZE: 29″
  • TRAVEL: 170mm
  • OFFSET: 44mm (29″)
  • WEIGHT: 2,450g
  • MSRP: $1,599

LYRIK ULTIMATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Lyrik harmonizes descending power with effortless efficiency. And it does it all with help from Flight Attendant. The groundbreaking automatic suspension system has an improved algorithm with all-new personalization to match your riding preferences, your terrain, your style, and your physical capabilities. Lyrik’s legendary performance enters a new era with the Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant damper for the right balance of comfort, control, and speed.

  • DAMPER: Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant w/ ButterCups
  • SPRING: DebonAir+ w/ ButterCups
  • WHEEL SIZE: 29″
  • TRAVEL: 160mm
  • OFFSET: 44mm (29″)
  • WEIGHT: 2,100g
  • MSRP: $1,549

PIKE ULTIMATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT 

Built for endless days in the mountains, Pike Ultimate Flight Attendant will keep you out past dinnertime. The groundbreaking automatic suspension system has an improved algorithm with all-new personalization to match your riding preferences, your terrain, your style, and your physical capabilities. Pike is upgraded with the Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant damper for the right balance of comfort, control, and speed. The industry-leading automatic suspension system now boasts a fork that’s better than ever before.

  • DAMPER: Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant w/ ButterCups
  • SPRING: DebonAir+ w/ ButterCups
  • WHEEL SIZE: 29″
  • TRAVEL: 140mm
  • OFFSET: 44mm (29″)
  • WEIGHT: 1,960g
  • MSRP: $1,499

SUPER DELUXE ULTIMATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT 

Give your all-day trail bike the firepower it needs for rugged terrain, plus the efficiency of an automatic suspension system. Super Deluxe Ultimate Flight Attendant is a race-proven, award-winning rear shock that keeps getting better. The latest generation has decreased High-Speed Compression damping to devour scree fields. The proven electronic 3-position Flight Attendant RC3 damper instantly changes suspension settings so you can ride stress-free. Focus on riding; find your flow.

  • DAMPER: RC3, RC3 Hydraulic Bottom Out
  • AIR SPRING: DebonAir+ Linear or Progressive
  • WEIGHT: 560g
  • MSRP: $949

VIVID ULTIMATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT 

When you’re at the highest end of the sport and gunning for the finish, Vivid Ultimate Flight Attendant makes the tough calculations for you. Flight Attendant’s suite of fine-tuned sensors anticipates the perfect suspension setting based on rider and terrain input, and the new TouchDown RC3 Flight Attendant damper naturally ensures your ride is plush off the top and controlled through mid-travel without you having to shift between Open, Pedal, and Lock positions. With wireless Flight Attendant onboard, the power to control your suspension through the SRAM AXS app, Low-Speed Compression adjustment, and our most tunable air spring ever, you’ve reached a whole new pinnacle of mountain biking performance.

  • DAMPER: RC3 Adjustable Hydraulic Bottom Out
  • AIR SPRING: Vivid with DebonAir Technology
  • WEIGHT: 780g
  • MSRP: Not available Aftermarket (OE Only)

VIVID COIL ULTIMATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Strike a balance between proven downhill performance and uphill prowess. Vivid Coil Ultimate Flight Attendant is built with the electronic 3-position Flight Attendant TouchDown RC3 damper. This automatic suspension system gives you as much control while pedaling as it does while charging wild descents.

  • DAMPER: RC3 Adjustable Hydraulic Bottom Out
  • AIR SPRING: Coil
  • WEIGHT: 960g
  • MSRP: Not available Aftermarket (OE only)

AXS COMPATIBILITY

The minimum requirements for Flight Attendant functionality are a Fork, Rear Shock, and a pedaling sensor (Power Meter or Pedal Sensor). Including an AXS Rear Derailleur and a 2-button AXS controller will enable additional functionality.

All of the nitty-gritty details on the new Charger 3.1 Flight Attendant system can be found on the RockShox website. 

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