WHAT IS IT? It’s a completely redesigned starting
device that has nothing in common with previous
WHAT’S IT COST? $109.95.
CONTACT? www.worksconnection.com or
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with Works Connection’s Pro Launch device.
(1) System. Works Connection replaced the old-fashioned spring and plunger on its holeshot device with
a magnetic locking system. This is a very clean design
and does not suffer from mechanical hiccups.
( 2) Activation. Because of its lever-style mechanism
and chamfered engagement point, the Pro Launch glides
over the receiver on the way down and catches on the
way up. The MXA test riders could set the Pro Launch
device by themselves—something they could never do
with spring-loaded holeshot devices. Shorter riders walked
on the left side of the bike and grabbed the front brake
while reaching across with their left hand to pull the
Pro-Start trigger lever. Tall riders could simply pull down
the front fender while sitting in the saddle.
( 3) Installation. Works Connection provides an alumi-
num template with pre-drilled holes, plus three different
paper templates in the shape of each bike brand’s fork
guard to align the aluminum template at 90mm, 100mm
and 110mm. Once you choose the location of the device,
tape the metal template and use the supplied drill bit to
make the mounting hole. It’s easy.
( 4) Consistency. All too often, starting devices
are difficult to set, disengage unexpectedly, knock the
fork-leg clamp loose or pull the fork guard off the bike.
The new Pro Launch is a different story. It works
( 5) Setting. We ran our Pro Launch device in the
middle, 100mm setting. As a rule, we use the holeshot
device on dirt starts but elect not to use it on concrete.
( 6) Maintenance. To ensure crisp performance,
visually inspect the Pro Launch device after every ride
to make sure it is perfectly aligned.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints, other than
that it’s only applicable to riders that start on dirt.
Works Connection’s magnetic Pro Launch
raises the bar far beyond the old-school,
WORKS CONNECTION PRO LAUNCH
MXA TEAM TESTED