Downtube 8H vs 8HN Suspension, Differences?
My first post!
I'm trying to decide between:
- 8H Front Suspension, SA Hub or
- 8HN No Suspension, SA Hub
I current ride a 26" wheeled unfolding mountain bike with no suspension, it's old, poorly maintained and I inherited it for free, almost everything should probably be replaced but it's still functional. I generally ride for fitness / fun (10-30 miles mostly on weekends), and some utility riding around town, grocery store, shopping, hopefully city commuting in the future. All riding is on paved roads, sometimes some gravel poorly paved roads but nothing I wouldn't do on a road bike.
My only real problem with the 8HN is the color, I don't like that shade of blue so I am considering the silver or red 8H but I'm worried about the suspension.
I've never had a bike with suspension, so:
1) How does suspension affect:
a) Performance (I like riding fast, how big of a hit will the suspension be? I never race or anything but just like going kind of fast.)
b) Maintenance (I know I'll be bad with maintenance, thus the SA Hub, and a folding bike I can keep inside out of the elements, will the suspension need maintenance?)
c) Comfort (My ride is kind of rough sometimes now, but I attribute a lot of that to the condition of many of the components, does the Front Suspension make a big difference in comfort for those occasional rough patches? Comfort isn't really that important for me.
d) Can the fork be replaced easily if I decide I don't like it?
2) Is there any other difference between the 8H and 8HN besides the suspension and color options? The downtube website didn't exactly make this clear, a detailed feature (or component) by feature table on the website would be nice but may be pointless based on the answer to this question.
Thanks guys! Think I'll get it by Friday if I order tonight or tomorrow? (NY)