As you get older-you appreciate suspension on a road bike more
When you are young you don't need any suspension on a road bike.However as you get older you really start to appreciate the bump absorbing qualities of a decent suspension.My neck, back and knees would feel every pothole, expansion joint etc on my old road bikes.Even 40mm 700c tires couldn't take enough edge off; my NRS really smooths out our crummy potholed roads and sidewalks.Granted it weighs about 27lbs, but it is worth it.The Carbon Ybike works about as well, but you can feel more bob(25lbs.).The trade off is maybe 7-8 lbs over an equivalent no suspension bike.The price for used bikes is about the same-sus vs no sus.The Dean Titanium hardtail I am selling weighed just 21 lbs 12 ounces-fully built.It has a 3.5lb frame.Wish it was mine, or I had the room and $$ for it!!
Even huge low pressure tires-like 2.35 Schwalbe super motos- don't work anywhere near as well as a decent rear suspension.I'm talking about comfort-not speed.Luck,Charlie