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Old 07-11-06, 11:47 AM   #1
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Fork suspensiion or not for a Hybrid type road work

I wondered if anyone has any strong views on whether it is advisable to buy a new bike with suspension forks or without the suspension.

The use is for a Hybrid type or Comfort type bike used mainly on roads to cycle every day to keep fit.

I shall rarely use it (if at all) on "Trails " or "Off -Road".

Some people say ...suspension makes the bike heavier.... sometimes gives you the Yo-YO effect. ...It is another thing to go wrong....it directs your energy to the forks if you are standing up on your pedals to go up hill or something instead of concentrating all of it in the pedals etc etc

I would appreciate all views and opinions.

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Old 07-12-06, 07:02 AM   #2
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I've been on here a couple of months, and haven't heard many say they prefer suspension on the fork OR the seat. Especially if all of your riding is on good roads. If you're off road/rough gravel a lot, you might enjoy the added comfort...
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Thanks cooperewx for your reply . I appreciate it and have gone for a non-suspension.I apologise for the late thanks . Have been away for a few days.
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Old 07-15-06, 01:40 AM   #4
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Thanks cooperewx for your reply . I appreciate it and have gone for a non-suspension.I apologise for the late thanks . Have been away for a few days.
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The numerous replies (elsewhere in BF) have convinced me to forego suspension as well. Though I was considering a hybrid such as the Trek 7500, I think I'll be going with a rigid fork design. The 7.5 FX, or a similar / comparible bike.

My usage will be similar to yours; exclusively (or nearly so) street riding and light recreational use (family rides, buzzing around town, etc). If I can save $ on the suspension, and transfer those funds to other components, I feel that's the better way to go (for my needs).
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Old 07-15-06, 01:27 PM   #5
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I ride a Trek 750 with rigid fork and rigid seat post. I probably do more off road than you plan to do, and I've never seen the need for suspension.
If I was riding on trails that I thought I really needed suspension on, I'd get a mountain bike and save my 750 for lighter trails and road.
Save the weight, save the money.

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I ride a Trek 750 with rigid fork and rigid seat post. I probably do more off road than you plan to do, and I've never seen the need for suspension.
If I was riding on trails that I thought I really needed suspension on, I'd get a mountain bike and save my 750 for lighter trails and road.
Save the weight, save the money.
I use a mountain bike for the majority of my riding- but must admit that I have just bought a road bike.

My MTB does have front suspension but it is only 80mm travel and I set it up as hard as possible and fit slicks for road use. This just about does and I thought was a good set up but the suspension does take a bit of energy from pedal effort- hence the reason for getting a road bike.
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I have a Trek 7500 and I really like it. It is primarily for exercise and general enjoyment and I am glad I got the suspension fork. The fork can be adjusted for firmness or can be locked out with a single press of a button if you don't want an active suspension during uphill climbs. I ride on some roads that were built with a oil & rock base which are really rough...no holes...just rough. The front suspension makes that ride a lot smoother. Yes, it is heavier than a regular fork but I am in this for exercise...not speed.
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