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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-05-03, 04:21 PM   #1
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front suspension???

i'm building up my first custom SS for trail riding. i have an indepedent fabrication steel frame and spot wheels. any ideas on what kind of suspension to add?
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Old 05-05-03, 04:46 PM   #2
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To each is his own,but I went rigid front and rear on mine.....the simplistic side of my brain said "why make it complicated?".....and I listened,I like it so far,had it 2 yrs+.
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Old 05-05-03, 08:00 PM   #3
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your only suspension should be your tires.

ESPECIALLY on a IF singlespeed. it just doesn't seem as right otherwise.
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Old 05-06-03, 06:22 AM   #4
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Old 05-08-03, 09:07 AM   #5
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The main advantage of a rigid fork on a SS is that the bike will be more stable when you stand up and mash. With any suspension on the bike, part of your pedaling energy will go into compressing the suspension and the bobbing motion will make things harder for you. Other advantages: lighter, cheaper, simpler, sharper cornering, develops added skills. Disadvantages: will hurt/numb/fatigue your hands/arms on real rough terrain over extended periods, may not save you on a botched landing or overzealous run down a bumpy descent.

I think it mainly depends on terrain and the ultimate is to have both a rigid and boingy fork to switch out for different trails. Start out rigid, though, so you don't get spoiled.
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Old 05-08-03, 11:53 AM   #6
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marzochi exr bomber, it's cheaper to buy than to build, check out the specialized p1 for under $500, it's not heavy.
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Suspension forks kick ass. MTB-ing for more than two hours without one ****ing sucks. I've done it with and without and just prefer the fork. I can deal with the extra weight and loss of pedaling efficiency, especially when you've been dealing with four miles of hardpack so far and have no real way of telling when it's going to end.
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Funny to see the difference in threads when this forum started.
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Get suspension in the front if you plan on taking the bike down hills or off jumps. You'll regret not having at least a few inches of travel on the trail. If you're just building this bike to cruise around town or as an urban assault type of thing, go rigid fork, your legs will thank you.
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