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Old 05-09-11, 03:08 PM
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I used to subscribe to the "rigid fork-only for riding primarily on the road" canon, but I've revised my position since trying a locking suspension fork for road riding.

It depends on many factors. Traditional hybrid steel frames under heavier riders flex more and are more forgiving. Lighter riders on smaller aluminium frames with a sloped top tube don't flex the frame so much. There's much to be said about the headtube angle, fork rake, and choice of tires for that ever elusive confort/speed trade-off the rider wants to achieve.

I've settled for this: for a given frame, after it's been ridden for a while in a variety of surfaces, you'll want to try different forks and tire combinations to find what suits you best.
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