Old 07-16-19, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
At the mentioned price point, it is heavy, feels like a pogo stick and needs additional maintenance / repair. Even after 3 years I have had to take part, clean and grease a Suntour XCT fork as it was seized. Most people would not know how to do this and would either ride around as is or pay a shop to do it. Higher end forks are nice and feel great, especially on single track, but also need maintenance.

The wide tires (40mm+) will help smooth out the bumps and light trails without the above cons which is why I stick with rigid bikes (aside from single track).
At mentioned $1000 price the OP stated, you can get a hybrid with an air shock that is not a pogo stick. The larger tires also help, but having both a good suspension and larger tires makes for a great ride on trails.

Examples:

Canyon Pathlite SL 7 - Only 26 pounds with the suspension

Canyon Pathlite 6 - 27.7 lbs

Giant Roam 1 Disc

Or, can always buy a nice hybrid that fits the rider really well and just buy a replacement suspension like I did:

Rockshox Paragon Gold
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