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Old 07-06-11, 03:53 PM
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Do cheap shocks make bike harder to pedal?

I have always resisted the idea of shocks on Huffy type bicycles. However, most of these bikes sold today have shocks. I noticed that when someone was pedaling hard on a smooth surface with a Huffy type bike, the shocks were extending and collapsing quite vigorously with each pedal stroke. It seems to me that this type of unnecessary shock action would just suck up energy and have the result of making the bike harder to pedal. Is this true?
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Guess you mean supermarket bikes / BOS's, they have cheap shocks, inefficent suspension designs, and are heavy. The reason most are full suspension now, are for looks, not practicality, but for the market they are selling to, sucking energy isn't too big a factor, as the consumer isn't going to know any better.

To get a bike which doesn't have suspension bob, you would need one where the shock costs more than the complete Huffy type bike.
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Originally Posted by jimdays View Post
Is this true?
Yes, it is absolutely true. +1 on everything jimc101 said. Those bikes are junk, designed to look good enough on the showroom floor to be sold. That's about it.

As far as rear suspension is concerned, there are many different designs still out there. Some have pedal bob, others claim not to. I've never ridden a full suspension bike (besides the junk from x-mart) so I can't comment on the good designs.

Having done mountain biking on rigid forks, cheap suspension forks, and GOOD suspension forks, I've decided that front suspension isn't worth having unless it's a good quality fork that doesn't weigh 5 pounds. A rigid fork is so much better than a cheap heavy suspension fork.
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Drop 2K$ on a good FS mountain bike , or just get a decent hard-tail at a bike shop.

or dont think about the fact that you huffy is harder to pedal and just live with it ,
it will get you down the trail, but not as well as a $400 hardtail bike , from a bike shop.
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The device that looks like a shock absorber on the rear of these cheap bikes is nothing of the sort. At best, it's a spring holder. No damping whatever.

A decent shock will cost several times the price of one of these bikes.
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