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Old 10-09-14, 07:09 PM
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Rock Shox Paris Roubaix

Has anyone ridden a road bike with a Rock Shox Paris Roubaix fork? What's it like? Is there any possible way to rationalize putting one on my commute roadie?

I see that some pros are testing suspension on their cyclocross bikes. Anyone think road bike suspension might return?
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Depends on riding conditions I guess. For most of us, the fork movement is in most regards a hindrance to lowest-effort climbing, while doing very little to improve ride quality imo.

You have to keep a road bike suspension set very taut or you'll risk digging a pedal while cornering, but adding such a fork aftermarket has little such risk because the fork is longer than the bike's rigid original fork to begin with.

On a bike that was designed around suspension, the air pressures in the suspension units need to be kept at a certain minimum for safety, so any pressure loss could make the bike dangerous.

This one has the Paris-Roubaix SL/TI fork and Risse air rear shock:
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Think the biggest issue would be getting one, as they haven't been made for about 20 years, for coming back, if the UCI lets them, can't see why they couldn't, doubt they would though, as they would add a lot of weight to the front end of the bike.

for adding to a current bike, if you could get one, could you get service parts? from running Mag 21's on a MTB a few years ago, which used the same technology, spares were very hard to find, and that was for a mass produced fork which was in production for several years, thinking that you would be better looking at carbon forks, or a more appropriate hybrid bike if you really think you need them.
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Another alternative is to look for the Cannondale SR bikes built in the mid 1990s to about 2001 or '02. They came equipped with a road modified Headshok. Based on how many turn up on ebay, not many were made. Some models have an easy to activate lock-out for climbing. A Headshok bike weighs about 1lb more, so depending on the use, not a bad trade off. Here's my '96 SR 500.



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Paris Roubaix forks are rare and if found, tall priced. Never tried one but curious. I suppose would look for a production Ruby 700c or some late offerings from SR Suntour. They have a wide range plus the Swing.




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I have a NOS Rock Shox "Ruby" fork that I was planning to put on a bike which I no longer have, it has been sitting around for too long maybe I will find a suitable frame for it.

I really loved that era of Paris Roubaix!
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Note that the Ruby is a lot heavier than the Paris-Roubaix fork, though probably a lot sturdier. Also, Ruby is not an air fork.

My experience with the air-charged Mag21 and Paris-Roubaix forks is that they seldom need to be serviced and seals hold up for many years!.
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