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Old 06-06-19, 12:42 PM
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Hybrid suspension?

I have a hybrid that ive been using for cross country trails. Mostly fire roads with a steep climb then a fast ride down.i replaced the original tires that came with it with schwalbe smart sams in 1.75. The current suspension on it is only 40mm travel. I was considering the rockshox paragon that has 65mm. Would this be worth it? And yes, i know the bike is not made for this type of riding, but its a project and i like riding it.
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Old 06-07-19, 07:11 AM
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I reviewed my Paragon switch and it can be located here:

TravBikeMans Paragon Review

If your rides have a lot of bumps, small rocks, roots and such, it's a nice fork. If your trails are mostly just smooth gravel, it's not going to be much of an upgrade.

Sadly, I found out that the C and O is slowly being repaved with new material like what's on the Great Alleghany Passage. But it maybe a few years before they are complete. Which means I didn't really need such a robust fork once that is complete. I would have been better off with a non suspension fork.

But going from a 40mm to a 65 mm fork, might be a problem with the geometry on your bike.
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If your fire roads or trails are like these two pictures, then yes it's helpful:


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Old 06-07-19, 08:20 AM
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Sadly, I found out that the C and O is slowly being repaved with new material like what's on the Great Alleghany Passage.
What? It's being paved? With asphalt?

Despite the potential ruts and mud, I think the gravel surface adds a lot of charm to the C&O towpath.
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Old 06-07-19, 08:27 AM
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It's being slowly resurfaced to be more like the GAP. Which is a more fine mixture of stones. Although, the area through Brunswick is now blacktop paved, and heard will be extended to Harpers Ferry. (That surprised me when I recently walked on it after work.)



**Picture from C and O Canal Trust

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I'm glad that it's more of a fine aggregate than asphalt pavement. And cheers to the NPS for keeping up with the maintenance on it. I know they've been busy over the past year or two with floods and sections washed out, etc.
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High end air-oil forks may offer the adjustability a stock price point fork will not ..

but gravel road buzz may be below the sensitivity threshold.. so fork does not act..
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