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try3r 12-23-10 10:28 PM

can you put a mountain bike front suspension fork on a hybrid?
 
can you put a mountain bike front suspension fork on a hybrid?

I ride on gravel roads, and i was just thinking how nice it would be to replace the front suspension fork on my hybrid with a mountain bike one and save some teeth-jarring without buying a whole new bike

kaliayev 12-24-10 06:22 AM

Your hybrid probably has 700c wheels so you would need a fork that would fit, mountain bike specific forks will not work. Never looked into it, but Trek 7XXX series sometimes has a suspension fork, so you should be able to find one for 700c. Might be cheaper to start with wider tires that run low pressure.

xoxoxoxoLive 12-24-10 08:55 AM

You did not mention what your current Hybrid is ? or wheel size, if 26" wheels, ( Rockshok Dart 2 are nice, and have lock out ) around
130.00 dollars, if 700 c, thats another story. It can be done, but gets expensive, there is one other way, but you will need some knowledge on how to do it, you can buy a very inexpensive bike off Craigslist, and use there cheap OEM forks, like SunTour, but
you will need to make sure they will fit, and not change your bikes geometry. Not knowing what you have now, makes it hard to
give you a good answer. Richard

sedges 12-24-10 09:03 AM

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...am/7507/44080/
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes..._sport/utopia/

I would consider these two bikes as true modern hybrids. The Giant Roam 1 is an especially good deal right now. My LBS has is priced at $550. From my home I have some wonderful rides that include both pavement and gravel/dirt Forest Service roads. I tried out the Roam 1 and really liked it, but it will be spring before I can afford a new bike. Trek has a cheaper version with rim brakes. There is also a Schwinn. I think it is called the Searcher Expert. The key to this type of hybrid is a suspension fork that has lockout so you can have a rigid fork for pavement.

xoxoxoxoLive 12-24-10 10:08 AM


Originally Posted by sedges (Post 11977799)
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...am/7507/44080/
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes..._sport/utopia/

I would consider these two bikes as true modern hybrids. The Giant Roam 1 is an especially good deal right now. My LBS has is priced at $550. From my home I have some wonderful rides that include both pavement and gravel/dirt Forest Service roads. I tried out the Roam 1 and really liked it, but it will be spring before I can afford a new bike. Trek has a cheaper version with rim brakes. There is also a Schwinn. I think it is called the Searcher Expert. The key to this type of hybrid is a suspension fork that has lockout so you can have a rigid fork for pavement.

I have road the Gaint Roam 1 ( awesome bike ), I have seen the Schwinn Searcher on the net, but have not road one, but
sounds good for 300.00 dollars I think..Richard

contango 12-24-10 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by try3r (Post 11976849)
can you put a mountain bike front suspension fork on a hybrid?

I ride on gravel roads, and i was just thinking how nice it would be to replace the front suspension fork on my hybrid with a mountain bike one and save some teeth-jarring without buying a whole new bike

A couple of others have already mentioned the wheel size. Some mountain bikes come with 29" wheels (the so-called 29ers) so forks do exist to cater for the larger wheels. You might find they are more expensive, I've never looked into the specifics so can't tell you prices but they obviously do exist. If you've got 26" wheels you won't need anything special.

Is your existing fork adjustable? If so, does it just need to be a little softer? You might be able to adjust it and not need to buy anything new at all. If you're riding gravel roads I'd imagine you're not having problems with using up all the travel on your fork and needing something with more, right?

xoxoxoxoLive 12-24-10 06:12 PM


Originally Posted by try3r (Post 11976849)
can you put a mountain bike front suspension fork on a hybrid?

I ride on gravel roads, and i was just thinking how nice it would be to replace the front suspension fork on my hybrid with a mountain bike one and save some teeth-jarring without buying a whole new bike

I miss read your post, ( you already have suspension ), that must be some gravel road ! Your talking big bucks,
your probably better off looking for a nice 29er, and changing the tires...And making it a Hybrid, if you
have 700c wheels... Richard

xoxoxoxoLive 12-24-10 08:02 PM

If you just have them adjusted to tight, like the other poster said, loosen them. If they are cheap and have no adjustment,
I have poured a little oil down in locked up forks and they started working again, if there bent or something, change them
out with some other forks off a cheap bike that will fit. But if working properly, and your using up all the travel, thats not
a gravel road, thats mountain biking ! Richard

sedges 12-25-10 11:23 AM

Ha! I misread the post as well. It is always an interesting experiment to put a different fork on a bike.

Another suggestion would be to get a mountain bike that has a lockout fork and has the travel to make it comfortable for you and then put some smooth center tires on it. For years I road a bike with Kenda Kross Plus tires. They are smooth in the center and knobby on the sides. I'd put 75 lbs pressure in them for the road and dropped the pressure if I was doing to be on gravel for a long time. I had a rigid fork, with a suspension fork you may not need to drop the pressure. Simply unlock the suspension. The Kenda Kross Plus were 26X1.95, a little narrower than standard knobbies. They rolled really well on the pavement with 75 lbs in them. They are rated for 65, but never had any problems with them at 75.

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