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Old 05-21-11, 06:12 PM
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You can convert to "No front suspension" to make the bike lighter...

I think hybrids are great "get back into riding" bikes. I bought one 6 years ago or so after something of a bike hiatus and now live practically car free, commuting to work and church by bike, even with one or two kids on my bikes!

My bike needs evolved beyond needing any kind of front suspension for road or trail riding. My body knows how to absorb or avoid anything that a suspension would aid. Besides, I've learned that the larger tires on a hybrid can do much of the work of a suspension anyway, and most hybrid suspensions are not all fancy and damped like they are on high-zoot mountain bikes. Just some springs. And they're heavy!

I converted my hybrid to a longtail xtracycle. This made the suspension dip a little extra, and added weight that I wanted to reduce by switching out forks.

Dimension makes a 700C Hybrid Suspension Corrected fork. It's $40+shipping online or $50 at your local bike shop.
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There has been much talk here about rigid forks on hybrids and many people have made the change including myself.
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I'm in the process of getting one of those. Should have it installed by the end of next week. I'm looking foward to it
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I evolved my Giant Cypress into a touring bike that I've got several thousand fully-loaded touring miles on. The first step I took was dropping the suspension fork and going cro-moly.

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I put a rigid fork on my hybrid and liked it so much that I put one on my mountain bike and never looking back at suspension.
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how can you not want a suspetion fork? that's like the whole point of a hybrid. I have one where you can lock it out if I don't want the shock absorbtion but I always turn it on if I'm riding at a slow to moderate pace on bumpy ground, the difference is like day and night. I'd hate to ride on any bumps without that.
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I have a 'Head-shock' style suspension fork on my hybrid (the suspended part is just above the crown of the fork) which I think offers the best of both worlds - the more plush ride of a suspension fork, as well as the lower weight of a rigid fork. I think it's great.
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Old 05-23-11, 06:25 AM
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i've never seen or heard of that. sounds interesting
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
how can you not want a suspetion fork? that's like the whole point of a hybrid. I have one where you can lock it out if I don't want the shock absorbtion but I always turn it on if I'm riding at a slow to moderate pace on bumpy ground, the difference is like day and night. I'd hate to ride on any bumps without that.
While I never lock out my suspension fork (if I'm paying the weight penalty I want to get my "money's worth"), I prefer to ride a bike with rigid fork.

He's carrying two passengers on his bike! As I understand it, the suspension didn't become objectionable until he "xtended" his bike's rear end (converted to long bike). Apparently this caused excessive sag and/or bobbing as well as adding a lot to the bike's weight. He hasn't mentioned it here but he also swapped out a threaded headset/stem for threadless system.

Standalone, post pics. We don't see many longbikes here in the hybrid forum!
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Old 05-23-11, 06:45 AM
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Would the Dimension fork mentioned above work as a replacement for a Trek 7200 (that has the front suspension?). Is it a 'hard/difficult' swap to make or should a LBS do it?
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
how can you not want a suspetion fork? that's like the whole point of a hybrid. I have one where you can lock it out if I don't want the shock absorbtion but I always turn it on if I'm riding at a slow to moderate pace on bumpy ground, the difference is like day and night. I'd hate to ride on any bumps without that.
You appear to have a better quality fork on your bike and having a lockout is a wonderful thing but for a hybrid with relaxed geometry a rigid fork and slightly plusher tyres accomplished the same thing.

The Cannondale headshok is also a nice unit aside from the fact it is a proprietary design that can only be serviced by Cannondale.

If you have the right skills you can ride anywhere without suspension and can see why a suspension on an extrabike would not be optimal... if you do off road riding a suspension can be a good thing but on normal roads it is usually overkill.
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Originally Posted by Ron B View Post
Would the Dimension fork mentioned above work as a replacement for a Trek 7200 (that has the front suspension?). Is it a 'hard/difficult' swap to make or should a LBS do it?
With a threadless system the swap can be done with an Allen wrench... it is not something I would rate as a difficult job although you do need to know how to set the pre-load on the fork and set up your brakes.

Will upload a tutorial on how to easily set up V brakes and Park Tool's site has how to's on pretty much everything.
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Thank you Sixty-Fiver - I would appreciate a tutorial.....not much bike-mechanic experience here.....
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I made this last winter and it makes a great commuter.
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
i've never seen or heard of that. sounds interesting
Here it is. Basically almost indistinguishable from a regular fork except for the black rubber boot between the frame and the fork crown.



Not really useful for off-road, though - doesn't have nearly as much travel as an off-road suspension fork (I'd guess about 50mm max). But for road use this is more than enough.
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Thank you Sixty-Fiver - I would appreciate a tutorial.....not much bike-mechanic experience here.....
https://ravingbikefiend.com/?p=617
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Old 05-23-11, 08:52 AM
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muy bien - gracias!!!!! thanks much Sir
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Originally Posted by jezmellors View Post
I made this last winter and it makes a great commuter.
Nice ride! I have to keep reminding myself that my MTB is not my principle commuter/work bike and I that I want to use it for mountain biking some day. I've had it almost a year and only used it on roads so far. It's tempting to ditch the heavy suspension fork when I see bikes like yours.
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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
I think hybrids are great "get back into riding" bikes. I bought one 6 years ago or so after something of a bike hiatus and now live practically car free, commuting to work and church by bike, even with one or two kids on my bikes!

My bike needs evolved beyond needing any kind of front suspension for road or trail riding. My body knows how to absorb or avoid anything that a suspension would aid. Besides, I've learned that the larger tires on a hybrid can do much of the work of a suspension anyway, and most hybrid suspensions are not all fancy and damped like they are on high-zoot mountain bikes. Just some springs. And they're heavy!

I converted my hybrid to a longtail xtracycle. This made the suspension dip a little extra, and added weight that I wanted to reduce by switching out forks.

Dimension makes a 700C Hybrid Suspension Corrected fork. It's $40+shipping online or $50 at your local bike shop.
Fatter tires will fix everything ... sorta'.

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Originally Posted by The Chemist View Post
Here it is. Basically almost indistinguishable from a regular fork except for the black rubber boot between the frame and the fork crown.



Not really useful for off-road, though - doesn't have nearly as much travel as an off-road suspension fork (I'd guess about 50mm max). But for road use this is more than enough.
Believe it or not, a lot of the professional road racing peloton used suspension forks for Paris-Roubaix when a road bike version of Rockshox was in production. Around that time, a friend showed up on a Cannondale Silk Road similar to this one, which was instantly the envy of the DC messenger community.
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
Nice ride! I have to keep reminding myself that my MTB is not my principle commuter/work bike and I that I want to use it for mountain biking some day. I've had it almost a year and only used it on roads so far. It's tempting to ditch the heavy suspension fork when I see bikes like yours.
Thanks, i got this cheap and it was in a mess with lots of worn out components but it was a nice little project for me which i enjoyed doing. I'm lucky enough to have the FSR too so i didn't need it for off road.
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I think of Gunn-Rita Dahle when I see Merida. I don't think they are imported to USA.
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got my swap done. I went from this:

to this:

sorry for the poor image quality, it was getting late. I also started removing the spray paint overlay that was on the bike, and the origional paint isn't in too bad of shape. I need to get the stem replaced as this one is a little too long and low but other than that i'm totally digging on the conversion. Dropped 4-5 lbs too.
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