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Maclin1 01-15-15 06:12 PM

G'day! Colonel Sanders
So far as quality goes the front suspension fork on the Roam 0 is not that bad, just not robust enough for someone who weighs over 200 lbs. If I was considerably lighter I would probably have left it on the bike and locked it out as appropriate. While the bike road fine with the fork locked out I changed it to a rigid fork because a suspension fork, or so I was told, will ultimately break if left permanently locked out. This makes sense as the energy from impacts has to be dissipated somehow. If you look at the schematic for any low end fork the lockout mechanism is pretty rudimentary.
I can't explain why but the solid fork changes the riding character of an already good bike in a very positive way, at least for me. I ride 90%+ pathways that are paved or packed gravel with the occasional light trail here and there. BTW, the weight preload on the Roam 0's fork allows for little adjustment, I had mine maxed out and there was still too much bob in normal riding, worse on hills. My LBS looked without success for a heavier spring and were great in sourcing the Gusset Jury suspension corrected fork. Gusset forks are chrome moly steel and are very strong while being inexpensive and offering good ride characteristics. They are not the lightest but keep in mind I was moving from a suspension fork so, in terms of weight, any rigid fork was an improvement. Surly and a number of other manufacturers also make nice Chrome moly forks for a reasonable price. I asked my LBS to tell the Giant Factory Rep that Giant should offer a solid fork option on the Roam series an/or offer a fork a suspension fork upgrade. I would gladly have paid extra for a better fork. In all other areas the Roam is an outstanding hybrid bike.

ColonelSanders 01-15-15 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maclin1 (Post 17473431)
G'day! Colonel Sanders
So far as quality goes the front suspension fork on the Roam 0 is not that bad, just not robust enough for someone who weighs over 200 lbs. If I was considerably lighter I would probably have left it on the bike and locked it out as appropriate. While the bike road fine with the fork locked out I changed it to a rigid fork because a suspension fork, or so I was told, will ultimately break if left permanently locked out. This makes sense as the energy from impacts has to be dissipated somehow. If you look at the schematic for any low end fork the lockout mechanism is pretty rudimentary.
I can't explain why but the solid fork changes the riding character of an already good bike in a very positive way, at least for me. I ride 90%+ pathways that are paved or packed gravel with the occasional light trail here and there. BTW, the weight preload on the Roam 0's fork allows for little adjustment, I had mine maxed out and there was still too much bob in normal riding, worse on hills. My LBS looked without success for a heavier spring and were great in sourcing the Gusset Jury suspension corrected fork. Gusset forks are chrome moly steel and are very strong while being inexpensive and offering good ride characteristics. They are not the lightest but keep in mind I was moving from a suspension fork so, in terms of weight, any rigid fork was an improvement. Surly and a number of other manufacturers also make nice Chrome moly forks for a reasonable price. I asked my LBS to tell the Giant Factory Rep that Giant should offer a solid fork option on the Roam series an/or offer a fork a suspension fork upgrade. I would gladly have paid extra for a better fork. In all other areas the Roam is an outstanding hybrid bike.

Thanks for that feedback.

Before the year is out, I will be in a similar position and will need to think whether I want to switch to a rigid fork or not.

Maclin1 01-15-15 11:47 PM

One last thought. A previous contributor to this thread noted a number of flat bar, rigid fork bikes that are nice bikes and might be very suitable for you: Trek FX, Giant Escape, Specialized Sirius and Konan Dew. IMO all are good bikes but with Giant you will get better components at a given price point. All would no doubt fit your needs well. Good luck with your purchase!


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