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Old 03-01-18, 05:16 AM
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Front suspension in cycle

Whether front suspension is necessary in cycle if so what is going to be wrong if front suspension is not there
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Old 03-01-18, 06:25 PM
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Not necessary - a little more skill required to deal with obstacles without it. Also, most suspension forks are longer than most rigid forks. Bikes designed for a suspension fork will change greatly in handling with a too-short fork. There are rigid forks made longer.
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Not necessary and downright worthless on cheap bikes. I have two very old (early 90s) mountain bikes. My Balance 450 mtb has a usable Manitou front shock that still works fine after all these years. It cost about $1,200 new in the early 90s. The other one, a Cannondale SM800 has a rigid fork. Either bike suites me just fine. It was around $800 new so you can get good bikes either way. I bought both bikes second hand.
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Not necessary and downright worthless on cheap bikes. I have two very old (early 90s) mountain bikes. My Balance 450 mtb has a usable Manitou front shock that still works fine after all these years. It cost about $1,200 new in the early 90s. The other one, a Cannondale SM800 has a rigid fork. Either bike suites me just fine. It was around $800 new so you can get good bikes either way. I bought both bikes second hand.
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In past experiences with cheap Walmart, or other big box store bikes, front suspension just adds additional weight to an already too heavy bike and is just something else that can fail within a couple of months.




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Old 03-10-18, 12:37 AM
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I just started riding again and my 2 cents probably isn't worth that, but I like having the front suspension on my hybrid bike, even if I don't use it a lot. I've mainly ridden on the paved greenway trails, but also on some light dirt trails and when I have to ride on streets with bumps, holes, etc,. After remembering I had shocks, and to unlock them, it made riding on those a lot nicer, and I'm glad to have them. But, while it's nice to have, I don't feel they're "necessary" and it would probably suck if I couldn't lock them when not needed. Without that locking option, I'd definitely want rigid forks instead. As far as I can tell, the only riding that actually needs suspension is real mountain bike riding.
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It depends on the type of riding you do. For most recreational riding on streets and bike paths it isn't necessary and a cheap suspension fork is more of a liability than a help as others have stated. If you really need some type of shock absorbing for recreational riding I'd recommend a suspension handlebar stem over a fork. Much cheaper and much lighter. I do a fair amount of riding on the local gravel roads which take a real beating from heavy trucks and farm machinery with long sections of heavy rutting and wash boarding and for those rides a decent suspension fork is a real lifesaver.
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Old 03-14-18, 05:06 PM
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My wife absolutely needs a suspension fork AND a suspension seatpost and wide MTB tires. She has a fused back with nerve damage. She and I regularly ride 15+ miles in a 2-3 hour excursion. Those bumps and potholes can really damn her for days. If there is no medical need, only mountain bikes or riding on gravel really benefit from suspension.
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Old 03-20-18, 03:39 PM
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Good high performance suspension forks cost more than many people are willing to spend on a whole bicycle.
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Old 03-26-18, 04:02 PM
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I do mixed road and gravel and keep them permanently locked as I couldn't be bothered to change going between the 2 .... if I felt it was uncomfortable I#d probably use them but I don't.
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