The specialized system(s) of a bicycle that insulate a rider from rough terrain.

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Advice needed re Carbon Fiber vs Shocks

I am an occasional rider who bought my last bike 15 years ago (an all-aluminium Saracen with shocks). I've put about 400-500 miles this year and am thinking of taking up one of the Cycle to Work ...
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Y-Foil Frames Rear Suspension?

I have a few questions about the Y-Foil frame (beam frame) Firstly as far as i have seen, there is no rear suspension system, does the fact that there is no seat tube offer suspension and dampening, ...
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Caliper position effect on braking or suspension?

According to http://www.bicycling.com/mountainbikecom/featured-stories/jacks-not-here-man Where the caliper grips the rotor along its diameter makes no difference in braking or suspension ...
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Can I leave a suspension fork upside down?

I currently have my mountain bike disassembled, I broke a tire and needed some space in my room. The frame is resting upside down on the saddle and handlebar. The fork itself is a Rock Shox SID Dual ...
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What is the risk of bottoming out a fork?

What are the risks of allowing a fork to bottom out, could this cause damage to or worse a catastrophic failure of the fork? I'm wanting to increase my preset sag to around 30% and believe I should ...
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Suspension setting for slippy and steep uphill

Normally one locks or sets both suspensions to a really hard setting to not loose to much force while going uphill. I'm however having problems on steep passages, as my front wheel lifts off the ...
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Fox Talas full travel not reachable

Last 20 mm of my new Fox 32 Talas 29" 130mm 2013 fork is not possible to reach. It gets quickly hard before the full travel. It is ridden for 150 km so far. Tested both on trail (hitting rocks on hard ...
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I have accidentally removed a front suspension fork - what now?

I have accidentally removed the suspension fork from my bicycle (Trek Remedy 8). I was trying to take off just the handlebar, but was distracted for a moment and unscrewed the wrong bolt. How safe ...
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Pannier rack bag for a not suitable suspension fork (Btwin Rockrider 5.1)

I ride a Btwin Rockrider 5.1 with a baby seat, and want to attach one or two pannier rack bags. I guess I only can put it on the front wheel because of the baby seat which goes over the rear wheel, ...
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What are the disadvantages of more suspension travel?

Having some suspension travel is always nice, but what disadvantages are there for the bikes handling as the travel increases? This question applies to both to full and front suspension bikes.
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Difference between high and low pressure air springs?

I've just been adjusting the spring pressure on my Rock Shox SID XX fork and then adjusted my Manitou Minute Expert because I had the pump out. The SID has the solo air spring and needed 115psi and ...
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Is it OK to bunnyhop on a Kona/Fastrax AF2 while in Lockout Mode?

I recently got a Kona Tanuki 2012 bike that sports a Kona/Fastrax AF2 Rear Shock. Sometimes while on the road I miss bunnyhopping over things. Is it wise to lockout the Kona/Fastrax AF2 Rear Shock ...
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Upgrade/Replacement options for Cannondale Headshok DD50?

I have an older Cannondale that I love. It's an F600 comp (the special edition one in pumpkin orange), with a DD50 front shock. The problem is that the DD50 is WORN as all heck. Even when locked ...
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Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?

On the several occasions I've gone mountain biking, I was using a nice borrowed bike with full suspension and it felt nice. I'm told that rear suspension, though nice, is not necessarily a must-have. ...
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What components are recommended for entry level mountain bike?

I am looking for an entry level mountain bike. I plan on using it on real mountain bike trails, not just unpaved trails and greenways. Specifically, here's what I'd like: good shifters/derailleurs ...
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Fork Adjustment

When I ride into my new bike the fork doesn't shrink. My weight is about 81kgs. I think good forks usually shrink to 75% of its length. In my case it does not shrink at all. The fork is cheap. Does ...
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When is using a suspension fork worth it?

I've recently picked up biking again since my childhood years, so I'm quite the newbie. I've figured out most of the features I'd need so far but I'm at a loss at this one. Why would you pick front ...
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Suspension forks on child/youth bicycle for road ringing good?

When riding only roads and well maintained trails, does it make any sense to have a suspension fork on a children's bike (10-12 years)? My initial gut feeling is to say no as it just adds weight ...
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Suspension fork - Can you leave them locked for a long time?

My bike's two years old (about 1800km on it, almost all road and bridleway) and kept in a garage. Back in November or so I locked the front suspension fork for road-riding, and over the winter ...
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Does riding with suspension locked do any harm long term

I bought a Trek 4300 MTB a few months back as my main intent was to ride off-road on local dis-used railway paths. I've since moved house and my main use of the bike is now for my commute to work. ...
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What is the advantage of a reverse arch suspension fork?

There are a couple of suspension fork manufacturers that have adopted a fork design where the lowers have a reversed arch. I can't see that they claim any particular performance advantages for it, ...
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Why isn't my suspension bouncy?

I recently bought a Carreras centos limited edition mountain bike. I want to find out how to make my suspension bouncier and I want to experience a MUCH more comfortable ride. I have tried fiddling ...
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Experiences of the Cannondale Headshok system?

Does anyone have any experience of the Cannondale Headshok suspension system, where the shock is in the head tube / above the fork? Are they reliable? I'm looking at a Cannondale Bad Boy 2 (2013) and ...
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Do I need to take my weight off the bike to lock out the suspension?

I've recently bought myself a new mountain bike (my first since my schooldays...) and it has front suspension with a lock-out function. Suspension is new to me and I'm not sure how to use the ...
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Could rubber parts on bike rack damage the rear shock?

I have Specialized Stumpjumper Evo FSR and as all the FSR frames its' shock is underneath the top tube. Now the issue that the only option to put the bike on the rack is to put the shock shaft on the ...
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Fine tuning forks

I've been riding a new set of air forks on a hard tail for a couple of weeks and have decided they're a bit too hard without any preload (riding xc). They were pumped to roughly the setting for my ...
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Installing a rigid fork on a commuter MTB

Motivation: This answer says that installing a rigid fork on a frame, designed for a suspension, changes the geometry. Most answers to my question about rusted-out suspension recommend installing ...
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Suspension Maintenance

How often do you need to have your fork and rear shock fully serviced? My guess is that this depends on how many miles you are riding, so lets say 150 miles/ year.
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Should I upgrade forks for a 50km race?

I've entered into a 50km xc race in 3 months time. I'm new to mtb and riding a 2010 Hardrock Disc that I originally bought for commuting. So far I haven't done any upgrades save getting a set of SPDs. ...
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What is the purpose of suspension lockout?

I'm trying to decide which 29'er bike I want to purchase and one of them has lockout. I know what lockout does but I'm not sure what it is used for and if I will need it. Thanks
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Optimal full-suspension design for mountain bikes? [closed]

What is the best up to now high end all-mountain full suspension design? By "best" I mean a design that balances pedaling efficiency, strength/durability, and (lateral) stiffness and weight as best as ...
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2009 Boxxer Team Dual Crown - Are springs different from 2010 + models?

I have a 2009 boxxer team fork on my bike. I'd like to buy the firmer spring as I am heavier than the last owner. Can I put the spring from a 2010/2011/2012 boxxer in there or was there something ...
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What are the main improvements in suspension technology in the last 10 years?

How much has bicycle suspension technology evolved in the last 10 years? I am thinking about both rear and front suspension. What have been the major breakthroughs that all bicycle manufacturers are ...
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Can I swap the lock out on one suspension fork for the remote lock out on another?

Both forks are rockshox. One has lock out, the other has remote lock out. Can I swap them around, and is it easy or are any special tools needed?
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Suspension Fork Axles

I'm looking to upgrade my suspension forks from Rock Shox Dart 3 to something like Rock Shox Sektor RL. A lot of the forks have either a 15 or 20 mm axle, or 'Maxle'. What does this mean? Will this ...
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Front suspension fork woes

I recently bought a preowned Saracen Havoc 2000 (Team Saracen edition) and had to replace the original forks (Zokes branded double crown) as they were seized solid. Replaced them with an old but ...
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What maintenance does a front suspension fork need?

I've just bought a used bike on eBay, its a 2002 Marin Bobcat Trail. It has 'In-Sync 266' suspension forks. This is my first suspension bike so I need some guidance in the use and maintenance of these ...
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RS Revelation '11 dual air fork leaks

I have a RS Revelation dual air fork. It's new, never used before. I installed it and after a few days I noticed, that it loses air. Maybe 20-30 psi over night. So at morning it's just too soft and ...
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Why is the swingarm design uncommon / rare on full suspension bicycles?

While watching a snow biking video, I saw that some of the bikes use a true swingarm design, which matches most motorcycles (as does much of bicycle technology). While this looks rather interesting, ...
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Does seat post suspension reduce efficiency?

I have a hybrid bike with front and seat post suspension. It's easy to see how front suspension reduces pedaling efficiency by using some of the power for compressing the shocks, so I keep it locked ...
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What options do I have when replacing my fork's elastomers?

I'm rebuilding an AntiGravity Fork and converting it to threadless for my 'Blast From the Past' bike (GT Bravado frame, U-Brake, Bullseye hubs and cranks, 21 speed). I really like these forks and I'd ...
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How does Lockable Suspension work?

I recently asked a question about how to make a lockable suspension last longer. There zenbike told me about the “blow off” feature. Now, I am curious about how the whole system works. So, can ...
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Is it worth getting a suspension seat post as a cheap alternative to full suspension bike?

I'm planning a ride from Birmingham to London on the Grand Union Canal (UK), which will be quite bumpy for most of the 145 mile distance. I have a front suspension bike and can't afford a new full ...
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Good resources to learn about forks

Quick question. I have a lower quality mountain bike with a bad suspension fork. Overall the bike isn't bad. It fits me well and I have a lot of fun on it. I would like splurge on a new mountain bike ...
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Fox Talas RLC fork not rebounding, and compressing under no load

I have an older fox Talas RLC fork. It rebounds under no weight fine, but even just sitting and pedaling it compresses fully. If i pull up it will rebound, or get off it will rebound. But it seems ...
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Is front suspension remote lockout worth it?

My old city bike is getting worn out and I'm considering getting a new and better bike. I will use it for my daily commute (paved road - very uneven in places) and the occasional trip outside the city ...
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What is the “preload” setting on the front fork suspension?

I've made a photo of the actual "thing" as I find it very difficult to explain otherwise: I'm wondering what this "thing" sets and how it actually works. So, what is "preload" and what happens when ...
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Is it possible/sensible to add a suspension fork to an old mountain bike?

I have a ~1993 Giant mountain bike. It's not great, but I am a very new and casual rider. The bike has a solid fork and it makes for the predictable rough trail ride. The trails are generally ...
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What's the beefiest front shock (26"), avail in quick release, with travel of 100-125mm (no more)?

Details: I mostly enjoy XC and all mountain riding. However, I also from time to time, will go out with friends on some much more intense downhill trails. I'm also about 240 pounds, give or take. ...
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Suspension pressure

I am 6'2" 185-195 (depending on time of season) and ride a full suspension cannondale scalpel and was wondering how many psi should I have front and back shocks for trail riding? No big drops or jumps ...