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I also have enjoyed riding with a Cannondale Headshok (Silk Tour 700). I agree with you, weight and stiffness are non-issues with HeadShok type suspension, I think they are fantastic for producing a comfortable aluminium tourer but I may be biased! I think that people who have not riden this type of shock don't understand its advantages. When it is locked ...


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I will interject that there is a whole discipline/style of riding called "trials" and they have bikes that are tuned/designed for "stunts". They share more in common with BMX style bikes probably than anything else. Really it depends on what your definition of stunts is. Any number of flatland, freestyle, freeride, slopestyle, dirt jump or trials bikes ...


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Looks like nobody has taken the geometry into account yet... In the image below I have drawn the situation with highly exaggerated proportions. All not-lowest-end suspension forks (at least the ones I know of) have a rake that is created by shifting the axle in front of the lower tubes. Let's take a wheel of radius r (solid blue circle) and add some ...


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In my opinion it wouldn't give any advantage....except possibly with some lower end disc brakes where the rotas may tend to get very hot with hard use may make you slightly less prone to burned shins and ancles...other then that just a gimmic


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Some points that have not come up I think riding a non-suspension bike is more fun It is you and the road On the trails you need to pick a line and use technique Most tricks are easier on a non-suspension You have something solid to push off from and lighter Hop both wheels up a curb is easier on a non-suspension So on the ruff stuff you are a little ...


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I would view front suspension as a nice comfort option for your use-case, particularly in cities with speed bumps, potholes etc. Fully rigid frames, particularly aluminum ones which is what you'd likely get in your price range can be pretty unforgiving and while fat tyres help a bit, front suspension makes a bigger difference. Given that you don't plan to ...


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Benefits of suspension forks (city/gravel road use): Remove chatter from bumpy roads Take the jar out of major bumps Better traction Drawbacks of suspension forks: Entire bike is heavier, leading to a less agile bike. A bike with suspension (all else being equal) will hit more holes and hit them harder. It will also climb like a pig and accelerate ...


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For what you're talking about I would avoid front suspension, partly because you don't need it however good it might be (and there is a downside IMO) and partly because nothing you'd get at that price would be very good anyway. Obvious downsides of unnecessary suspension are weight, money that's gone into it that could have gone into something more ...



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