I'm a 30 year old male looking to purchase my first non-department store bike. I haven't biked in more than a couple years.
My use-case is 90% asphalt (inner-city, occasional low-speed highway) and ~10% trail. Trails would typically be flat, straight, with few serious bumps. The bike could see very occasional heavier use.
I've seen several arguments against the use of front suspension forks on Hybrid bikes in the $0-$500 range, with arguments levied against them including:
- They lack lock-out at this price point, making city/uphill travel more difficult.
- They add weight to the frame.
- They limit speed.
- They require maintenance.
- Its another moving part that could fail.
- They're ultimately unnecessary for this use-case.
Of these arguments, speed is probably the one that I can most easily disregard, as I am not looking for high top-end speed. On the other hand, if a suspension fork at worst won't hinder me, I would see no real point in avoiding purchasing one.