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I am new for cycling. I am searching for bikes on which I will ride mostly on roads, but also on terrains/mountains occasionally. After doing a few researches online, I finally decided to buy a hybrid bike.

Mostly people are suggesting to buy a Hybrid Bike which doesn't have suspension and disc brakes (even I'm not worried about disc brakes). So I thought to buy a bike which has a suspension fork with lockout.

My question is, is it instead also possible to get a lockout mechanism from store to add to a suspension fork which doesn't have a lockout itself?

  • Yes it is possible but it will probably work out more expensive than buying a bike with the appropriate spec. The cost of parts bought separately is generally quite a lot more than when they're bought as part of the "bike package" – PeteH Feb 18 '15 at 8:41
  • Is the hybrid a 700c or 26inch wheeled variant? The market for high performance 700c suspension forks is very limited. If a LO suspension fork is a must - then I would be looking at the smaller wheeled hybrid as the fork choice is huge. – OraNob Feb 18 '15 at 8:52
  • @OraNob this is the one. – HariDev Feb 18 '15 at 8:53
  • Personally, I would go with a rigid fork on that bike. That is a very low-end fork. It will also be heavy and flex a fair amount. A rigid fork will sharpen the steering up and keep the weight down. Additionally, I would put a question mark over the robustness of the suspension fork. – OraNob Feb 18 '15 at 9:06
  • @OraNob It has an option to choose the fork. So probably I'll choose rigid over suspension. – HariDev Feb 18 '15 at 9:17
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You shouldn't count on it, no. Low-end and touring forks may not have the parts available at all. With medium-to-high end MTB forks, the parts may be available but it often requires exchanging most of the innards, making it a much too costly proposition. It in not just a matter of adding a lever to the top.

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I think it's very rare, you'd better buy your bike already with that - maybe have a deal in your local shop to swap the fork to a lockout one when buying the bike. Disc brakes are much better than rims IMHO

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    Cheap disc brakes are often much more expensive than mid-end V-brakes and often stop much worse. Though I agree that most forks can't add a lockout without you designing one on your own. – Batman Feb 18 '15 at 14:22
  • Cheap discs are worse than the cheapest V brakes, its likely the bike the OP is talking about has the cheapest discs available. Any V brake can be upgraded by installing better pads. OP should go for V brakes (Unless my presumptions about price point of bike he is looking at is wrong). – mattnz Feb 18 '15 at 20:20

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