I have a White AX 290 FF 20 that I have converted to an e-bike.

I'm also planning to add a suspension fork to it. My budget is approximately 100€/120 dollars. Do you have any recommendations for the kind of suspension fork I should look at? I've heard that coil forks need less maintenance compared to air ones. I don't ride any hardcore MTB trails.

I've looked at some 50-100mm travel ones already. Are these reputable brands?

  • Marzocchi TXC 2
  • Zoom Vaxa 30 595S
  • Not asking for specific models just linked what I've looked up myself. I'm asking in general for recommendations for suspension fork. Also your thread doesn't answer to my question.
    – MT247
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 13:01
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    @Criggie To be fair, the question as currently worded asks what kind of fork, coil vs gas, is best for his needs. The second part asking about brands is likely off topic.
    – Eric S
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 13:33
  • I don't think you can a get a new rigid fork worth riding for that amount
    – Paul H
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 0:52
  • In terms of comfort, a bike fit, lower tire pressures, and higher quality tires would also be a good way to improve comfort. I made the mistake of purchasing a commuter bike with suspension because my previous bike didn't fit me, which exaggerated bumps in the road. On the other hand, when I ride a rigid fork bike that properly fits me, the bumps simply don't bother me as much. I'm not against suspension forks for comfort, but it's worth recognizing that they alleviate a problem caused by in-proper bike fit.
    – Peachy
    Commented Oct 4, 2023 at 17:16

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The type of fork you choose will tend to be based on your riding style, budget and what will work on your bike.

It might be good to consider ebike suspension forks

Whilst E-bike forks remain largely the same as their regular counterparts, it’s important to acknowledge that E-bikes are slightly different. E-bike suspension forks are usually designed to provide extra comfort, rather than actual cushioning off-road. Given their intended use, they are often more affordable than regular suspension forks since they feature less complex designs.

bikester.co.uk (not a recommendation for this site or it's products)

Suspension Fork Type - Air vs Coil



  1. Generally lighter than coil
  2. Easy to adjust
  3. Especially good for cross country or trial riding


  1. Progressive spring rate - the more it is compressed the stiffer it becomes, not as smooth on big hits. This issue has been addressed in some air forks/shocks
  2. Stiction - the force needed to initiate the compression cycle can be high. This issue has been addressed in some air forks/shocks
  3. Generally harder to maintain than coil
  4. Generally more expensive than coil



  1. Linear spring rate
  2. Generally smoother feel even on the biggest hits
  3. Generally cheaper
  4. Generally easier to maintain than air


  1. Harder to adjust - the very cheap versions have no adjustment at all
  2. Generally heavier than air

Summarized from:

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    +1 - The "Harder to adjust" pro/con needs to be emphasized and maybe expanded - with cheap coil forks, alternate springs are typically no available so they cannot be adjusted. If springs are available adjustment means buying new springs so costs. For a street bike/forks for comfort probably not a big deal. For an off road bike and moderately competent rider, it should be a deal breaker not having a selection of springs to choose from.
    – mattnz
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 19:33
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    I think your first con is a little off. A progressive spring rate is better on a big hits as the bottom outs are not as harsh. Linearity is better for smaller hits.
    – Paul H
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 0:38
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    I realize you pulled that point from the Bike Roar website. To back up my claim, which comes from experience, you can read here: enduro-mtb.com/en/setup-guide-mtb-suspension . To be clear linear vs progressive spring rates are not pros or cons, but preferences.
    – Paul H
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 0:44
  • Thank you, coil sounds a better choice for me because less maintenance and the weight is not that much an issue because of I'm riding ebike.
    – MT247
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 18:58

I don't believe you have much success in selecting a suspension fork. Looking at the bike, a suspension fork with exactly same geometry as yours would have approximately zero suspension. There is simply no room for a suspension fork with unchanged geometry. If you change to a suspension fork, it will change the geometry of your bike which will affect the steering characteristics. For example, the seat tube angle is changed (so you may run out of fore/aft adjustment in your seat post), the head tube angle is changed (so the fork trail affecting the steering characteristics will probably not be what the fork manufacturer intended), the bottom bracket height will change (so you will find it harder to mount and dismount due to increased bottom bracket height).

Every frame will have different requirements for a fork. If you see a fork, you need to carefully look at its dimensions and analyze what the fork trail will be and how the bottom bracket height and seat tube angle will change. Only with such an analysis can you determine if the new geometry of the frame/fork combination is acceptable.

A bike frame designed for suspension would have reduced head tube height from the lower end, making room for suspension below the head tube. For such a frame, the intended fork length is longer.

  • I agree with you. It's going to be a pain in the neck to do the work and will change the bike in unexpected and probably negative ways.
    – David D
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 18:29
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    100% agree - that's why OP should keep any parts that come off the bike during the refit, in order to ease a later revert.
    – Criggie
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 19:43
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    OP could switch to a 26er up front. At that price point OP would be looking at used parts, but you can get some nice second-hand 26" stuff since its popularity has dropped. Definitely a frankenbike, though. Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 22:28
  • Hmm so you mean smaller wheel at the front like 26'' or 27.5''. Could be good idea.
    – MT247
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 18:44

Suspension stem

One thing you may not have considered is a suspension stem. Redshift makes one that is on sale just inside your price point. There are others forthcoming, and a big list of styles and discourse at CyclingAbout, including some downsides:

Why should you avoid suspension stems?

The biggest issue is that any downward force to the handlebars will result in energy loss. This is not great for people who like standing up on the pedals, but shouldn’t be much of a problem for people who spend most of their day in the saddle. An issue that the 90s suspension stems suffered was movement under heavy braking. I presume that this effect is lessened on the latest generation of products given how much less suspension travel there is.

I don't think energy loss is much of a concern for an ebike. You can just throttle up rather than standing on the pedals.

Please note that I have not used a suspension stem myself.

Do not be cavalier about a suspension fork

Juhist's answer correctly describes the trouble you're signing up for with your original plan. Remixing your bicycle's whole geometry is not undertaken lightly.

You can drop down to a 27.5" or a 26" wheel in the front to compensate for compression travel in a new fork, but now your budget needs to include the money for a wheel as well.

Buy some gloves instead

If I were in your place, I'd put 5-20€ toward a pair of cycling gloves before I spent 100€ rearranging the front of my bike.

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    I think front suspension is must for ebike. I need to ride really hard puncture protection studded tyres(schwalbe marathon winter plus 50-622) because sharp gravel used to sand roads. Also I'm 85kg myself and the bike is 23kg and when going +30km/h speeds every pothole etc. hits really hard.
    – MT247
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 18:50

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