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Hi there I have the Carrera impel im-1 Electric Hybrid Bike this bike has been great so far but as far as living in a town not quite a city there are some bumps and curbs I would like to get over more smoothly. So my question, is it possible to change out the ridgid fork on this bike to a suspension fork?

Will the make bumps smoother and have less impact on my wrists.

I'm new to bikes and especially ebikes so all help and info is much appreciated

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  • It’s probably much easier and cheaper to get wider tyres and run them at low-ish pressure. I think for small bumps/vibrations (e.g. from cobblestones) this also works better than suspension.
    – Michael
    May 14 at 13:57
  • Your bike is probably in the order of 20+ kilograms, right ? Also, check the right-hand side of the screen for all the existing "rigid-suspension fork swap" questions.
    – Criggie
    May 14 at 17:09
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    @Michael that bike already comes with fairly high volume tyres, and judging by photos not much space to go a whole lot bigger.
    – Andy P
    May 14 at 20:26
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    even if a suspension fork on a town hybrid was a good idea (its not!), the im-1 uses rim brakes and it's probably impossible to buy a decent suspension fork designed for rim brakes in 2022
    – Andy P
    May 14 at 20:28

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I'm not going to answer if it's possible to change your rigid fork, instead i'll answer why its not a good idea.

Firstly with the exception of the odd teenager running high on adrenaline no-one is riding their bike in a city in a manner where a suspension fork makes any difference. The primary purpose of a suspension fork isn't for comfort, it is to keep the wheel tracking the ground for grip/safety. The secondary purpose is to absorb impacts, but generally much bigger impacts than you would find in a city. Short travel suspension forks are designed for situations in the pictures below rather than a kerb or patch of broken tarmac: https://cyclingmagazine.ca/mtb/emily-batty-motivation/ Les Gets World Cup in 2019 (Image credit: Rob Jones) https://www.pinkbike.com/news/10-bikes-that-have-won-the-nove-mesto-xc-world-cup.html

The second reason is that suspension forks typically found on hybrid/town bikes are typically very bad quality. They are generally either so stiff they do nothing or so soft they bounce endlessly wasting energy. They lack adjustment features or high tech coatings and often have uppers that are too narrow and flexy.

For the type of impact typically found in town/city riding and the fact this type of rider is usually looking for comfort there are other areas that can give much better results such as wider tyres at lower pressure and softer grips.

Finally, you can learn to mitigate many of the impacts you will find in town/city riding. By altering your weight distribution on the bike you can very much reduce impacts felt through the bars.

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