I am considering acquiring a hybrid bike with a front suspension, since it is the closest to what I want that I can find. But I do not want a front suspension, so I would always ride with it locked out.
I am wondering what would the effects on long-term durability of the fork be, since I do not expect those forks were designed to be ridden locked all the time. The following possibilities occured to me already:
- Since the stancions would not move, they would likely rust and seals break much sooner due to lack of lubrification.
- Possibly the lock function's capability would with time degrade, needing maintenance or sapping more rider energy.
- Possibly the fork's tubes and structure are not sturdy enough to constantly absorb impacts in locked mode.
For concreteness, consider long-term the effects after at least 5 years and 30000 km of all-weather urban riding without any maintenance. I am concerned about maintenance needs, component longevity and riding efficiency in this use case. Looks and suspension performance are irrelevant to me.