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Adding suspension to a hybrid bike

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I've been using a Marin Muirwoods as a touring bike for a few years now. Mainly on roads, but also on gravel tracks and single track. I have considered upgrading to a disk brake/9 or 10 speed bike.… Read More
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
I've been using a Marin Muirwoods as a touring bike for a few years now. Mainly on roads, but also on gravel tracks and single track.

I have considered upgrading to a disk brake/9 or 10 speed bike...however, I like the steel frame, and the mechanical simplicity of the Marin. Also, the wheels have DT Swiss Alpine 3 spokes and simple Deore hubs...making it a pretty bomb proof setup.

With all that said, I've just booked to go to NZ to do a 3000km north to south bike packing trail. I could do it without suspension....but, I've been toying with the idea of adding some to make the going easier.

The most suitable fork is the coil spring Rockshox 30TK which has 100mm of travel. The Marin by design would seem to have space for an 80mm fork without affecting geometry.

So my question - is adding a 100mm fork going to work...

I've added some before and after pictures with spacers showing what the bike would look like with the fork installed...
(I can't ride it like that unfortunately...hence this question)

Cheers
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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Before;

http://i.imgur.com/2PCmUin.jpg

With spacers;

http://i.imgur.com/LIBVtgM.jpg

(I already use the spacers to raise the handlebar...so by adding suspension, I'd remove the need for the spacers below the handlebar)

Edited By: wenttoabetterplace on Oct 11, 2016 14:13
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off topic but an article about suspension stems in 2016 http://www.cyclingabout.com/suspension-stems-making-your-ride-smoother/
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kester76
off topic but an article about suspension stems in 2016 http://www.cyclingabout.com/suspension-stems-making-your-ride-smoother/

I think a moving handlebar would be pretty disconcerting when braking. & the prices are pretty much the same as a full suspension fork. But an interesting concept.
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kester76
off topic but an article about suspension stems in 2016 http://www.cyclingabout.com/suspension-stems-making-your-ride-smoother/

I think a moving handlebar would be pretty disconcerting when braking. & the prices are pretty much the same as a full suspension fork. But an interesting concept.


It's only a slight travel compared to forks, just enough to dampen the jolts. With forks you need to be able to lock off the travel when swapping back to roads. My brother had the old girvin flexstem back in the early 90s and that was fine but had to use a harder dampener with cow horns due to the additional leverage

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