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Is it possible to go and install a suspension onto a bike that dosen’t have any suspension?

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Asked by: Edward Captain

Can you add a suspension fork to a bike?

short answer is yes you should be able put a suspension fork on the frame, though you may come into a couple problems.

What is a bike with no suspension called?

When a bicycle has no suspension it is called rigid. Bicycles with only rear suspension are uncommon although the Brompton folding bicycle is equipped with rear only suspension.

Can you mountain bike with no suspension?

Bikes usually come in three varieties: fully rigid (no suspension), hard tail (front fork suspension only), and full suspension (both front and rear suspension). It’s entirely possible to start mountain biking without the use of any suspension.

Can you add suspension to a mountain bike?

Upgrading the suspension on your mountain bike is one of the best things you can do to breathe new life into your bike. Whether it is a fork or shock, you will be amazed at the technology these days in suspension, and how that can translate to ride quality out on the trail.

Can you put a suspension on a bike?

Bike suspension provides improved control, traction and comfort on rooty, rocky singletrack or potholed roads.



Basic Suspension Setup.

Type of Mountain Bike Suspension Travel Recommended Sag*
XC race 80 – 100mm 15 – 25%
Trail, all mountain 100 – 160mm 20 – 30%

How do you put a suspension on a bike?


Quote from video: Put the top cap onto the head tube grease. The Crown race. Now hold the handlebar ready to receive the steerer insert the fork through the bottom of the head tube add the spacers slip the stem.

Does bike suspension slow you down?

Conclusion. Now to make things simpler if you want to ride on the road or on smooth country roads, yes suspension will slow you down (mostly on climbs and sprints).

Which bike suspension is best?

Many bikers also consider the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V as the best shock absorber bike in India with a 200cc engine displacement.



Brand TVS
Model Apache RTR 160 4V
Approximate Ex-Showroom Price INR 1.12 lakhs
Engine Displacement 159.7cc
Average Mileage 45 km/liter

Can you add rear suspension to a bike?

Certainly it can be done. Rather silly from a financial standpoint, however, since a new bike would almost certainly be cheaper. For the fork see: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/7472/… Adding a suspension fork, even if all clears, could change the geometry and handling.

Is a full suspension bike worth it?

You want a more comfortable ride: A full-suspension mountain bike will soak up most of the jarring bumps that would otherwise be sent to your body (and in some cases, buck you off your bike). This can help reduce fatigue, which in turn can allow you to ride faster, for longer, with greater comfort.

Why are Hardtails better?

Hardtail bikes tend to excel on slower, tighter trails and where the dirt offers more traction. On less technical terrain, hardtails often provide a more direct, involving ride. The rigid back end offers superb power transfer to the rear wheel when climbing and sprinting.

Do I need a suspension fork?

If you ride off-road or on low quality, bumpy roads and you don’t like to feel the vibration of the road it makes a lot of sense to have a suspension fork. Suspension forks absorb the shocks of bumpy roads and offer relief to the wrists and arms improving the riding experience a great deal.

Can you convert a hardtail to full suspension?

Condensed Answer: A hardtail frame would require serious modifications to the rear triangle to become a viable full-suspension model. In most cases, buying a dedicated full-suspension frame is a safer, cheaper, and faster method to acquire the benefits of dual suspension.

Can you put any shock on any bike?

Each manufacturer and frame may use a different size shock and your bike is not guaranteed to function properly without using the correct size. To find out what size shock is correct for your mountain bike, either check the brand’s website for your model or call us at the shop and we will be more than happy to help!

Can I put a suspension on a road bike?

Suspension decouples the wheels from the rest of the bike. This means that rather than the whole bike having to bump up and down on irregularities in the road, the wheels can move independently. That helps maintain forward momentum, making easier work of riding.



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Can you convert a hardtail to full suspension?

Condensed Answer: A hardtail frame would require serious modifications to the rear triangle to become a viable full-suspension model. In most cases, buying a dedicated full-suspension frame is a safer, cheaper, and faster method to acquire the benefits of dual suspension.

How do you install a fork suspension?

Quote from video: So you've got a little bit of overlap. I'll tighten that down. Once that's got a little bit of torque on it while actually do is just replace my front wheel and put the brake back onto the fork.

Can you put any shock on any bike?

Each manufacturer and frame may use a different size shock and your bike is not guaranteed to function properly without using the correct size. To find out what size shock is correct for your mountain bike, either check the brand’s website for your model or call us at the shop and we will be more than happy to help!

How do I know what suspension forks will fit my bike?

Take your existing front wheel out and measure the current axle diameter to work out further narrow down what fork your bike can accommodate.

What do suspension forks do?

For example, most modern forks offer the option to close the damper, providing a lockout to the suspension. The vast majority of suspension forks keep the spring and damper separate, with the spring often in the left stanchion and the damper in the right.

Can I put bigger forks on my bike?

In general, bikes will happily accept forks that are up to 20mm larger than their designers intended. Feel free to go beyond that if you must, but be prepared for a bike that the manufacturer didn’t really intend to create. That doesn’t mean it will suck, but it’s just something to be aware of.