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road shock forks(5 posts)

road shock forksblownpupil
Jul 1, 2002 1:20 PM
Is there such an animal as a suspension fork for a road/cyclocross bike? Could an MTB fork be used? Just wondering if a cx bike can be altered for rougher terrain.
HeadshokJekyll
Jul 1, 2002 2:09 PM
But it will only fit on a Cannondale cross frame. I'm not aware of any one else that makes a "road" suspension fork. You could use a MTB fork but you would be stuck with V brakes, etc. IMHO, if the going is rough enough for front suspension, get a MTB.

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/02/cusa/model-2XS8.html
Rock Shox Metrogrzy
Jul 1, 2002 3:21 PM
They've made a couple different road products over the years, but their current offering is the Metro:

http://www.rockshox.com/Product/02Metro/02MetroIndexPage.htm

I agree that if it's too rough for a CX bike then you need a MTB. I honestly don't know why any one would pick a CX bike unless they're racing - it's a cross between a road and mountain bike and the worst of both. The road bike will be faster on the road and the MTB will be faster on the dirt. If you're going back and forth between the two then get a MTB where the suspension can be locked out. I guess you gots to run what you brung.
Rock Shox RubyKurt H
Jul 2, 2002 6:44 AM
The Rock Shox (sp?) Ruby S and Ruby SL are the older model. They are road forks set up for caliper brakes and 700c wheels. The SL has a lockout, much like the Cannondale forks, to avoid energy loss during out of the saddle pounding. I don't know if they are available in a threadless model or not. I bought one last year to put on my commuter frame - an idea I later dropped - which is for a threaded headset.
I have the Ruby Sjustina
Jul 2, 2002 7:43 AM
Slapped it on my KHS flite 500 back up bike. Makes for a super plush commuter, cruiser. Probably not up to the rigors of cross riding and no canti mounts. That said, you can pick one up for under $100 and for Boston city streets it has just enough travel to take the sting out of potholes, cracks, and seams.