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Apr 1, 2003 9:02 AM
I have a Sirrus Elite 2002 model with an all aluminium frame. I find that when cycling around here in Cornwall on rough surfaced tarmac minor roads I get a very bumpy ride from the solid front suspension. Not helped by the narrow 700 by 26 tires at 120 PS I. I don't want to change the tires for softer larger ones I want to keep these for their low drag properties.
My question is does anyone know of a LIGHT WEIGHT INEXPENSIVE shock absorbing front forks designed for road touring which would help to soften the ride a bit. I know there are plenty available for mountain bikes. But can't find any information for road only use.
Thanks in anticipation
Apr 1, 2003 10:49 AM
Best light weight inexpensive suspension for a road bike is two things. First, lower your tire pressure. Put it down to like 100 psi and go for a ride. See if that helps at all. The second is get some really soft bar tape (Cinelli Gel Cork, or Stella Azzura Pave' tape.) and some gel padded gloves. Riding lower pressure tires is free, and combined the gloves and tape will cost around $35 to $40.

Try it, and see if you like the changes better.

two possibilitiesDougSloan
Apr 1, 2003 11:04 AM
Rockshox made one, but I can't recall the name. Looks like a streamlined mtb fork. Might find one used.

The other is the SUS21. I think they are still made:
LinkEl Kabong
Apr 1, 2003 11:10 AM
Buy a fork made from Reynolds 531, lotsa rake...Spunout
Apr 1, 2003 11:11 AM
and yes, run your tires at 105 instead of 120.
Apr 1, 2003 3:03 PM
the ruby sl is a nice fork. actually, i just had one that i sold. never mounted it because it had a one inch steerer and everything i have is 1 & 1/8" and i never got around to buying problem solvers to use it.
but i rode that same bike last year, and was shocked at how "jittery" a ride it offered. very uncomfortable, which was a drag cause i liked the price, the component package and the idea of getting a fast commuter. part of the problem was undoubtedly the aluminum fork, but i think much of the problem stems from the frame geometry. looked and felt like a road bike that they just stuck a flat bar on and the bike just didnt offer stable and true handling with that setup. just my opinion, but i definitely had the same feeling on the bike, and just wonder if replacing the fork will really solve your problem.