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Just wondering if there are suspension forks or stems available for use on a cyclocross bike. I have a 54 cm 2008 Jake The Snake. Just want to take some bite out of the ride on rough roads, paths. I don't race this bike, it's just my back-road/country-road rider/explorer.
 

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I wish they made really simple suspension stems. Just something with 1" to 2" of 'travel' to reduce the bumps and smacks on crappy roads. They used to make suspension stems, but not any longer.
 

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Bigger tires & lower PSI, better set-up, better technique, more realistic expectations or just a more appropriate bike would be your better bets, IMO.

Most of the "simple", inexpensive front suspension systems disappeared because they were crappy (or dangerous). Too heavy and technologically inferior. RockShox currently makes a suspension fork for hybrids, but they explicitly say that it is not for MTB or cyclocross.
 

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Did the Poprad come with a suspension fork at one time? or was it just disc braking?

Paris-Roubaix was won on suspension forks a couple of years in the 90s. I have a picture of Duclos-Lasalle winning in 1992 with a Rock Shox and I think one of Museeuw's wins was on one. Don't have any more details.

The front cover of Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills (pub. 1998) features a Serotta with suspension fork. i believe some road suspension forks do come up on Ebay regularly, these should work for cross as well.
 

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Rockshox introduced one that would work somewhere around ten years ago or more. Just enough clearance (like a rigid cross fork), canti studs, 1" steerer. Travis Brown used a specially lightened one at Nationals in the SF Presidio. Yeah, if you're lucky, maybe you'll see something on ebay that'd work. I agree with other folks here though that it's probably not the wisest choice.
 

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The bike has 35's on there now. I went from a regular saddle to a Velo comfort saddle with springs and that was all it took to make the rear end comfortable. Perhaps I'll check for some gel gloves.
 

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One other thought could be to pick up an inexpensive Surly Cross Check fork. I have one and it'll take a much larger tire than a 35. May be able to get close to a 2" tire in there. However, it could cause toe overlap issues. Something to think about.
 

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I don't want to put enourmous tires on there. The bike can probably fit a bit bigger tires without a larger fork. I'm not sure exactly. I'll check into that and the Surly Cross Check fork.
 

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see "under pressure"

one_speed said:
It's likely 1 1/8". I'd say that the best you can do is get the largest tires on there you can and run at a lower pressure. That can make a huge difference, depending on what you are running right now.
that's totally true - if you're not set on suspension, you'll get a lot more efficiency and speed by going to lower pressure while riding. going wider, running tubeless, or running tubulars will all help. see the article "under pressure" that did some "research" on tire pressure and its effect on speed in Issue 3 of Cyclocross Magazine.

good luck.
 

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You got a Project 2 steel fork on there that is fairly compliant. But its a strait leg fork, you could check into something like a Surly Cross Check fork with curved legs to take the edge off a little more. If you wanted to step up even more, look at a Sibex Ti Cross Fork...its about as supple as it gets (without being a noodle) for a rigid fork.

You might also check into gel pads/tape for your bars to take a little of the sting off
 

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why?

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I wouldn't ride a Sibex fork if you paid me. :nonod:
I'm curious to what your justification is. I seen in person two professional riders using them (both national champions in various disciplines) with great success.

I haven't rode one myself but I did get to demo a Morati (not sure if they're in business anymore) ti cross fork a few years back and the thing felt great despite my concerns of it being too flexy under my 215lbs.
 
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