Bike Suspensions: A Key Element In Bikes

By: Derek Both

Bikes can come with either a single or dual suspension system which determines how they will perform when you ride. Cycling can entail many levels of stress on your bike depending upon whether you ride on a smooth surface or rugged terrain. Knowing something about the suspension systems that are available on bikes will help you decide if your bike is the best-suited for your needs.

Single Suspension Bikes are often referred to as "hardtail" bikes and have the suspension located in the front wheel. Single suspension bikes are usually lightweight when compared to their dual-suspension cousins. These types of bikes are typically easy to maintain and control while riding. Unfortunately, they cannot absorb impact as effectively as dual - suspension bikes. Another benefit of the hardtail single - suspension bikes is that they can be pedaled more efficiently on smooth surfaces.

If you plan to ride your bike on smooth surfaces only, consider purchasing a single suspension model. For example, if you want a bike to ride to work and back, you may not need to extra suspension support of a dual suspension bike. Another reason for this is because single suspension bikes are lighter and offer more control, you will likely enjoy your rides more.

Dual suspension bikes can easily withstand the impact pressure you may experience on high - intensity rides. These bikes are designed to work hard so can be used in most environments. When riding on a terrain that includes rocks and branches as well as uneven terrain, having the suspension both in the front and back can eliminate a lot of the physical strain you would otherwise feel.

If you are taking your bike downhill, going off jumps, or simply want a smoother ride, it is advisable to buy a dual suspension bike. You will find that not only will your ride be more comfortable during the ride itself, but you will not be sore in sensitive areas after your ride.

One thing to remember about dual suspension bikes is that they are typically more expensive than single suspension models. That should not be the deciding factor in your choice, but it is important to keep this in mind.

The type of bike and the suspension system you need depends mostly on what you will use your bike for. If you plan to go on cross-country rides, you may want to consider a single suspension bike. Their low weight and efficiency will make the ride faster. However, if you plan to ride downhill a lot, consider buying a dual suspension bike. The suspension in the front and the back will be especially handy for absorbing the impact of any object in your way during your ride.

Ultimately, if you know what you need your bike to do and you know what to expect from both a single and dual suspension system, you can easily make the right choice when you purchase your bike.

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