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Thread: Solid vs. suspension forks, who has went back to solid

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    Solid vs. suspension forks, who has went back to solid

    I have been using suspension forks, both Frog Legs and Out-Front Glide, for 10 years. While I am not quite in the market for a new chair yet, I am considering excluding suspension forks next time. My main rational is I am questioning how much of the function matters to me vs. the added weight and bulk.

    If anyone has stopped using them I'd be interested to know your thoughts. I know some may have not liked them because of transfers (John Squires), I have no issues with transferring, I am more curious about rolling around.
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    I used frog legs suspension forks for 4 years on my first chair, and have used their uni-tine forks over the last 4 years in my current chair and haven't missed the suspension versions at all. If there is a large bump or crack I'm going to roll over I instinctively wheelie over them now out of habit, and those situations are pretty rare as it is.

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    I'm similar to Brad, had the frog legs on my first chair, but since then the 3 chairs after have had normal forks. As a habit I do a wheelie over them so I never really need the suspension forks. Also the design of the frog legs was a bit faulty, I had a lot of falls because I hit cracks/bumps and it would flip me forward due to the way it compressed.
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    I don't miss them either. Had them on my first chair for a few years then switched to Unitines for the past 10 years and haven't had any desire to go back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outkastsl View Post
    I'm similar to Brad, had the frog legs on my first chair, but since then the 3 chairs after have had normal forks. As a habit I do a wheelie over them so I never really need the suspension forks. Also the design of the frog legs was a bit faulty, I had a lot of falls because I hit cracks/bumps and it would flip me forward due to the way it compressed.
    I have Glides on my Aero T and have never liked their compressing characteristic. They tend to pitch you forward when encountering obstacles (trail change?).
    I made heavier elastomer that reduced that effect markedly but I am still not comfortable with them. Wheeling over obstacles doesn't do much good unless you can land softly, cause the bloody things still compress.
    Unless I come upon some affordable conventional forks I am considering solid mounting them

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    After stopping using them found it easy to push my chair because I wasn't pushing against the suspension in the front casters.

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    Had them for a few years... the polymer they use for the suspension slowly breaks down, and changing it out was a royal PITA. Once the polymer breaks down, there is very little suspension and the geometry is wrong so tended to catch them a lot in sidewalk cracks etc. Went back to regular forks, can't say I miss them that much.

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