Do spinger forks make a difference for a daily driver?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by hektic31r, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. hektic31r

    hektic31r New Member

    So i have been looking into springers, i like the style and they function well here on the bumpy roads in LB on regular beach cruisers (yes roads in socal are bumpy because the ground moves here). I searched, the only post discussing springer forks is some crazy JA talking about going 60mph on a bike, im good on that. Been riding a long time, pushed close to 30 on hills here without a motor, it can be gnarly. My questions are, do spingers help or hinder a bike at 20mph? Is the ride better? Best quality spingers? What about double springers? Are they worth the 150 dollars? Any input is appreciated, id like to see a discussion, opinions welcome, me, i like springers cuz they are easy to fit big lights on....
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2015

  2. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    If you've got good roads it's nice, but not crucial. if your roads are like mine, get some suspension.
  3. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I don't think some Bicycle Springer Forks have any business being on a motorized bike, or even a pedal bike for that matter.

    They are a cosmetic gimmick to extend the front wheel and make it look like it has a shock absorber.

    Besides providing virtually no shock absorption, it is a really poor design.
    A long thin tube bent, flattened, and then drilled at the bend point.
    Now solid steel bar would be different, but it's not.


    That said, I have built a couple bikes with them and those haven't failed, but the roads in Phoenix are really good.
    It is front end impacts at ~20+ you want to avoid, seriously, I can't see anything on the front end of an MB giving before a Springer.
    Front brakes are always a female dog with them too.

    Looking for a 'good' one, I'd go by the heaviest shipping weight, good parts aren't light, ohhh, and enjoy assembling it, I have yet to do one that didn't require bending and 2 guys ;-}

    If you are looking for actual shock absorption and stability I like telescoping forks.
    I get ones like this XCM around the corner at the bike shop for ~$85.


    Whatever you get try to make sure it has at least V brake bosses.
    You can do V's for cheap and they are better than C-brakes.

    Many will have disc brake bosses like the one above, but you need to change hubs and get a caliper to do Disc.
    Disc is awesome if you can swing it but ANY front brake is better than none.

    That's my opinion., and I'm sorry I couldn't steer you to a link a 'good one' as I really try to avoid using them.
    I am sure however others have some good suggestions that fit their needs and desired look as that is important too.

    Just be safe while ya have fun man ;-}
  4. hektic31r

    hektic31r New Member

    Thanks alot. Really appreciate the info KC. I made sure to get a bike with v brakes, safety first! I dont plan on pushing this thing past 20, was just wondering what my suspension options where.
  5. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    You can get a seat post shock, those really rock, my Giant Suede had front shocks and a seat post shock, very comfy ;-}
  6. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    I agree with KC.
    My bike is the same - front shocks (really just springs), good springy seat, and a seat post shock.
  7. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I've got a seat post shock on my hardtail MTB but I prefer to have my seat nice and low on a motorized bike so it's more comfortable to sit on and out of the way if I need to get up and pedal

    seat post shocks are a really nice and inexpensive to make a bike way smoother
  8. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    It's fun just to sit down on a seat post shock, it surprises you as it adjusts to your weight ;-}