You will find two type of suspensions in hybrid bikes: the front suspension fork and the suspension seat posts. In a hybrid bike you will not have the rear suspension that you will find in a mountain bike. As they are not intended to dwell with the off roading that a mountain bike will face.
Front Suspension Forks
The suspension type forks are by far the most common one fitted on these hybrids. This suspension consists of a coil spring mechanism that has a travel range of 50 to 60 mm.
According to your budget there are various specifications. One of these great features to look out for is the lockout. This is where you can lock the forks in place. This is very valuable when you are driving on a surface that does not call for suspension as the action of the fork absorbs the energy.
A less common suspension in hybrid bike reviews is the suspension seat post. These are very efficient when you are riding rough roads or doing some light off roading. The suspension is given by a coil spring or on higher end models by an elastomer. You can also find that they have an adjustment to balance according to the weight of the driver.
If you are planning to do a lot of cycling in the country side and dirt roads that you will surely benefit from the suspension as it will also be an enjoyable ride.
But there is a price to pay – expect a good suspension fork to add appreciably to the cost of the bike. On top of this, remember that a suspension fork will also add to the weight, and the springs will absorb some pedalling power – so choose a fork with lockout if you can, and use it.
But there are some disadvantages to the suspension fork as these are not always cheap. Also remember that a suspension fork will also add to the overall weight of the bike and the springs will inevitably absorb some power. Always choose a fork with the lockout and use it on smooth roads!
A suspension post is an excellent addition to your hybrid bike reviews as you will not detect its extra weight but you will be thankful for the comfort.