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Suspension vs No Suspension Touring!!!

Hi guys! Im going on a trip round NZ in a few weeks with my brothers and we still haven't figured out what bikes we are going to take. What I was hoping to get some advice on was whether riding on gravel tracks or off-road without any suspension is still enjoyable? We are having a bit of trouble over making decisions and knowing this we should be able to narrow down our choice.

The bike that one of us is thinking of taking is our dad's bike, a GT Airstream. It's a good bike that has a little suspension.

I am going to be taking my bike, a Cannondale CX Quick 5 which has switch suspension and good vYoujizz Pornhub Tubegalore
ersatile tyres.

We aren't too sure about the third bike, we might hire one in NZ or buy one outright. The only thing we are sure about right now is the Cannondale.

So do you think this is a good idea? Have you guys found that suspension isn't that vital when touring on different terrains or in fact the opposite? We aren't going to be doing any serious off-road mountain climbs or anything, but nor is this trip 100% sealed road. We are expecting gravel and dirt tracks for a fair portion of the trip.

Thanks for the help, you guys have been so great at helping us prepare for this great big challenge that is now so close!

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I'm assuming you are talking about pedal bikes? This might not be the best forum for those questions.

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I’d choose something with lockable front suspension. Locking the suspension helps going up hill as you can lose power with suspension movement. On the flat and downhill sections, release the suspension lock so your arms don’t fall off by the time you get to the pub.

Rear suspension is not necessary for the riding you’ll be doing and makes the bike heavier and you lose more power imho.

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Hi guys! Im going on a trip round NZ in a few weeks with my brothers and we still haven't figured out what bikes we are going to take. What I was hoping to get some advice on was whether riding on gravel tracks or off-road without any suspension is still enjoyable? We are having a bit of trouble over making decisions and knowing this we should be able to narrow down our choice.

The bike that one of us is thinking of taking is our dad's bike, a GT Airstream. It's a good bike that has a little suspension.

I am going to be taking my bike, a Cannondale CX Quick 5 which has switch suspension and good versatile tyres.

We aren't too sure about the third bike, we might hire one in NZ or buy one outright. The only thing we are sure about right now is the Cannondale.

So do you think this is a good idea? Have you guys found that suspension isn't that vital when touring on different terrains or in fact the opposite? We aren't going to be doing any serious off-road mountain climbs or anything, but nor is this trip 100% sealed road. We are expecting gravel and dirt tracks for a fair portion of the trip.

Thanks for the help, you guys have been so great at helping us prepare for this great big challenge that is now so close!
I'd take a full suspension CX any day.

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