Adding a suspension fork to my Orbea Vibe or/and Synapse néo 2 ...

Yayabike

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I know that the idea may seem a bit weird but last week end I tested a mountain bike and I was amazed by its ability, Despite a probably poor driver (i do quite some cycling but not much mountain biking) i manage to climb super steep, rocky narrow paths, not simple what american call fire road but "goat paths". The bike was the EST 900 by decathlon and i was super impressed by what i was able to do. So i may end up buying a MTB later a regular one.

But while testing i also took the car raods and i was really surprised too. Of course the bike was slow and inefficient, due to large tyre and real friction above 26km/h in the brose engine and other considerations like my position on the bike etc ...

But I could cross the speed bumps as if they were flat and i could almost ignore the road potholes (which are many).

So, not only it was more pleasant but it was also much safer.

So .... I don't really want to commute on an EMTB, my orbea vibe and my synapse néo 2 are almost perfect for that and they would be perfect if the road were better.
Both have large enough tyres, 32 for the synapse neo 2 which is almost a gravel (it can easily do fire tracks) and even more for the Vibe.

So one idea is that adding a suspension fork could turn them into real hybrid.

But there are many questions :

- First is it possible ? There must be issues with the geometry but also the tubes section. As example i have never seen a bike with a diamant shape frame and dropoff handle bars with a suspension (this is for the synapse). And Orbéa does not offer a version of the vide with a supension fork.

- second what could be the drawbacks ? I know that the aestetic may suffer and that i may have to do some cable adjustement, and of course it will add some weight. But I may ignore some negative aspects.

So any feedback, advices are welcome.