Front shocks

DragNLady

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If I ride 90% on pavement, and 10% on gravel trails, is it worth it to pay $500. for front shocks? And does a suspension seat post make a difference if you just ride on pavement? I just bought a Pedego Interceptor, but am wondering if I should buy the Special Edition instead (manly because I love the color!). The main different in the additional $1,000. cost is the two items I mentioned plus 10 gears instead of 7 (I would never use 7, let alone 10.). Thanks so much!
 

Gionnirocket

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Y. O.
If I ride 90% on pavement, and 10% on gravel trails, is it worth it to pay $500. for front shocks? And does a suspension seat post make a difference if you just ride on pavement? I just bought a Pedego Interceptor, but am wondering if I should buy the Special Edition instead (manly because I love the color!). The main different in the additional $1,000. cost is the two items I mentioned plus 10 gears instead of 7 (I would never use 7, let alone 10.). Thanks so much!
Depends on the suspension being added at that price.
I can say that even riding just pavement a base air suspension fork is appreciated.
I agree 7 speeds is more than enough for me as well. Especially with e_motor assistance. Also 10 speed chains are thinner and a good ebike version can get expensive. Suspension Seatpost is nice as well especially if if there is no rear suspension.
I'd weigh the cost of adding these after purchase myself compared to the $1000. You may be able to add better components yourself if you are handy working on bicycle... or buy similar products and save a few dollars.
 

6zfshdb

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I have a Pedego Interceptor and I chose the Platinum model specifically for the suspension. To me, it makes a big difference since I ride mostly on trails. The difference between my old Trek without suspension and the Pedego is like night & day. Please note that everyone has different needs when it comes to bike suspension. Some riders can do without while others find it a necessity.

Keep in mind you can always add both front suspension forks and a suspension seatpost to the base model Interceptor if you find them necessary. You can also add a suspension stem, such as this one from Redshift:

At around $150, it's much cheaper than the front suspension fork option and may be all you need.

There are a wide variety of suspension seatposts available, some at very reasonable prices. These are easily added if necessary.

FWIW, I ride in some fairly hilly areas and I find the 10 speed option to be worthwhile.
 

AHicks

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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
Hilly area here too. At 450 miles, my 9 speed has never been in 1st or 2nd, and I can count on one hand the number of times it's been in 9th. Bike is an on/off road hybrid maybe 60-70% paved and the rest everything else.

Worth mentioning maybe, is the 1000 watts plus power from the Ultra mid drive may make use of the lower gears unnesessary, where a smaller motor might be able to make better use of them.

Another vote for a decent seat post at minimum, and personally, I would not own a bike without a front suspension. That said, I'll be damned if I would pay 1000 to get those, even if the ones supplied at that price were the best available. I think you could do a darn nice job for half of that.
 
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antboy

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Oh, I just looked at the Interceptor, and I'm not sure a suspension stem would work, just because the handlebars are really swept back.

Redshift doesn't recommend the ShockStem on sweptback handlebars.

I have a Redshift on my bike, and the bars are JUST swept back enough have the outer edge of my palms in line with the stem, and I had to use a softer elastomer combo to find my sweet spot. The Interceptor
 

6zfshdb

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Oh, I just looked at the Interceptor, and I'm not sure a suspension stem would work, just because the handlebars are really swept back.

Redshift doesn't recommend the ShockStem on sweptback handlebars.

I have a Redshift on my bike, and the bars are JUST swept back enough have the outer edge of my palms in line with the stem, and I had to use a softer elastomer combo to find my sweet spot. The Interceptor
This is true. I should have mentioned that in my post. I also use a Redshift suspension stem but replaced the OEM swept back bars with Jones H bars. They are swept back a bit but still work well with the suspension stem.
 

tomjasz

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60 years of pedaling tens of thousands of miles without. I did put a cheap one on my last build, only because I couldn't find a solid fork that would maintain the geometry of the Marin step-through frame.
 

Tom@WashDC

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Loudoun County, VA
I added a Suntour Seat post suspension. Definitely a significant improvement in ride quality, worth the investment.
 

Gionnirocket

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Y. O.
60 years of pedaling tens of thousands of miles without. I did put a cheap one on my last build, only because I couldn't find a solid fork that would maintain the geometry of the Marin step-through frame.
50 years of flying hundreds of thousands of miles in coach.. But the one time I did fly first class I knew instantly what I was missing and why it was better 🙃
 

Nomad

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IT does really madder as far as the quality of the upgrades and when it comes to gears one thing that people over look is that it's not just about the range, number or quality of gears it's also about how it steps up another words big jumps in cog size are not good! That is not say u'll use all the gears It more u'll use them to get to the gear you want to be in. My emtb is a ten speed I tend to 3rd,9th&10 the most but I don't just jump right to them
 

tomjasz

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May have been... I was dating a travel agent at the time.
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