IIRC, the majority of velomobile manufacturers seem to disagree? I recall ICE saying that they've found that their (short travel) suspension improves the roadholding on rough roads (presumably by keeping the wheels on the ground more often), and is good for taking the edges off things like expansion joints, both of which sound useful attributes to me. On the downside I recall watching one of the Borealis' at the HPV Worlds pogoing under full grunt.... Guess we will have to wait and see what the trade-offs (and cost) are, but on balance, it will be nice to have the choice.byegad said:I don't see the need for full suspension on a tadpole if you are riding on the road.
You old cynic: cycling as a fashion statement - oh, hang on...byegad said:but I suspect that we are seeing a move to full suspension in the trike world for fashion rather than functional reasons.
Speed was part of your argument, not mine!byegad said:OK so where is the magic speed, below which you don't need suspension and above wich you do. I'll start average speed of 11 or 12 average mph is too slow to need full sus'.
I live in County Durham so spend fair amount of any ride going up hill. I find my average speed goes up a couple of miles an hour in flatter parts of the country.