Is road bike suspension just a gimmick?

We investigate suspension in road frames and ask is it worth the investment?

(Image credit: mike prior)

With the cobbled Classics underway, road suspension is a hot topic. Pinarello already has production bikes with rear suspension in its range and one of the pioneers of carbon frame design, Craig Calfee, has been quoted as saying that suspension will revolutionise road bikes. Could this be the start of a new era for road cycling?

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.