Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Bavaria, Germany
I'd like to add that probably in our weight class, we can't expect wonders with the Bobber's limited suspension travel.
I went for the Wilbers, factory built to 130 kg (I'm about your weight, plus full gear and potential luggage). I believe there is a fundamental improvement on roads in good condition, i.e. going through smaller dips - these are barely noticeable. Also the adjusted spring preload means that the bike's height almost doesn't change when I get on it.
But more serious bumps, like going over a manhole cover that maybe has an offset of a half inch or more, still is painful. The Wilbers is a bit on the stiff side, but I guess it has to be like that because of weight and limited suspension travel, so it doesn't bottom out.
My butt however will tell you there's not too much difference of a really stiff suspension or a soft suspension bottoming out. Of course there is a fundamental increase in safety with a suspension that doesn't bottom out, and as I said, there is a huge improvement for softer bumps.
Unfortunately with the new setup, it's very obvious now how bad the original front suspension is, even the BB's Showa cartridge forks.
Is the Wilbers that much more expensive in the US? The Wilbers 640 is 499,- EUR here, or 549,- if you go for the all-black Nightline finish. The benefit is that they will really build it to your specs (weight, riding type, ...) and you will get it fully preadjusted.
If you are going for the Matris or Hagon one, please keep us posted. I'd love to hear a review by someone who's in a similar weight class ;-)