What's the difference between race and road suspension?

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What’s the difference between suspension on my road bike and a race bike?

In two words, quality and focus. Pukka race suspension is far more adjustable than road suspension ­ but within a narrower band.

Where a road shock or forks need to cope with anything from an eight-stone rider to a 40 stone two-up set-up, possibly on exceptionally bumpy roads, race suspension deals with smoother surfaces and a smaller differential in rider weights.

Damping control is much more accurate on race suspension but may fall outside the boundaries if it’s to be used by a 20-stone man on bumpy B-roads.