SR Suntour Durolux RCA Fork Review

Aug 26, 2011
by Mike Levy  
SR Suntour Durolux RCA details:

• Intended use: enduro/trail/all-mountain
• Travel: 160/180mm (adjustable internally)
• Air sprung
• Adjustments: air pressure, rebound, compression
• 20mm Q-LOC axle system (no tools)
• Axle to crown height: 550mm
• Steerer tube options: tapered, straight 1 1/8th
• Weight: 2250 grams
• MSRP $679 USD (tapered steerer, tested), $629 (1 1/8th straight steerer) USD


On the outside: While looks should always be considered a distant second compared to on trail performance, there is no denying that the Durolux has a somewhat understated appearance when sat beside some of its flashier competition. The white magnesium lowers (they can also be had in black) look quite beefy, and a substantial arch ties the two sides together - it's clear straight off, at least from the fork's external appearance, that the Durolux is designed to be ridden hard. At the bottom of the fork you'll find SR Suntour's clever Q-LOC axle system that allows you to remove the front wheel in a matter of seconds. Much like a standard quick release, you simply flip the lever to loosen the axle, but you then depress the button on the opposite side, allowing the aluminum wedges to fit through the dropout before sliding the axle out. A simple, yet effective hose guide is employed to keep the front brake line in check, and the caliper attaches via a set of 160mm post mounts.

  The novel Q-Loc axle uses a compressible aluminum wedge - the anodized section on the far left - along with an expanding internal wedge to keep the axle in place. It works quite well.


You can adjust the air sprung fork's spring rate via a schrader valve atop the left fork leg, hidden under a nicely anodized aluminum cap. The RCA acronym means that the Durolux has adjustable low speed compression to tame brake dive and control the fork when setting up for corners, as well as rebound which can be found at the bottom of the fork leg. The Durolux comes setup with 180mm of travel, enough to push your personal limits on your local jumps and drops, but the travel can be reigned in to 160mm if the fork will be performing enduro and all-mountain duties on the front of your bike. While the TAD equipped Durolux models use a bar mounted remote to adjust the fork's stroke, the RCA model requires you to change the fork's top out position by removing a roll pin on the spring rod.


Inside the Durolux: Hidden within the Durolux RCA is a sealed damping cartridge that completely separates the fork's damping and lubrication oil. SR Suntour went this route for a number of reasons, including longer service intervals and more consistent damping on sustained rough terrain. The cartridge itself is manufactured completely from aluminum, and is inverted within the fork, meaning that its lightest moving components - the rebound damper rod assembly - move up into the cartridge, keeping unsprung weight as low as possible. Damping is controlled via two separate pistons, one for compression and one for rebound, with both pistons employing a shim stack to control high speed fork movement. The cartridge is not only quite easy to remove from the fork for service, but the oil change process is also simple, requiring only common sense and no special tools. SR Suntour refers to the cartridge as a Quick Service Product (QSP), meaning that it can be replaced or worked on very easily.

SR Suntour Durolux RCA internals
  The Durolux RCA's internals feature aluminum construction - there is no plastic to be found within the fork's cartridge. The rebound piston sits at the end of the damper rod (center), while the compression assembly resides within the cartridge body.


On the trail: The Durolux is an easy and unintimidating fork to setup. Begin with your air pressure to get your spring rate in the ballpark, followed by your compression and rebound adjustments. While the fork doesn't come with a quick setup guide like many others do the process is about as straight forward as you could hope for. As with most suspension units, the Durolux required a brief break-in period of a few rides before it became really smooth, but once past that point the fork was nicely active early in its stroke, even when setup up with enough air pressure for a 200+lb rider. There is zero bushing play from new and tolerances are up to par, more than I can say of some of the more expensive competition out there. The range of adjustment for both the rebound and compression damping is large enough to deal with a wide variety of rider weights and levels of aggressiveness, and the anodized aluminum dials are a nice touch.

Given the Durolux's tapered steerer, beefy lowers and 20mm thru-axle, it doesn't come as a surprise that the chassis is as stiff as you could ever hope for. There felt to be close to zero deflection, even when pressing hard on rough tracks to keep up with riders on longer travel bikes. The novel Q-Loc axle made wheel removal a cinch and didn't back off at all throughout the test, and while the anodized aluminum wedge does make for a more complicated part, it never once needed any attention.

The SR Suntour slider proved itself over and over again on the roughest of trails, dealing with the chunder in a controlled manner that had me very pleased with how the fork handled repeated hits. The damping, while likely not as sophisticated as some higher priced forks, did a more than adequate job of dealing with both high speed compression spikes and low speed movements from heavy braking or setting up for corners, preserving the bike's geometry for predictable handling. While the Durolux managed to tame the dreaded fork dive that plagues many other forks, it was still active enough to take the rattle out of smaller trail chatter that can upset traction when pushing hard. Most of us can be found guilty of thinking that we need the latest and greatest when it comes to suspension, that it will instantly make us faster on our local loop and allow us to drop our buddies on the sketchy sections, but the truth is that a simple and well sorted damper can often provide close to the same level of performance. The question that you all want answered though, no doubt, is whether the fork's more expensive competition would take the sword to the Durolux when it comes to out and out performance. The answer will likely surprise some out there, but the performance gap between the SR Suntour slider and pricier options is far smaller than you would imagine. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a Durolux that has been setup well for the terrain and a fork costing $400 USD more. The key is all in the setup - take the time to getting your settings dialed in and you'll be rewarded with a great performance.


  An anodized aluminum cap covers the schrader air valve (left), while the fork's compression adjustment can be made from atop the right fork leg.


In the long run: Although SR Suntour has been in the suspension game for a very long time, they could still be considered a bit of an up and comer in the category of fork that the Durolux is looking to compete with. With that in mind it would be easy to understand some rider's concerns about long term reliability - How do the seals last? Will the damper prove to be up to the task down the road? It isn't often that we get to test a review product for as long as we have with the Durolux, putting it through a much longer review process than we usually could. The result was positive, with the fork not showing a hint of any issues. To this day the fork seals refuse to weep, and the aluminum damper cartridge has proved to be as reliable, if not more so, than what can be found inside many other forks on the market. The fork's reliability shows, without a doubt in our mind, that the Durolux is ready to play with the big boys.


  The sturdy looking lowers feature a 6" post brake mount.


Any issues? The Durolux is a solid performer that punches well above its $679 USD asking price, but there are a few bones to pick with the SR Suntour slider. While the Durolux RCA model that we tested doesn't come equipped with an external travel adjust (other Durolux forks do), we would have liked to see a more refined internal travel adjustment than the roll pin system employed within our fork. Yes, it is easy to change the travel between 160 and 180mm by pushing the pin out to change its position, but a system of swappable spacers in the top and bottom out area of the fork would be much slicker.

Our only other concern would be the compression and rebound dial's vague adjustment feel - there are detents, but they are too light to get a good, positive feel from. We would prefer a solid click that really lets you know that you've made a change to the settings.


Pinkbike says: It isn't often that we get to put this much time on a product and have it perform consistently well throughout the entire duration of the test. Not only did the Durolux RCA surprise us with its capabilities as a true all-mountain contender that punches well above its asking price, but the fork also scored the highest possible marks when talking reliability - from the seals to the damping, it never let us down. Even before factoring in the impressive $679 USD asking price for our tapered version, the Durolux's performance makes it a solid option in the 180/160mm fork category.


Have you ridden the Durolux? Like the sounds of a sturdy and more affordable option? Let's hear what you have to say

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156 Comments

  • 50 2
 Everyone has to start somewhere. You think Rock Shox just showed up and were awesome from day 1? Doubtful.
  • 13 0
 www.pinkbike.com/video/210368

they offered us a simple reliable affordable fork.... what else do we need?
  • 28 53
flag rffr (Aug 26, 2011 at 16:10) (Below Threshold)
 What are you talking about? Suntour has been making forks for years. This isn't about "starting somewhere". Suntours forks have always been the "wallmart" brand of forks. Now they are trying to change that. IMO they are still a junk company. If they end up producing a whole line of good forks and they prove themselves over 3-5 years then I'll be satisfied they have changed. Until then I won't comment about this specific fork, or forks to come until some consistency comes into play.
  • 46 1
 or until you've tried one
  • 23 13
 Look at marazocchi then used to have so many proplems now there one of the best on the market
  • 25 1
 I guess that everyone has already forgotten about Iron Horse bikes? They were considered junk until Hill started riding for them, at which point everyone was like "OMFGZ MUST HAZ SUNDAYZ." It will be interesting to see if Suntour can get some of the market share, the Durolux seems to be a decent fork for a decent price.
  • 5 2
 Iron horse what was so bad about them
  • 2 0
 What was the point of that lol
  • 41 0
 Suntour already has success with their high end forks... they've got world cup and world championship wins in XC and 4X racing. Of course the kids who populate pinkbike never pay attention to race results unless there is a crash, or they read it in Decline.
  • 8 0
 All I was pointing out was that Suntour is in a similar position to what Iron Horse was in years ago, and that how well a product is looked upon is down to the customers perception of the brand and not necessarily the quality of the product itself.
  • 32 0
 Fun fact: In the recent past, Marazocchi has used internals made by SR Suntour, even in product lines like the 888.
  • 9 0
 lol you know RST and SR Suntour are actually the biggest suspension companies for Bicycles. Indeed they do (or used to do) a lot of internals for Marzocchi, RockShox etc
  • 2 0
 ziggyzuggy, Nice find! Love it! Laughed a lot while learning about the Durolux too. Thanks!
  • 2 0
 Lenmerderdenfer thank for liking my video. I still want to do a travel change video as well. The fork is plush and super smooth! I love it! RideOn!
  • 2 1
 I've always had the biased (walmart fork - rffr) opinion that Suntours were S**t, but that review changed my opinion, looks like a pretty solid fork. doesnt seem to have too many problems
  • 2 1
 Like said, consistency. If they keep it up, it will change a lot of opinions. The issue is companies have come up with top notch stuff then faded back to crap again (remember when Huffy decided to go full bore in BMX racing and come out with their first real actual BMX specific racing frame back in what, I think 2000-2002 ish, now, huffy has long faded back into the walmart ordeal again).

Def not crapping on these forks tho. They actually look pretty decent. Now, if they can actually come up with something for DH that doesn't turn into rigid forks after a month of riding, it would be def interesting to see where they are headed.
  • 2 0
 Had suntour durolux forks for easy over a year now and they are still perfect and easy to change the travel on them and can take a lot of hits and still run perfectly
  • 5 12
flag rffr (Aug 28, 2011 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 A year is nothing. I've had my shivers for 8 years and they are still perfect. It's also easier than hell to change the travel in my shivers also. This is about consistency. A year isn't anything special. I had my Roco shock for a year then it started blowing seals every month there after. Post a comment up in 2 more years and then we will have some consistency in feedback.
  • 8 3
 Shivers were one of the worst models in the marzocchi lineup history so obviously your opinion isn't worth all that much.
  • 3 5
 What are you talking about deeeight? You obviously haven't been around biking that long if you think that. Shivers were the best thing to hit Marz in the history of Marz. They never broke, and they functioned better than anything else on the market asides from WB's and Avy's.

IMO Shivers mixed with a custom axle performed almost on par as Avalanche forks did, and Avalache forks were the best performing forks bar non during that time frame. Shoot, asides from weight, Avalanche forks still are the best performing forks.

Just wait until Marz releases the next gen shivers... then we will see how much you "talk".
  • 2 0
 It's personal preface if you hate marzo then you hate em it's what ever the rider likes
  • 17 0
 So much hate in here...

Ok guys. Here goes.

I have owned, in the past 5 years, 6 suntour forks.

2x suntour Duro DJD. Cheap, effective, but somewhat difficult to set up due to simplistic spring system and very little preload adjustment. Oriface damper worked as you would expect, but for the price it was an excellent fork. The first one I sold, the second is still in my brother in law's bike.

2x suntour Epicon. One 2008 model, one 2009 model. Once again. Simple internals, adjustable travel due to air system. 2008 model still worked fine after a winter full of salt murdered stanchions. 2009 is still in my wife's bike.

Duro FR20 - big brother of a duro. Same internals, but beefy 35mm stanchions. Abit blunt, but an excellent freeride fork. For the price I paid it was a good buy. Poor small bump sensitivity due to excessive stanchion stiction.

Durolux TAD 2008 model year - here fun ends. It shared the FR20 chasis, along with its problem of stanchion stiction. But the internals were a catastrophe. Damping was almost not adjustable ( which, supposedly, was fixed in 2009 model ) and the travel adjustments never worked. The fork was _very well built_ and repeatedly took 4ft drops to flat. It just didn't soak up terrain at all. After all the seals on the air cartdridge failed and the fork needed to be warrantied.

I a hindsight tho the 2008 durolux worked just like a 2007 lyrik solo air...

None of my forks failed, even with my clydeish proportions. Except for the old durolux, all performed admirably. When I was sourcing a new fork a few months back SR was a forerunner and I even considered the Durolux RCA. If there was a 20mm axle 150mm Epicon then there would be no contest - I would get another SR fork. TBH, I considered the Durolux Rca, but it was just abit too much for my uses.

To summarize. Yes, you can compare this beast to their bottom range offerings. XCRs or some other junk. But, please, be consistent and compare Totems to Darts or Tourneys to XTRs.
  • 4 0
 Great review mate! The TAD is a complex system and even other companies have always had trouble with their air adjustments. I have been on the Durolux RCA and its wonderful. The internals are simple and easy to change the travel from 180 to 160 to 140. I love it! I too agree they need to make the Epicon with a 20mm option that would be cool! RidEOn!
  • 7 0
 "be consistent and compare Totems to Darts or Tourneys to XTRs"

hilarious!
  • 1 3
 em.. nope, don't think so.
  • 2 0
 Uzurpator, great comment, more of guys like U here please... And comparison to 07 Lyrik is spot on, as I have one and after having 2006 Marzocchi 66rc2x amd SL I was more than dissappointed. Standard Lyrik becomes a full on quality fork only after removing the floodgate, thus coverting it to MC DH
  • 15 0
 Pinkbike great review!
The fork is a plush big hitter in my opinion.
I have been riding this fork on my TBC Double set at 130 for a while now and I love it!
I have a couple of videos about this fork so please take a first hand look at how a 200lbs guy can abuse the fork!

My rides on the Durolux fork!
www.pinkbike.com/video/195246

www.pinkbike.com/video/204252

www.pinkbike.com/video/207817

www.pinkbike.com/video/197766

and last a damper overhaul vidoe!


www.pinkbike.com/video/210368

Im planning on doing a travel change video as well in the future when time allows!
But all in all the Durolux Rocks!


RidEOn!
  • 13 1
 Just because a company doesn't have much reputation or is just starting off in making new components doesn't mean it's something to just shoot down. Like what everyone else here said, we all start somewhere and build our way up based on performance tests, rider tests, and general field test feedback. Combine that with years of progress in development and tweaking and before you know it, you'll soon have one awesome product.
  • 3 2
 good for SR Suntour....its great to see that the consumer has plenty of choices in the suspension field.
but i had plenty bad experience with SR Suntour; their older Durolux as well as their customer service.
no thanks, i'll stick with my Rock Shox Totem or a Fox 36 on my trail bike.
  • 2 0
 I personally never used any Suntour product so I have no say, but I guess it goes the same with people who will never ride Marzocchi and only Fox or only Marzocchi and never Rock Shox, etc. But yes, like you, I love my Totem as well =)
  • 4 0
 U're right. Too much people have prejudice with this brand, and goes to buy another products without to give a chance to SR Suntour. I personally bought a SR Suntour Axon ELD for my girlfriend, and THAT IS as good as a RockShox SID (weight/performance/durability) but at 70% of price of that ... I don't think every1 from us MUST buy products from this manufacturer, but it's meaningless to hate something just because you heard something bad about that. Buy it - test it - just THEN love/hate it!
Thank you!
  • 4 2
 For me reputation is everything. I work hard for my money and won't spend it unless i'm 100% confident it is going to be worth it. $670 is a lot of money to spend to just give something a try. I'm willing to shell out a little more cash if I know a part is going to preform. That being said if i hear down the road suntour is making a quality part for a great price i'll buy it, but until they have that reputation I won't. my two cents anyway.
  • 2 13
flag eraz77 (Aug 27, 2011 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 yeah. over ten years of producing pogosticks. I broke my collarbone because of a sr crap fork. no damping just 2 springs (one on each side). they'll never see my money again and I'll make sure no friend of mine will ever buy anything like that. If they were to offer me sponsorship I would lough in their face. boohoo!!
  • 12 0
 @eraz77 - So, you were jumping on a fork with no damping, lost control and crashed? And you knew it was a basic fork that had no damping and only two coil springs? Hhhhmmm...
  • 4 1
 @starcbiker: "...if i hear down the road suntour is making a quality part for a great price i'll buy it." Isn't that what you just heard, reading the article?
  • 2 0
 It takes more then one good review to build a reputation, but i do see your point.
  • 1 9
flag eraz77 (Aug 29, 2011 at 4:21) (Below Threshold)
 @mikelevy: it was like 7 years ago where my skills and knowledge were nowhere. the fork just compressed (undampened) and sent me flying over the bars. I believe it is irresponsible to produce something like this. entry level should mean safety and quality
at the expense of weight and settings
  • 10 0
 I had a cheapo Suntour Fork once. Performance was under any kind of acceptable level... but I didn't hate it for that. I hated because it took all the shait I threw at it and I couldn't kill it so I could buy a new one. Eventually I just bought a decent fork, but the Suntour was still working properly. Never broke. That fork would survive nuclear holocaust along with cockroaches and VW Golf MKII's
  • 1 8
flag eraz77 (Aug 27, 2011 at 10:38) (Below Threshold)
 you're right. let the cockroaches ride it
  • 7 0
 Pinkbike needs to grow a pair and start naming names when they state stuff like- "There is zero bushing play from new and tolerances are up to par, more than I can say of some of the more expensive competition out there." That said, despite the name reminding me of a vacuum cleaner, the fork looks to be great quality for the price. Probably made in a the same factory as some other popular forks.
  • 4 0
 The thing is that everyone can be guilty of that excessive bushing play, it isn't confined to just one brand. We've had lots of forks that are up to par, followed by a bike that has the same fork from the same year, but obviously a different production run, that has some play to it. Not only is it not just one manufacturer, it isn't even just a single model. Having said that, it has been awhile since we've seen anything over the top.
  • 5 0
 Fair enough. thank you for the quick reply.
  • 3 0
 Dont forget though that bushing play isnt always a bad thing... My friends boxxer team has a bit of bushing play, and yet he went to the SRAM tent at the sea otter and asked a RS tech about it they showed him how the bushing play is eliminated when you put the fork into its travel and the slightly looser bushings allow more oil to lubricate them... Resulting in a smoother fork And his boxxers definetly feel better than mine with zero play...
  • 2 0
 Man, Sram always has these brilliant little excuses for shortcomings in their product. Lol. joking- Im sure that they are right about that.
  • 1 0
 @Nobble - You're right, there has to be a certain amount of gap to let the oil circulate as the fork goes through its travel. I know that many of the pro's forks feel as if they have slightly more bushing play than you might expect, and more then a stock fork, to reduce friction. The tuners actually 'open up the bushings' a touch to allow this to happen. Having said that I've also felt lots of brand new forks that certainly have too much play from new.
  • 1 0
 If bushing play is actually a good thing, then why is it stated in this article as a negative thing?
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian - There needs to be big enough gap between the bushings to allow the oil and the stanchions to slide smoothly, but too much and you'll get excessive rocking between the two.
  • 6 0
 I own a set of these and they have been amazing. I have used them all season on long XC rides, burly all mountain shreds in Squamish and days in the bike park in Whistler. I would highly recomend these to anyone on any budget, this fork is a contendor.
  • 6 0
 I have the fork since a couple of month now and it did replace my RS Lyrik Solo Air DH, which worked well as we all know. Now that I use the Durolux I am surprised by its performance. I would have never guessed that a fork in that prize range can work that well. There are some minor issues in the damping, that can easily be tuned by an mechanic who knows about suspension tunning. The compression damping isn't that progressive as I like it, but you can also run more pressure and less compression to get to a similar set up.

In terms of reliability there is nothing I would change. It works well and I did ride it quite often and in rough terrain even in the alps for some EN tours and technical DH riding. compared to other EN forks I used so far (Lyrik, Totem, Sherman, 66, 55 and 36 Van) the service is much easier, the seals as good as any other in the market or even better. It is stiff, well the totem performs better for fast DH ridding but that is it.

This fork is a sweet option for all these who are looking to get the most performance for their hard earned coins.
Ok it might not be that flashy and no one will be jealous when they see your bike, but they will when they see you shredding the roughest terrain with ease ; )

That is not a flashy marketing instrument as other forks in the market it is just a good damn fork.
By the way the X-Fusion is the hardest competitor of it... and it is a good one too. Go out and try the cheaper options my friends
  • 2 0
 Awesome review man!
I agree with you 100%
I was on all the top end forks for years and find my Durolux to be just as smooth as any other.
I love it!

There are some easy ways to make the fork more progressive and run a little smoother through its travel.
First making the air chamber a little smaller by adding some oil in the positive air chamber. I added 50cc of 30wt oil and the the air pressure becomes progressive.

The cheeper models are perfect and ride very well!
RideOn!
  • 9 0
 y do hate dont say shit untill u ride it
  • 4 0
 Contact the Suntour support people if you want more adjustments. Some French guy had, thanks to them, modified the insides a bit and added some oil in the lowers to have a higher small bumps sensivity with more air in it (to keep the right SAG with his weight).

Good to see Suntour's back in business ^^
  • 1 0
 Interesting info! Could you point me to the French guy who modified his fork? A friend of mine has one of these, and certainly could appreciate the increased sensitivity!
  • 4 0
 I've rode plenty of cheaper forks that have been durable and felt just as good as some of the higher end stuff. And I've also been on some cheaper stuff that was absolute crap. For example, my old bike came with a Manitou Sherman Breakout Plus 170mm. No matter what I did to that fork, it felt like garbage, and it was promptly replaced by a Rock Shox Doman 318 180mm. That fork was inexpensive, but spent about 90 full days out on the hill before it even needed new seals and bushings. It felt better than quite a few Totems and far better than any 66 I rode. The seals and bushings were replaced and the fork was shelved for a Rock Shox Domain dual crown. The performance on this fork was astonishing for the price, and it saw about two hard months of use before I sold it, put the old Domain back on the bike, and sold the bike. I'm now on a Fox 40 on my new bike, and I can't discern any real advantages over my DC Domain. It's more complicated to set up, more difficult to work on, and requires quite a bit more maintenance. Pricier ain't always better. I'd like to give the new Durolux some time before I'd consider putting it on my second bike, but judging by this review, it's now a fork I'm considering.
  • 3 0
 I have been riding a Durolux fork on my Knolly Delirium all season... Check out this vid we put out a bit earlier in the season entirely shot on the Durolux. I know from days of abuse this thing is the real deal... considering it is not a freeride platform and is still doing the job. More of the durolux in action coming soon in Stund Season 3, and a bunch of exiting new things from Sr Suntour in the near future. This is a company making a sport which is far to expensive for many... a little more affordable, simple, and still achieving great function, and durability.http://www.pinkbike.com/video/202105/ Pretty Darn Cool! Allot of companies in all different markets make high end and low end stuff... get over it.
  • 1 0
 THE Garrett Buehler approves.
  • 3 1
 You get what you pay for guys. The price point this has is great assuming it works half way decent. And u are correct up there every company has to start somewere i remember back when rockshox's was garbage and now im riding there 2011 monarc and revelation and they have made a huge improvement since my first ride on there products. So cut these guys some slack there just trying to bring u a product at a resonable price for the rider tight on funds.
  • 2 1
 I herd the sr suntour used to make mozocchi forks back when they sucked
  • 4 0
 All marzocchi forks have been made by suntour for several years now. Whether they suck one year and didn't the next has little to do with who actually builds them and more to do with the design.
  • 2 0
 I bought a Dj bike that had a SR Suntour Dj fork on it and I jumped out of a berm on our local BMX track and I landed and bent the Steerer tube on my fork.. This is the same jump that I have have hit on my XC, Bmx ,and Dh bike and nothing has ever happened to any of the other bikes or forks.. This was less then a week after I pulled the bike out of the box.. I called Suntour and they told me I am SOL and they wouldn't warranty the fork because "None of our pros have ever bent one of those forks, so apparently you did something wrong".. I will never support a company that wont stand behind their product.. I would understand if I had crashed, but I didnt even land that hard, feet and hands stayed on the bike, it was not that hard of a landing.. I would expect a Dj fork to be able to stand up to Dirt jumping.. No Sr Suntour for me..
  • 2 0
 Why do you think bike companies use these forks on their absolute base models. Walmart junk... Maybe these forks are the start of something new for SR, but SR Suntour have always been known for the bottom of the barrel worse than OEM grade forks.
  • 1 0
 I brought a brand new Kona Cowan with marz dj's on it, after starting to get stiffer and stiffer after each ride till the point where they went rock hard after about 2cm I decided to take them apart and what do you know parts on the inside had SR Suntour stickers on them........So probably all coming from the same place, mowamder marzochhi forks dont hold the name they used to!
  • 1 0
 I understand POS low end stuff.. it has its place in the market.. but the blatant lack of support for a customer is what kills me.. the fork didnt do its job.. plane and simple..
  • 1 0
 Yea swan, that's where I think Magura was better off. Btw, what ever happened to all this Magura hype from a few years back. They were in the Suntour price range as well.
  • 2 0
 Magura in Suntour range?! Their forks have always been exclusive products for people that try hard to have something different...
  • 3 0
 SR Suntour was making the forks for Marzocchi for a while there. They know how to make good products. If it performs as good as everything else and costs less I'm on board. I'd probably replace the graphics though Razz
  • 2 0
 I run this fork on both of my bikes lowerd to 100mm and there awesome, people just consider SR Suntour to be a lower end product but for how expensive some shox are getting now days this fork is reasonably priced and rides great.
  • 2 0
 Rock Shox Dart fork are made by Sr-Suntour....the durolux is a good,cheap and nice looking fork. Suntour aint that bad, it is just made for cheap bike for everybody, but it doesnt mean they are stupid or not competent to make good longer travel fork..
  • 4 0
 hey, it says "enduro/trail/all-mountain". at least, if they specified it for dh/fr and you actually ride it dh/fr and break it, then there's the problem.
  • 2 0
 recently I would buy an RS Recon SL (2009) very good! then I discovered the SR Suntour Epicon RLD much cheaper! and in my opinion! more good looking!

Well, it would even doubt the reliability and performance, because of the price!
But I simply could not resist it and bought the SR Suntour!

I've waited a while to find a review like this. And I do not have much more to say than many congratulations to a brand that avoid us to pay € € € € by an excellent performance that (considering the price) is approved by this Epicon, at almost at the Same level of most recon.

I respect RS and Marzo! but the price isn´t for me!

haters will hate! (i Don`t Care)

SR Suntour Thanks!
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 RideOn buddy! Sr Suntour Thank you!!
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 Just my opinion, but used to have a SR Suntour Duro for 3 years, no issues, no oil leaking, just nothing.... I ride a marzocchi 55 RC3 for few months now, and after 3 hours setting up my fork in my garden, I just saw some oil leaking off the Compression adjust...
Ok the Duro wasn't a pretty efficient fork, but it was pretty solid and really reliable...
Let's think about it: A duro cost about 200euros and the 55 RC3 about a thousand euros...
I just think like most of you, that Suntour needs a better market share.
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 Hi everyone,
I just bought one of these out of Germany with a 1.5 steerer for 175GBP (285USD) which is a good deal in my opinion. I have a fox 36 float so it will be really interesting to compare the two forks. I adjusted the travel at the weekend to 170mm using the internal spacers with fox spacers and it feels super nice (in the carpark). I used nikonikos videos to check out the fork before I bought it (cheers mate !). I will post something on here once its been out. I have fitted it to a 2011 giant reign x with tapered headtube using a 44mm external cup headset which was pretty cool as 1.5 stems and kit is soooo cheap now. Fun, Fun Fun !
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 I did see that offer too and thought it was too good to be true..?? Hope the fun staysWink
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 So I have now had six hours riding some very technical peak district riding in the UK and riding some trail centres in Wales on my new durolux rca and I will say that so far it has been an excellent fork for the money. I bought the fork because I wanted a long travel trail/freeride fork for an enduro style bike and I am very happy. I have the travel set at 170mm with fox spacers and there is a small amount of movement when climbing. I would expect a retrofit of the newer RC2 cartridge would tame this with the low speed compression but the fork is really ace for the money. As Mike Levy has said in his article I would say when properly setup it is hard to tell the difference between the fox 36 and the durolux rca. I would expect the newer RC2 cartridge would bring them exactly on par at a lot less cost. I striped my fox 36 on the weekend and I think the cartridge in the durolux is an easier unit to service when compared with the fox 36. I have been riding for 20 years and I will say with 3 kids the cost of the durolux was appealing as the newer fox 36 forks are upwards of 800GBP. The quick release axle is great, much easier to use than the fox system as well. One thing I did notice when I changed the travel before I rode it was that the oil levels on the air side were low. I am running 50cc of 80w oil in the air chamber and it works nicely for me at 210lbs. There is no knocking or other issues just a lovely plush fork. I am running stendec fork grease in mine as opposed to oil but buzzys grease is pretty good too. My recommendation is to get one if you don't care much for brands and want a lot more money to spend on top quality frame. I am stoked !
  • 2 0
 Thank you for doing this review. I have been waiting for a professional review of Suntour's high-end product for a couple years. Maybe the next one can be the Durolux rear shock?
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 In China, this kind of brand sells well, has the very high performance-price ratio
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 I noticed very few of the people on PB with Suntours are from North America or Western Europe. Most are from Asia or South America.
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 Oh icic
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 If sr suntour works with marzo and marzos are so good how come sr suntours arnt one of the elite forks out there then it doesnt make sence
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 valtra, suntour sells well in asia and europe. tying to break through in north america though is a bit tough. they're making a lot of progress in XC and 4X world cup scene though .

like what its been said in the article, they're fairly new to AM/FR so im not surprised why a lot of people here in PB no nothing about suntour's progress. thanks to the staff at PB for keeping an open mind though for new and alternative products. props!
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 Mountguitars, well said. I have never ridden a performance level Suntour before but am completely open to it. In fact, I emailed the company to see if I could get a Durolux shock for my C-Dale but unfortunately they don't manufacture it in the right size. If I were into 4x or XC racing, the Axon would be at the top of my list for a fork, right up there with the Big Three.
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 www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/components/forks-suspension/product/review-sr-suntour-durolux-rca-ts-20qlc-fork-11-45003

Interesting that BikeRadar absolutely panned this fork.

"A week in, it rattles and bangs like a tractor, even on cross-country trails. The Durolux is cheaper than most big-hit single crown forks, but it’s still a lot of money for a fork that suffers so badly after a few days of serious use."

Who to believe?
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 Yeah, thats the first thing I thought when I read this.........I had caught that review awhile back, strange. Maybe there is a consistancy issue here...........sort of like........'08 Zocchi products.......hmmmmm.
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 Hopefully they just got a dud, ours has performed great the entire time we've had it. No rattles, controlled and reliable. Mike.
  • 1 0
 Ask Nikoniko. He has one as well, and he has been positive about it. Bikeradar likely got a dud.
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 from bike radar's description, it seems they did get a dud. rattles on XC trails? i'd rather stick to a rigid fork then, LOL!
  • 3 0
 Because Bikeradar have ever done an accurate and fair review.... They are the by product of MBUK...
  • 2 0
 I've got some £60 SR Suntour forks on my XC bike, they are awesome, been riding them for two years no problems at all. I never even bothered cleaning them as I will just buy another set when they go wrong Razz
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 I just bought a new Durolux RCA 160mm .And allready tested it a couple of times on my local trails. It is smooth ,very light the loos are ok. Only problem is that the compression knob isnt moving neither left or right ,so i could only set the sag and rebound properly, the problem was out of the box..Well i have allready got in touch with the retailer for replacement or service. It is a big disapointment to have this problem but if there wasnt a problem i would be very happy with this fork.
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 i have installed a couple of these on some bikes, i myself have the 2011 epicon with travel adjust. i really could not ask for anything smoother on the trail. been riding since may, jumps drops and no issues. once i cleaned and added fresh oil it was better. q-loc system with my hub was a little difficult because the hub was a little wider than 15mm in the center.
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 i have a 2011 epicon tad. the dampner got better once i changed the oil. had since may and have jumped and dropped some rough stuff. this is my everyday trail ride. the q-loc needs a hub that is exactly the same size to operate smoothly. well woth the money...my bike 2010khs xct 555, rs bar on rear, carbon bars, xenduro wheels converted to tubeless...panaracer xc pro on rear kenda blue groove on front fsa gravity crank and x7 drivetrain with xo shifters and elixer 5 brakes.
  • 1 0
 well last time i went to a bike expo and looked at these forks they actually were leaking on display ! plus the 20 mm axel came into two pieces ! and when i rode these for about 40 minutes on a prototype from harrow bikes the rebound blew.. so then there was no rebound ! ...... i wish there was a good introductory fork cheaper than a RS domain ...but for now id recommend a domain fork !
  • 1 0
 These forks are very good. I've got the same model for freeriding (Although it has a warning on the shock itself that they're not made for freeriding)

They feel just as solid as totems and nearly feel as plush as my 170 solo air lyriks.
I've enjoyed the fork & it's the best high end fork for how much it costs.

The only issue I've come across is the air chamber completely losing pressure, that's only happened after a particularly big hit, & It seems I've fixed them myself with not much effort
  • 1 0
 i have this very same fork on a bike of mine and rode 40 runs at Whistler with it in 3 days... it is a GREAT fork... easy to set up and tune... flawless performance... just for reference, SR Suntour is by far the largest and most experience fork manufacturer... they concentrate on the economical end of the spectrum, but that doesnt mean that they arent capable of producing a high end fork, they just havent made it a focus, until now... so watch out for them to bring some innovation and better economy to the consumer in top level product...
  • 1 0
 So I have now had six hours riding some very technical peak district riding in the UK and riding some trail centres in Wales on my new durolux rca and I will say that so far it has been an excellent fork for the money. I bought the fork because I wanted a long travel trail/freeride fork for an enduro style bike and I am very happy. I have the travel set at 170mm with fox spacers and there is a small amount of movement when climbing. I would expect a retrofit of the newer RC2 cartridge would tame this with the low speed compression but the fork is really ace for the money. As Mike Levy has said in his article I would say when properly setup it is hard to tell the difference between the fox 36 and the durolux rca. I would expect the newer RC2 cartridge would bring them exactly on par at a lot less cost. I striped my fox 36 on the weekend and I think the cartridge in the durolux is an easier unit to service when compared with the fox 36. I have been riding for 20 years and I will say with 3 kids the cost of the durolux was appealing as the newer fox 36 forks are upwards of 800GBP. The quick release axle is great, much easier to use than the fox system as well. One thing I did notice when I changed the travel before I rode it was that the oil levels on the air side were low. I am running 50cc of 80w oil in the air chamber and it works nicely for me at 210lbs. There is no knocking or other issues just a lovely plush fork. I am running stendec fork grease in mine as opposed to oil but buzzys grease is pretty good too. My recommendation is to get one if you don't care much for brands and want a lot more money to spend on top quality frame. I am stoked !
  • 1 0
 This fork sounds awesome the reliability is there and the price is amazing compared to fox an RS....an if the pinkbike team like it also surely its gotta be a good fork?? Either way im Interested in trying this.ok so it looks abit boring and may be a little heavy but overall I think suntour are on to a winner with there new forks.
  • 1 0
 I had a 07 epicon on my last bike that my brother taken off his last bike, he had it for 3years, then I had it for 3 more, I serviced it only once, It never failed me not even once , Sr makes excellent forks for what they are made for. Very durable.
  • 1 0
 y'know, Hyundai is making some good cars these days. No reason other brands can't turn their images around. If I were looking for a new fork, i'd consider it. My X-Fusion Vengeance is sitting pretty good though. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 This fork is on a lot of peoples bikes that want to ride the shit out of them and don't have an ego that has to be satisfied with pearls and mirrors. This fork can be had for under 500 euro's in europe
  • 1 0
 For the price it is pretty hard to ignore. Cheap, and all metal. Keep in mind they among the biggest manufacturer of suspension manufacturers in the world.
  • 2 3
 You get what u pay for guys. Every company has to start somewere ,these guys are bringing u a fork at a resonable price for ur average rider that is tight on cash flow so give them a break. You won't find a fox or a good rockshox anywere in that price point ,matter of fact fox's forks in that sized all cost the shops more than that before selling to the customer, keep that in mind fella's. I'm sure its not bad for the price and for the guys that break stuff alot i'm sure it was serv well as a back up fork Smile
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flag eraz77 (Aug 27, 2011 at 10:51) (Below Threshold)
 no break for them. Producing forks without damping for the last years it's like producing car shocks without damping. people will get injured. do this on a large scale and you have SR-Suntour. a pogo-stick company that discovers damping 10 years later than all others
  • 1 0
 So you're going to tell people NOT to buy rockshox then because they still offer forks for entry level OEM sales without damping then? Or perhaps excercise some common sense (something you're apparently LACKING) and maybe read the product catalogs for any current year bike brand and see what fork they're using from SRSuntour on their lower level models... chances are it will be an XCR most often, and the ones with hydraulic speedlock as standard (as you find on bikes around the $500 level) do indeed have oil damping.
  • 1 0
 i would buy it its much lighter than a totem and its has the same travel... but i looked for durolux with 1.5 steerer tube and didnt find it Frown
  • 1 0
 I've got a Suntour on my commencal, cost me £30 'used' off ebay !!

www.pinkbike.com/photo/6338217

£30 kids !!



With the money I saved I bought beer !!!
  • 1 0
 when they sort out the internal travel adjust i reckon these will replace lowered 36s for dirt jumping/street
  • 2 3
 too heavy...
  • 1 0
 How would a well set up fork from the Big 3 compare with a well set up Suntour Mike?
  • 2 0
 4.9 lbs? Seems unrealistic for a fork with that much travel.
  • 1 0
 Never seen a BOS Deville have you? They've 160mm of Air sprung travel in a package that's just under 4.6 pounds. They cost 870 euro and in a recent test in Mountain Biking UK magazine beat out the 55 RC3 Ti, Lyric Coil RC2DH, Float 36 FIT RC2, Totem RC2DH, Van 36 FIT RC2 and their own Bos N'Dee model.
  • 1 0
 I was referring to the fact that it could be a 4.9 lb 180mm travel fork. Blank Stare
  • 2 0
 Looks a bit like my white RS Revelation 150.
  • 1 0
 It's all about the name with some people isn't it... don't knock until you have tried.
  • 2 0
 put a goldish hue on the stanchions. "that fork's sick yo"
  • 1 0
 Kashima Big Grin
  • 1 0
 yeah, i bet if kashima was the colour of nickel noone would like this years fox lineup
  • 1 0
 Maybe, but people aren't buing them just because of the stanchions colour.
  • 1 0
 i ride a durolux for more than a year now... no problems so far... used and abused
  • 1 0
 think Suntour are pretty solid now since Nicolai markets all their frames with SR forks
  • 1 0
 What about diameter? 32mm ? 36mm ?
  • 1 0
 35mm
  • 1 3
 To me I wouldnt trust them as a 180mm fork, maybe a 150mm. Just don't look beefy enough, and I know Suntour are improving, but in the back of my head it just says shit. Maybe one day Razz
  • 2 0
 fashion victim much ?
  • 1 1
 Not at all.. Don't see where you got that from?
  • 1 0
 And to think that Bikeradar.com blasted this fork. Nikoniko was right!
  • 1 1
 Suntour makes X Fusion, and X Fusion is probably the best performing forks on the market.
  • 1 0
 No, X-Fusion makes X-Fusion. X-fusion are their own suspension brand. SR-Suntour is its own brand. Spinner is its own brand. All three produce forks and shocks for other brands, and all three have their own models seperate from the other brands they produce for under contract. X-Fusion has limited their own brand models to mid-to-high end price levels, whereas spinner and suntour have offered a full low to high range.
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 looks sick
  • 1 2
 how do I delete my Pinkbike profile?
  • 1 0
 You can't.
  • 1 0
 awww man, i hate my profile
  • 1 4
 uhhhh yeah, im sticking with a totem, no way ill put anything on my bike that says sr suntour
  • 1 0
 BIKE SNOB!!!!! Rocking a Raleigh, but you won't touch an SR Suntour? Actually, I would ditch the logos, too. haha
  • 1 0
 i dont own a raleigh, i own a session 77 and i would not but a suntour on it
  • 1 4
 Did someone really compare a SID to a Suntour fork?
  • 1 0
 Yes, SID is better than epicon but it's also 3x more expensive, and I dont think there's a big difference between them, except the weight.
  • 2 0
 If you compared a SID to the top end Axon XC fork then then the Suntour is going to win.
The very top model Axon RC ELD weighs 1.5kg, has a tapered steerer, a titanium 15mm Q-Loc axle, a hybrid cast magnesium dropout/bonded carbon fiber legs&brace, 185mm rotor compatibility, 80/100mm travel, their lightweight cartridge damping system, air spring, adjustable rebound, and a remote ELECTRONIC lockout system.

And for actual racing results on these forks...

Julie Bresset riding on one is the 2011 Overall WorldCup Elite U-23 women's series title holder with three wins, a second, a third and a fourth place finish. Annika Langvad is the 2011 Marathon World Elite Women's XC Champion on one and earned SRSuntour their first manufacturer's world championship, and Roger RinderKnecht placed second at the 2011 Mont Saint-Anne 4X World Cup also on a suntour fork. They clearly can produce elite racer worthy products.
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