Video: Sunn French Connexion Racing Adds Sophie Riva & SR Suntour Suspension for 2023

Jan 5, 2023 at 1:30
by French Connexion Racing  
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Press Release: Sunn French Connexion Racing By Alpe D'Huez

First team camp of 2023 for the team Sunn French Connexion Racing By Alpe D'Huez and like any new school year the riders are just excited and eager to meet their new teammates and play with their new toys!

For 2023 the team will add for the first time a girl in the ranks with Sophie Riva the Italian U21 sub World Champ, Sophie will join Théo Galy EWS veteran and Irénée Menjou in EWS. Lucas Frigout will complete the team in E-bike and mass start events. This season the team will have the support of SR Suntour for their suspensions.

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All smiles for Irénée after a first season as a pro and an amazing P7 in EWS the next step is the top 5


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Marinière for the French roots team.

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After two seasons of ups and downs, Theo is back in the mix after a solid end of the season 2023, and looks more promising than ever. After years on the world circuit, Théo is still motivated like a teenager.


The new addition to the team Sophie is eager to claim back her title in the U21 category: she has been fighting until the last round to get the title and with a new team, no doubt we will see her fighting for the win this season.

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Sophie testing her new 2023 gear

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New addition to the team SR Suntour

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quick break between runs

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45 Comments
  • 13 0
 Well done Sophie, I thoroughly enjoyed your company on the transitions between stages on the EWS (me being in the old farts category and Sophie in the under 21s) she always caught me up, good luck to the 2023 season for this massively talented racer.
  • 9 0
 thanks Dave ☺️
hope to see you at the upcoming ews!!!
  • 3 0
 Awwww Sophie riding for Sunn .... you can do it !!!!
  • 1 0
 Allez les Blues! but wait... no French lyrics??
  • 1 0
 Sucks that they went to a crapy suntour fork
  • 1 0
 I don't think you can rebound from this.
  • 1 0
 Nice work Sophie!! Just been watching you ripping it up on MoiMoiTV
  • 2 2
 Is that SR Suntour Tri air just a rebranded Topaz?
  • 9 0
 Or is the opposite? (if i remember correctly, there'a a difference in the damping unit; IFP vs bladder maybe?)
IMHO DVO is simply the "fancy" high-end Suntour stuff
  • 5 0
 I remember that parts for dvo forks were manufactured by Sr su tour. Wouldn't be surprised about the shocks too. SR Suntour make a lot of components for other well known brands
  • 3 0
 I didn't realize their role in manufacturing. Learning something new each day!
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure it's the other way around, also one has a IFP, the other has a bladder. My previous bike has a SR Suntour Tri-Air 1 and a Aurson RSC PC2 fork. Best suspension setup I've ever had. If my optic didn't have a specific tune for it's rear shock I'd switch back in a heart beat.
  • 1 0
 @bmied31: custom tune?
  • 1 0
 @DizzyNinja: the Super Deluxe has a frame-specific tune for the kinematics of the Optic.
  • 3 0
 @bmied31: you can run whatever shock you want on your Optic. I scrapped the super deluxe DH air shock on my optic and ran a medium tune fox factory DPX2 and it's was leaps and bounds better.
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All last year I ran that DPX2 along with the Cascade components Rocker link for the optic and that was big game changer as well.
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I personally think the oOptic's "custom" tuned shocks are heavily over damped and you are losing out on some proper suspension performance by running the stock shock.
  • 1 4
 @pisgahgnar: suntour is apeshit. check out how many different forks they have, most of it is low end but the lineup is mental, there's literally everything
  • 4 0
 @baca262: and their high end stuff is really good. They have the whole range. Kind of like shimano having tourney all the way up to xtr
  • 1 0
 @Frank191: i just saw the pic, and it's a single unit dust wiper/oil seal, it's dissapointing. i've a dorado atm and it has both seals but the bushings were seated crap so it's sticky. apparently it's a lottery on how much stiction a fork will have yet it's the most essential thing, why old marzocchis were loved even with crap damping
  • 1 0
 @baca262: Olympic Men's XC gold was won on Suntour...
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 @TheBearDen: Good to know, I don't know if they make a Tri-Air 1 or 2 in the size the optic needs unfortunately. I would like to replace my Pike with an Auron eventually.
  • 1 0
 @bmied31: I have the TriAir2 shock on my bike and love it.
  • 1 0
 @bmied31: Lot's of Rampage athletes too, including a couple of wins. The UR Polygon team was on their stuff too.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: There stuff is fantastic once you get to the high end.
  • 1 0
 @bmied31: Yeah, I'd suspect people would more resistant to the ABUS support (because of their discriminatory business practices) than that'd they'd shit on Suntour just because they ALSO deliver budget components.
  • 1 0
 oh, j'ai vu un chevelu
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