SR Suntour SF-XCR 2006 Front Shocks

2.8/5 (15 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Travel: 100 mm
  • System: Coil spring
  • Design: Leading axle
  • Crown: New shape alloy
  • Integrated HD: ID type / 50mm
  • Steerer tube: STKM


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kaizer64 a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco, California, USA

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2011

Strengths:    It looks good, it has lockout.

Weaknesses:    Its very soft, it sags a lot. When I disable the suspension, it still moves a little.

Bottom Line:   
It is good in city riding, slightly rocky roads, or in pavements. It can be used almost anywhere except those harsh terrains or downhill..

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Favorite Trail:   rocky roads

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   local bike store

Similar Products Used:   RST Launch

Bike Setup:   Auriga Tektro Comp hydro brakes
Shimano Deore XT Groupset
Shimano MT15 wheelset
Kenda Small Block Eight tires
Truvativ AKA XC Stem
Truvativ Hussefelt Riser bar
Cat Eye Velo 8 computer
Giant Frame

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Entsmonkey a Cross Country Rider from Oxfordshire, UK

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap, it's still going after over a year and over 6000miles (mostly on road).

Weaknesses:    Too soft, noisey, vague - would like more travel. The lock-out doesn't work properly

Bottom Line:   
I bought my cheap bike to save my road bike from the perils of the commute to work, I used this fork solidly for over a year and have put well over 6000 miles on it 30 miles a day x 5 days a week. When on the road I turned the "preload" up to it's max (not an easy feat) and it was ok, it still was too soft and then reacted. I have since moved so am know doing 20 miles a day XC to work and it just can't cut it - I think it's done a good job but is well and truely OEM equipment, you have to be silly to buy this especially.

Not too bad just a bit cheap and flimsy - but it hasn't failed or caused me to come off too badly. for the price fine for a commuter on road/cycle paths etc... stray too far away from the tarmac and you may regret it - I haven't yet but are currently saving up for a better one

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeway/Wessex Downs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   on bike - Wiggle

Bike Setup:   Cheap hard tail - in the process of upgrading

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mr_glyndle a Cross Country Rider from Ambleside, Cumbria, UK

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2010

Strengths:    A vast improvement over the 'toy' suspension I was riding from Argos and the like. Does take a lot of the vibration out of rough ground, and has saved me many a time when it comes to absorbing more than was really necessary, based on rider errors.

Weaknesses:    Can feel like a rudder to a boat more than a solid extension of your handlebars. If I look down while braking (something I try not to do!) I can see the front wheel move back quite a distance, not because of suspension travel but because of FLEX!

Bottom Line:   
They came with the bike. I progressed very fast, partly due to the forks (I haven't owned forks as 'good' as these before), partly due to the rest of the bike, and partly because I started riding A LOT more :D
They've done me proud the past 6 months but I've definitely out grown them. So, to conclude, they are a nice introduction to what forks can do for your riding, just take into account that if you get the bug you'll probably want to upgrade pretty soon!
P.S. For what it's worth RockShox Recon Race are £190 on wiggle.co.uk right now (07.01.10). 50% off, Bargain!

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Favorite Trail:   Altura, Whinlatter

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Bike Treks

Similar Products Used:   Marzochi Bombers

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock 2009

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jalapeno104 a Cross Country Rider from Shropshire

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2008

Strengths:    Cheap, Good Looking, Lockout, Plenty of Travel

Weaknesses:    A little spongy under braking

Bottom Line:   
This fork came as a standard fit on my bike. At the time, i'd spent a lot of time reading reviews and had pretty much decided that I would look for a bike with something better but my budget was only around £400, so there were no other alternatives. I've returned to MTB'ing after about a 10 year break, previously riding a rigid bike. I weigh 15 stone (210 pounds) and have found this fork to be much better than reviews lead you to believe, perhaps because I have nothing to compare it to. I have ridden cheap (sub-£100) toys/hardtails and this is nothing like the nastiness fitted to those. Probaby will replace this fork with something more upmarket when it gives up the ghost, but for now, I can live with it.

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Favorite Trail:   Haughmond Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Dave Mellor Cycles

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2008 Giant Terrago (As stock)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott Farr a Weekend Warrior from Renton, Washigton, USA

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2008

Strengths:    Works fine for Very slow riding and easy X-country. Very Light.

Weaknesses:    Shock Fails in cold weather, Freeze up at any temp of 45 and lower. Seals are bad give out quick. Fork tends to freeze a lot. I have personaly had to fix it 8 times in the 6 months of use.

Bottom Line:   
If you are doing anything more than riding around your Neighborhood then DO NOT BUY THIS FORK. Look at Name brand and save up.

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Favorite Trail:   Black Dimond

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Therapy

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Jumper 3, Rock Shox dart 3

Bike Setup:   Hardtail 19in Frame all Sram

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Djivo from Zagreb

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2007

Strengths:    Very strong legs, lock-out

Weaknesses:    Coil spring doesnt work. Fork freezes and becomes rigid on the cold weather. Very slow reaction time on the small bumps and goes too deep on the bigger holes. Lock-out/Coli spring knob problems.

Bottom Line:   
This is very bad fork for any kind of downhill driving especially during cold weather. Fork reactes to slow which means it is too rigid on the holes in the pavement but again if you drive off the pedestrianize you sink too deep.

I hope that biggest asset of this fork would be long life expectance since it has a bit wider legs then a competition forks.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   RST C6 63mm - much cheaper and weaker but it seams reaction much better.

Bike Setup:   Frame aluminum, Crankset FSA V-Drive, Pedals FLAT ALU, Cassette SRAM PG-730 12-35, Handlebar&Stem Amoeba VITRA/BORLA, 7-speed

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Glenn Bearry a Downhiller from Austin TX USA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2007

Strengths:    Beautiful looking, good gloss all-black finish can turn heads. The pop-lock on mine is worth putting up with the weaknesses for now. The mushness is great for jumping curbs where the back wheel takes most of the force...almost feels like full suspension.

Weaknesses:    Super mushy. I accidentally hit a full curb head on and fast...and the fork actually allowed me to mush over it without wrecking! It was good that time, but usually is a bad thing

Bottom Line:   
To be fair, ther small print on the web page says that this fork is for "leasure riding" only. I am attempting to get stiffer springs via my bicycle dealer, but am still unsure if they make them. The pop-lock is worth the problems, a super feature for urban riding as means of transportation. However, if I can't get stiffer springs, I will end up replacing it with a longer travel heavier-duty fork like the Rock Shox Tora that has a pop lock as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban Assult

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   It came with my Mongoose

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MZ comp, Rock Shox J1

Bike Setup:   2007 Mongoose Tyax Super with 2.4 Maxxis Holy Roller freeride tires, WTB rims.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Josh a Weekend Warrior from Indiana

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2007

Strengths:    None that I could find.

Weaknesses:    Too soft for my weight, bottoms out easily... find my self doing endos alot. I am a heavy boy, so this fork may work well for lighter riders.

Bottom Line:   
any of you little guys wanna buy a fork?

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Favorite Trail:   Home

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bike smiths Bloomington In.

Similar Products Used:   First front suspension bike worth mentioning, have ridden Rock shock Recon, Fox racing Talas, and some Balistic POS.

Bike Setup:   Stock Giant Youkon.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by danilo rimich a Weekend Warrior from latvia

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2006

Strengths:    Look´s nice and maybe good for childrens.

Weaknesses:    Almost everything

Bottom Line:   
It bottom´s out during normal braking like there is no springs inside the fork!I weight 230 lbs and I know that is much,but this fork is really rubish.

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Favorite Trail:   wood&town

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   east bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Indy S

Bike Setup:   Norco Kokanee

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by danilo rimich a Weekend Warrior from latvia

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2006

Strengths:    Look´s nice and maybe good for childrens.

Weaknesses:    Almost everything

Bottom Line:   
It bottom´s out during normal braking like there is no springs inside the fork!I weight 230 lbs and I know that is much,but this fork is really rubish.

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Favorite Trail:   wood&town

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   east bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Indy S

Bike Setup:   Norco Kokanee

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant Boysen a Cross Country Rider from Castro Valley, California, USA

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2006

Strengths:    Gives a sense of a plush ride, even over small ruts. It even takes the occasinal large drops. I Love the lockout! ( I havnt experianced any knob problems??

Weaknesses:    Under heavy braking they tend to sag, needs alittle more rebound pressure.

Bottom Line:   
These are some preaty decent shocks, are they 1k Fox Shocks? No... But they do a preaty good job in my opinion. For the money they are preaty decent, you dont find lockout on many other shocks that are inexpensive. I gave them 5 chilies for value because for the money they are awsome. My friends only wish they could ride my bike. Over all 5 because they smooth out any kind of riding I can dish out, especialy the small stuff soaks it up like I dont know but it does a kick @$$ job.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Chabot Loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike.

Similar Products Used:   Friends Rockshox on an Ironhorse. Fox Shock on friends bike.

Bike Setup:   2006 Commencal Combi Disc, M525 pedals, Hayes 9 Brakes. Preaty much stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Cornel Pristoreanu a Cross Country Rider from Cluj

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2006

Strengths:    Sucks up bumps nicely

Weaknesses:    No rebound - when I lift the front wheel off the ground it makes a creepy noise and sends shockwaves through the bike, very scary. Too soft - bottoms out during normal braking. Compression adjustment doesn't make any difference and it got completely stuck after 1 month.

Bottom Line:   
The most frustrating thing is that it effectively bottoms out under normal braking. Compression adjustment doesn't do any difference, and after 1 month the adjustment knob got completely stuck and it's now useless.
The scariest thing is that it makes a loud noise when I lift the front wheel of the ground, because it has NO rebound adjustment.
Also, some dirty oily stuff keeps appearing from inside the fork.
This is a "toy" fork, good for riding in parks, not real XC.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Tora 318 U-turn - oh yeah!

Bike Setup:   Merida TransMission Sport 2006

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:1
Submitted by carlos venchesne rodreiguez rodreiguez a Racer from the south

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Strengths:    it matches the hill and also the springs feel grovey and funky like burnt hamburgers.the decals are stickers too instead of metal stinkers it also came with extra springs and the shop took me out for lunch now with this i can skim the banks of sand

Weaknesses:    it is racist to indian people and mexicans and the stereo inside it is only fm no am jjjjjjjjeeeeeeeeeeppppppperrrs
also i took in apart and there was a nest of spiders and some old mcdonalds fries YYYYUKKKKKKK remember too always take this thing apart and clean it outand it rust so easy like i live in the dessert


Bottom Line:   
there is no line on the bottom of it and wat r the chilis for like those dont taste like the fries

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Favorite Trail:   the desserts

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   pablos cycle sevice and dealer

Similar Products Used:   ridged forks and shivers donkey kong theme music

Bike Setup:   dessurt cruisers sand blasted period red with electric saddles raceface diaboulous seatpost rst rear shock spray painted crimson yellow ,camo bars,v brakes,tires,watermelon diablo stinkers egipitan style pedals,underground spokes,hairy undergarments,donky sneakers and cassete made out of play do

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Yoda a Weekend Warrior from La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2006

Strengths:    Cool designs, Soft

Weaknesses:    Harsh top out, i prefer the old XCP 95

Bottom Line:   
Good for XC's

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Favorite Trail:   BSU

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Glow

Similar Products Used:   RST's


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anthony willetts a Weekend Warrior from australia

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

Strengths:    resposive, fairly long travel, has a nice feel form larger drops

Weaknesses:    preload adjuster, makes sum strange noises as they compress while cornering

Bottom Line:   
these forks would be great for any XC rider looking for sumthing that can handle a few LITTLE jumps, but if big air is your game then maybe go sumthing more desighned for the game. I have ridden these forks on everything from city commuting to 1.5m drops and even used them for DH and they feel great 2 me but i know they arnt really made for that kind of riding so im looking at upgrades. As i mentioned earlier the preload adjuster is weaker and broke after only 2 weeks of riding, now it can only be adjusted soft-medium but i can live with that. Overall these forks arnt anywhere near as bad as a lot off people think and personally i like them alot!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Mt leonard

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   cameon bike

Similar Products Used:   rockshox Judy XC, Marzocchi Junior T, Marzocci Bomber, Spinner Grind(dont really compare at all lol)

Bike Setup:   Shogun floater, alex DM18 rims, Hussefelt crankset, alivio drivetrain, maxxis bling bling tyres suntour XCR forks

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