Strengths: Very light weight
Remote lockout & inner cable included. You must make up a black outer cable.
Travel adjustable from 80-140mm travel
Easy to take apart to adjust travel and service
No noticeable bounce even with minimal rebound when pumped up
Weaknesses: Small bumps aren't absorbed as well as I expected when fork is pumped up tight enough to not bottom out (100PSI for me).
The lockout doesn't lock completely. It just stiffens the travel so much that it is effectively a rigid. For trail use, it is more than adequate. But stopped, you will notice it still strokes some while locked out.
Lockout is ONLY usable with remote.
Does not come with a star nut.
Must remove hand grip & brake/derailleur controls to install remote lockout (common).
This fork was an upgrade for my Trek 4300 which originally came with a baseline RST Gila (80mm travel). For the money, I can't complain. This fork is very light weight compared to the stock RST Gila and it absorbs big bumps and moderate jumps far better than the stock fork did when pumped to 100PSI and setup for a 120mm travel (I'm 195lbs). Even with the rebound set as light as possible, I haven't had any issues with it bouncing at all. Is it a substitute for a Fox? No. It's not going to perform like a Fox. But it doesn't cost the money a Fox does either. But my whole bike new didn't cost what a Fox fork does new and I simply wasn't looking to spend that kind of money on a fork upgrade.
Bottom line is I can easily recommend this fork to someone that does XC and rough terrain riding and is looking for an affordable upgrade from a stock baseline fork. Although those that do high jumps, aggressive riding, or a rider that just wants creme-de-la-creme, stick with Fox (or similar).
Strengths: strong, looks great, air pressured instead of coil, light, comes with a lockout which is placed on the handlebar.
overall this is a great cheapish suspension fork which comes with lockout which can be done while riding.doesnt look cheap at all and love the annodised stanchions. For the price you pay for this, id say its a bargain. im glad the shop i bought it from did not have the raidons as i love the fork i have got now. would recommend it too anyone.
P.s if you want to know if air suspension forks are good then yes they are :D but if you feel coils are best for you then go for that :) Keep riding!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Wall, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011
Strengths: Light, responsive, stiff, smooth, very adjustable air shock.
No maintenance issues after 2 years. Great value.
Weaknesses: For this price, none.
I wanted an air fork for it's adjust-ability and weight advantages, and this fork was just the ticket. I ride 2 to 3 time a week, every week, mostly xc. The fork is confidence inspiring. It soaks up drops without bottoming out or pogo-sticking. When adjusted stiff enough to take steep uphills without needing to use the lock-out it is still plush enough to jet over rooty areas stably. I liked it so much I purchased a second one for my Kona Garbonzo Four.
Similar Products Used: Suntour XCT v2, Rock Shox Pilot, Fox Float 32
Bike Setup: 100mm, HardTail
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2010
Strengths: Cheap, good performance, strong, lightweight (arround 1780 grams)
Weaknesses: Not very sensitive to the smaller irregularities, like small rocks.
I have my Epicon since last year's October, and it has been used mainly in very wet and muddy conditions. The seals do their job, preventing water and other small debris from penetrating inside the suspension, which keeps it working even in the most adverse conditions.
For the price, this fork performs great. I use mine with about 80 psi, which prevents it from having too much pedal bobbing. Despite not having the greatest sensitivity to the small irregularities, this fork allows you to have a confortable ride and makes you feel capable of facing even the hardest trails.
The air system is simple and efficient, and there are no air leaking problems. The rebound regulation works fine, such as the remote lockout.
Last month, I've sent my Epicon back to the shop, in order to be serviced and for the travel to be reduced to 80mm, which makes it more suitable to climb.
If you are looking for a good fork for a friendly price, stop searching, because the Epicon is definately the best for the price.
I am 6,3 215lbs the stock SR Suntour SF9 XCT V2 did not survive the riding season. Found this instead. What a difference it did. I can propely tune the fork to my riding style. I normally do 15km XC sprint riding adn then some rock garden fun. Did 3 foot drops without any problems. setup is 90lbs pressure and two turns out from fast rebound and 100mm travel.
a Weekend Warrior
from Kanata, Canada
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2008
The Epicon series are possibly the best lower priced forks that have the feel of a fork that costs 1.5 to 2 times the price of the Epicon. This fork is just amazing, everything about it is insane, the feel, the adjusters, it's just so solid and it absorbs shocks so well!!