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SR Suntour SF9-Epicon RLD 2009 Forks

4.18/5 (11 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Travel: 100 or 120 mm
  • Lower: Magnesium monocoque light weight design
  • Design: Leading axle / Disc only design
  • Dustseal: Metal inserted type
  • Crown: Alloy

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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cgrey8 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012

Strengths:    Very light weight
Remote lockout & inner cable included. You must make up a black outer cable.
Rebound adjustable
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).

Bottom Line:   
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).

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Favorite Trail:   Allatoona Creek, Acworth GA

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Bought off eBay new

Similar Products Used:   Owned:
SR Suntour XCM (stock fork)
RST Gila (stock fork)

Ridden on friend's bikes:
Rock Shox Recon
Fox 29" (don't recall exact brand)

Bike Setup:   2006 Trek 4300 (hard tail) with 26" Vuelta rims & Shimano 9mm quick release hubs. Aftermarket Shimano 22-32-42 crankset (nothing special). SRAM 8speed cassette & chain. Stock disc brakes and derailleurs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by samh460

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2012

Strengths:    strong, looks great, air pressured instead of coil, light, comes with a lockout which is placed on the handlebar.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
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!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M.C. 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Allaire State Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $155.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   rock shox dart 2, suntour xcr

Bike Setup:   gt xcr 1500 frame, fox float rear shock, xt rapid rise rear derailleur, xtr front derailleur, deore shifters, quad qhd1 hydraulic brakes, sun rhyno lite rims, kenda nevigal dtc tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by angelogulane a Cross Country Rider from Cebu, Philippines

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2011

Strengths:    lightweight fork, Remote lock, Price, air,

Weaknesses:    It's flexy, Not good to small bump sensitivity, It feels like Coil spring

Bottom Line:   
Nice fork for its price. experienced some troubles with this fork, but they are easily fixable.

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Favorite Trail:   Bogo mountain trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Art

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Dart 3, Rockshox sid wc, fox 32 f-series

Bike Setup:   Kinesis ksx 415
Shimano XT Groupset, token Carbon Bars, stem, seatpost.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jpeters a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2011

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    Its not good at all

Bottom Line:   
This fork is crap I bought one because all of he good reviews and its crap. Do not get one its junk save he money and get a better fork.

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Favorite Trail:   tt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Fox

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bluboki a Cross Country Rider from Serbia

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2010

Strengths:    weight, endurance, travel, lockout, design, price...

Weaknesses:    The original screw holding the lockout cap was damaged, but it was easy to replace it... Other than that nothing else..

Bottom Line:   
An awesome fork, really cheap, works just great, faster you go the fork is just better and better... It works just like a Fox :D

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Favorite Trail:   Fruska Gora

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Planet Bike

Similar Products Used:   Suntour XCT v2, Rock Shox Pilot, Fox Float 32

Bike Setup:   100mm, HardTail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jsilva a Cross Country Rider from Portugal

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Axel Comp 2004

Bike Setup:   Hardtail, 80mm front travel

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pletang a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010

Strengths:    Air, Remote lockout, Rebound.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Trek 3900
Bontrager Big Kahuna.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vitaly a Cross Country Rider from Brno, Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2009

Strengths:    Very smooth! I'm 100% confident my fork will eat every rock and root on my path.

Weaknesses:    I got problem with lock-out, it stopped to work suddenly. But there's video at how to fix it.

Bottom Line:   
I don't know why Suntour sells such a great fork for such a low price, but if you're looking for new 200-bucks fork, try Epicon. This is simply the best piece of hardware you can buy for this price.

You may experience some small troubles with this fork, but they are easily fixable.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $215.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Owned Suntour XCM, RST Gila TnL. Tried RS Dart 2 once, and have to say Epicon is far better for almost similar price.

Bike Setup:   Tuned Author Dexter 2008

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ebrezac a Cross Country Rider from Labin, Istra, Croatia

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight , good remote control, god performance, great value for money.

Weaknesses:    none for now

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommended fork.

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Favorite Trail:   labin-streljana-plomin

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   RST Gila

Bike Setup:   Trek 4300 21' , slightly tuned :)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrailX316 a Weekend Warrior from Kanata, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2008

Bottom Line:   
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!!

I recommend it to everyone

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

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