SR Suntour SF9-XCM V2 2009 Forks

2.2/5 (20 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Travel: 80 or 100 or 120 mm
  • Design: Leading axle
  • Dustseal: Metal inserted type
  • Steerer tube: STKM
  • Preload adjuster


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2014

Strengths:    Good value, can hold it's own on most things

Weaknesses:    Not meant for performance, clunky, heavy, clicks often

Bottom Line:   
I've had this fork for about two years and it's held together on about everything i take it on. I've taken it on xc, road trips, and on some downhill as well. Definitely feels like it struggles through rock gardens with speed. It struggles with any moderate downhill. Does not do jumps well. Good for climbs. Good for light dirt tracks. Struggles greatly on any sort of rock or root drop on xc and downhill trails. Good value for beginners.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dave Mackey

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2013

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    not good below 20 degrees as the standard fork oil gets so thick the fork wont rebound. Change the oil and the fork is fine.

Bottom Line:   
Good cheap fork. Very heavy but nearly bomb proof.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by spike

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2012

Strengths:    av been on everysurface there is is and there class, downhill tracks ,uphill ,xcountry tracks, rides and ice they work well, any1 who says they r cheap r just snobs and dont listen to them, id luv to race them on a down hill track and show them any1 intrested let mr know ill show u your wrong

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
awsome

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kostas mitropoulos

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2012

Strengths:    price-for a cheap bike


Weaknesses:    not working properly-leaks oil-bottoms very easily-not for serious rides-its standard on my scott aspect -i will change it very soon

Bottom Line:   
not for cross country use-just for going for shopping

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by judge dredd

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2012

Strengths:    stiffness, lockout

Weaknesses:    preload knob does nothing

Bottom Line:   
it is very god low end fork. Try to buy something better with that money. It does its job well.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Regionnus Rattis

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2012

Strengths:    Does the job for what it was meant to do....ride trails, off-road and on pavement or dirt and provide you with some suspension on your front end.

Weaknesses:    Not meant to be ridden hard in downhill or jumping, as it will bottom out.

Bottom Line:   
It's a great fork for the casual rider who ventures off on some well traveled trails, paths, gravel roads or bumpy roads. Look at it for what it is and you will be fine. Not sure why everyone bashes it "because it came on my Giant or my Trek"...if that's the case, then why did you buy that bike in the first place? Most of the Giants and Treks, unless you spend some vast quantities on a high end bike, they are all made in China or Taiwan. All you are doing is paying for the name Giant or Trek decals on your bike, while it may have been designed in Waterloo, WI, the frame was welded by some Chinese guy.

So for the intended purpose of the fork, i.e. to ride casually, then it fits the bill nicely

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by rockmachine a Racer from Morwell, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2012

Strengths:    None, totally rubbish!

Weaknesses:    Many. They simply dont function the way a suspension fork should!!!! In any condition these forks failed and failed again. LBS was a total arse about warranty and repairs, was thrown out with my bike in bits to the side walk!

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line! dont buy, you`ll be better off buying a pair of rigid forks than these...

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Favorite Trail:   Blores hill, Lysterfield, Beconsfield Upper, Crinigan road

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Recon gold, tora 318.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jernas a Cross Country Rider from Maribor, Slovenia

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2012

Strengths:    I've been using this fork (the HLO version) for a bit more than 3 months now and the shock seems fine. It works well even on a more rough terrain. The Hidro Lock Out also works and it helps a lot with climbing. Also the fork requires very little maintenance and is very cheap to replace if it breaks. In fact a brand new XCM fork is cheaper than the standard annual inspection and servicing for most serious forks (like for example RS Recon).

Weaknesses:    My XCM is supposed to have a 100mm travel but in reality it's more like 75mm. Also even though the fork works fine it doesn't feel as good as more expensive models (feels a bit like you are floating).

Bottom Line:   
It's a solid fork for the money. I think it's quality wise comparable to the RS Dart 1/2 but at a lower price so it makes it a better option or the only option if you like in this price range. So far I'm happy with my XCM V2 and I'm not looking for an upgrade at this point. So if the fork comes with your bike I'd suggest to not replace it, just use it a while and when it's not cutting it anymore buy a better one. You won't get much if you sell it anyway.

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Favorite Trail:   Pohorje

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   On the internet (cam

Similar Products Used:   RS Jett and older SR Suntour forks.

Bike Setup:   2009 Mongoose Tyax Elite

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mattt a Weekend Warrior from bath

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2011

Strengths:    well it holds the front wheel to the bike which is an upside i guess

Weaknesses:    adjusters do nothing, the fork tops and bottoms out from the lightest of riding, feels cheap, looks tacky and just isnt worth the time and effort to fix

Bottom Line:   
as i said the fork holds the front wheel on which is all its good for. do not buy this fork as it is a pile of rubbish, it came stock on my giant stp2 which is meant for dirtjump/park riding yet i can bottom out these forks just by pushing down them and everytime i get air the fork compresses then the lowers shoot out topping out the fork, one day the lowers are gonna shoot off the bike i can feel it. ok to get the bike moving but thats it but do not buy this fork for any serious riding.

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Favorite Trail:   bath canal

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   giant bicycles uk

Similar Products Used:   RST launch, marzocchi dirt jumper 3

Bike Setup:   2009 giant stp 2 stock and a custom built octane one void

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by caid a Cross Country Rider from redlaands, ca

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2011

Strengths:    when you hit bumps, the lower legs go up and down. when i steer, the effort goes thru the steer tube, down the crown, into the stanchions, to the lower legs, and redirects my wheel via the hub, thus steering me and my bike!! it connected the front wheel to my bike.

Weaknesses:    flex, plastic cap blew off and the spring came out and about pinned me in the forehead, no adjustability, lockout made horrible noises. an entire INCH of travel.

Bottom Line:   
ugly. i bought the bike used and the stanchions had scrapes on them and the evil genius seals where disintegrating before my eyes, and the bushings where more or less non existent, and i was going to replace them anyway. on the way home i did an stoppie off of a curb ramp and the spring said "SEE YA!!", and took off out of the fork. so i found the plastic cap, and the mean ol' spring, popped that sucker back in and wheelied home. upon arriving i made a very easy decision to change them for my bombers that i had as a spare for a bike that had been stolen from me. problem solved. no more demon forks please. suntour has made some killer things in the past, but this fork is not one of those things.

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Favorite Trail:   its a little local thing, still fun

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   w/ bike from some du

Similar Products Used:   roo hop pogostick, rts capa t6, exercise ball, trampoline, spinner grand 323, and thats about it. better products used, fox float, manitou splice comp 130, manitou skareb elite, answer fork from the 90s, RS mag 21 SL w/ long trave kit, RS judy twin crown, marzocchi bomber superfly.

Bike Setup:   trek opie, answer answer and more answer, ancient mavic rims replaced delicious tacos, marzocchi bomber superfly for a hint of nostalgia, shimano hubs, and titanium skewers.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Fury556 a Cross Country Rider from Cambridge, UK

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2011

Strengths:    Look nice, IS disc mounts to take up to an 180mm rotor.

Weaknesses:    Very poor at soaking up smaller bumps, deals with bigger hits better. The adjusters have little to no effect on their behaviour. Doing a couple of small drops (less than a foot) causes the shocks to top out quite violently and upset the balance of bike and rider!

Bottom Line:   
As with most of these, they are fine if you are buying them on a bike, but I would certainly not look to SR Suntour shocks for anything other than a daily commute where shock absorption is necessary. They do as they are told and look respectable, but actual off road performance is poor.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Saracen Mantra VX 2010

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jade Ayres a Cross Country Rider from Brighton

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2010

Strengths:    Soaks up bumps well for a cheap fork.

Weaknesses:    Rebound is very slow
Poor quality


Bottom Line:   
Dont buy this. It came with my bike new but leaked oil right away. Then on my third or fourth ride out, the only adjustment lever (a flimsy plastic blue piece) vibrated completely off the fork leaving me no way to adjust it. So no matter how cheap it is, its accually worth less than zero to me now beacause I have no choice but to replace it.

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Favorite Trail:   Craven Morhead Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Golden Bear Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Wahoo

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zxcvbnm a Weekend Warrior from Rapid City, South Dakota, US

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2010

Weaknesses:    dirt gets in oil, adjusters are plastic and it doesnt feel like they do anything.

Bottom Line:   
I want to replace this fork with something better but for riding it on roads i guess its fine. It would have been better if you can really adjust it but i tried and the adjusters dont do anything. I was riding it once and i hit something and one of the adjusters broke and hit me in the face.

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Favorite Trail:   dont have 1

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $508.00

Purchased At:   Sheels


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dude a Cross Country Rider from plymouth,devon,england

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2010

Strengths:    strong

Weaknesses:    bouncy, heavy

Bottom Line:   
alright but not worth buying but if they come with ur bike dont worry

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Favorite Trail:   tavy woodlands

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   specialized P.1 2009

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by miqa a Cross Country Rider from seremban

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2010

Strengths:    very good

Weaknesses:    weigty (2.2kg)

Bottom Line:   
best for beginner. i try jumping 5' at 6 times constantly with this fork, it's so great.the fork working nomally, but my front hub damaged.i buy coz value & visuality. after used it i found the strenghten...hehehe. i'm very satisfy it!

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Favorite Trail:   x country

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   kedai basikal nam hu

Similar Products Used:   rockshock judy tt (2.1kg)

Bike Setup:   gt avalanche

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