Strengths: Great travel and i've never bottomed them out and I go pretty quick on carron valley campsie trails. Plush and great lockout function. Quick on engaging and stiff. Not too heavy.
Weaknesses: Have to be serviced at least twice a year. I had water in mine. They were starting to stick. Could do with better seals. Unfortunately I way about 200pounds so I might be a bit heavy for them to be pretty stiff.
All in all probably the best fork in its price group and more.
Duration Product Used: Been on one. Carron valley.
Purchased At: Everywhere.
Similar Products Used: I had rst team 281s on my saracen dirt sport trax pro and they seized and rusted inside.
Bike Setup: Saracen dirt trax 4 frame. Fsa the pig headset. Fsa FR331 31.8mm t6 bars. Fsa os150 stem. Shimano hone dual control hydros front and rear. Deore front and slx rear mech. Deore crankest. Mavic 321 rim rear. Xt rear hub. Shimano front hub with zac19 rim. Shimano un51 bottom bracket. Sr suntour xcr rl 100mm front fork. Rate my bike lol. I built it from scratch
Weaknesses: weight? aluminum steerer would be cool Sometimes wish I could get one with V brake boss's only cus it would be nice to put on some older frame builds
Man Awesome forks so far, just took em a part to clean them,supper easy! 5min job tops.Lock out is awesome. I like the fact you can compres the suspension then lock it out and ride. I like that for goin up the hills. works great for commute which is urban assult for me, it also takes the trails great. There like them timex watch's.
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Bike Setup: Good Ol GaryTurner
a Cross Country Rider
from Wall, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2011
Strengths: Fairly Stiff, inexpensive, not heavy, appears well built, plush.
Weaknesses: Preload adjuster is for decoration only. This is a big drawback
This is a fork for mild trail riding, not aggressive mountain biking. I love the Suntour Epicon fork I bought for my GT 1500 XCR, so I thought I'd give the XCR a try. Not a great choice for xc riding, in my opinion. I weigh about 170 lbs, and the fork compressed way too much for my comfort level during aggressive xc riding. Over flat rooty trails it is great. Even climbing it work pretty well. But if I went over an unexpected drop, the fork would nearly bottom out, compromising my control of the bike. To be fair, this probably has as much to do with my mediocre riding talent as it does with the design of the fork. Still, after replacing it with and Epicon fork, my riding ability seemed to improve dramatically. Buy this fork for mild trail or street riding. Buy something else if you really want to get aggressive (however, for $50 - what I paid - there is nothing else).
Bike Setup: Giant Xtc,XTR gruppo,Mavic Crossmax wheelset,Maxxis tubeless tires.
from westmont, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2010
Strengths: plush, responsive, look good, light for the money
Weaknesses: none so far
Bought these for my Hardrock and they were good. Through unforeseen circumstances they ended up on my Rockhopper and they are fantastic. They seem to mesh with M4 frame much better than the A1. Work like the much more expensive forks I've owned. Definately consider the frame when you choose forks. The hidden potential of some more inexpensive forks can really come out on higher end bikes. Plus I weight 230lbs and they hold up perfectly. I think cheaper forks actually work better with a heavier rider considering the limited damping capabilities of most inexpensive forks. Excellent fork upgrade and won't break the bank. Great for XC not DH or dirt jumping. Will take small, short drops.
a Weekend Warrior
from Birmingham, England
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2010
Strengths: Came with bike.
Works fine for a budget coil spring fork. Lockout is OK. Low maintenance, just clean and lube the stanchions after a ride, and if you're keen grease the coil when you feel it needs it (once a year?).
By the way the "stickers with bubbles under" are a protective film, peel them off to reveal the transfers!
Weaknesses: You have to buy/change the spring if you are light &/or lady or heavy, but that's coil forks all over. You also need a special-tool plastic spanner.
Lockout doesn't have a blow off if you forget to release it and hit something big.
Takes a few rides to loosen up the stiction, but that seems normal.
This is a decent fork, and for the money is good value. As a trail centre, XC, and new rider's fork this will do the job. Hard riders should look elsewhere.
Similar Products Used: Longtime ago , RS mag21 (great fork)
Bike Setup: stock Trance X3
a Cross Country Rider
from Quezon City, NCR, Philippines
Date Reviewed: November 30, 2009
Strengths: Bang for the Buck, Remote-Lock-out, Stiff, Can take a lot of beatings on the trail,
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness of the XCR series is its weight and the fact that it doesn't have a warranty.
Was originally aiming to get a Raidon, but the unavailability made me opt for the XCR instead.
From the reviews of fellow mountainbikers in my area, the XCR matches their good reviews of it being a good budget fork that exceeds its given performance. From being a recreation fork, I had brought this fork into XC races, Agressive Trailing as well executing 3 to 4 feet drops without any trouble.
Sadly it would've been a great fork if it wasn't for its weight as well as warranty.
I suggest this fork to those starting on this sport we love.
a Weekend Warrior
from Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2009
Strengths: Superb Value for money fork. Price reduced compare to ~US$105 2mths ago. Luv the remote locking & less stress during climbing hill by locking the fork. In the muddy & off-0road, the bouncing fork works well.
Weaknesses: Bouncing more than my previous hard spring Zoom fork but not really a problem as you can lock the fork.
Value for money & capable of locking riding on road & climbing
Weaknesses: HEAVY (about 2.3-2.4kg)!!! That's about a full kilo heavier than my stock Mach Pro.
I was choosing between this and a couple of other shocks: 02 Suntour Axon ($100), 05 Marzocchi MZ Comp ($150). The other shocks were about 100-150 grams lighter but decided against them since I liked the features and price of the XCR and 100-150 grams isn't really a lot, in my opinion. The Axon was pretty good tho but the Marzocchi pretty much just had the brand going for it - nothing special there.
But, like I said, this thing's heavy. I mean, I pretty much went nuts trying to find ways to compensate by finding lighter part upgrades. Performance-wise, I'm really happy with it. I haven't tried any of the high-end forks of today but compared to the one's I have tried, this blows them all away!
That said, with the low low price, great performance, I'm willing to forget it's only shortcoming which is, again, it's weight.
Very plush forks meaning that you use most of the travel available but they don't bottom out. Remote lock-out lever mounted on handlebars is very convenient and works very well. Has rebound adjustment. Thicker lower legs and stanchions. Fairly light for budget forks. The forks look good. Great Value.
Weaknesses: Only for lighter riders. The forks may be to plush for heavier riders, as I only weight 65Kg and there's quite a bit of sag even on the highest rebound setting. The fork was leaking oil from the leg seals when it arrived in the mail and hasn't stopped throughout the duration of time I have been riding it, so may mean more regular maintenance and servicing by your LBS. Makes a strange clunking sound when the forks come up (I think its an airlock in the system due to the lockout). The forks can feel a little harsh at times.
The SR Suntour XCR RL's are a very good buy if you are looking to upgrade but don't want to break your bank. They are super plush meaning that you utilize all the available travel. The forks ride extremely well and can take some bigger hits and thrashing without bottoming out and keep coming back for more, although this does depend on your weight and they can feel a little harsh at times. The remote lock-out is very handy for steep out-of-the-saddle climbs and is easy to use (mounts on handlebars). The rebound adjustment works but doesn't make a huge difference, still a nice option to have though. The forks look great and are beefier than your average budget fork.
Rounding up, the XCR's are a really great budget fork and are a definite worthwhile upgrade if you are looking at one. Recommended for a light to medium rider, very plush. Good forks for light to medium XC but don't mind the odd drop and thrashing at times and they look good with the beefier lower legs. Only thing is they may require more maintenance being a budget fork.