SR Suntour SF9-Epicon RLD 2009 Forks

DESCRIPTION

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

USER REVIEWS

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[May 27, 2012]
cgrey8
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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).

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)

[May 16, 2012]
samh460

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

None

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!!

[May 25, 2011]
M.C.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, responsive, stiff, smooth, very adjustable air shock.
No maintenance issues after 2 years. Great value.

Weakness:

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:

rock shox dart 2, suntour xcr

[Apr 14, 2011]
angelogulane
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

lightweight fork, Remote lock, Price, air,

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox Dart 3, Rockshox sid wc, fox 32 f-series

[Jan 14, 2011]
jpeters
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none

Weakness:

Its not good at all

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.

Similar Products Used:

Fox

[Oct 03, 2010]
bluboki
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used:

Suntour XCT v2, Rock Shox Pilot, Fox Float 32

[Aug 03, 2010]
Jsilva
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap, good performance, strong, lightweight (arround 1780 grams)

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Axel Comp 2004

[Jun 08, 2010]
pletang
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Air, Remote lockout, Rebound.

Weakness:

None yet.

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.

[Dec 20, 2009]
Vitaly
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

I got problem with lock-out, it stopped to work suddenly. But there's video at http://www.srsuntour-tuning-base.com how to fix it.

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.

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.

[Sep 18, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

none for now

Highly recommended fork.

Similar Products Used:

RST Gila

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