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Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Sun Apr 07, 2013 00:30 am

I`ve got a Voodoo Bantu which I`m very happy with

I`ve recently bought a decent shock pump as I`ve been bottoming out on my forks now and again so figured I`m gonna have to top up the air pressure in the forks

there only appears to be one valve for adjustment on the bottom of the one fork leg

is this right ? are the forks linked ?

I`m only used to motorcycle forks where each fork leg is independent of the other

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby cooldad » Sun Apr 07, 2013 01:57 am

One side is the air spring, the other the damping.
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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 09:21 am

thanks for that

so only need to put air in on the one side then

so I assume the forks are linked ?

anyone got a diagram ?

done a search on the web but can`t find a diagram for my model of forks

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Ouija » Mon Apr 08, 2013 09:55 am

The forks aren't linked. Only one side (usually the left with Suntour) contains the air suspension chamber with the air port at the top of the fork underneath a screw off cap. The right leg typically contains a lockout mechanism and rebound adjuster. The lockout is on the top right of the fork (this can be a manual switch or connected to a remote lever on the handlebar) and the bottom of the right leg usually has a rebound adjuster knob sticking out which sets how quickly the fork bounces back after compression (essentially applies a partial lock to counteract the speed that the air in the left leg wants to throw the fork back up).

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Plyphon » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:02 am

The lowers are "linked" via the brace and the uppers are linked via the crown :wink:


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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:27 pm

Ouija wrote:The forks aren't linked. Only one side (usually the left with Suntour) contains the air suspension chamber with the air port at the top of the fork underneath a screw off cap. The right leg typically contains a lockout mechanism and rebound adjuster. The lockout is on the top right of the fork (this can be a manual switch or connected to a remote lever on the handlebar) and the bottom of the right leg usually has a rebound adjuster knob sticking out which sets how quickly the fork bounces back after compression (essentially applies a partial lock to counteract the speed that the air in the left leg wants to throw the fork back up).


thanks for that

just seemed strange not having to put the same amount of pressure in both forks

I`ve had plenty of motorbike forks apart over the years and each side is identical

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:32 pm

Plyphon wrote:The lowers are "linked" via the brace and the uppers are linked via the crown :wink:


there`s always one wee-wee taker :lol:

as I`ve not had the forks off I wondered whether the top fork brace had a link between the two forks.

I now know they don`t ! :mrgreen:

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:35 pm

Image

on my Raidons the schraeder valve is at the bottom of the fork so the other side is the rebound

so the rebound side fork is filled with oil as per this diagram ?

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Ouija » Tue Apr 09, 2013 01:06 am

Probably not. Most of the Suntours i've had to pieces tend to have some grease in the lowers but any oil tends to kept in a reservoir in the bottom of the air spring cartridge, not the bottom of the lowers.

Any chance of a picture?

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby The Rookie » Tue Apr 09, 2013 07:57 am

Brommo wrote:on my Raidons the schraeder valve is at the bottom of the fork so the other side is the rebound

Strange as the Suntour manual says it's at the top on the crown as on that Fox...none of the manuals show a Schraeder valve on the bottom, also the bantu I had had it at the top.

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Tue Apr 09, 2013 18:22 pm

Schraeder valve at bottom of right hand fork (lock out on top of the fork)

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and

left hand fork (rebound adjuster) - not touched yet

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Ouija » Tue Apr 09, 2013 19:18 pm

Nope. The rebound adjuster is that thing on the bottom right leg. The hex nut on the bottom left leg is just the nut that holds the fork bottoms on to the stanchions. To remove the fork lowers, you'd need to remove that hex nut and pull out the rebound adjuster knob on the bottom of the right leg (which then reveals an inner nut you can turn with an hex key).

The air valve is at the top of the left leg under a plastic cap (sometimes aluminium on the higher specced models).

The cap usually looks something like this strangely ornamental design.

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and unscrews to reveal...

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You can find some basic guidelines to removing the lowers on Raidons, Epicons and Axxons here

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Tue Apr 09, 2013 20:43 pm

think there must be 2 different models of Raidon forks on the Bantu as the air valve is definitely on the bottom of the right leg. I`ve had my shock pump on it

I`ve had the plastic cap off and there is no air valve underneath (as per your picture). It looks like an allen key way down the fork leg (approx 1/2 way down or so)

I bought my Bantu form Halfrauds in September 2012 if that helps ?

rebound is done with a mechanical adjuster not by air pressure isn`t it ?

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Ouija » Wed Apr 10, 2013 09:23 am

Interesting. The only Raidons that Suntour's site are showing with a air valve on the bottom of the right leg (opposite end of the lockout knob) is the X3. If i'm reading it right, it's essentially a spring based fork with the spring being in the left leg and the air in the lower right leg acting as a preload adjuster.

Typically, suntour spring based forks come with very hard springs that don't really do much (unless your a really heavy rider) and the preload adjuster at the top of the left leg (which merely shortens the spring) never really seems to do that much. It looks like this new Raidon has a lighter compression spring in the left leg and uses a air cartridge at the bottom of the right leg to adjust the preload for your weight (which would make it more adjustable than the old design). Also explains why there is no room for a rebound adjuster as the space is being occupied by the air based preload adjuster. Also explains why it's quite a heavy fork, as there is still a spring in the left leg.

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:47 am

Just been out to look and yes its the X3 fitted

so the air valve at the bottom of the left leg really only adjusts the rebound

I`ve done a search and I can`t find the minimum and maximum air pressures for this.

Any ideas ?

I`ve downloaded the suntour manual but can`t see these pressures mentioned anywhere ?

just don`t want to put too much pressure in

Thanks for the replies. Keep em coming. There`s a wealth of knowledge on this site :)

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby The Rookie » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:34 pm

No the air valve changes the spring preload (add air, reduce preload), it doesn't effect rebound at all, you have no adjustment for that.

Set the air pressure to achieve 25% sag and then go from there.

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby Brommo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 14:49 pm

sorry meant preload not rebound

as you can tell I`m not too up on mountain bike forks !

just unsure of how much pressure to pump into the air cartridge

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Re: Suntour Raidon air suspension adjustment

Postby cooldad » Wed Apr 10, 2013 15:15 pm

Enough to get the required sag. Pump, check repeat.
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