Suntour Axon-RL fork £275

Good value supension

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

The Axon is a decent discount race fork with some useful extras. For a start, this 100mm version weighs just 1,623g (1,746g with through-axle), which immediately gives it an edge over similarly priced options.

The low, flat arch isn’t as tight on tyre clearance as it looks, while the QLOC axle tracks and turns obediently. The expanding collar and quick-release (QR) cam axle work well once you’ve learned the correct technique and, unlike other through-axles, you can put the QR on either the left or right.

The stroke is adequately smooth and progressive without being fussy about air pressure, and the rebound damper gives a decent return speed range on less hectic trails.

Once you’ve threaded the cable in, the agricultural looking remote lever works fine for climbs and sprints. The clipover hose guide keeps the brake neat, and our long-term sets have held up well.

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