Suntour Condor review£299.00

Now here's an interesting one we hadn't even seen before we opened the box. Taking its cues from Maverick's revolutionary dual crown DUC 32 XC fork, the Condor extends the stanchions right up past the head tube DH fork style for extra stiffness.

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Now here's an interesting one we hadn't even seen before we opened the box. Taking its cues from Maverick's revolutionary dual crown DUC 32 XC fork, Suntour's Condor extends the stanchions right up past the head tube DH fork style for extra stiffness.

Flat 'biplane' effect crowns mean it's still XC - or at least 'trail' - light though, and while the forward offset looks odd, it gives good steering lock for tight turns. It's impressively smooth too, with no obvious spikes or holes in the damping to cause control worries - be warned, as there's no external damping adjustment, though.

The fork also gets nowhere near its claimed 150mm of travel either, bottoming out at just 105mm, even running deliberately low pressures. The remote control travel adjust is cunning for climbs though, even if you have to stop and lift the bike up to re-extend it. We've had the fork fitted for a while now without any misbehaviour too, so reliability seems okay.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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