Wednesday, May 31, 2006 11.00pm
By Guy Kesteven
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.
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