Suntour Epicon RLD 15 review£199.95

Great value, well controlled trail fork

BikeRadar score4/5

Suntour’s Epicon has been around for a while now, but this up-to-date version is a cracking value, well controlled mid-travel trail fork.

Not only does it get post mounts for easy disc brake setup, but Suntour has its own take on the 15mm through-axle.

The QLOC uses a spring-loaded mushroom head for fast push-through engagement, with a nicely shaped cam lever for tightening and a push collar for instant removal. It’s not as tight as the best 20mm forks but for under £200 it’s impressive.

The air-sprung stroke is smoothly progressive and the compression damping is acceptably controlled too. It’s not as calmly controlled as Fox or BlackBox damping when all hell breaks loose down the crags, but then it’s a third of the price.

Adjustable rebound allows self-tuning and you even get a remote lockout for the smooth stuff, making it a total bargain.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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