SR Suntour Epicon XC TAD 15mm QLC fork£300.00

All the latest features at a reasonable price

BikeRadar score3.5/5

With its direct brake mount, external rebound adjust, scalloped metal air preload cap, bolt-on hose clip, and full 140mm travel, the Epicon has all the latest features. SR’s unique QLoc 15mm axle plugs in easily from either side, and while it’s still flexy, weight is reasonable for the cost.

Generous negative spring length means it’s fairly supple from new and it’s smooth enough through most stroke speeds and bump sizes if you’re cruising. It only started getting confused and jarring through the wrists or losing traction/rebound control when we started slapping square-edged stuff hard or serious strikes got into double figures within a few metres of trail.

Even then it never got too badly buckaroo-like compared to bigger brand name forks at similar prices. The cable-operated travel adjust remote works fine once you’ve threaded it into place and reliability on sets we’ve trialled long term has been fine, despite the discount price.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • 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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