New SR Suntour Auron enduro fork - Sea Otter 2013

Plus 27.5-inch compatible Epicon, too

SR Suntour showed off two key new products at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic: the brand-new 160mm-travel Auron fork for the burgeoning enduro market plus a new Epicon trail fork variant for use with 27.5-inch wheels.

SR Suntour builds the Auron with stout 34mm-diameter aluminum upper tubes mated to a forged aluminum crown and cast magnesium lower legs. The air-sprung fork will be offered in fixed (140, 150, or 160mm travel) or adjustable (140-160mm) travel, both with three cartridge damper options.

The top-end RC2 offers independent high- and low-speed compression damping plus rebound damping adjustments while the RC makes do with a fixed high-speed setting. For courses that are more pedaling intensive there's the LO/RC that adds a remote handlebar lockout lever.

The new Q-Loc 2 system features a locking collet that won't hang up inside butted axles

SR Suntour has also added slotted bushings (the slots allow lubricating oil to circulate more freely) plus lower-friction wiper seals for smoother operation while the updated Q-Loc2 15mm thru-axle system now uses a locking collet setup so that it won't get stuck inside internally machined axles.

All of the Auron models will be available for 26-in, 27.5-in, or 29-in wheel sizes, each with its own dedicated casting. Claimed weight ranges from 1,980-2,180g depending on model and pricing is still to be determined. SR Suntour says the Auron will hopefully be available by summer.

SR Suntour's more trail-oriented Epicon remains mostly unchanged for this year and still features up to 150mm of air-sprung travel, 32mm aluminum stanchions, magnesium lower legs, and several damper options. The Epicon does gain the same updated Q-Loc 2 system as on the upcoming Auron, though, plus a new 27.5-in compatible variant with dedicated lower legs.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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