Suntour Axon-RL fork review£275.00

Good value supension

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Axon is a decent discount race fork with some useful extras. For a start, this 100mm version weighs just 1,623g (1,746g with through-axle), which immediately gives it an edge over similarly priced options.

The low, flat arch isn’t as tight on tyre clearance as it looks, while the QLOC axle tracks and turns obediently. The expanding collar and quick-release (QR) cam axle work well once you’ve learned the correct technique and, unlike other through-axles, you can put the QR on either the left or right.

The stroke is adequately smooth and progressive without being fussy about air pressure, and the rebound damper gives a decent return speed range on less hectic trails.

Once you’ve threaded the cable in, the agricultural looking remote lever works fine for climbs and sprints. The clipover hose guide keeps the brake neat, and our long-term sets have held up well.

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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