Suntour Axon RLD fork review£249.95

Excellent value cross-country/trail fork

BikeRadar score4/5

Budget forks are increasingly competent but still generally too heavy for competition use. Suntour buck the trend with this tight-feeling £250 race fork

Chunky magnesium lowers and alloy upper architecture drop weight remarkably low for its cost, and the Axon doesn't wander or flex like many other lightweight forks.

We’ve even got a 15mm version on test at the moment with a neat expanding bolt-through axle that locks down any twist.

The suspension is well matched to racer tastes too; relatively stiff over small stuff to reduce morale-sapping sogginess and good in saddle climbing stability. There’s a remote handlebar-mounted lever to lock out the fork when you’re sprinting.

The rebound-adjustable damping is adequately controlled and consistent on the descents too, making this an excellent lighter weight cross-country/trail fork for the money.

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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