SR Suntour Durolux TA-RC2 20QLC suspension fork review£399.95

Big changes for 2012

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Suntour have made big changes to their bargain longer-travel fork for this year, increasing control, adjustability and – so far – reliability. New bushings, dust seals and damping cartridge means our 2012 Durolux has already outlasted our 2011 fork.

It’s been impressively smooth and fluid from the start too, with an easy action over small bumps and extra progression for controlling bigger hits. This top RC2 model adds independent low and high speed damping adjustment for fine-tuning.

The remote control TA travel-adjust drops the fork down to an active 120mm for climbing, although you have to stop and lift the fork to extend it. The 20mm Qloc axle can be a fight to get through some hubs, but assuming reliability holds, it’s a lot of fork for £400.

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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