Suntour has been happily making suspension forks for a whole bunch of other brands for years, which means it can wheel out a lot of proven technology in its own-brand kit without it costing the earth. The shockingly light Axon race forks are a prime example.
To give you an idea just how light these forks are, they actually weigh 100g less than the RockShox Reba SL forks we took out of our test bike. In fact, there are only a handful of race forks that are lighter, and most of them are at least double or even triple the price of this one.
The suspension feel is perfectly adequate, with enough small bump suppleness to keep the tyre connected in corners without it blowing through its stroke too quickly. It takes a serious hit to push it close to full travel, but it never jars or spikes in the process, which is all we’d ask of most race forks.
The remote lockout isn’t the neatest set-up, but it works well enough and the total lock will please racers. The rebound damping is deﬁnitely on the slow side though, and even mid-weight riders were running minimal damping to keep it lively over successive hits.
Most signiﬁcantly, the lightweight structure is seriously ﬂexible. You’ll notice this when pushing into corners or trying to carve across the grain of the trail, but you’ll learn to compensate by turning a bit earlier or a bit more. More disconcerting is the twang and noticeable twist towards the disc side under braking, so we deﬁnitely wouldn’t recommend it to aggressive riders.
|Name||Axon RLD (08)|
|Features||Hydraulic remote speed lock|
|Dropout Type||Quick Release|
|Disc Caliper Mount||I.S|
|Bike Use||All Mountain Cyclo-cross Touring|
|Steerer Size||1 1/8|
|Brake System Compatability||Disc Brake|
|Available Colours||Black White|