SR Suntour Epicon LOD rear shock review

Affordable air shock

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
£125.00 RRP
SR Suntour Epicon LOD rear shock

Our review

Light and cheap but does suffer from some sticky start and compression damping problems
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Suntour’s Epicon is an obvious lockout-equipped upgrade option for basic full-suspension bikes, but it can’t cope with more demanding riding. However, it’s light and we had no issues with the seals leaking oil or the valve leaking air.

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The on/off lockout lever is big enough to find without looking down and the rebound dial is detented for positive adjustments. There’s plenty of rebound damping range too. Initial stiction kills small bump sensitivity, but once it’s moving it’s relatively smooth and linear at lower shaft speeds or under smaller loads. The lockout lever works as a complete stop for smooth climbs too.

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As impact sizes and shaft speeds increase the damping gets overwhelmed quickly. One of our test shocks started to spike viciously, while the other felt notchy through the stroke and clunked at the turnaround point. Both heated up quickly even on a short hand dyno session, with the notchy shock spiking after intense repeated cycles. If you hit a bump in lockout mode, it sucks itself back to top out with a savage clang.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Epicon LOD shock (11)
Brand SR Suntour

Additional Features Sizes: 165x38, 190x50, 200x55mm
Weight (g) 259
Damping Adjustment Air spring pressure Lockout Rebound