Friday, 8 March 2019

Budget Suntour Suspension Forks Summary

Budget Suntour Suspension Forks Summary


I have recently bought a pair of Suntour CR8 Suspension forks. I was wondering how much better the other forks are. In short up until you upgrade to an XCR Fork you are buying a fork with a single sping in the right hand side. As you pay more you get:

  1. Stronger (Off-Road) Forks
  2. Lock Out Mechanisms
  3. More Travel
  4. Rebound Adjustment
  5. Air Springs(XCR)
I have simplified the below but, for example the "X" Range forks come with a myriad of options, even things like rebound adjustment, which mean that there are differences for each distinct sub-model.

Suntour CR8 Suspension Fork

 

This is one of Suntours cheapest Forks their manual indicated it is to be used on paved roads only. I have used this fork off-road and I am still alive. It has one spring! The rebound is fairly harsh, but I have found it to increase comfort of off-road rising considerably. It also enables me to ride faster off road, as it stops the front wheel bouncing across road / track surface.

Travel
40mm, 50mm
Right Side
HLO , N/A
Left Side
Coil with Preload adjuster
Crown
AC4C
Lower
Al Alloy
Brake
Pivot / Roller
Steerer tube
1.1/8", STKM
Weight
starting from: 2253g

Suntour NEX Suspension Fork

 

This fork is very simailr to the CR8 above, but is avaiable with disk brake mounts


Travel
50mm, 63mm
Right Side
HLO, N/A
Left Side
Coil
Crown
AC4C series Die casting
Pitch
108mm
Lower
Alloy
Brake
V-Brake or Postmount 160mm
Steerer tube
1-1/8" TS STKM, CTS Option
Axle
9mm


Suntour XCE, XCM & XCT Suspension Fork

 

There is no exploded view for these forks. They are likely very similar in construction to the above forks. However they must be made more strongly as they are rated for cross country use. Some of these forks also have rebound adjustment as an option.

Travel
63mm, 75mm 80mm, 100mm, 120mm
Right Side
N/A or Lockout
Left Side
Coil with Preload adjuster
Crown
AC4C
Lower
Al Alloy
Brake
V-Brake or Postmount
Steerer tube
1.1/8", STKM
Weight
starting from: 2600g
Axle
9mm

Suntour XCR Suspension Fork



This is the first fork I have viewed that offers more internal gubbins, namely an air spring in the left hand stanchion.



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