An affordable rival to the Pike?
The new enduro fork from SR Suntour has a new, overhauled damping cartridge to go with the imrpessive chassis and attractive price tag.
We reviewed the older SR Suntour Auron fork before and while we were very impressed at its low cost (sub £400) and chassis we were a little disappointed at its on-trail feel and overly damped action.
The Auron is clearly capable of great things as Remy Absolon rode a 29er Auron fork to win last year’s Megavalanche.
Maybe Remy was running a prototype of the new RC2 PCS damping cartridge that is inside this new Auron?
SR Suntour: “Our newly developed damping cartridges with Piston Compensator System (PCS) aid traction, control and consistency on the trail and the simple construction allows for easy handling and quick maintenance.”
“The integrated piston separates air and oil in the damping cartridge and prevents cavitation, bubbles and vacuum within the damping unit, mainly happening during fast rides in rough terrain.”
The apparent lack of volume spacers for end-stroke progressivity adjustment may be a turn-off to some but if the price stays in the same ballpark as the previous Auron then we imagine a lot of folk will be abel to live with that. The previous Auron had a volume spacer design but it didn’t really change much.
The PCS RC2 cartridge certainly seems to offer a good array of compression damping adjustment to help get the fork feeling more how you’d like it.
We can’t wait to get hold of one and give it a thorough testing.
Need to know
- Cartridges: RC2 PCS, or TA-RC2 PCS (travel adjustable, 27.5″ only)
- PCS: Piston Compensator System
- Wheel: 27.5″or 29″
- Travel options: 160mm (27.5″), Travel Adjust 160-120mm (27.5″) , 150mm (29″), internally adjustable (130mm, 140mm).
- Stanchion diameter: 34mm
- Stanchion colour: Hard Anodised Gold
- Colour: White, Black gloss, Black matt
- Axle: QLoc2 Ti 15mm
- Weight: starting from 1896g