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    Quote Originally Posted by SRvancouver13 View Post
    We do not import the Epicon series fork with 9mm. As mentioned above forks at this price ($500+) are best to use 15mm thru axle.

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    Blast.

    I'd have to upgrade my wheelset to accomodate that.

    Looks like I'll be ordering whatever the best Raidon is you guys have to offer, just as soon as income tax comes in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    Blast.

    I'd have to upgrade my wheelset to accomodate that.

    Looks like I'll be ordering whatever the best Raidon is you guys have to offer, just as soon as income tax comes in
    or you can also check ebay, I found a Epicon fork with 9mm QR for around $200. I was planning on buying it, but plans changed.

    Here's the link if your interested.
    Bi King New SR Suntour Epicon RL R Remote Lockout Disk Fork White CH06C | eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by hOlykamOtie* View Post
    or you can also check ebay, I found a Epicon fork with 9mm QR for around $200. I was planning on buying it, but plans changed.

    Here's the link if your interested.
    Bi King New SR Suntour Epicon RL R Remote Lockout Disk Fork White CH06C | eBay
    They're all 26ers and I'm not sure how much I trust that. The manufacturer said they don't make the Epicon in 9mm skewer yet there they are. Seems a little odd

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    Is it an international sale? He just said they don't import them with a 9mm qr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Is it an international sale? He just said they don't import them with a 9mm qr.
    Ahh...yes. That is exactly what it is, they are all from Taiwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRvancouver13 View Post
    We do not import the Epicon series fork with 9mm. As mentioned above forks at this price ($500+) are best to use 15mm thru axle.

    Nick
    I've been thinking about this upgrade, and wondering about the front axle.


    Any chance of a seriously discounted front hub being implemented as part of a package deal ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out how much my stock fork weighs and I can't find it anywhere on Suntour's site. It's the XCT V3 LTD 29er. Anyone know? I see the Raidon comes in (I think) at 2145gm or so...Just curious how much weight I'm going to save WHEN I go with the Raidon.
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    How can I figure out exactly which fork is on my bike? 2012 Rockhopper 29er. The only marking on the fork is XCR Spike Valve System SR Suntour. Specialized didn't have the 2012 info up anymore that I could find. This is the fork on their base 2013 Rockhopper. Would it be the same fork on my 2012? And if it says XCR, does that mean it falls into the same category as the XCT/XCM spoken of above?
    SR Suntour SF13-XCM-LO 29", hydraulic damping w/ lockout, coil/MCU spring, 1-1/8" steel steerer, alloy disc only post mount lower, 30mm Hi-Ten stanchion, preload adj., 80mm & 100mm travel
    Would all of the Raidon, Epicon, and Axon be upgrades to the XCR?

    And in case you read this Nick, I saw that one of the requirements was the receipt of fork and/or bike with fork on it. I bought my bike used so I don't have the original purchase receipt. I do still have the receipt from my purchase and could easily take a photo of me with bike and fork on it.....
    2012 Rockhopper 29er.

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    Just purchased my upgrade from Nick at SRSuntour.

    Went with this one: SR SUNTOUR Cycling

    Service was great, Nick was very helpful.

    I'll report back after it comes in.

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    Congrats. Wondering about this fork.

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    Re: If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

    Quote Originally Posted by joshh View Post
    How can I figure out exactly which fork is on my bike? 2012 Rockhopper 29er. The only marking on the fork is XCR Spike Valve System SR Suntour. Specialized didn't have the 2012 info up anymore that I could find. This is the fork on their base 2013 Rockhopper. Would it be the same fork on my 2012? And if it says XCR, does that mean it falls into the same category as the XCT/XCM spoken of above?

    Would all of the Raidon, Epicon, and Axon be upgrades to the XCR?

    And in case you read this Nick, I saw that one of the requirements was the receipt of fork and/or bike with fork on it. I bought my bike used so I don't have the original purchase receipt. I do still have the receipt from my purchase and could easily take a photo of me with bike and fork on it.....
    If u search for bike archive on their site (or in google) u should be able to find the archives and look at the specs. I was annoyed when they took it off the site nav menu.

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    Call or email Nick with questions.
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    To get the best upgrade
    Be aware--
    Per the Owner's Manual the Raidon RL and Epicon RL models do not include a rebound damping adjuster. All the other choices do. It is a very useful feature

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshh View Post
    How can I figure out exactly which fork is on my bike? 2012 Rockhopper 29er. The only marking on the fork is XCR Spike Valve System SR Suntour....snip..

    Would all of the Raidon, Epicon, and Axon be upgrades to the XCR?

    ...snip........
    They made XCR forks in 2011 XCR RL 29'

    Yes

    XCR model forks seem to get good reviews.
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    Anyone know if they sell coil forks for upgrade? It seems like the list on the last page was all air forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    To get the best upgrade
    Be aware--
    Per the Owner's Manual the Raidon RL and Epicon RL models do not include a rebound damping adjuster. All the other choices do. It is a very useful feature
    The Raidon X1-RL seems to:
    System Air / Hydraulic Remote speed-lock w/ rebound adjust. SR SUNTOUR Cycling

    Definately something to confirm before ordering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfb12 View Post
    Anyone know if they sell coil forks for upgrade? It seems like the list on the last page was all air forks.
    There seems to be three Raidon coil forks available.

    SR SUNTOUR Cycling
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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    The Raidon X1-RL seems to:
    System Air / Hydraulic Remote speed-lock w/ rebound adjust. SR SUNTOUR Cycling

    Definately something to confirm before ordering.
    Further down in details it lists rebound adjustment-- N/A
    It seems like it certainly should have an adjustable rebound damping circuit.
    Maybe we can get some confirmation of the design for this and the Epicon.
    Fork info is hard to deciper for all the acronyms and unexplained mechanisms at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    To get the best upgrade
    Be aware--
    Per the Owner's Manual the Raidon RL and Epicon RL models do not include a rebound damping adjuster. All the other choices do. It is a very useful feature
    This is incorrect information. The Raidon's and Epicon's do have rebound adjsutment. I understand that our series of forks can be a little confusing as we offer forks in several options. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly for the facts on our forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfb12 View Post
    Anyone know if they sell coil forks for upgrade? It seems like the list on the last page was all air forks.
    Yes we do have a few Raidon's with coil spring. these are limited in quantities so feel free to call about pricing and availability.

    Our website has litsted every fork we make for aftermarket. This does not mean that we stock them here in North America as there is a lot of overlap and no need to stock certain models. The forks posted earlier are what models we have that qualify for the upgrade. We do have a few other optoins not on that list so if your interested in something specific drop us a line.

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    Re: If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

    Got my Raidon X1 in. It's very nice and quality. Looks good, it's getting put on tomorrow. Can't wait to try it this weekend.









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    ^^ Nice looking fork. In my area of the world a lot of folks use the Suntour Epicon because it is cheaper than other brands. It's also light and plush and you can adjust travel internally if you don't have the travel adjust version. Here's a video of James Doerfling riding his Epicon-equipped Knolly: Two Laps on the Endorphin - Pinkbike

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    Looks great! Let us know what tangible results it gives you (how much faster, less fatigue, etc.).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brown View Post
    ^^ Nice looking fork. In my area of the world a lot of folks use the Suntour Epicon because it is cheaper than other brands. It's also light and plush and you can adjust travel internally if you don't have the travel adjust version. Here's a video of James Doerfling riding his Epicon-equipped Knolly: Two Laps on the Endorphin - Pinkbike
    The owner of my LBS basically said the same thing, that it's unfortunate because Suntours ship on lower end bikes in the US, and to keep the price low, they put on the lowest of the low quality, and that it's not SRSuntours fault, they are just filling orders for the manufacturer. He was telling me how he has friends out of country (Canada, England and a few other places) and SRSuntour seems to be much more popular there.


    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    Looks great! Let us know what tangible results it gives you (how much faster, less fatigue, etc.).
    I'm going on an all day outing with my daughter and some friends on Saturday, so it'll definitely get well tested. I'll be sure to report back for the benefit of others.

    The guys at my LBS were impressed with it.

    They seen it and were saying "This is Suntour?? Wow, this is much better than the ones that come on the Scotts we sell", so they were totally impressed with the build quality. I think that is what SRSuntour is hoping starts happening.


    If I really like this Raidon (and unless it's an utter failure, I can't think of any reason why I wouldn't), I'll continue to use SRSuntour. I'm planning a Niner build next year and will most likely use a Epicon.

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    A lot of people forget RockShox were in the same boat a number of years ago. The pendulum swings. Glad to hear we were able to get you on better equipment for a lot less $$$ than the traditional ways. Plus, you have a warranty!
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