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    Suntour Raidon vs Rockshox XC 30 TK

    Would it be better to do the sr suntour upgrade program to get a Raidon LO for $150 or get the RS XC 30 tk for 160?

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    Re: Suntour Raidon vs Rockshox XC 30 TK

    I believe the raidon is an air fork and pretty decent one at that. XC30 tk is an entry lvl fork, not bad but best I can tell raidon is a bit better.

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    I have a trek Marlin and am considering the Suntour upgrade program, any feedback on the raidon upgrade out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes7869 View Post
    I have a trek Marlin and am considering the Suntour upgrade program, any feedback on the raidon upgrade out there?
    Switching from grease to oil on a Raidon due to stiction
    46mm offset will very slightly slow steering. Trek uses 51mm.

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    I have gotten the "coupon code" that Is needed to get the Raidon fork and plan to get it for my Trek Marlin 5. Once that is installed my entry level bike should be a pretty good bike for me. Having used the the Marlin for a little over a month, I think the weakest points of the bike are the fork (not bad when new), the seat, and the pedals, which are good enough right now.

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    I have a suntour XCM on my new bike. I fully intend to utilize the upgrade to the Raidon once I beat this stock fork up. Wish more companies did this.

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    I know it is like putting lipstick on a pig but after reading the link above Switching from grease to oil on a Raidon due to stiction , I thought why not try that on my XCM? So I did that today and it made a big difference. I had some Amsoil 10 wt synthetic fork oil from my motorcycle on hand so that is what I used. I put 15cc in each leg. I didn't bother cleaning the grease off especially since the forks only have about 50 miles on them. They now actually work. Before there was so much stiction that they hardly moved. They reminded me of my old Scott uni-crown suspension forks from way back in the day. They too used grease instead of oil and I had to clean them almost after every off road ride. They had so much stiction they would hardly move.
    Anyway my observations so far is they actually slide up and down now. I didn't put the foam rings in yet but I think it will need them. After sitting for a while they don't move as freely as they should. If I lift the front wheel up so that the forks are inverted so that some of the oil coats the top of the sliders it makes a difference. So probably having the foam ring saturated with fork oil should help.
    I too will probably do the upgrade at the end of the year, but in the meantime this makes the forks tolerable.

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    I did the Raidon upgrade a few months back it it was a really good bang for buck upgrade. The fork cost $204 shipped, I installed it myself. I didn't notice any difference in the offset change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes7869 View Post
    I have a trek Marlin and am considering the Suntour upgrade program, any feedback on the raidon upgrade out there?
    The Raidon is a very good fork. I just upgraded mine and I love it. Took it for a ride Tuesday and was impressed. Very smooth.

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    Raidon.

    Rockshox forks in general are more servicable, and parts are more readily available for servicing. However, the raidon is a much better fork to start with, even if it's not as servicable, it's still better. Plus suntour is really stepping up their effort on getting service parts available in the states, but you pretty much need to get them straight from suntour

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    I did the Raidon upgrade on my 29er HT, Was a fantastic fork, no complaints
    BUT coming off the Suntour sr anything would be fantastic right ?,,
    NOT Kidding !

    The Raidon transformed my Hard Tail. It made my $650 bike ride like a $1,000 bike..

    Then I got a year end closeout deal on a full suspension,, I took it,
    It has the RockShox XC 30 tk..

    It works perfectly, again I have no complaints at all and I see no reason for any future fork upgrades..

    My Full squish is a 27.5" so handling comparison's with the 29er and the Raidon are beyond me.
    I was so glad to get off the wagon wheel hoops,,,just sayin.
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    It depends on what XC30 as there is one that is coil, and one that is air. I have both, and there is a noticeable difference between the two. I bought two bikes in 2014, a Kona Cinder Cone hardtail and a Haro FLC Carbon hardtail. The Kona came with the TK Gold Solo Air without remote lockout, and the Haro came with XC 30 Tk Coil with Poplock remote lockout. The coil fork is very bouncy, but overall feels heavier. In a word it feels cheap. If you go Rockshox I would go with the Solo Air version, as that fork is about as good as you can get in that price range. As for the Raidon, it also is a very good fork. My girlfriend has a Suntour XCR Air, and the Raidon is lighter, and more responsive than that, and her fork isn't even that bad for the price. I have heard nothing but good things about the Raidon and with Suntours upgrade program, you really can't beat the deal if you take that option.
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