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    Suntour Epicon or X-Fusion Slide?

    My wife would like to upgrade the fork on her Trek Cali 29er, which came with the low-end Suntour XCM, and would like to also upgrade the front wheel to 15mm thru-axle. With the Suntour upgrade program, she could get the Suntour Epicon XC 15QLC RL-RC for around $390, or she could go for the X-Fusion Slide RL2 for around the same price. Which one would you go for, and why?

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    Great question and I would like to hear opinions on this too.
    FYI - the Epicon is the 2014 model with remote lock.

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    Have you thought about buying lightly used or are you only looking at new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan3 View Post
    Have you thought about buying lightly used or are you only looking at new?
    I'm open to used, but would like to keep the cost below $350.
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    Bump. Anyone have any thoughts on these 2 forks?
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    Mr Pixel - I don't know anything about the x-fusion slide, and I'm no expert, but it seems that info about the Epicon is hard to find really. Their web site doesn't explain anything about the 2014 model. From what I have read elsewhere, it seems like a good fork for $380. It seems many people loath the idea of buying a Suntour fork as an upgrade, though I don't see any reason why not.

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    If you are open to used, I would look into some lightly used Fox Floats, or RS Revelation/Reba.
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    I'd get the Xfusion before getting anything used... Forks are a highly abused item (they take the first and most of the hits) Rebuilding is usually needed (thou seldom done) every other yr or so..

    Used can be a head ache in repairs/rebuilds and abuse the wallet...

    The Suntour is a cartridge shock, so repair is easy as you just replace the whole cart.. some people don't like that, they prefer to re-build..

    I have heard some (thou few ) good things about the Epicon for XC use.. Xfusion has a much better rep thou.
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    id go for the suntour. they have really been stepping up their game and the epicon is a nicely adjustable xc/ trail fork. i just wish they had a better presence in the states.

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    I agree on the buy new concept and that I would give the Epicon a try if I wanted a 15mm. I was in the same boat and recently went with the Reba. If the Epicon had a 9mm option I would have gone with it.

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    X fusion makes great products and has great customer service. I would lean that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelninja View Post
    X-Fusion Slide RL2
    Better parts support
    Better damper
    More reliable

    Suntour forks suffer on build quality, rattly springs (including air models) and frequent servicing is more or less par for the course. They're not awful or dangerous, but take a lot of looking after to keep smooth.

    X fusion stuff is mostly lovely, I've heard of some creaking crown assemblies, but otherwise the quality is a match for Rockshox and Manitou, ahead of Fox.

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    Re: Suntour Epicon or X-Fusion Slide?

    Go to universalcycles.com and get the Slide.
    AND use code "summerheat15": Take 15% off orders over $300

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    I agree with those saying to avoid buying a used fork, unless you're comfortable rebuilding forks. Every used fork I have ever purchased needed instant rebuilding, which I've learned to plan into the cost of a used fork. Sometimes it's just bath oil, but often it's a full rebuild. The nice thing about buying used is that you can often get a high-end fork for relatively cheap, including the price of a rebuild.

    On a side note, not all Fox forks are "high-end" forks. Like most forks without adjustable compression, they are mushy and ride low in their travel. I'll give them plush, though... People love the name, or the tail on the logo, or whatever. I've never felt the love.

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    Thanks for all the feedback!
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