Suntour Suntour SR XCT 100mm MTB Fork Review

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July 28, 2017
 
Model/Year: 2013 XCT

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Either no compression, or pure bounce; depends upon the day.

Recommendation: This is NOT a shock. It is a spring with NO compression or rebound control. It is very heavy. The lock-out is likely to break. This fork is sold with a warning sticker that tells you that it should not be used for mountain biking. This fork will flex a LOT.

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August 18, 2016
 
Model/Year: 2016

Pros: Haven't bottomed out
It is suspension...

Cons: I never use full suspension.
It doesn't really change my ride much

Recommendation: This is the only fork I've ever tried, but I thought forks were for buffering rough rides, and this really doesn't do much. I compared it in lock and full suspension and it isn't much different. It's cheap and looks like it's going to break any moment. It came stock on my bikesdirect.com bike, and I'm alternating between deciding to upgrade it or simply upgrade my bike.

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September 3, 2015
 
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Leaks oil
Heavy
Rebound is lacking
Shock action is not very smooth

Recommendation: This fork came stock on my bike and it was one of the first things I wanted to replace. I am sure it's perfectly fine if you are just riding light XC with not many rough patches. I ride intermediate terrain with some rock patches and ruts and have found the shocks a bit lacking on response as well as leaking a little bit of oil from the top seals. I also had the lockout knob fall off on the first crash. Overall, perfectly fine for a cheap starter shock.

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January 2, 2015
 
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: -100 mm
-Handles rocks and roots fairly well
-Does the job

Cons: -Not very good for extreme DH biking
-Bit stiff, doesn't use all the suspension, even with the preload at the lowest setting
-Bit cheap, Giant could've used a better fork for the Talon 27.5 4

Recommendation: I am fairly pleased with this fork. I have never bottomed it out, but I've only ever used about 85-90 mm of the actual suspension. It is a fairly good entry level fork, and handles roots and rocks pretty well.

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July 15, 2014
 
Pros: Cheap, seems fairly durable

Cons: Heavy, noisy, basic

Recommendation: It's heavy and knocks loudly when you hit rough terrain at speed. I don't have enough experience with suspension forks to really critique it's performance, but it soaks up all the big rocks and ruts on my local trails just fine. I try to avoid any drops through. I've been riding this fork for 3 years now and it hasn't broke yet. A couple notes: My bikes are stored in a climate controlled room to help prevent deterioration. The stock spring is a bit stiff for me at 165 lbs., even with the preload at its lowest setting.

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Suntour Suntour SR XCT 100mm 3.00 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.