SR Suntour Durolux TAD 180mm  2011 Mountain Bike Review

SR Suntour Durolux TAD 180mm 2011

Reviews / Forks

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At A Glance

The Durolux is a new long travel fork from SR Suntour for 2011. It features their new QLoc 20mm axle and comes available with a standard or tapered 1.5” steerer. The TAD part in the name stands for Travel Adjust, this is done remotely via a lever on your handlebars and on the 180mm fork it can be set anywhere between the range of 140mm and 180mm. The fork lowers are magnesium and the stanchions are aluminium, the whole package came in on our scales at 2346g without the remote travel controls attached. It features rebound adjustment and is an air fork so the set up can be done with a shock pump.

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On The Trail

We were initially surprised with the Durolux at how plush it felt straight out of the box, we weren’t expecting that from a fork in this price range. What’s more the fork continued to impress us the more we used it. The simple design and lightweight make it responsive and nimble and the 35mm stanchions felt very stiff. The travel adjust works really well and it is great being able to drop the fork to 140mm at the flick of a switch. We set the sag up as suggested in the manual and instantly got a fork that felt right and gave us all the travel as and when we needed it. It lacks small compression adjustment and a few other tweaks you’ll find on forks twice the price, but sometimes simplicity is a great thing when you just want to go out and ride. We’ve had them on our test rig for a few weeks and despite having other forks that need to go on we just haven’t felt the need to whip them off just yet.

Overall

The Durolux is a light, long travel fork that is simple to set up and doesn’t require a physics degree to get the best out of it. At £349.99 they definitely won’t break the bank either.

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This review was in Issue 10 of IMB.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.

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