It’s a Monday on the North Shore
I’m excited as can be
I’ve been told that there is a package
And it’s just for me
I come around the corner
A brown box labeled SR Suntour is sitting on my porch
I am excited to see what’s inside
I almost light a torch (note to UPS – stop leaving shit on people’s doorsteps without a signature)
My wife and I put the kids to bed
I’m quivering with glee
It’s not for the potential for nookie (for once)
It’s for the fork in the box indeed-e-de
I open up the box
To see what’s waiting inside
I see a black 140mm beauty of the 29er variety
And I can’t tear away my eye (s)
It looks clean and crisp
With nice finishing aspects
I need to get it mounted on my bike
Am I ready yet?
The steerer tube’s too effin long
Kaboom goes my anticipation
I attempt to add a shitload of spacers
Because I need my mountain bike fixation
There is no star-nut included
Which tosses my emotions on edge
I am happy to see an extra volume spacer though
Which takes me away from the ledge
I step back to take a look
I can’t believe my eyes
My black beauty
No longer has a white demise (finished pictures to come)
Note: Dammit! I can't get the spacing to work....anyway this may or may not be the last post done using poetry (only because I had fun writing it)…just don’t expect it herein.
Ok so what about the rest of the stuff?
The box left on the doorstep – Hey UPS, you’ve done this to me before and things have gone missing – stop being lazy and take it back to your warehouse or at least find a better hiding place.
I thought that the packaging would have more padding around the fork itself. It adequate, but for some reason, I was expecting bubble-wrap
- The box included the fork itself, a manual (with CD-ROM), an extra volume spacer and a pair of SR Suntour socks (thank you - nice touch)
- Note: the CD-ROM does not have this model of fork included – so no Auron-specific owners manual is included.
Nice finishing on the fork. The crown shape is clean, and I was happy to see that the typical mud-catcher stiffener bracket seen on the back of RS/Fox forks is not there. It seems to be a hollow piece of magnesium and is profiled – which looks pretty slick.
The black fork is glossy, and the decals are flush with the top-coat, which leads me to believe that the surrounding paint/clear process was sanded flush before a final layer, or the decals are painted on. Either way, it is well done, looks clean – my only complaint is that I can’t stealth-it, but that’s a personal preference (to at least have the option). Now a black-on-black Auron would be amazing (matte/gloss decals). The “brake-line attachment thingyTM” looks neat, however it does not attach with a bolt. It is hard to see from the pictures, but I’m worried that the plastic bracket will pop out while riding.
The fork is within 100g of my Fox Float 34. When I chop off some of the steerer, I would guess that weight difference will be negligible. I did compare the axles and the QLOC system looks cool, but there is no weight savings. One cool thing is that you can put the lever on either side of the fork.
There is more suspension adjustment on this fork than my Fox. Although I have not yet had a chance to ride it, there are a handful of aspects I can see may be a challenge to manage (adjustment-wise) trailside. The 5-stage HSC (lock-out to full open) looks nice but I’m worried that the mechanism may be tough to operate mid-ride while wearing gloves. The LSC has 17 different settings (vs 8 on my Fox), which could be amazing for those of us that never stop adjusting. The rebound knob is recessed (great idea) so it stays out of the way of harm, and has 25 settings, but it is a bit tough to get your fingers around and the “click” is not terribly audible.
I then pulled out my measuring device…aw crap - never mind, I couldn’t find a measuring tape. So, I used the next best thing:
This puts the axle to crown measurement at 4 and 2/3 beer cans. This compares to 4 and ¾ beer cans for my Fox. And now that I have established a new unit of measure, I was able to confirm that the axle to crown measurement on the Auron is 1cm shorter than that of the Fox.
Now when I take out my handy-dandy calculator and do some hardcore calculus…carry the one…give me a minute…Ok, I need to add a 1cm spacer below my stem to have the same bar to ground height. After I found my tape measure, I did confirm the beer-can measurement, and also discovered that the exposed stanchion between the Fox and Auron is the 1cm differential (160mm Fox, vs 150mm SR Suntour Auron – both 140mm travel).
I hope to get a good 10cm of steerer tube cut and a star-nut installed – then I’m off to the trails.