The 2014 season has seen TORQ Team sponsor, SR Suntour, pulling out all the stops to deliver the riders with a completely custom, top of the range, carbon fibre suspension fork. Having now supported the team for 3 years, the riders have seen a rapid progression in development and performance of the SR Suntour forks and 2014 see’s them using their best forks yet.
Much like our Whyte Bikes 29C framesets that the team ride, the SR Suntour forks used by the team are completely unique, using a paint scheme that seamlessly matches our custom painted framesets and, as we are sure you will agree, tops off an already very good looking package. Importantly though the good looks are also backed up with a high performance, race tuned, suspension fork.
The Axon Werx is SR Suntour’s top model cross country racing fork, combining carbon fibre lower legs and a hollow magnesium crown with an aluminium steerer tube and stantions. The forks use an air cartridge which ensures they have great small bump sensitivity, with a smooth gliding stroke and they are very easy to maintain and service. The Q-Loc axel, a unique design for SR Suntour, allows rapid front wheel changes, which has come in very handy during any wheel swaps mid race where time is at a premium! At a retail price of £530, the Axon comes out significantly cheaper than many of the mainstream rivals, but has a performance to match, as demonstrated by some of the performances put in by the TORQ Team over the past 3 years and the Olympic gold medal achieved by fellow SR Suntour supported rider Julie Bresset!
SR Suntour was established in 1987, and last year celebrated its 25th anniversary, but the company’s history goes back as far as 1912. Their first ever suspension fork was built in 1993. From this date on, SR Suntour made its way up to become the world biggest suspension fork manufacturer in 2008. Today SR Suntour manufacturers suspension forks, rear shocks, drive trains, gear box systems, shifting components as well as ebike components.
SR Suntour’s Company Mission.
“We develop and manufacture many unique items for various segments of the bicycle market. Since 1987 we have stuck to our policy of respect for the earth’s environment and our commitment to high quality, creativity and best service. Throughout all these changes, one thing has remained the same: Our passion, our time and thoughts, love and energy, are dedicated to biking. How else could you understand our technicians waking up during a dream, going to the factory in the middle of the night and making sketches or files on prototypes? It is this passion to our company principles of providing quality, value, and fulfillment which helps us to satisfy the expectations of our customers, of our retailers, and the bicycle enthusiasts who use our products day after day.Devotion to improving riding is our inspiration. Producing affordable and innovative products for our customers is our business. Our innovative ideas and impulses will keep on changing the biking world for decades to come.”
We owe a huge thank you to SR Suntour for their support of the team over the past 3 years and look forward to working with them again in future.
As always, a big thank you to all the team sponsors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do:
Thank you to Joolze Dymond for the images in this report.