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The FastAce is the STRONGEST FORK we have found for the Surron, it weighs in at a beefy 11.8 lbs, 2.5lbs more than a DNM or KKE. And a whopping 5lbs more than Fox40. It has 37mm stanchion tubes, the largest of any Surron inverted fork, that are thicker and stronger than any fork we've seen. We have fully disassembled these FastAce forks (future tune coming soon) to find internals made from steel not aluminum like most MTB forks, this is AWESOME for the Surron market where strength is more important than weight.
Watch a pro Surron riders first ride review below for his perspective after we swapped his destroyed name brand fork for this FastAce so that he could continue training for the RedBull TKO hard enduro race.
While this is not a high end $2000 fork, the performance is quite impressive. The valving uses a motorcycle shim stack and when you adjust the clickers you can feel the difference. There is a nice range of adjustment on both rebound and compression to dial in a softer plush ride or a stiffer more performance oriented ride. The spring used in this fork is heavier (40lbs/in) than those used in KKE, RST, and DNM. We are working on a stiffer spring for heavier/aggressive riders (coming soon as a separate purchase).
- Inverted fork design for stiff and precise handling
- 200mm Travel
- 37mm Lower inner Stanchion Tubes
- Strong tapered upper outer tubes
- Compression Adjuster
- Rebound Adjuster
- Coil Spring
- Internals made from steel for strength and long life
- Open bath damper design (like a motorcycle fork)
- Valve stack design like a motorcycle with multiple strong shims for long life on a surron and fully tune-able for a future custom tuned fork
- Fender mounting points
- Fully compatible with Surron and Talaria OEM headset!!!
- New lower bearing is included!
We highly recommend that you have your local mountain bike shop install this fork. The steering tube will need to be cut to the appropriate length, and a star nut (not included) must be installed after it is cut which requires a special tool and spacers might be needed for the correct tension. If you've never done this and do not have the tools do not attempt installing this yourself. NO MODIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED for your headset, please use the OEM Surron/Talaria headset with this fork.
Pro Test Rider Feedback (@brettb35)
The FastAce straight out of the box is one of the best feeling forks I’ve ridden so far on Surron. It’s so much stronger and stiffer than other forks I’ve ridden with a very confidence inspiring direct to rider feel and flex free precise turning. I didn’t notice any rotational flex like many other inverted forks suffer from on the Surron.
I just got done with an hour long moto pushing myself at 90 percent the entire time training for the RedBull TKO hard enduro race. The FastAce fork honestly felt incredible! I wouldn’t mind a little bit more support from it (stiffer spring), I probably ended up bottoming it out upwards of 8 times but no blown seals, the bike held up incredibly over the rock hops and gardens and did exactly what I wanted it too on that front end. I don’t know how well the fork will hold up overtime yet but for this brutal ride I’m very impressed.
For 75% of the riding I was doing the fork was very plush and reacted well to the conditions, it wasn’t until the big hits that I wish it had a little more ramp up and compression resistance in the valving. I think a stiffer spring and valving tuned for the Surron will make this platform really great. You can’t get another fork for the money that performs this good on the Surron, and I would take this fork over many other more expensive name brand forks I’ve ridden.
FAQ - I have an RST fork on my Talaria or Surron is this a better fork?
It's very unfortunate that both Talaria and Surron used the RST fork, it's horrible and there is no fixing it (we've tried). Installing a better fork like this FastAce will transform your bike by leaps and bounds. For the money you cannot find a better fork.
FAQ - Isn't the Fox40 stronger because it has 40mm Stanchion tubes?
People think that Fox40 is the strongest fork simply because it's 40mm stanchion tubes, but the fact is they only weigh 6.6lbs because they were made for a light weight mountain bike with weight savings in mind. The diameter of the stanchion tube is only one factor in strength. We prefer to use weight as one of our factors in measuring fork strength with most inverted MTB forks weighing 8-9lbs and forks like the FastAce 12lbs. Is a 6lb fork really strong enough for a Surron? Based on the fact that Fox voids warranty on any Fox40 mounted to a Surron, we think that provides a clear answer directly from the manufacturer. While the Fox40 is one of the best downhill mountain bike forks on the market, that doesn't mean it's the best fork for the Surron or Talaria where we need to prioritize strength and stiffness over weight.