Sea Otter: Suntour’s Axon Werx 20″ brings serious suspension to kid’s bikes

Limited production fork provides 80mm of real travel to junior shredders

Forks Kids Sea Otter Classic

2015 Sea Otter Classic

The Suntour Axon Werx 20 provides 80mm of real world, usable travel.

The Suntour Axon Werx 20 provides 80mm of real world, usable travel (click to enlarge).

Suntour was at the Sea Otter Classic showing a cool, new fork based on their popular Axon Werx platform but for kids. The popularity of real mountain bikes for kid’s is evident by how popular our round-up of kids mountain bikes at Sea Otter was.

Suntour is addressing the all too common problem of kids forks not having any real usable suspension for light weight riders. Push down on the suspension fork of almost any current kids bike and you’ll find that there is very little cush even under your adult weight. If you can barely make the fork move, how much is it really going to help your junior rider?

The new, limited edition Suntour Axon Werx 20 in action.

The new, limited edition Suntour Axon Werx 20 in action (click to enlarge).

Enter the Suntour Axon Werx 20″. In their own words, they took the “multiple World Cup and London gold winning AXON WERX platform, shrunk it down and tuned it for the groms that want to go hard. Its light, stiff, easy to tune easy to service and most of all it performs to the same world cup level as its big brothers.”

Suntour is quick to point out that this fork will appeal to the “bike geek parent” as well as the groms themselves.

The features of the Suntour Axon Werx 20″ kid’s fork are:

  • weight: 3.0 Lbs , 1360grams (uncut steerer)
  • lowers: Carbon with Magnesium Dropouts
  • stanchions: 32mm alloy
  • crown: Hollow Forged with Alloy Steerer
  • travel: 80mm
  • axle: 15 QLC2 Ti Thru axle system
  • damper: LO- R fully sealed cartridge damper
  • spring: Air Spring with coil negative (adjustable air volume system)
  • (tuned for lightweight riders)

SR Suntour Sales and Marketing Director, Dan Dacko explains the process, “the AXON WERX platform has carbon lowers with magnesium dropouts, we made a 20” jig to cut the lowers, shortened the cartridge and created a negative spring for light riders. SR SUNTOUR makes the majority of the parts so we can make small runs in house for these projects. A benefit for sure.”

Watch this video below, featuring the Suntour Axon Werx 20″ being assembled and in action.

These forks will be on Suntour’s Demo tour this year along with a few Spawn Cycles Kotori bikes. For more information about how to obtain a very limited production AXON WERX 20” suspension fork, contact: sales@USULCORP.com. How much will one of these bad boys set you back? With carbon lowers, Ti axle and “big boy” parts, the price is not meant for bargain bikes or bargain seeking parents. The U.S. retail is $850. Not cheap, but then again – isn’t junior worth it?

For more information about Suntour visit www.srsuntour-cycling.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.


About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • turbodog says:

    “How much will one of these bad boys set you back? With carbon lowers, Ti axle and “big boy” parts, the price is not meant for bargain bikes or bargain seeking parents. The U.S. retail is $850. Not cheap, but then again – isn’t junior worth it?”

    No, Junior is most certainly not worth it, and is likely to destroy it in short order. Get a grip folks.

  • Chris says:

    $850 is nutz… I paid less than half that on my 6 year old daughter’s Specialized Hotrock 20″ with the 40mm-travel SR Suntour XCT-JR fork… and it does just fine soaking up the bumps with a 40# girl on it.

  • Roy says:

    Nice fork, horrible price…..I’m sure rock shox, could whip out a magnesium lower that fits a 20″ wheel and is adaptable with parts they already make, (so you don’t have to design an entirely new platform) and sell the fork somewhere in the $250-300 price range, that would be realistic…

  • Dan Dacko says:

    Yes a magnesium lower fork would be much less, but then again those are not cheap (lots of tooling costs and you have to sell a lot to cover those costs.

    Yes the fork is expensive, but it performs at the top of the 20″ fork market which is small today, maybe there are good things to come? Also this fork is for kids really pushing it at their age (or bike geek parents)

  • Adam says:

    (if I had kids) Ok, I can understand upgrading from “kid-forks”, but $850 when the only noticeable difference to the rider is that it’s softer and has a wider range of adjustability?

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