RockShox Recon 2006 Front Shocks

3.2/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

Light and stiff, with travel to 130mm and available Motion Control Damping, Recon is the choice for All Mountain bikes.
Key Features:


-Motion Control Damping (351)
-Stiff 32mm 7075 aluminum upper tube
-Disc specific or bossed lower leg options
-Forged 6061 hollow aluminum crown
-Solo Air and U-Turn coil spring options
-Compatible with all PopLocs


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob a Cross Country Rider from Moscow Russia

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2011

Strengths:    Decent suspension it has good spring coil defo better than air though!

Weaknesses:    Shakes at high speeds!

Bottom Line:   
They are good unless u r filthy rich and can afford amasing susp..

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex a Cross Country Rider from Sheffield

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    hmmm, adjustabe,..! yeah thats about it!! No there not that bad, there just normal.

Weaknesses:    Its like there made from two flexy cucumbers! They vibrate at speed.

Bottom Line:   
Cheep, you get what you pay for.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dave from boise

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007

Strengths:    price, performance

Weaknesses:    cheap travel adj knob

Bottom Line:   
nice fork however the travel adj knob stripped after a few months has been on back order for over a month now, for crying out loud I would have paid an extra 20 bucks for the aluminium knob....poor R+D they should give me one for free.

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Favorite Trail:   silver city

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   georges


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Oliver H a Weekend Warrior from Munich, Germany

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2006

Strengths:    rating is for the 351 coil spring fork!
good value, satisfactory factory damping setup, the rebound dial actually works (ranges from quick rebound to very slow), pop loc is great when accelerating B.O.B. trailers, robust


Weaknesses:    could not find an ideal location to put pop loc lever, length of the fork at 85mm setting is identical to RS Judy 2002 set at 100mm travel!

Bottom Line:   
I'd recommend this fork to anyone who is upgrading from an existing older fork. The Recon offers more adjustable travel than my previous forks. I put it on my bike on Christmas, spent a week on the Gran Canaria island a month later, riding the rugged trails there, and came back completely happy. It is possible to blow through the travel, though!

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Favorite Trail:   technical

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Online Shop

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy SL (2002), Girvin Vector 2

Bike Setup:   Kona Scab HT, Magura Discs, XT pod shifters, wide Kona riser handlebar, rider weight: 165 pounds

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Idaho

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006

Strengths:    U-turn travel adjustment, Motion Control suspension damping, beefy 32mm aluminum stanchions, lightweight hollow aluminum crown.

Weaknesses:    Would be nice if steer tube was aluminum instead of steel.

Bottom Line:   
This rating is for the "U-Turn" spring-oil version. I didn't really care for the solo-air and couldn't afford the dual-air, so I tried the Recon U-Turn on advise from my LBS and couldn't be happier. The shock is very easy to use and adjust, is very smooth in it's travel and stiff enough that it doesn't bottom out with the riding that I do. Very nice XC/All Mountain Fork. I can't comment on the steering issues brought up by some concerning the solo-air version, but I can say that the spring-oil version steers true.

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Favorite Trail:   Loon Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Dirt Dart

Similar Products Used:   Manitou, Rock Shox Mag-21, Rock Shox Judy SL

Bike Setup:   BMC Fourstroke Trail with 5" of travel front & rear, Raceface cranks & BB, Maverick seatpost, SRAM X-9 drivetrain, Thomsen stem, Mavic Crossride Wheelset, Avid BB-7 mechanical discs.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Grant Brueshaber a Weekend Warrior from Cincinnati, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2006

Strengths:    strong at first, but then breaks. after rebuilt, strong again until it breaks again.

Weaknesses:    the solo air cartrige likes to separate when you try to hop over things.

Bottom Line:   
this is an update to an earlier post by me. the fork is probably great for cross-country and maybe even light freeriding. if you like to bunny-hop or manual or do anything that involves pulling up on the front end, don't get this fork. i loved it at first, but after riding it for a while longer, it sucks for the type of riding that i do on it. NOT A GOOD URBAN/DIRTJUMPING FORK!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   West Chester Cyclery

Bike Setup:   kona stuff '02 frame, hope pro 2 disc hubs, sun bfm rims, single-speed.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt J a Cross Country Rider from Boston

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2006

Strengths:    Adjustable damping, adjustable lockout on the fly, adjustable mm length.

Weaknesses:    Haven't ridden it long enough, but will let you (as well as rock shox) know when there is.

Bottom Line:   
Hey, after riding that Manitou thru the ground, any new fork is like heaven. I'm still getting used to riding upright. As for turning, I'm 220 and 5'9" and I haven't had any problems taking hairpins. The bob might get in the was of quick bursts, but that's what on the fly lock out is for. Its great that you can adjust the mm's if youre into riding XC or a little downhill, or hell, both! Good for someone who wants little bit more travel than they had before, but still have the option to stay around where they were before.

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Favorite Trail:   under my bike

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Back Bay Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Manitou 4

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar LE, older XTR pods w/levers, Race Face XC cranks, KORE seapost, Ringle stem, Club Roost bars, Ti eggbeatrs, XTR 'railers, XTR cogs, King Hubs.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Grady a Weekend Warrior from Paris, France

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2006

Strengths:    Easy to adjust travel (80 to 130mm), rebound and lockout. Not too expensive, very stiff, hard to bottom out.

Weaknesses:    not good for a heavy rider; does not corner well

Bottom Line:   
This was meant to be my beater bike, then after riding it more and more, I wish that I had spent more money on the front shocks. It works well for what I had orignally planned for it to do (beat) but I do not feel confident riding it where tight cornering is required. With the lockout off, it bounces a lot and when making a sharp turn the compression releases and gives a jolt to the handle bar.

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Favorite Trail:   the one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   streakx-mtb.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Shermans, Fox Float RC

Bike Setup:   Streak-X Julia cro-mo frame, single speed, XT crank, hubs and V-brakes, Mavic d721, FSA Pig headset, Raceface stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant Brueshaber a Weekend Warrior from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, strong, easy single air adjustment. Fairly light for 32mm and for it's strength.

Weaknesses:    none for me, but a buddy of mine snapped the arch. Rock Shox took care of it, but a little bit of a hassle.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is a great value. It can take a beating. I've taken it off 10'+ drops and never had a problem with it. Buy this fork if you want a strong, fairly light fork for urban or freeriding. Email me if you have any questions. I work at a shop, so I know my stuff pretty well.

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Favorite Trail:   Ray's Mountain Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   West Chester Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Psylo, Manitou Skareb Super, Marzocchi Z3 Air 100

Bike Setup:   Kona Stuff frame, Funn Hooka Cranks, Sun Mammoth rims, Hope pro2 disc hubs, Shimano Deore mechanical disc brakes, single speed.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joel Svendsen a Weekend Warrior from Doral, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2005

Strengths:    Very stiff, lockout is excellent.

Weaknesses:    Overdamped even at the softest settings

Bottom Line:   
This fork on the surface has a lot to recommend it--very stiff and sturdy, easy to adjust, etc, but small bump sensitivity is poor. Even at the softest settings it is not nearly plush enough for trails with lots of small bumps...you wind up bouncing all over the place which is not only tiring it is slow. On the plus side it is very hard to bottom out, so on a fairly smooth trail with big drops or jumps it would work great. I'm using the AIR version of the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Amelia Earheart

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Included with Bike

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float, Lefty, Various Manitou

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper Pro (Stock fork)

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