Light and stiff, with travel to 130mm and available Motion Control Damping, Recon is the choice for All Mountain bikes.
-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
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.
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!
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!
Weaknesses: Would be nice if steer tube was aluminum instead of steel.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
Bike Setup: kona stuff '02 frame, hope pro 2 disc hubs, sun bfm rims, single-speed.
a Cross Country Rider
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I have been searching and googling to find the info but either cannot find specifically or not clear so any help would be appriciated.
Basically my Rockshox Recon Race air solo (not sure the year But from a 2008 Giant XTC 2 bike) - the Poploc on the shocks does not seem to do anything anymore ... Read More »
Just received my fork today! I went to my LBS and it is getting installed as we speak.
I was curious about the weight difference between the stock Suntour XCR 29" and the Rockshox Recon Silver TK 29".
Rockshox lists the Recon at 2186g.
My local bike shop weighted the Recon before any cutting ... Read More »
I have a Suntour XCR on my Felt Nine Trail. I am looking to upgrade.
Some of the forks I have considered are
1) Manitou Tower Expert $299
2) Suntour Raidon $189
3) Rockshox recon Silver $200
What would you go with out of these 3?
Any other suggestions in this price range that are new?
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I am thinking of upgrading my Suntour XCR fork. I don't want to buy used and want to keep the price under $300.
The Rock Shox Recon Silver TK will be $215 which includes shock pump and shipping.
The Suntour Raidon would be about $230 ($189 + $12 for shipping + $20-30 for shock pump which I do ... Read More »