RockShox Recon 351 2009 Forks

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $401.00


Product Description

  • U-Turn coil spring system with external travel adjustabilty
  • MotionControl oil damping with external compression+lockout
  • 1-1/8" threadless aluminum steerer
  • Hollow 6061-T6 aluminum crown
  • 1-piece magnesium lower legs


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by frazedh a Cross Country Rider from coventry england

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2009

Strengths:    smooth controlled travel with no harsh bottom out,very easy 2 change from 85-130 mm at the turn of a dial. the poploc lock out is great and makes the fork fully ridged at the flick of a switch. great range of damping on the rebound dial. all in all a fantastic trail fork. i love it, cant be faulted.

Weaknesses:    nothing really, it does everything its ment 2 a great trail/xc fork that can take a lot of punishment.

Bottom Line:   
this fork is great, i use it on 85mm locked out 4 my ride 2 work and ive unlocked it and set the travel up 2 the full 130mm then blasted down the side of mount snowdon with no probs. its strong light(ish) predictably and no nonsense. a brillaint bit of kit.

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Favorite Trail:   anything that takes balls

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   albany cycles covent

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi jnr Ts z150s AM3s, rockshox judys, manitou 7s, fox float.

Bike Setup:   06 kona kinkapoo, fox float RL, SLX gears/shifters, truvativ cranks, hope mono brakes, bontrager carbon bars stem seat post, bontrager hubs/rims, michelin tyres.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rabidchicken a Weekend Warrior from Fort Myers, FL

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2009

Strengths:    Adjustable travel with the turn of a knob, compression adjustment with "lock out", smooth plush travel, and responsive.

Weaknesses:    I guess the weight could be a weakness if you care about that kind of stuff.

Bottom Line:   
I got a great deal on this fork from JensonUSA's parking lot sale. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. My ride feels so much better. Soft and cushy!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

Bike Setup:   Haro Sonix Werx with Foc RP23 rear shock and SLX components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by allemanau a Weekend Warrior from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff, confidence-inspiring, plush and light. I thought the Pop-Loc was gonna be useless but I can't really live without it now...

Weaknesses:    QR instead of thru-axle? Can't think of any, really. Massive upgrade from the 2008 model though.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome. If you ever see one on sale for a reasonable price, don't hesitate. I have yet to challenge something this can't handle. Compared to a lot of my friend's forks, too, this is a 'midrange' gem. You really don't need to drink the Fox Kool-aid.

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Favorite Trail:   Phil's Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MZ-1, Fox 36 TALAS (ugh, Fox sucks)

Bike Setup:   Kona Kikapu w/ completely random parts and this fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KiwiBattler a Weekend Warrior from Wellington, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight and very smooth fork.

Weaknesses:    Mud gets caught behind the centre of fork

Bottom Line:   
Very plush fork that has an excellent range of travel 85mm-130mm that you dial-in to suit.

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeline, Makara Peak

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   AvantiPlus

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Duke XC

Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized FSR xc, XT running gear and disc brakes.

Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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RockShox Recon 351 lockout not working

My fork was bottoming out (not returning) without losing air so I decided to service it. After following the RockShox manuals and youtube videos I was able to change all the seals and suspension oils. The suspension seems to work fine now but the lockout won't engage. I have the same travel and f ... Read More »

Blackbox/DNA Motion Control damper in Recon 351?

A bit of a two part question. So I can't find the remote Blackbox Motion Control damper unit online anywhere. Read somewhere that it was replaced with the DNA Motion Control damper? Is this true? Second part, my Recon has 32mm stanchions. If I were able to find a remote Blackbox/DNA Motion ... Read More »

Rock Shox Recon 351 not locking out immediately

As the title says... I recently rebuilt my Motion Control 351 fork. Before rebuilding it, when I turned on lockout, it would lockout immediately with very little movement. After rebuilding the fork, I know have to compress the fork while locking out the lever in order to achieve lockout. The on ... Read More »

2011 rockshox recon gold solo air internals into a 2008 recon 351?

The situation: I have a 2008 rockshox recon 351 solo air with motion control w/ lock out. The solo air assembly is broke - legitimately (if you want more on that, I can elaborate). I cannot find a solo air assembly for the 2008 series of the recon fork. I do however know (99% sure that is) that i ... Read More »

Rock Shox Recon 351 Hydrolock

So my gf and I went to go for a bike ride in the woods. Right as we're about to leave, I had her bike and noticed the fork was locked out. So I hit the lockout release but it was already released. Locking it and unlocking it made no difference at all. So long story short, the fork seems to be hydrol ... Read More »

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