RockShox Recon Gold RL 2011 Forks

4.75/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $454.75


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Product Description

The Recon Gold is a high performance fork offered at a mid- level price range.The Recon Gold RL isThe perfect balance of lightweight, performance, and price.The Recon Gold features a stiff aluminum crown bondedTo lightweight upperTubes. Jam- packed with Technology,The Recon will offer you a comfortable ride, no matterTheTerrain. With Motion Control, your fork will chew up climbs with incredible efficiency whileThe lockout blow-off valve andThreshold control absorb any bumps along The way.Th


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rock Shox a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2013

Strengths:    Lightweight, Motion control damper, look, fine adjustments, low-friction aluminum upper tubes, reasonably priced, coil spring available.

Weaknesses:    Quick-Release only, a little flexible

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2012, 100 mm coil version and the weight is about 1850 gr. with uncut steerer. My fork feels very plush and smooth and is very reliable, don't need to carry a pump and care about air pressure. This is the best RS coil cross-country fork available, all Reba and Sid models use air springs.
If you are looking for a simple and reliable, reasonably priced cross-country fork - this one is great!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by drizzoh a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight (4.3lbs before cutting steerer tube)
Adjustable PSI and rebound dampening
Lockout mode


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Purchased the Recon Gold TK Solo Air's off eBay for $270 (new) to replace the nonadjustable SR Suntour M2025's that came stock on my K2. Easily saved 1.5 lbs and gained adjustability and plushness. No wrist pain/shaking after my first trail with the Recon's and I would get that on pavement with the SR's. I was expecting an upgrade but I never thought they would be THIS much better! Highly recommended, especially if you are just starting out. You will need a shock pump to adjust the psi in these shocks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Henrik B a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2012

Strengths:    The damping is exelent, it is easy to adjust. Good quality. looking good.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Have the version with solo air and remote motion control. 100mm. For xc thisis very good. Ive had for over a year and im riding hard.

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Favorite Trail:   The white trail DK


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mattley a Cross Country Rider from Cincinnati

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2011

Strengths:    Weight, decently stiff, looks

Weaknesses:    Only decently stiff, no compression adjustment

Bottom Line:   
I like this fork. It was a budget decision, but a huge upgrade from my Dart. I have noticed some flex coming from it, and I while I have found a sweet spot in air pressure, I would like a bit more compression damping. Great fork for mid range, I have just out grown it at 200+lbs

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $235.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Dart, Fox F120, Float 32

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse hardtail, XT, Elixir R, Recon Gold

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hardtail 355 a Weekend Warrior from Maryland

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2011

Strengths:    Adjustability, light weight and price!

I have never upgraded folks before and I wish I had done it earlier. Once dialed in it does everything you'd expect it to and has you going back for more.


Weaknesses:    None thus far

Bottom Line:   
For you Weekend Warriors on a budget out there....

If you want the feel of a high end fork without breaking the bank, Rock Shox has done it here!

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Favorite Trail:   Still searching

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   eBay, new

Similar Products Used:   Sun Tour(junk) and RST(rubbish)

Bike Setup:   '10 Trek 3900 Disc(orange).....now this will make y'all laugh....Full XT drivetrain - 9 spd, Sram Attack shifters '12 Code R's(203/185), '10 Azonic Outlaws(black),Panaracer XC Fire tires(2.1"), Cane Creek headset, RaceFace bars/grips and stem, '11 Rock Shox Recon Gold RL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nefariousrogue a Weekend Warrior from West Palm Beach, FL

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2011

Strengths:    Lighter weight, Solo air design for easier tuning, Compression lockout, Simple and easy rebound tuning.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Incredible shock. Super plush ride, and very responsive with proper rebound tuning. Lockout works great when I need it, and the Motion Control helps to soak up some of the bumps if I leave the lockout engaged. And that "Phssshhh" sound it makes when taking bumps... that's the sound of awesome!

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park, Sunrise, FL

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bikesdirect.com

Bike Setup:   This came on my 2011 Motobecane Fantom Elite DS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by diego a Weekend Warrior from Marikina, Philippines

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2011

Strengths:    Light, responsive, flushness, stiff & perfect rebound adjustment

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
An awesome fork, coming from a Suntour Epicon for 2 years, I really felt the big difference in terms of responsiveness, flushness and excellent rebound adjustment. Great value for the money. Highly recommended for riders who's looking for a good fork with a mid-level price.

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Favorite Trail:   Maarat & Licao-Licao Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Art

Similar Products Used:   Suntour epicon, Suntour Axon

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC Team frame, xt groupset, mavic xc717 rim w/ PSR spokes & nips, truvativ stylo team cockpit, 100mm Rockshox Gold RL, wtb saddle & Maxxis crossmark tire

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by maclgallant a Weekend Warrior from Moncton, NB Canada

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2011

Strengths:    plush, adjustable, great value for the money, looks, simplicity, easy to setup, quality metal parts no plastic (except for the air cap)

Weaknesses:    for the price none

Bottom Line:   
For the money this fork can't be beat
it's nice and light mine weight in at 3.7 lbs
super plush i weight in at 240lbs, i can set preload(air) perfectly without sacrificing smoothness, which was a major issue with my exr pro air

motion controle works very well,

the fork is exactly what i was looking for, coming from a 105mm fork , having that extra 15mm adds some confidence going downhill.

Bottom of the line if your looking for a good fork and don't wanna spend more than 500$ including shipping taxes this is the fork to get, unless of course you catch a sale on a reba :p..
if you purchase this fork you won't regret it

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Favorite Trail:   university trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   bikesports.ca

Similar Products Used:   indy s, manitou sxr, marzocchi exr pro

Bike Setup:   Giant rainier, mavic xm717/xt wheels, monkeylite bar, deuce xc stem, ea50 seatpost, full x7 drivetrain, lx crank, hayes stoker carbon brakes, RS RECON GOLD RL 120mm

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