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
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
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!
Strengths: Lightweight (4.3lbs before cutting steerer tube)
Adjustable PSI and rebound dampening
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
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
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.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 6, 2011
Strengths: Weight, decently stiff, looks
Weaknesses: Only decently stiff, no compression adjustment
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
Just purchased a Recon Gold RL, spec'd out at 120mm (adjustable to 80 or 100 using provided spacers). There's just over 120mm of exposed stanchion when fully extended. With no air pressure, the fork bottoms out at the crown. Now that it's on my bike it bottoms out at about 100mm (when the air cha ... Read More »
So I am planning on getting a new fork for my girlfriends Trek 4300 but I am stuck between the two. The bikes stock 9MM QR 100mm RST fork died.
Here is the current setup for the bike:
2010 Trek 4300
1x9 32T SLX Crank w/ BBG Bashguard
Sram X9 Medium Rear Der.
Sram X9 Shifter
The Recon Go ... Read More »
I started this thread because I am in a process of achieving a new fork for my xc bike and focused on Recon Gold RL Solo Air 2012.
I really like the fork, it fits my requirements and it is a significant upgrade from Tora XC.
The problem is I purchased the fork and it has a problem wi ... Read More »