Wednesday, May 31, 2006 11.00pm
By Guy Kesteven
It seems like RockShox can't do anything wrong at the moment, and it's the same story again with its mid-level Recon fork. It uses the same 32mm legged bottom end as the more expensive Revelation fork, which means it's pretty stiff and extremely well sealed.
Like all current RS forks, it smooths out nicely after a few rides and then seems utterly oblivious to any weather conditions or heavy use, running butter smooth even with minimal maintenance. The Solo Air has just a single air spring, but that makes setup nice and easy. The simple rebound damping is externally adjustable too, and you need to work the fork hard to leave it wanting. Compared to the Revelation, a steel steerer tube and different crown makes it 100g heavier, but for the money it's a superb fork. The 351 coil version with 85-130mm U-Turn and Motion Control damping is a blinder for just £220 as well.
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