Rockshox Recon 327 Solo Air review£200.00

It seems like RockShox can't do anything wrong at the moment, and it's the same story with its mid-level Recon fork. It uses the same 32mm legged bottom end as the Revelation fork, which means it's pretty stiff and extremely well sealed.

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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.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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