RockShox Recon 351 Coil U-Turn review£250.00

RockShox Recon and Revelation forks were introduced after the Pike and Reba, sharing their simple but rock solid performance in a new mid-travel skeleton. The Recon is certainly rock solid in the weight department,

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RockShox Recon and Revelation forks were introduced after the Pike and Reba, sharing their simple but rock solid performance in a new mid-travel skeleton. The Recon is certainly rock solid in the weight department, with a steel steerer tube and coil spring pushing weight over 2kg. Having said that, the chunky lower legs do help to give it dependable steering authority on off-camber and rutted sections, though.

Suspension quality is good too, and once it's taken a few rides to bed in, you'd be hard pressed to tell it apart from some of the more expensive forks out there. The Motion Control damping is simple, but rarely gets outwitted - except on extra demanding trails. It's externally adjustable for compression and rebound too, so balancing feel is easy. Being able to wind travel from 85-130mm without compromising smoothness makes it highly versatile in terms of terrain or handling tastes, too.

Since their introduction, RockShox forks have earned themselves a superb reputation for reliability, even in the worst conditions and shabbiest servicing regimes. They've even nicked some of our long term testers in the Peak District to test new seals and other running changes in the most evil conditions possible.

Fixed 100mm, 130mm travel air and simpler damped versions are also available.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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