RockShox Recon 351 Solo Air fork £400

Tough trail fork

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This year’s Recon is essentially last year’s Revelation. The use of the 2009 Revelation’s lowers means it inherits the stiff, high security Maxle screw-through axle option and travel goes up to 140mm.

This means you can push hard into pointy or big block sections without worrying about not making it to the far side. The non-Power Bulge chassis makes it heavier than the Revelation, but the alloy steerer means it’s still under 2kg.

You also get the convenience of a post mount for easy brake setup and it’ll take rotors up to 210mm. The Motion Control damping can get a bit random on long, multiple hit descents but most of the time it’s fine.

The Recon has widely adjustable rebound damping and a simple low-speed compression to lockout lever for climbing. It takes a few rides to lose stiffness from the seals, but as usual for RockShox, reliability is excellent.

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