RockShox Recon 351 Solo Air fork review£400.00

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.

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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