RockShox’s cheapest ‘proper’ fork still runs an old chassis, but performance is solid for the money. While the Recon hasn’t inherited the latest ‘power bulge’ and post-mount lower leg upgrades, it’s still a stiff, smooth and reassuring fork.
The 351 model also gets RockShox’s Motion Control damping with wide ranging external rebound and compression adjustment that goes right through to lockout.
U-Turn travel-adjust is equally simple, incremental and bombproof via the metal twist top cap, giving the same rate of travel from 85-130mm (3.3-5.1in).
An alloy steerer keeps weight below 2kg and there’s a Maxle screw-through axle version for an extra £100 or a Race air-sprung 120mm (4.7in) option for £349.99.