Rockshox Recon 351 U-Turn Coil fork review£299.99

Well controlled and versatile choice

BikeRadar score3/5

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.

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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