Rockshox Recon Gold RL fork review£380.00

Reliable and controlled

BikeRadar score3/5

The Recon’s lowers have Revelation-style powerbulges for increased stiffness as well as direct-fit brake mounts, with a chunky flat crown and alloy steerer to keep weight reasonable. Travel can be changed to 80 or 100mm with the spacers included.

The weight lost makes it more wayward on the trail. While fore/aft stiffness is fine, steering isn’t as accurate as many forks in this category, and there’s no screw-thru axle option.

The proven mix of air spring and Motion Control damping stack is consistent unless you start hammering it down long sets of steps or other random impact carnage, when rebound indigestion can develop.

The chunky compression knob isn’t pretty but works fine as a partial or complete lockout. The removable rebound knob gives a decent control range but is best pulled out and kept safe before it falls out on its own. Reliability is excellent otherwise though.

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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