RockShox Recon 351 Coil U-Turn review

RockShox Recon and Revelation forks were introduced after the Pike and Reba, sharing their simple but rock solid performance in a new mid-travel skeleton. The Recon is certainly rock solid in the weight department,

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £250.00 RRP
RockShox Recon 351 Coil U-Turn

Our review

Heavy, but rock solid reliability and great all-round versatility
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RockShox Recon and Revelation forks were introduced after the Pike and Reba, sharing their simple but rock solid performance in a new mid-travel skeleton. The Recon is certainly rock solid in the weight department, with a steel steerer tube and coil spring pushing weight over 2kg. Having said that, the chunky lower legs do help to give it dependable steering authority on off-camber and rutted sections, though.

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Suspension quality is good too, and once it’s taken a few rides to bed in, you’d be hard pressed to tell it apart from some of the more expensive forks out there. The Motion Control damping is simple, but rarely gets outwitted – except on extra demanding trails. It’s externally adjustable for compression and rebound too, so balancing feel is easy. Being able to wind travel from 85-130mm without compromising smoothness makes it highly versatile in terms of terrain or handling tastes, too.

Since their introduction, RockShox forks have earned themselves a superb reputation for reliability, even in the worst conditions and shabbiest servicing regimes. They’ve even nicked some of our long term testers in the Peak District to test new seals and other running changes in the most evil conditions possible.

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Fixed 100mm, 130mm travel air and simpler damped versions are also available.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Recon 351 Coil U-Turn
Brand RockShox

Crown to Axle Length 510
Stanchion Diameter 32
Weight (g) 2066
Colour Black
Material 7075 Aluminium
Spring Type Coil
Min. Fork Travel 85mm
Max. Fork Travel 130mm
Year 2007
Damping Adjustment Compression Rebound
Adjustable Travel Yes
Steerer Material Steel
Damping Motion Control
Crown Material 6061 T6 Aluminium
Lowers Magnesium