Rockshox Recon Gold RL fork review

Reliable and controlled

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £380.00 RRP | USD $455.00
Rockshox Recon Gold RL fork

Our review

Reasonably light, controlled and reliable for the money, but on the flexy side
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Recon Gold RL fork (11)
Brand RockShox

Features Travel:120mm (80-100mm), Steerer:1 1/8in, Adjustments: Air pressure, rebound, lockout.
Weight (g) 1664