Rockshox Recon Gold RL fork review
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.