The Recon’s bigger brother uses the same sturdy 32mm bottom end but with two significant changes. Firstly, a much lighter top end with alloy steerer and hollow crown saves 100g to give a very competitive overall weight. More significantly for fork tuning fans, you also get RockShox’s deceptively simple Motion Control damping. This gives full adjustment of rebound and compression through to lockout, plus ‘Floodgate’ lockout threshold. It’s all easily controlled by external knobs too, so you can set the fork to feel exactly how you want over the bumps at any point in the ride.
An extra negative air spring lets you tune initial sensitivity, and the fork just gets smoother the more you ride it. You can occasionally overwhelm the damping on long, rough descents, but the overall reliability of this year’s RockShox has set whole new standards. The same fork with Poploc remote control for the lockout is £320, while the travel adjustable 85-130mm ‘U-Turn’ fork is £350.