Rock Shox Recon

mikeyj28
mikeyj28 Posts: 754
edited January 2010 in MTB buying advice
Hi

What is the opinion of the Rock Shox Recon Race forks? Are they any good?I mostly ride singletrack and XC stuff.Nothing too heavy with big drop offs etc. Just hard XC riding.I weigh 11.5 stone.

If they aren't that good then what would people recommend buying? Limit is £275 max!

What is the difference/ pros and cons between the Recons and the Toras?

Your advice/help is appreciated.Thanks
Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
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  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Recon Race is a like a basic Reba. But as you can get Reba SLs for £225 from Merlin, that would be my choice for Xcc and trail riding.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    Thanks Supersonic

    I have seen the Recon Race for £160. Is that a good deal or am i better off paying the extra for the Reba SL? I want a 80-100mm fork. Nothing with any more travel than that as i wont need it.
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    That is a good deal at £160. What year, do you have a link?
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    edited January 2010
    Yep here it is

    It is a 2009 model

    Also do you think the steerer will fit a 2000 Cinder Cone?
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Yep, you cut thje steerer down to size.

    The Reba is 0.4lbs lighter, gets dual air and adjustable floodgate valve for the lockout. If you have the money, I'd get the Reba.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    edited January 2010
    Thanks Supersonic

    So you'd go for these instead?
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Wow, superb price, cheapest I have seen yet!

    Absolutely.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    Ssssshhhhh keep it quiet!

    Your help is greatly appreciated

    thanks Supersonic
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • beany123
    beany123 Posts: 133
    whoooaaaa!! wheres the link for these 160 buck rebas???
    Giant Trance 1

    Live to ride
  • beany123
    beany123 Posts: 133
    beany123 wrote:
    whoooaaaa!! wheres the link for these 160 buck rebas???

    i mean recons!!!! yeeb!!!
    Giant Trance 1

    Live to ride
  • biff55
    biff55 Posts: 1,404
    beany123 wrote:
    whoooaaaa!! wheres the link for these 160 buck rebas???

    it has been sneakily erased !

    but i remember the deal was with ribble cycles
    he-he , biff sees all and hears all :D
  • beany123
    beany123 Posts: 133
    shizzell my ribble!! thanks biff new recons ordered :D what a bargin!!!
    Giant Trance 1

    Live to ride
  • Just ordered a set myself, they are far to good for my current bike (Giant Rincon) but im upgrading (around £800 mark) in the summer, and they will be better than whats on any fork on that price range as well, seems to good a deal to pass up. :D
  • brady10
    brady10 Posts: 195
    Help, i cant find these recons on the ribble cycles site=(
    WOW really? Carbon Fibre Hubs?? Well how about chucking that kebab in the bin?
  • biff55
    biff55 Posts: 1,404
    brady10 wrote:
    Help, i cant find these recons on the ribble cycles site=(

    www.ribblecycles.co.uk > recon race £157.80
    8)
  • kidloco46
    kidloco46 Posts: 27
    edited January 2010
    well my set of these arrived last friday, got em fitted over the weekend, great set of forks :D

    Anyone else that ordered them from here, did you get the PopLoc switch in the box, its just that I didnt and the guy in the shop that fitted them said they should come with them as you cant manually use the poploc, you have to have the switch.
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    i think you missed a T out of that.

    if the blue dial is spring loaded then yes in needs a pop/push lock.

    did the advert say poplock included?

    often not included to keep the price attractive.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • the advert is a bit confusing

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/mtb-bm ... OCKFORM385

    It does state that they have'External Rebound Adjustment with Lock-Out Control' but what they fail to mention is that it doesnt work without the poplock. Ive pinged them an email, saying the forgot to put it in the box, see what they say

    :D
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Yes, it is imperative the sprung poploc compatible damper comes with poploc for it to work out of the box.

    They should not sell forks like this without stating explicity that it is like this.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    [It does state that they have'External Rebound Adjustment with Lock-Out Control' but what they fail to mention is that it doesnt work without the poplock.

    :D[/quote]



    Is this the same for me? I have bought the Rock Shox 09 Reba Race 26 Dual Air Forks and i received them last night. When i opened the box there wasn't a poplock in the box.

    Do i need one or is it an optional extra for the forks?

    The forks in question are here:

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/mtb-bm ... OCKFORM255

    Thanks
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • Rich9
    Rich9 Posts: 1,635
    I'd go for the manual turnkey rather than poplock. I think you can buy the conversion kit.

    Had poplock on my previius forks and thought it was rubbish. Always sticking
    2014 Whyte T-129S
  • Just recieved mine this morning, I'll have a look in the box when i get back from work! If the pop lock is not included how much extra would i need to cough up? Or is there a way of adapting the fork to a manual turn key?
  • blister pus
    blister pus Posts: 5,780
    edited January 2010
    The entire upgrade kit goes for anything up to £50 and the lever set up for about £30 I think. But shop around on ebay etc.

    I've just got a Recon U-Turn with poploc in the box and to be honest I can't see me installing / using it either in the short term and definitely not long term. I think most people just end up taking it off their bars eventually.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    If the pop lock is not included how much extra would i need to cough up? Or is there a way of adapting the fork to a manual turn key?

    Yep how much would it cost to adapt the fork to a manual turn key for the Reba Race forks? or is it better to go for the poplock?-if so then where would i buy the parts for either turn key or poplock?

    thanks
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • well just got a reply from ribble

    Hi,

    This poploc lever does not come with the forks. You can purchase one for £28.76.


    Oh well, worth a try, £28.76 is the cheapest I have found it though.
  • biff55
    biff55 Posts: 1,404
    its just more stuff to go wrong IMO.
    stopping bike , reaching over handle bars and turning dial is hardly a chore is it ?
    not as if you have to even get off or break-out the tool kit.
  • The problem is there is no manual turn key for these forks. without the poploc you cant lock the forks.
  • biff55
    biff55 Posts: 1,404
    kidloco46 wrote:
    The problem is there is no manual turn key for these forks. without the poploc you cant lock the forks.

    in which case you're better off buying manual lock-off forks as standard and then getting
    a pop-lock kit IF you decide you need it , rather than doing it the other way round and
    having to faff about changing springs etc. just to use the forks as normal.
    but is is naughty for them to be sold in such a way , probably a reflection of the price to
    be honest.
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    kidloco46 wrote:
    well just got a reply from ribble

    Hi,

    This poploc lever does not come with the forks. You can purchase one for £28.76.


    Oh well, worth a try, £28.76 is the cheapest I have found it though.

    get it then.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown