Short term review: Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air OneLoc 26″ Fork 100mm Straight 9QR

uncut weight

 

Bad experiences:

First time I received the forks one of them was soaked in oil & grease and the seals were had popped of under transport.

one of the forks had seals that were way too easy to remove and press, I could press them back in and remove them with my fingers, clearly not up to specifications.

The fork was Also leaking air, and had horrible knocking sound coming from the rebound side.

But I returned the forks and they got rebuilt by Rock Shox, after that they performed how they should, no seal issues.

 

This fork was just a fast & easy solution, I just need to have a bike to ride, so I had to buy a fork, I did not know about any service centres that serviced Marzocchi forks, Which I had at the time.

 

Pros:

  • Not crazy heavy, the alloy steerer & magnesium lowers results in a decent weight.

Cons:

  • the lockout is reversed so it’s not unlocked by default as on previous forks, which is stupid., combined with the Rockshox OneLoc remote it’s even crazier, the fork would unlock due to vibrations & due to the flimsy remote.

The Poploc was is much more reliable, the same goes for the Marzocchi & SR Suntour remotes, but none of them has a hinged clamp.

  • The bad tyre Clearance:

You can’t use a mudguard with 2.3 tyres, 2.4 tyres will rub.

2.1 Suomi Studded tyres & Mudhugger FR mudguard, got enough clearance.

Setting:

110PSI

Rebound to max

ca 75kg

 

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few rides review: Rockshox OneLoc

So this remote is actually not something I would use.

but here is what I have to say about it:

So far I have only ridden 2 trips with this remote.

if the suspension is set up correctly, and the geometry on the bike is decent, I don’t need a lockout, with my back issues I ride with as soft suspension as possible without bottoming out.

The new design definitely is a lot better in terms of ergonomics, it’s much easier to sue, similar to a shifter, the levers pop back in place fast, påressing the levers are very easy.

Make sure the screw/bolt is torqued properly, use thread locker. if it’s not all the way in, the remote will lock the suspension on bumps.

As long as you keep the bolt tight there should not be any issues, I tried to jump, ride over rock gardens, it looks like it’s only a loose bolt that can cause problems.

The screw came with red thread locker, but it did not make it was just a tiny bit, Always apply thread locker, and let it cure overnight, to avoid issues like this.

It also came with little a bit of red grease might be Weldtite, I don’t know, but it had the same color.

As have many plastic parts, ITs not as durable as metal of course, but it’s unlikely that you hit the remote in a crash.

Pros:

  • Hinged clamp, which I think is a must on any cockpit device.
  • easy ergonomic lever design almost like a shifter, very easy & comfortable to use.

Cons:

  • you have to remove the Cover to change the wires, for me it’s not a problem, buts it’s not as user-friendly as it could be, but it works.
  • The Remote keeps the wire under tension for unlocked suspension, So if you damage the remote you got stiff / locked out suspension.
  • The small lever, is very easy to actuate, so accidental knee hits will lock the fork.
  • The plastic cover is flimsy and not durable, and it moves when the big lever comes back fast.
  • The cover failed after few rides, it might be caused by the big lever returning so fast, I had the bike leaning against a wall, the cover was not leaning against anything, I picked it up to ride, and I the cover fell off, I ma sure this was not caused by over-torquing  the screw, or a crash,because I haven’t done neither.
  • the lock gets actuated by vibration
  • the is no barrel adjusters.

Verdict:

Too flawed design with plastic cover, I can’t recommend this remote.

almost 5 years of use Review:2010 Rock Shox Tora SL

 

i have ridden thsi fork in the winter only in 2014 in about 5 to -2 degrees c

but 2015/2016 winter i ridden it alot in – 6 degrees celsius,but the coil became notisable stiffer at -6 degrees celsius

I had this fork on a 2010 trek 6300 disc, and thspring/coil was way too soft after i got over 70kg. so i upgraded to the 100mm coil  11.4015.437.090.

after the shop changed coil, the plastic preload adjustment screw failed,here you can see that the threads are stripped off.that resulted in 20mm loss of travel,and the coil scratching agist the crown.24449226812_fa531377fc_c

here you can see how i bodged it,with a gripend,but of course i no longer have prelaod adjsutment.

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i had lubed the stanchions every week,cleaned the bike when it got some dirt on it.

This fork was not my biggest priority at the time, i got more bikes, so i got thsi fork on my trek 3900 witch is my spare and winter bike.

the 6300 disc got a 2011 Marzocchi Corsa SL RC

now know who import sram/rockshox to nroway so i can buy directly from them, but before I did not know and the bike shops could not get parts for forks.

I have jumped ridden technical downhill without any issues,but of course the preload adjustment broke and I lost travel.

Pros:

  • much better that the Sr suntour forks at similar price.
  • seals last long time after 4 years it got few small cracks(withc isww prettyy good in my opinion, the seals on the 2011 sr suntour xcm fork worn out jsut in few weeks)
  • the pop lock remote works smoothly, and does not take up too much space.
  • can be upgraded to solo air. witch I want to do.
  • acceptable with.
  • don’t notice flex when braking, jumping 1 meter or doing stunts, riding down stairs or shredding the local trails.(when having the wheel between your legs and the fork in your hands you can of course notice flex)
  • travel can be increased up to 120 mm or decreased to 80mm

Cons

  • prelaod adjsutment screw is made out of palstic so it wears out too fast.
  • the Reboudt adjustment umbraco key will fall off when you ride. so you better set it up how you want it and take it off.
  • i got the blue coil installed, and i turned the rebound dampenign to max, but its still too fast.
  • Lack of proper adjustment, the fork has preload and rebound adjsutment,but the rebound adjustment range is too small.
  • the coil spring snapped
Broken Coil psring

Verdict:

decent body but bad internals,with low durability, so i can’t recommend this model.