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    Rockshox Recon Silver vs Rockshox 30 Gold

    I was looking for a fork under $250, but not much luck, so reluctantly I stretched my budget up to $300. I've found decent deals on the Recon Silver and the 30 Gold. The Silver is about 200g heavier, but has thicker stanchions. There isn't much in the way of reviews out for the 30 Gold since it's a newish fork. Any opinions on either of these?
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    Rockshox Recon Silver vs Rockshox 30 Gold

    I would buy the RL but not the TK. The last time I rode a TK fork was a few years ago. It spiked really badly on bumps so that it felt hash and almost like it was locked out when you hit them. In addition to that, it really felt soft and wallowing to riderinputs. I would rather have a rigid fork than one with a TK damper.

    I have ridden a handful of REBAs and RECONs with the RL (motion control) damper. They all ride really well.

    Another friend recently got a manitou minute (26er) and a really liked the way it rides. The tower (29er) has the same damper and can probably be found in you price range.

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    Thanks for the reply. I wasn't aware of the different damper versions.

    I've been looking at the Tower Expert as well, but would prefer a fork that is 100% air--also the AC and rake on the Rockshox match my current setup better than the Manitou options. Not that I've taken the Manitou off the table yet--it's just more variables to consider.
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    Manitou Tower Pro 80mm/100mm/120mm/140mm 29er Fork | Manitou | Brand | www.PricePoint.com
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    Manitou Tower Pro Forks 29" - Tapered Steerer 2013 | Chain Reaction Cycles
    More selection with $15 off code.
    Would be a prime choice and I like the small bump compliance going over rocks and roots when climbing.

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    Nice find on the Pricepoint--that's cheaper than CRC, which I was looking at before, and Pricepoint is in the US which is another plus. The 80mm Pro fork may work well with my bike.
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    Rockshox Recon Silver vs Rockshox 30 Gold

    The coil/air combo works really nicely. I don't see that as a negative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDM View Post
    The coil/air combo works really nicely. I don't see that as a negative.
    The Pro version with the MARS system looks a little more forgiving since the spring doesn't play as big of a role. The Expert version with the ACT system assigns more importance to the spring, and as such, it's much more likely I'd have to change springs. That's a hassle, and the spring kits aren't all that easy to find for the Expert fork.
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    Rockshox Recon Silver vs Rockshox 30 Gold

    Good info on the various spring systems. Will the manufacturer sell springs directly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDM View Post
    Good info on the various spring systems. Will the manufacturer sell springs directly?
    Not sure. I found a couple places in the UK for the Expert fork springs, but they're not widely available. The Tower Pro fork is top on my list at present, thanks to eb1888's link for the $250 price, and I probably won't need to swap the springs in that one. Manitou definitely seems like the best bang for buck at that price point. I just hope the geometry differences don't cause any real issues. It'll probably be fine.
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    The Manitou 2013 has 48mm offset or can be ordered with 51mm offset for 2014. Same with some 2014 RockSox models. More 29ers are going 51mm when you have slack head tube angles. 46mm is last gen.

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    The fork that came with my bike is 46. Hopefully the 48 for the Manitou will work OK, though.
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    Rockshox Recon Silver vs Rockshox 30 Gold

    This is a minute difference. It will not be noticable.

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    How about the X-Fusion Slide RL2? They can be found on eBay for around $300.
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    Where did X-Fusion come from? Two years ago I never heard of them, and now I hear the name all the time.
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    I have both an X-fusion slide rl2 29 and Recon Gold tk 26. I love the Slide and would buy other products from X-Fusion. I like the Slide because it is a bit stiffer even at lower pressure. Currently running it on 1x10 hard tail, but I will be converting it back to SS (it's intended usage). I picked it up off of ebay for $285 delivered.

    Additionally, I don't have anything bad to say about the Recon. I have had zero issues in the 1.5 yrs I've been riding it.

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    I have a Recon Gold on my 26er and I like it a lot. I didn't want to spend that much $ again to put one on my 29er, though. I'm hoping the Manitou will work well.

    I'm still wondering where X-fusion came from...did they just materialize in the last 2 years?
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    Manitou Tower Pro is installed and seems to ride very nice. I could probably use the firm spring instead of the medium--I'll have to look into that and see how much trouble swapping springs will be.
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