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    New Recon Gold TK

    Pretty excited to get this fork on in place of my RST Deuce. Just need to wait for a friend to help me cut down the steerer and take the crown race off of my old fork.

    Any opinions on the Recon? I know it's nothing too special but I do plan on eventually getting another bike when I graduate.

    EDIT: I'll try to get some pictures up once its on
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    Congratulations! Do you know how to get the race onto the new fork?
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    I'll be interested I how you like this fork. I have the same rst on my bike now and am looking for an upgrade and was considering the recon.

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    On my Trek I went from an RST to a Tora 318 which was replaced at no cost by Rock Shox with a Recon Gold. I found it to be an excellent fork. Stable, plush, predictable, rebound adjustment and light as a feather compared to any RST fork. It's never given me any trouble. If this is your first real fork, I suspect you're going to be very, very happy.

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    IIRC, the RST Deuce is the one with the big honkin' steer tube for a couple of Cannondales?

    You may need a new headset too.

    When I killed my last fork and before my current one presented itself, I did some research and was leaning toward the Recon Gold as a replacement. If you're not inclined to whine about grams, I think it should be a terminal upgrade fork.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    I'm not sure how to get the race off, but I think it just pops right on to the new fork right? I'm having someone that has a tool to take it off help me with it and help with the cutting down the steerer tube and moving the star nut.

    the recon has the 1.5" steerer (pull-off from another Cannondale) which is the same as what my Cannondale has so the headset shouldn't be an issue.

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    This might help:

    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    I got a cheap deal on the Recon Silvers for my wifes bike to replace the dart 3's. As soon as my wife had learnt the basics the too big spring and lack of rebound adjust was becoming a problem conering at speed as she is very light. Definately a worthy upgrade - enjoy.
    Remember the golden rule with new forks - measure twice, cut once

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    You will like that fork. My wife has one on her Cannondale. The times I've rode around on it, it was pretty impressive. Not what I expected.

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    I just replaced my Suntour 80mm with a Marathon LR and it made a load of difference. I just took mine to my LBS and had them install it for $30. Saved me about an hour and $60 in tools and whatever human error that might have occurred.
    They call me non-sequitur

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