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Rockshox announce new 30 Gold fork

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Today Rockshox announced it’s latest update, a replacement for the budget Recon Silver.  The new fork drops nearly half a pound (or 230 of your grams , a considerable saving.  The fork also benefits from much of the technological wizardry found on forks that are more than twice the price.  Given that the Recon currently retails for €280 that is a lot of bang for your buck.

The 30 Gold is designed for a variety of formats too – 26, 27.5 and 29er.  The 26er being available in 80mm or 100mm travel sizes.  The 27.5 (650b) and 29er are available in 100mm or 120mm travel sizes.  The only chink in the armor is the lack of a bolt through hub.  Expect to see plenty of these on entry level bikes in 2014 and on a whole slew of cheap 650B bikes too!  Full press release below.


Light (actually, very light)? Check. Easy to set up? Check. RockShox ride quality? Check. All wheel sizes compatible? Check. Too good to be true? Not if you are referring to the all-new RockShox 30 Gold.


Aluminum upper tubes are light, very light. That’s what we use in our top-of-the-line forks such as SID, Revelation, and now 30 Gold. How much lighter is light? The 30 Gold is nearly half a pound, or 230 grams lighter than its 26-inch predecessor, Recon Silver.


30 Gold uses RockShox proven Solo Air spring technology to deliver the easiest and most precise setup. Simply fill the air chamber to the desired pressure – the system automatically adjusts to give the best balance of sensitivity and bottom out resistance. Hit the trail, knowing your fork is right for you.


At RockShox, our sole focus is to provide a product that allows riders to go faster and ride with more control and comfort. This applies to all riders, not just the professionals who have a regimented diet and train hard every day. Our engineers are as dedicated to delivering superior ride quality on 30 Gold as our World Cup- winning SIDs and BoXXers.


29”, 26”, or somewhere in between? No need to make any drastic decisions here, because 30 Gold is available for all wheel sizes, including 27.5”. At RockShox we believe your wheel size shouldn’t limit those choices – the new 30 Gold has got you covered, with up to 120mm of travel.


Wheel Sizes: 26”, 27.5”, 29”

Weight*: 26” – 1660g (3.66 lb); 27.5” – 1842g (4.06 lb); 29” – 1828g (4.03 lb)

Travel: 26” – 80mm/100mm; 27.5”/29” – 100mm/120mm (29” – 120mm travel tapered

steerer only)

Steerer: 1-1/8″ aluminum, 1.5″ to 1-1/8″ tapered aluminum

Crown: Forged 6061 T-6 externally pocketed aluminum

Upper Tube: 30mm straight wall anodized aluminum

Axle: 9mm QR

Lower legs: Magnesium, disc only

Spring: Solo Air


Adjustments: External rebound, TurnKey lockout

Colors: Diffusion Black

Options: PopLoc remote

Maximum Rotor Size: 180mm


*Weight based on 265mm 1-1/8″ aluminum steerer, 9mm QR lower leg, Solo Air

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