Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Hodgepodge 26er Rigid
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The Recon is a bit higher up the line than the Tora. I personally would lean towards a Recon. All things being equal, the Recon should be a bit lighter than a similar Tora, as the uppers (the stanchions) are aluminum. The Tora runs steel uppers. Also, some of the very lower-end Tora forks do not have motion-control damping.
My son has a Recon on his bike. His model has an air-spring rather than the coil-spring you are looking at. He and I have been very happy w/it.