RockShox Duke C 2003 Front Shocks

3.75/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 3.57 lbs


Product Description

TRAVEL: 80 mm

SPRING: Hydra Air
Adj: Positive air pressure via Schrader Valve

DAMPING: NEW! HC2
Adj: Internal


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luca qiu a Downhiller from udine, italy

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2005

Strengths:    ...uhm....

Bottom Line:   
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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   sportler

Similar Products Used:   rock shox boxxer

Bike Setup:   ktm big shot

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David McKenna a Weekend Warrior from Wicklow, Ireland

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2004

Strengths:    Great starter fork, manages to take a lot of punishment as i got into some pretty hard cross country quickly. As i said, it takes a beating and copes with sudden bumps very well for a 80mm fork.

Weaknesses:    The dials on the forks do not seem to make much difference, that's part of the reason i've just bought the latest fox f100x with terralogic.

Bottom Line:   
I've had a great 6 months out of these forks and think any new mtb er would be trilled with these and really get the chance to get into mtb ing.

Good fork at the end of the day..

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Favorite Trail:   Djouce in Wicklow

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bike Rack (already on bike)..

Similar Products Used:   Not to sure

Bike Setup:   Dawes Edge Comp which was bought for just under $1000 - upgrades are Hope Mono M4's which are kickass !! Cane Creek S6 Headset (so it continues to take a wallop), and my new addition the latest fox f100x with terralogic: to be tested tomorrow, can't wait...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from California

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2004

Strengths:    Well the price was right. My buddy is a gear freak and let this go for pennies.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet. Mind you, I had my bike set up for commuting with a rigid aluminum fork for the last five years!

Bottom Line:   
Alright, I got a steal on this fork so my opinion is a bit biased (not to mention the fact that I've been riding a rigid fork on the street for five years)! This fork does the job. It's stiff, not too heavy, seems to be bombproof. I mess with it once in a while and change the pressure, rebound, etc. to see what it does but I haven't found a setting I can't deal with. This fork is perfect for the rider that isn't too concerned with weight (ignore my Thomson stuff, Avid Ti's etc......like I said, my buddy is a gear freak and I get this stuff cheap from him) and just want's something that works.

You know, when it comes right down to it it's all about your skill and finesse as a rider. No fork (or bike setup) is going to make you a god! I hold my own with friends and they ride every day while I get out on the trails maybe two days a week with the rest on road (commuting).

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Friend's Garage

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy SL (1997)

Bike Setup:   Trek 8000, XT/XTR, Thomson, Mavic 717's, Avid Ti's, Hellbent XC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Emanuel Correia a Cross Country Rider from Lisbon Portugal

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004

Strengths:    Almost free mantunence great ride once you tune it to your taste easy to tune. Its a tank!

Weaknesses:    Weigth limited course only 80mm.

Bottom Line:   
Its a great fork to come with a new bike not the best and not with all the features but a great fork. I even enter some competition with it and never has left me down!

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Favorite Trail:   Sintra

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Decatlhon

Similar Products Used:   Manitou axel comp, rst rock shox sid pilot

Bike Setup:   its a Decatlhon frame with XT all around weels mavic X221 and maxxis tire incisor um front and a ritchey z maz pro in the back.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by track1 a Cross Country Rider from chicago

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2004

Strengths:    fine tuning with air, good for a stock componet, good for a beginner

Weaknesses:    dosent seem to track well if you ride hard and work it, no lock out, came stock with bike

Bottom Line:   
good for beginners and as a stock component but as you start to progress and ride hard you will find the need for something a little more stable and smoother

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   none yet... going to upgrade to a marzocchi mx pro eta or fox racing float 100rl or something along those lines

Bike Setup:   trek 6700

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ronny a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2003

Strengths:    Fast rebound, weight (for non-professionals), ...

Weaknesses:    You can only buy this fork with a complete bike.

Bottom Line:   
It's obvious that the previous people didn't write a serious review.
That's why i guve this one 5 chilis for value and overall rating, to raise the average rating a bit.

It's a great fork. If you want a bit more comfort, try to set a lower psi than described in the manual.
It reacts very good to fast and hard bumps, and the rebound is perfect.

Try to find a setting that gives enough comfort, but avoid the pumping-effect. Try to avoid the fork to reach its limit. If it does to much, raise the psi.

I think this fork is quite similar to the other Duke's, maybe it's a bit more stiff.

The fork came with my bike, but if you have this one, you shouldn't be thinking about changing it. It's a good fork, especially for people that are making a lot of tours.
Maybe it's even a good fork for the beginning racer, because of it stiffness, but pro-racers should go to the SID's I think

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Installed on bike

Similar Products Used:   /

Bike Setup:   Koga Miyata X-Runner

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Evren Seven a Cross Country Rider from SanJ ose, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003

Strengths:    it comes on the bike. and it's amazing cheapness offsets the other cool features of a gt idrive 1.0.

Weaknesses:    it's a piece of crap.

Bottom Line:   
I think Rock Shox put out this stinker bike companies can put other cool stuff on a bike and sell them under 2 grand. Serious riders who care will swap the shock out. I'm getting the fox float RLC.

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Favorite Trail:   saratoga gap

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   calabazas cyclery

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   factory stock GT idrive 1.0...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zack paulinskill a Cross Country Rider from newton nj usa

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2003

Strengths:    well i used this fork once and it was pretty stiff, good for fat riders like myself, i weigh near 300 pounds, and if the d*mn frok cant support me, there is a problem, so the only time i used this duke fork, it seemed pretty stiff, when it comes down to it, thats all i care about

Weaknesses:    i guess the weight... oh and the price, thats why i didnt buy it

Bottom Line:   
see it for yourself, i dont think a 300 pound whale can talk for a 150 pound racer, am i right? huh oh and if you get this fork, e mail me and please give me your old one, see i am very poor and i need money, for parts, my friends tell me to get a job but im lazy, no wonder im so fat, right?

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Favorite Trail:   paulinskill valley trail

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   cycle works bryam nj, the best bike shop in nj!!!

Similar Products Used:   manitou magnum, the worst fork in the world for people who weigh more than 10 pounds!! and marzocci bomber forks

Bike Setup:   schwinn mesa gsx 2001, deore crank and derailures, and shifters, stock rims,cassette, brakes, unfortunetly fork, wtb velociraptor tires,schwinn grips, everything else stock i belive

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