RockShox Duke SL 2003 Front Shocks

3.8/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 3.65 lbs MSRP : $385.00


Product Description

TRAVEL: 80 mm

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

DAMPING: PURE Delite
Adj: Rebound


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tristan from edmonton

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2005

Strengths:    plush, can adjust stifness with air which is good for my body size

Weaknesses:    paint chipped off.

Bottom Line:   
The shock is good. but it has been stored out of the wether and about 10% of the paint has just chipped off. like what a shatty deal. talk about a crappy looking shock when the paint comes off

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   norco chaos rock shox duke SL

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Christian Heath a Cross Country Rider from Melrose, MA USA

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2004

Strengths:    Adjustments, Have never had to have the thing serviced,,,

Weaknesses:    The ugly lettering on the side!!!

Bottom Line:   
I think people tend to love or hate, and then tend to over exagerate the obvious but I can honestly say I have never had a problem with this fork. I ride my bike aggressivly but never abuse, so maybe that is why i tend not to brake any parts, or bones! I would say for anyone looking for a fair value mid-range travel and priced fork this is for you. Anybody looking for an high impact fork this would not be a wise choice. I have never bottomed out the fork although I am about 145lbs. and I tend not to land hard, but I will do 5ft or so drops with it at times and like I say, not a problem. I do give it up to the folks at rock-shock for a smooth-buttery ride, I never spill my beer! ;o)

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Favorite Trail:   The one I am riding at the moment...

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   manatou, marzocchi, noleen

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS1, LX, XTR, Hayes Mag hydrolic...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ma ke a Weekend Warrior from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2003

Strengths:    Nice and soft, absorbs even the slightest bump.
Easy to change pressure.


Weaknesses:    doesn't bottom out, even when landing 4+ft jumps.

Bottom Line:   
These forks definatly do what i ask them to, a big improvement over the bombers.
The dukes deliver wether you're jumping crevances, hitting rocks or street riding(Malaysia, many potholes.)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Bomber XRC Pro

Bike Setup:   Kona Kahuna, stock (eccept the forks)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Beaman a Weekend Warrior from Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2003

Strengths:    108mm travel, Strength, great on the trails. I took it to colorado and it preformed flawlessley.

Weaknesses:    The U-Turn broke after about 2 months of riding on it. I would have it set to 108mm of travel and when i would go off a drop it would drop down, sometimes all the way to 80mm. Other than that though, no problems at all.

Bottom Line:   
The Rock Shox Duke Sl is a great shox that has good strength and a good amount of travel for all-mountain riders. The only problem that I had was with the U-Turn and it was still very ridable.

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy XC - Quality product
Rock Shox Judy SL


Bike Setup:   Giant XTC frame, XTR and XT drive train, Rock Shox Duke SL, Answer Hyperlite Bar, Avid Black Opps brakes with Avid Speed Dial Ti, Sun Rhyno Lite rims with XT Hubs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg McKenna a Cross Country Rider from Scottsdale, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2003

Strengths:    Cost - cheap ! Good fork on a budget.
4" travel, Color - White matches my Tracer.
Reliable. Have had for 10 months, has about 800 trail miles on it. Had it checked out after muddy weekend in Durango and it had no problems. The shop put heavier oil in (7wt) - and I lowered the psi which seems to have improved performance.


Weaknesses:    Little flexy.
Buddies claim they can see fork deflection as I ride.
Rebound knob doesn't work after getting it serviced by local shop. Fair amount of feedback (aka: vibration)thru the headset, handlebars. Like I said, seems to run better with lower psi.


Bottom Line:   
Good fork for intermediate rider on a mid size budget.

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Favorite Trail:   Elden

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $159.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy SL 100, Cannondale Headshock (original), Specialized Future Shock (1990)

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer, Avid Mech Disc Brakes, Mavic 223 Wheelset w/ Stans tubeless, XT Group, Sram X.0 Derailluer with 7.0 Shifters, SPD 737 (they wont die) pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trey Commander a Weekend Warrior from Chattanooga, TN

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003

Strengths:    Nice Ride. Stiff and accepting of downhill abuse. Light for it's price range.

Weaknesses:    Heavier than a SID. Stiction on first couple of rides. Needs lower pressure than idicated for the lightweight riders

Bottom Line:   
Great shock for the price. This Shock combines weight and durability into one shock with plenty of style. Not seen any build quality/Durability issues like someone else mentioned. Killer Value.

4 Chilis for overall value cause everything has room for improvement

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Favorite Trail:   Edwards Point

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Judy XC

Bike Setup:   Klien Attitude Race, XT Compunent Group, Few other trimmings

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, Texas

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2003

Strengths:    Solid performer, stiff and responsive. A solid value for the money, more rugged than a SID.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy but certainly not out of line considering its stiffness.

Bottom Line:   
The 2003 Duke SL is a much better performer than the 2002 version, and outshines the 2003 Duke XC. Rock Shox has a value and performance winner in the 2003 Duke SL fork.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $360.00

Similar Products Used:   Many


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Redbuck a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, Ga. USA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap and it worked OK for awhile.

Weaknesses:    Bushings wore out after 150 miles.

Bottom Line:   
Not bad until it wore out after only 150 miles. Sent it back to RS through my LBS and still waiting for it after 4 weeks. Yes, I'm PO'd. This is not only a bad product (as far as durability) but even worse service! I'll be replacing it ASAP with a White Bros., which is on order. Anybody want to buy a nearly new rebuilt shock?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   350

Similar Products Used:   SID XC. Rode for 3 years without a problem.

Bike Setup:   IF Steele Dlx. w/ Avid Mech. disk, XT, yada, yada..

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric Parent a Weekend Warrior from Quebec

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2003

Strengths:    "Plushy" on compression and also on rebound.

Weaknesses:    Stiction on the first few rides.
Noisy squeak when I start during the first few minutes of riding.
Not much adjustment possible on the rebound knob... Only 90 degres but I wish I had more possibilities.


Bottom Line:   
This fork seems a lot more tough than my previous Rock Shox which was a SID '01.
Less nervous than SID but much more adaptative to the trail.

I like it so far.

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Favorite Trail:   Coaticook

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Gagné Vélo Ski

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z2 Atom Bomb '99, Rock Shox Judy SL '00.

Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive 3.0 '01 (international version)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Justin Hartman a Cross Country Rider from Setauket Ny, USA

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2003

Strengths:    stiff, nice rebound un allround good fork

Weaknesses:    squeaks a lot during the begining of riding

Bottom Line:   
Very good inexpensive fork. U want a fairly cheap xc fork this is the one u are looking for

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   judy xc

Bike Setup:   gt

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