RockShox Duke XC U-Turn 2003 Front Shocks

4.21/5 (28 Reviews)
Weight : 4.19 lbs MSRP : $300.00


Product Description

TRAVEL: 63-108 mm
Adj: U-TURN external travel adjustment

SPRING: U-TURN
Adj: U-TURN

DAMPING: NEW! HC2
Adj: Rebound


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dr. Awesome a Weekend Warrior from Chilliwack, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2010

Strengths:    PLush, Travel control, decently light

Weaknesses:    I wish it had air pressure control, easy to bottom out

Bottom Line:   
It is a nice plush shock and is very nice for going over bumps.

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Favorite Trail:   Dilemha

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came on Trek Fuel 90

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Will a Racer from Portland, Oregon

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2008

Strengths:    +great looking white lowers
+easy to adjust U-turn
+Easton stanchions
+plush


Weaknesses:    -too plush
-bottoms out easily
-weight
-white lowers are hard to clean (discolors easily)
-no lockout


Bottom Line:   
The U-Turn version of the Duke is ideal for recreational riding. More "tuned" for an all-mountain rider who doesn't mind the squish on climbing.

I raced it for Short Track and XC but dialed down to 80mm or lower. It handled well but at the cost of weight. The damping still leaves the fork feeling a little like a pogo stick...bottoming out easily. In turns, it tracks well enough but you'll need to run a wider tire in front to compensate for the poor tracking.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Axel Super & Comp
Rock Shox Duke XC Air, Judy XC, Indy C, Tora 318 Air
Marzocchi Bomber
Maverick
Fox


Bike Setup:   just removed it...raced it on 2 different bikes. One is a Soma Groove and the other a Leader 516H

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Scotts Valley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2004

Strengths:    U-Turn. Very active and plush suspension. Fork looks awesome.

Weaknesses:    Too soft for my style of riding. Suspension gives in too much when going into hard turns. Fork bottoms out quite easily.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are great for the rider who does mostly cross country and rides aggressively occasionally. Not good for doing decent sized drops. They are great for a 4 inch fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Enchanted Loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   www.pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 Drop Off

Bike Setup:   Custom Kona Bear. All XT with XT Disc brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bikefreak101 a Cross Country Rider from Ashland Wi

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2004

Strengths:    U-Turn!!! I love this feature, rebound

Weaknesses:    preload cant com with u-turn

Bottom Line:   
This fork is great for the average rider. It has the ability to do an xc race one day and an all mountain a-xc ride the next without almost any compromises from either side

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Favorite Trail:   seeley OO

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Bike Setup:   2001 Marin bear valley, Duke, Kore bar/stem, WTB speed V saddle, stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Albert Osorio a Cross Country Rider from Zurich, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth, nice to be able to adjust. Does the job and doesn't get itself noticed. (so far) No strange unidentifiable noises as is case with some forks.

Weaknesses:    None yet. BUT! I am weary of ROCKSHOX holding up in the long haul. Have had bad experiences with two JUDYs.

Bottom Line:   
Like the fork so far, but very upset with Rockshox quality in the past 3 years. I went through two Judy's in two seasons, and the second time cost me $. Switched to Manitou for two seasons with no Problems. I took the Manitou in for a check after one season and the mechanic said the oil level still looked OK and was amazed how fresh the oil still looked and smelled. ANYWAY, Let's hope I can get at least two seasons on this ROCKSHOX with blowing through the guts and landing on Metal to Metal!

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Favorite Trail:   allover Engadin, Switzerland

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with Bike

Similar Products Used:   Manitou

Bike Setup:   XT with LX hubs and XTR V-brakes. Nashbar clicks (good product) Continental Explorer tires. (also good) Bike is called REDBULL and is a German/Canadian brand sold only over the internet from Germany. (outstanding value)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Weston, Connecitcut, USA

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2004

Strengths:    For any rider, no matter what the age, this is a great fork for all kinds of xc riding, and it can easily handle the big jumps you want to concour. The u turn is awsome because it enables you to change from when you riding on the road, or off road. Great fork!

Weaknesses:    none, havent experienced any problems yet

Bottom Line:   
this fork is awsome for any kind of rider. For the price, it is second to none and it provides you with an amisingly smooth ride youve been looking for

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Favorite Trail:   Aspetauk Nature Preserve

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $239.00

Purchased At:   JensonUsa

Similar Products Used:   rock shox judy, rock shox sid

Bike Setup:   duke xc, titanium hardtail, hydro disk brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben Elliott a Weekend Warrior from boston

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2003

Strengths:    This is a great fork for light people who ride trails with meteocre difficulty. It works great for me because it soaks up all the rocks, roots, and short drops.U-turn.

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
Good shock for weekend warrior. can handle rough trails and 2-foot drops. A little pricey but thats ok.

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Favorite Trail:   holliston town forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Milford Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   rockshox indy c

Bike Setup:   cannondlae f500

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marcus Peters a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch NZ

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2003

Strengths:    A fantastic fork for aggressive xc riding. smooth ride with the advantage of 108mm of lush travel

Weaknesses:    The price and the time it takes to dial them down

Bottom Line:   
Go for it they have transformed my riding !! Compared to the last pair of forks that came with them it is the difference between night and day. Not really using the dial option though as is a bit of a hassle to adjust on the run. They also seem to reduce the amount of fatigue I get also due to the smooth ride

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Favorite Trail:   Port hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Marzochi comps

Bike Setup:   Kona Kahuna, magura disks, egg beaters,conti pro rubber and duke u turns

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Duncan a Racer from NH

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2003

Strengths:    Decent fork for the money, U-turn is nice to play around with.

Weaknesses:    Rebound adjuster. during one season of riding and racing it needed to be replaced 3 times. it wasn't covered under warrenty. the bushings also blew out after about 2 months. for a racing fork it's very heavy. the springs are also very, very soft, even for me (135 lbs) standing up on the bike and pushing down pretty much bottoms them out.

Bottom Line:   
The fork is decent if you have time to play with the U-turn and don't mind the weight. for a racer, it is not reccomended. even on casual rides i never found myself using the u turn. the rebound adjuster is a nice touch, but it stripped out even when i wasn't turning it, and fairly expensive to replace (especially when it happens three times). the bushings are also a consideration

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   bomber

Bike Setup:   modified '03 big sur

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michel van Rossen a Cross Country Rider from Ermelo Holland

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2003

Strengths:    The U-turn! I like to go racing with my frends but I also like to blow my legs on one of the singletracks in the woods nearby. The problem is that I want a good fork but I don't have two bikes for the difrent purposes. So the U-turn can transform your maratonbike into a freeride. (and between!)

Weaknesses:    The turn of the rebound is only 90 deg. and thus dificult to tune but it works if you've found your setting. I've used it for about 300km (180M) now and no problems so far. Perhaps a little heavy but it's lighter than my old one.

Bottom Line:   
Nice fork to upgrade your bike but chose for the Duke xc without U-turn if you have more than one bike or if you only use it for one disipline.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   bikefun.nl

Similar Products Used:   Cheapo Crappo sunntour.

Bike Setup:   Giant XCT 850, EBC brakepads, Deore front, XT rear, Sram chain (love the gold link!), Michelin wildgripper (summer, dry, racing) of Continental Vertical pro (winter, mud, freeride), crankbros eggbeaters, and the Rochshox U-turn.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Hal Wolter a Weekend Warrior from Berkeley CA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2003

Strengths:    smooth. absorbs everything. uturn is very exact.

Weaknesses:    WAY TOO SOFT!!!!!!! bottoms out unbelievably easy. if i get my weight cenetered over the fork it is completely bottomed out. i did an 8' to really smooth tranny (smooth enuf i stuck it on my bmx bike w/ a 10$ fork) and the right seal on the fork blew and puked oil all over the place. since the fork comes too soft u have to get stiffer springs but because of the u-turn you cant get just springs and the kit is upwards of $30 instead of like $15 for just springs. also the u-turn is useless. It cant be done on the fly and for climbing i have it all the way down, and all other times i have it all the way up. its a useless and expensive gimmic and it ruins the asthetics. also the rebound controll iss too hard to reach, ive learned to do it w/ the tip of my foot but i cant do it at high speeds or bumpy sections. also i have trouble trusting the crown since it is glued on and it feels like plastic.

Bottom Line:   
DON'T GET THIS FORK!!!!!! if you know what your doing get somthing else. if your looking for a tougher almost freeride fork get a psylo or a manitou black. and if you want a pure XC for get the Duke air. the only thing the uturn is usefull for is shrinking to fork down to fit into the trunk. if you have no price lmmit i would HIGHLY recomend a manitou sherman w/ on the fly adjustments. that is the best fork ive ever ridden and i ve never heard of one breaking.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   marzocci exr comp. manitou sherman. fox float. fox talas. Boxxer


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Racer from Grand Blanc, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Strengths:    Adjustable travel, adjustable rebound, easy to dial in. Very solid, rigid. Hasn't bottomed out on many 1-2 foot drops. Looks good. I weigh 185 and it's strong enough for me. If you're much over 190, you might need a heavier spring set.

Weaknesses:    A little (1/2lb) heavy but got used to it quickly.

Bottom Line:   
A great fork for the price. I race beginner class so I can't justify spending the money on a SID. The Duke is great for Michigan trails with rocks, roots, small drops (1-2 feet), etc. I have it set at 80-85mm and about in the middle on the rebound. It goes over everything with no complaints and very little feedback. It's so much better than the Manitou SX that came on the Stumpjumper, there's no comparison. It's really saving my hands, wrists, etc., on long rides. If you're not willing to spend big bucks but still want a solid fork, this might be the one for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake, Highland, Holdridge Lakes, Brighton

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy SL, Manitou SX

Bike Setup:   I bought two; one is used on a 2002 Airborne Corsair frame and the other on a '99 Stumpjumper FSR Comp. It works fine on both bikes but is a little heavy on the Airborne.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Weekend Warrior from Bath, England

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2003

Strengths:    the abilty to switch travel at a dial, i commute everyday this is handy to be able to switch to off-road mode at a twist no messing with pumps and gubbings,mine came with disc mounts too.

Weaknesses:    the fact that i am a pie eater i need to upgrade the spring to black,they should give you this option from the off,maybe its the shops fault not rock shox??? also people prone to fiddling with the u-turn bit caused the knob to freeze at the lowest travel maybe a lock feature would be the next improvement

Bottom Line:   
commuting an 8 mile each way journey with girt hills is no fun when you dont have the money for a separate road bike and no time to mess with air/oil pressure,and you like some knarly xc in your spare time go for these bad boys. so unless your into freeride or mentalist downhill these forks cover the job at a reasonable cost. just if your like me and over 200-lbs ask your bike shop to change the springs straight away.

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Favorite Trail:   Cheddar xc course

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Avon Valley Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   mantilou axel.judy tt.

Bike Setup:   marin frame, xt-deore mix, wilderness trail bits and bobs, panaracer fire xc-pro tires/wtb slickosarus.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keith Ramey a Weekend Warrior from Arlington, VA

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2003

Strengths:    Better than the stock forks that came on my bike

Weaknesses:    Spring too soft for my fat butt. Also found no oil in forks when changing spring...

Bottom Line:   
The Judy C that came with my bike was weak. I bought these in a hurry and didn't want to order and wait for them. Huge improvement over the Judy (of course). THen i read about them some more and bought the extra firm spring. WHile changing that found no oil in the forks. After fixing all that, I don't think I would trade these forks for anything. Like a new set of forks. Love them. Upgrade was well worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Razorback

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Bicyles ETC...

Similar Products Used:   Stock crap

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M-80 with a bunch of new crap on it

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cliff mcleroy from athens georgia

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2003

Strengths:    ease of travel adjustment, rigidity, good out of the box setup

Weaknesses:    Damping a bit too weak, occassional squeaks/chirps

Bottom Line:   
Fork worked well out of the box, U turn was handy to determine optimum fork length for handling. Slider bushings are tight (no play) yet have minimal stiction. I run the max rebound damping setting, will probably go with heavier oil at 1st service. Occassional squeak is annoying. Great fork for the money. Lets you know what travel works best for your frame before you blow big $ on a fancy fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Heritage park, oconee co.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   girvin vector, flexstem, softride sus stem

Bike Setup:   homemade (by me) steel frame, grip shift 8 sp, suntour xc pro cranks, XT, amer classic/mavic wheels.

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