RockShox Duke Race 2004 Front Shocks

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

Aggressive Trail/Enduro Suspension

Duke forks have earned a reputation among serious mtb-ers who crave on-the-fly versatility, durability and light weight wherever they ride.


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jermaine C a Cross Country Rider from San Jose / CA /US

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2009

Strengths:    Great damping & rebound, Lite weight , 100mm

Weaknesses:    got some trouble first adjusting the right amount of air

Bottom Line:   
Great for cross country , just 3lbs , duke´s one of the best rock shox ever...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $480.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Marocchi Z1 , Manitou Black & axel


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2006

Strengths:    Looks good and has lockout. Isn't perfect, but works great. No leaks.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy I would say.

Bottom Line:   
Feels like heaven after switching from a DAMN MANITOU. It's stiff and it's a air fork, so you can set the pressure till it's right for your feel. Noticable difference with the rebound adjust. Dial it from Rabbit to Turtle, and you will feel the bumps quite hard.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   off some guy

Bike Setup:   K2 zed4.0 , Avid SD7

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james a Cross Country Rider from rockford IL, US

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff, adjustable, reliable so far, looks like it should stay that way

Weaknesses:    A little heavier than some forks in the same class

Bottom Line:   
Had everything I wanted: adjustable, moderate weight, good performance, lockout. Replaced a pretty low end OEM manitou. Tracks well and soaks up bumps. The lockout works as advertised. It has been replaced in the Rock Shox lineup by the Reba, but is a good deal for someone looking for a strong 80 (or 100) mm XC fork (especially now that these should on discout). Great fork for the money.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Similar Products Used:   manitou magnum, cannondale lefty

Bike Setup:   80 mm fork, RM hardtail, XT/LX drivetrain, hope discs, 160 lb rider

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CSaba Balog a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2004

Strengths:    No flex at all, very stiff, feels solid and stable in corners and single track.

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses found so far. They could have put the remote control in the package though..

Bottom Line:   
It is a very nice fork, I can recommend it to anyone(especially for heavier riders) as an alternate of the flexy SIDs.(I'm 84kg)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   400

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Pilot C, Manitou Black Platinum

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS 2,RS SID rear shock,Avid BB discs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dino a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO USA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2004

Strengths:    Steering Precision, Rebound Control, Big Hit Absorbtion, Looks, Lockout

Weaknesses:    Weight

Bottom Line:   
I like riding the Duke much better than the SID XC that I had on the bike befor this. The Duke is stout, tight and very adjustable. It greatly improved my confidence and speed on fast to medium speed downhills. Cornering is very precise. I like it alot. I'd say it weighs somewhere between 3.7 - 3.9 lbs which is fairly heavy. The only times that I feel disadvantaged using this fork as opposed to a SID race or Manitou Skareb is on long fire road climbs or when needing to lift the front end of the bike repeatedly. I have the 80 mm travel version in Silver which looks very cool!

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Rock Shox Trade-in Program

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox SID, Manitou -Various

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight set-up for XC riding and racing

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marcin K a Cross Country Rider from Warsaw/Poland

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2004

Strengths:    stiff, smooth, soaks everything

Weaknesses:    none found

Bottom Line:   
Upgraded from axel, it's 500% better. I Have the 80mm version. Fork is very stiff, finally i am not afraid of fast downhill parts, on uphill ClimbIt Control works great. Rebound damping is much better then in manitou, yoou can really feel the difference. Fork travel is very smooth, although final 25mm is harder due to the air spring, but thats very nice characteristic and feels ok. Only thing i can complain about is the rebound damping regulator - very "plastic" and doesn't look ok on a fork that's mostly metal. Also -fork is very expensive in Poland....

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   RS Judy C'99, Manitou Axel Super '03

Bike Setup:   Merida Special Edition frame 9.0SL,7.0,Deore LX, Deore, Mavic Crossroc UST

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Bethany, Oklahoma USA

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2004

Strengths:    Semi-lightweight, 100mm of plush travel, adjustable everything, lockout, minimal or no flex. Looks pretty sweet too!

Weaknesses:    RS doesn't make a disc only version and I'm sure there's a way to shed another half pound or so off of this baby.

Bottom Line:   
I weigh in around 200 pounds and was in the market for a tougher fork than my old SID...which was way too flexy and was separating from the crown. Looked at Zokes, Fox, and Manitou and didn't like the weights/options available on other forks in the same price range. In the end went back with ol' reliable Rock Shox and found what is so far the perfect fork for me. It has enough travel and is burley enough to eat up the big stuff, but is still light enough to race on...around 3.6 lbs when all is said and done. Great all around. I couldn't be happier.

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Favorite Trail:   Roman Nose

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Owned: RS SID SL, RS Pilot
Played with: RS Psylos of all kinds, Marz DJ3


Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Isis, LX/XT/XTR, Bontrager race discs, Avid Mechanicals and lots of other cool things

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