The DUC32's rigid design and minimal weight provides the balance and control that is critical to a 29-inch bike's performance.
The DUC utilizes an internally butted hollow welded upper “H” section with a top-clamp that features an integrated stem. Now add an ultralight 8mm hollow steerer shaft, our proprietary 24/7 front hub, a Climbing Mode that drops the fork 2”, inverted fork technology that bathes the seals in oil. Adjustable features include rebound, air pressure, oil volume and viscosity.
a Weekend Warrior
from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2011
Strengths: Build quality, plushy, easy to adjust, best suitable for all mountain riding
Weaknesses: takes a bit longer to put on the front wheel
The best shock for all mountain riding, have used for 1 yr without any shown weakness for an intermediate rider over various terrains and trails.
responsive in controlled descending, good sensitivity over small bumps at speed (sensitive without affecting steering/controlling), great steering at any given speed and condition. SAVED me many many time from potential loss of control and falling!
I have serviced her regularly and never had any problems so far after 1 year of my own riding and 3 yrs riding from its first owner.. really don't understand why a couple ppl here gave quite low ticks for this killer of all mountains, DUC32 is probably the best shock for all mountain riding.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2010
Strengths: Light weight, plush feel, different look, customer service
Weaknesses: As much as I like how it rides...
Even after replacing seals and seal heads, it soon develops leaks on both sides. The worst one is the left, ruining yet another set of brake pads and nearly killing me more than once. I kept riding it, thinking the next set of seals would solve the problem.
The "climbing mode" kept failing. Within a few rides after a damper re-build, it simply quit working. I virtually never used it because it quit working so routinely.
It has virtually no external adjustability. What it does have has very limited, almost undetectable, range. It's technology is simply trails other brands.
The last straw came during a four-day trip that included Bootleg Canyon and other trails around Las Vegas. I had just replaced the seals and seal heads, yet the fork started seeping oil around the top of the right leg, clunking during compression, and developed leaks in both seals. I had to take the front brake off every night and thoroughly alcohol clean it and everything around it, but since the fork continued to leak, often leaving a puddle on the garage floor by morning, I had to clean off some oil every time we stopped to re-group during rides. Even so, oil eventually made it onto the rotor, making further descending kind of sketchy.
While I appreciate that I could work on this fork myself, I sure spent a lot of time doing just that. It may be light, but I simply got tired of what a pain it is to maintain and always worrying when I was going to discover the hard way that it had barfed on my front rotor again. This trip was the last straw. After replacing seals and seal heads, it let me down again. I was the only one with non crash-related mechanical issues and mine was the only one of ten bikes with a Maverick fork. I also realized as I unpacked just now that the majority of the parts and tools I took with me were in case I had to service my fork. It's pretty bad when you take it for granted that you'll need to work on something.
While I give Maverick customer service high marks, I did as they suggested, but could not stave off the leaks. Incidentally, when I first got my fork, the uppers had to be replaced due to severe leaking, as in gobs of oil visibly oozing down the stanchions. Later, a batch of bad seals caused more leaking. While those problems were addressed, even with new seals and seal heads, oil still seeps out within a couple of rides.
My riding style has changed since I bought this fork and I prefer more technical riding for which I think other forks are better suited. Technically savvy friends think the leakage may be due to the "upside down" fork design allowing enough flex during technically demanding maneuvers to compromise the seal-stanchion interface, but I've had leakage problems from the beginning before I rode much technical stuff.
I got four years of use out of it, but not without a lot of anxiety and giving it plenty of attention. My bike is at the shop getting a Fox Talas 36 RC2 put on it. I'm willing to sacrifice a little weight gain for a lot more reliability and the travel adjust is simply a bonus that may more than compensate for any other shortcomings. Most of my friends run Fox forks, but I liked having something different and light, and I didn't want to follow the herd. But sometimes the herd is right.
The bottom line for me is that if all you care about is weight and love opening up your fork and tinkering with it, go ahead and get it. I'd rather ride.
Similar Products Used: I've only ever used Mavericks.
Bike Setup: Ibis Mojo
a Weekend Warrior
from Reno, NV
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2010
Strengths: has been totally reliable
Weaknesses: not progressive enough
Its been totally reliable for 3 years of hard riding. I have taken it off numerous 3-4 foot drops and come up long and short on jumps many time (sometimes I even hit the transition). I have had no problems. It does bottom hard when you blow your line but as long as it doesn't break I don't care too much. Excellent laterial stiffness even with the 29er wheel. If it feels flexable its in your head (or yours isn't as well built as mine). Could be more progressive but that might be my setup. Should have more rebound adjustment for sure. As for peeps not liking it being a triple...did you not notice that before you bought it?? I think it looks totally awesome and its build quality is second to non. Thing is real expensive thats for sure.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2008
Strengths: Light, stiff, lockdown feature, sexy. Small bump performance is fantasticly sensitive.
Weaknesses: Dual crown gets in the way....sometimes my knees hit the backs of the fork legs; dual crown also limits lock. Dedicated hub is annoying.....doesn't allow for much in the way of hub choices. Wheel removal is cumbersome. Roof rack transport requires a full tray mount.......fork mounts won't work! Damping and quality of travel isn't as sophisticated as Fox or Rock Shox.
While the fork may be light, stiff, and sexy, it's quality of travel doesn't measure up to either Fox or Rock Shox. Add the annoyances of the dual crown, proprietary hub, and transport issues, I'd have to give this fork a thumbs down.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2008
Strengths: Really Light and Very stiff to and fro. Lockout Knob is easy and very effective. I like the idea how it actually drops the travel. Especailly good for climbing steep stuff and out of the saddle stomps.
Weaknesses: The twist in the fork under breaking is a bit of a put off. I too over tighten the drop out levers. I dont think this is a good way to fix this "problem". As I have broken one in the past because of this. The fork has very limited compression dampening. Actually really has no difference. Bobbing is a fairly big issue with this fork. Especially run in 26er mode. I am a little tired of how hard this fork is to get riding right. I think I have spent a good 40hrs maintainingthis fork and trying to get the compression damper to actually do something.
This fork is good. However I think there are plenty of drawbacks.
Twist under breaking and hard cornering
Lack of setting.
THis fork is lovely it its way it is made however has some pretty serious set backs.
I thkn the likes of the 09 reba and fox 29er forks really out do this fork easy.
Similar Products Used: I've ridden a few different units in this model and have always liked the idea of these forks.
Bike Setup: Its been on a Fisher Paragon 29er for 6 months not and rides rally nice. I thought it would be to much for this frame as it is only intended for an 80mm travel form. I think with the bigger offset that an 07-08 reba it works fine. Before that it was on a Lenz Leviathan for 6 months and rode well on that also.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bend, OR
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2007
Strengths: When it's right it rides really well and all is right in the world. Laterally stiff Light
Weaknesses: Finicky to set up Leaky, needs frequent Maintenance Specific hub and stem make it very expensive
I wasn't in love with this fork at first. It bottomed or was harsh with more air. I bought it used and it leaked oil so I sent it to Blue Sky in Boulder for tuning, they did a nice job and put 10wt oil in the damper. When I got it back I learned to add oil to the air spring to make it more progressive and had it set up perfectly after some tuning on my own. Now it's bottoming occasionally where it didn't before. Maybe I have to add oil to the spring again. I've replaced the seals twice and it still leaks but only on one side so I'm living with it. Maybe I need another rebuild or maybe another fork. Summary: When it's right it's awesome. Hard to keep 'right'.
Bike Setup: Rip 9 now, Lev before. I weigh 180lbs.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2006
Strengths: !!!!4lbs !!!! Best 4+ inch double crown XC fork ever. That has alot to do with what this fork is all about. The wheel also builds up super stiff (Mavercik hub, Delgato Cross 32h, 14g spokes, 3 cross). This fork tracks on downhills like no other. Very cool travel ruduction knob for climing or I use it mostly when on smooth to mod tech single track to increase quickness in handling. There is about an inch of travel left no true lock out.
Weaknesses: Double crown. no spinnin the bars when jumping the 40'gap. Cant use your stem (big deal). last weakness, The competition.
This is by far the best XC fork I have ever had the joy of using. Ridden and owned WB, RC and marz. The coolest thing is the plushness. Tracking on downhills, no better. The hub, 24mm big axel, thats cool. The Uppers on the DUC are welded very well and look good. I like most the option of travel reduction and the DUC delivers. I had Maverick do the conversion and then changed oil to reduce brake dive. No mech. problems what so ever. Seals still good and all still in good working order after a year of riding (500ml).