RockShox Duke Race 2004 Front Shocks

Duke Race

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.

User Reviews (7)

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Jermaine C   Cross Country Rider [Jun 16, 2009]
Strength:

Great damping & rebound, Lite weight , 100mm

Weakness:

got some trouble first adjusting the right amount of air

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

Similar Products Used: Marocchi Z1 , Manitou Black & axel
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jim   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2006]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

A little heavy I would say.

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Ryan   Cross Country Rider [Jan 12, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Owned: RS SID SL, RS Pilot
Played with: RS Psylos of all kinds, Marz DJ3
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
james   Cross Country Rider [Dec 26, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

A little heavier than some forks in the same class

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.

Similar Products Used: manitou magnum, cannondale lefty
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
CSaba Balog   Cross Country Rider [Sep 15, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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)

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Pilot C, Manitou Black Platinum
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Dino   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Weight

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!

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox SID, Manitou -Various
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Marcin K   Cross Country Rider [Jun 24, 2004]
Strength:

stiff, smooth, soaks everything

Weakness:

none found

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....

Similar Products Used: RS Judy C'99, Manitou Axel Super '03
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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