New RockShox Super Deluxe/Deluxe – Full Details and Weights

ROCKSHOX DELUXE | SUPER DELUXE

A NEW APPROACH IN REAR SHOCK DESIGN

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INITIAL QUESTIONS

-How did we get to the current stroke and eye to eye offerings?

As frame manufacturers pushed the limits of frame design new rear shock sizes were created without broad consultation within the industry, resulting in a complicated offering with many overlaps and performance compromises.

-How did we get to the current hardware and mounting options?

Same process described previously. There are currently almost 90 varieties of rear shock hardware being used in the industry.

How are frame designers interfacing with rear shocks?

Bushings, bearings, proprietary mounting systems.

How much performance are we leaving on the table as a result of these compromises that have accumulated over the years?

A lot. This is why we adopted a new approach to rear shock design.

 

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GOALS

Starting from a blank slate allowed us to establish ambitious goals:

Performance

How do we build the best possible rear shock?

Integration

How do we improve the integration of rear shocks into frame designs? 

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 1:

BUSHING OVERLAP

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Starting with a blank slate allowed us to extend bushing overlap between the moving elements of the shock. This greatly reduces system friction under load. Riders benefit from this with:

BETTER TRACTION

RESPONSIVENESS

INCREASED DURABILITY

AIR CAN BUSHINGS – 33% more overlap

PISTON/SEALHEAD BUSHINGS – 90% more overlap

 

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 2:

IMPROVED SCRAPER

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Seal consistency is critical for rear shock performance and longevity. The increase in eye-to-eye per stroke created through Metric Sizing allows Deluxe and Super Deluxe to feature an improved scraper seal resulting in the following benefits:

LESS MAINTENANCE

INCREASED LONG TERM DURABILITY

BETTER PERFORMANCE IN COLD TEMPERATURES

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 3:

COUNTER MEASURE

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Introduced in 2013 on Vivid and Vivid Air and highly acclaimed for its effects on shock performance at top-out, the Counter Measure spring works to oppose the effect of the IFP pressure, effectively lowering the initial breakaway force.

PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT 4:

DEDICATED DEBONAIR CHASSIS AND BETTER TUNING SYSTEM

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Introduced in 2014, the DebonAir air can option for Monarch and Monarch Plus was a stepping stone in improving the performance and feel of air shocks on all kinds of bikes. Deluxe and Super Deluxe take this to the next level by incorporating DebonAir in the air can design without any added weight or complexity.

The air volume tuning system on Deluxe and Super Deluxe capitalizes on RockShox’s Bottomless Tokens technology, adapting it to its rear shock platform in a clean and easy to use format.

INTEGRATION ACHIEVEMENT 1:

MOUNTING SYSTEM

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“TYPICAL” VERTICAL MOUNT

Higher rotation at shaft eyelet (70-120 degrees)

Recommend use of Trunnion mount or shaft end bearing mount

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Shaft end bearing mount is recommended to reduce overall suspension friction

Trunnion mount can reduce overall length by 25mm to allow for lower top tube height

“TYPICAL” HORIZONTAL MOUNT

Higher rotation at body eyelet (70-120 degrees)

Recommended use of body end bearing mount to reduce overall suspension friction

The Trunnion mount allows for a shorter eye to eye length while maintaining a specific stroke size (25mm overall length reduction over standard or bearing mount). Benefits are significant for smaller frame sizes, women specific models and bikes that are designed for low standover height.

Designed to be used in conjunction with frame mounted bearings at the mounting bolts.

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Bearings eliminate friction caused by pivot rotation.

Smoother shock action resulting in better traction and responsiveness.

Available at both body and shaft ends.

INTEGRATION ACHIEVEMENT 2:

METRIC SIZING

SO…IS THIS A NEW REAR SHOCK STANDARD?

No. It’s a new set of sizes for rear shocks, developed and agreed upon by suspension and frame manufacturers, starting from a blank slate and with the sole purpose of allowing suspension manufacturers to create better rear shocks and frame designers to build better bikes.

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SUPER DELUXE

CHANGING EVERYTHING

The directive was simple. Engineer a shock that does for rear-suspension performance what Pike did for forks. Simple? Don’t bet on it. A gamble? Absolutely. It required a complete change in the way we approach shock design. It meant focusing on performance first and leaving old constraints behind. And it gave us a clear path to develop the world’s lowest-friction shock — Super Deluxe. Metric sizing gives Super Deluxe significantly increased bushing overlap, which, together with a sophisticated new bushing profile, virtually eliminates friction in the shock. A new damper holds the shock high in its stroke and offers unparalleled traction. Unshackled from the old obstacles of shock design, Super Deluxe is free to tackle new ones — on the trail. This changes everything.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

Metric sizing and a sophisticated new bushing design allows this to be the lowest-friction rear shock we have ever made.

Super Deluxe has three independently tunable compression settings.

Increased bushing overlap allows for better sealing and decreased friction.

Mounting options: Trunnion mount, bearing mount, Standard DU.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Features increased bushing overlap and new bushing design which decreases friction, also increasing on-trail performance and overall durability.

New scraper seal technology increases durability, improves performance in colder temperatures and lengthens the intervals between required maintenance.

TECHNOLOGIES

Solo Air™

Rapid Recovery™ System

Sag Gradients™

METRIC SIZING™

DELUXE

REDEFINING A KING

How do you improve on the success of a rear shock that has received critical acclaim for its stellar performance and supple feel? It’s Simple. You rewrite the rules, throw existing design constraints out the window and focus solely on the best possible performance solution. We took the proven damping performance of our popular Monarch series and introduced it to our new metric-sized chassis. The result is truly Deluxe. With the incredible feel of DebonAir as its standard-bearer and three new mounting options, our new Deluxe is ready to redefine your ride.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

Metric sizing.

Incorporates proven damping performance of Monarch.

Mounting options: Trunnion mount, bearing mount, Standard DU.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Increased bushing overlap and sophisticated new bushing design decreases friction, which increases performance and durability.

New scraper seal technology increases durability, improves performance in colder temperatures and lengthens the intervals between required maintenance.

 

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