2017 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil released

Latest tech gives coil shocks a bigger sweet spot

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The Super Deluxe Coil was put to good use in Moab, UT.

The Super Deluxe Coil was put to good use on this Transition Patrol bike in Moab, UT.

The big news of this announcement is coil shocks in the RockShox line-up have been vastly improved. Long known for their pillow-like, stiction-free performance, coil shocks have found a home in downhill rigs where weight and pedaling efficiency is not as critical. They’re just more challenging to control and the technology and real-estate issues have held them back to the smaller gravity market. But with significant R&D efforts from companies like Push Industries and Cane Creek, the viability of coil in All Mountain bikes has been affirmed. RockShox has invested significant R&D to join that party and expand their coil sweet spot to All Mountain Bikes and Trail bikes.

Remote Lockout and Sag Gradients

Two big improvements to this coil offering is the obvious and long-overdue Sag Gradient lines and the not-so-obvious Remote Lockout. Sag Gradients are lines in the shaft that indicate where the rubber stopper is positioned when the shock is compressed. This will be a very useful tool during setup as a measuring stick was previously used to measure sag during setup. Can you imagine a modern air shock today without Sag Gradients?

Sag Gradients are now printed on the shaft.

Sag Gradients are now printed on the shaft.

The other innovation brought in, Remote Lockout is not an obvious pairing but it certainly expands the sweet spot of the coil shock. The rider will now be able to put the shock in ‘threshold’ or ‘platform’ mode with a remote trigger on the handlebar.

Remote lever for a coil shock? Will users follow the lead of racers like Clementz and Ravanel?

Remote lever for a coil shock? Will users follow the lead of racers like Clementz and Ravanel?

There are four Super Deluxe coil shocks available in this release. And with the ‘Super’ designation (as opposed to just ‘Deluxe’) all these shocks have external oil reservoirs for greater damping control. The models are:

  • Super Deluxe Coil RCT
  • Super Deluxe Coil RT Remote
  • Super Deluxe Coil RC World Cup
  • Super Deluxe Coil R

All are available OEM only at this time with aftermarket options to be announced soon. Weights and pricing have not been released for these shocks.

It's easier to set sag now on these Super Deluxe Coil shocks.

It’s easier to set sag now on these Super Deluxe Coil shocks.

Super Deluxe Coil RCT

The Super Deluxe RCT is the highlight of this release bringing full damping support and adjustability into the platform. Solid Threshold adjustment for pedaling performance, low speed compression adjustment to fine tune the ride to any trail and condition, the unmistakable feel of a coil spring and RockShox’s Super Deluxe design.

Highlights
  • Native metric design
  • Consistent, coil-spring performance
  • Independently tunable compression circuits/checked rebound
  • Mounting options: trunnion mount, bearing mount, Standard DU.
Features and Benefits
  • External rebound damping adjustment
  • 2-position threshold adjustment (Open/Pedal) with low speed compression adjustment in Open mode
  • Steel springs available in 50lbs increments from 350lbs to 650lbs (depending on length)
Super Deluxe Coil with remote routing

Super Deluxe Coil with remote routing

Super Deluxe Coil RT Remote

Coil rear shocks are inherently more active than air shocks with a very active spring and lack of seals and stiction in a main chamber. Remote rear shocks have made their way to the race EWS with increased usability since the rider doesn’t have to take the hands off the bars. Riders can conserve energy and accelerate faster by switching to the “Threshold” mode, and click back into “Open” for full shredding capabilities.

RockShox metric rear shock technology meets downhill World Cup racing

RockShox metric rear shock technology meets downhill World Cup racing

Super Deluxe Coil RC World Cup

RockShox metric rear shock technology meets downhill World Cup racing – a shock designed for the new breed of downhill bikes, ultra-capable and light as never before. No-compromise damping, with precise compression and rebound adjustments to dial in a podium-worthy ride – with the precise ride tuning abilities of an air spring.

No-nonsense performance for all coil-worthy applications

No-nonsense performance for all coil-worthy applications

Super Deluxe Coil R

No-nonsense performance for all coil-worthy applications, from the latest breed of trail and enduro bikes to downhill and park rigs that leave room in the budget for a season pass at the local hill. All the benefits of the Super Deluxe Coil package in a shock that’s as easy to understand as it is fun to ride.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Rui Neves says:

    The question is: Will we see a 2018 Transition Patrol with a coil shock?? Cuz I’ve never seen those a black and red Transition Patrol…

  • Geri says:

    For setting sag you’ll need another person in this case too – only if the shock was in a horizontal position that the lines could be seen sitting on the bike…

    Otherwise I’m a fan of coil shocks, even cheap ones feel way better than mid-range air shocks. Only top level insanely expensive air shocks can match the feel of coils. Only drawback is that you have to choose the right spring for your weight and mount it.

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