RockShox Signature Series SID, BoXXer and key updates

ALL-NEW Charger 2.1 Damper, Maxima Plush Fluid and seal update

27.5 29er Components DH Dirt Jumper Enduro Forks Gear Suspension Tech

 

Lyrik Ultimate

The New Lyrik Ultimate, all dressed up and ready to party

Rock Shox unveils its Signature series – updating the most popular models in the front suspension line up with a new damper system, oils, and seals. So what’s got Rock Shox so excited about this update?  Read on and find out!

Rock Shox BoXXer

Getting rad on the new Rock Shox BoXXer with the Charger 2.1 upgrade.

It’s all about the new Charge 2.1 Damper, the full Signature line is rolling the new 2.1 but how does it translate to better ride feel and less fatigue?

Charger 2.1 Damper – what is it?

For the Charger 2.1, Rock Shox is taking a softer approach to High-Speed Compression (HSC). The new damper features a redesigned shim stack that can help limit the impact of quick hits and harsh braking bumps. These updates can translate to more control for the riders and less fatigue in the hands and upper body. The new refined Low-Speed Compression (LSC) adjustment range allows the fork to ride higher, giving the rider the most available travel and keeping the wheels on top of the terrain hit after hit – All resulting in a more confident and less overall fatiguing trail experience.

The technical bits:

The ethos of the Charger 2.1 is to eliminate friction and create a positive ride for its users. Rock Shox updated new Charger  2.1 damper to feature an all-new SKF rod seal that decreases friction by upwards of 30% at the rebound shaft. Eliminating friction and reducing unwanted fatigue. The new piston wear band offers better oil flow management through the piston provides better damping control keeping the wheels exactly where you want them to be, tracking the trail ahead.

Maxima Plush Fluid

The Signature series utilizes Maxima Plush Fluid over the regular Rock Shox Fluid.

New fluid, piston wear band, and super slick SKF seals:

The Signature series utilizes Maxima Plush Fluid over the regular Rock Shox Fluid. The Maxima fluid is designed to protect from suspension wear, reduce friction, and silence damper noise while maintaining a consistent feel in all temperatures. To improve overall performance, Rock Shox updated the seals in collaboration with SKF, the world’s highest-performance seal manufacturer, for over 5 years. The partnership results in ultra-low friction wiper seals, less fatigue, and buttery smooth suspension feel. The update also includes a new dynamic seal grease,  that is said to have better long term friction properties over SRAM Butter. The new piston wear band offers better tracking and oil flow management. The new piston provides better damping control keeping the wheels exactly where you want them to be, tracking the trail ahead and keeping the wheels on top of the terrain. The Debon Air Spring is unchanged in the Signature update but for those unfamiliar, the air spring designed to offer a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel, to soak up small hits and track consistently.

Intended for mostly for trail bikes the Deluxe Ultimate shock is effective at lower shaft speeds where the damping is harder to control, such as jumps or berms

 

What models are in the Signature series?

The Signature series refers to the premium suspension offering from Rock Shox including SID, Lyrik, Pike, BoXXer, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Reverb.

PIKE with Charger 2.1

Rock Shox 2020 PIKE with Charger 2.1

 

Pike Ultimate

MSRP: $929 Weight: 1,832g (27.5” B, 120mm, RC2 damper, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • Completely re-designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the new Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail
  • Charger 2.1 RC2 damper option featuring independent high and low-speed compression adjust
  • Charger 2.1 RCT3 damper option featuring 3-position compression adjust (open/pedal/firm) with low-speed compression adjust
  • New ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel
  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New Gloss Silver Signature color option
  • New foil graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox PIKE Select +

Rock Shox PIKE Select +

Pike Select+

Weight: 1,832g (27.5” B, 120mm, RC2 damper, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • Completely re-designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the new Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail
  • New Charger 2.1 RC damper featuring low-speed compression adjust
  • New ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel
  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox PIKE Select

Rock Shox PIKE Select

Pike Select

MSRP: $699 |Weight: 1,825g (27.5” B, 120mm, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Charger RC damper featuring low-speed compression adjust
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox Lyrik Ultimate

Rock Shox Lyrik Ultimate

Lyrik Ultimate

MSRP: $999 Weight: 2,003g (27.5” B, 150mm, RC2 damper, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • Completely re-designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the new Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail
  • Charger 2.1 RC2 damper featuring independent high and low-speed compression adjust
  • Charger 2.1 RCT3 damper featuring 3-position compression adjust (open/pedal/firm) with low-speed compression adjust
  • New ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel
  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New foil graphics
  • “BoXXer” Red Signature color option
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox Lyrik Select

Rock Shox Lyrik Select +

Lyrik Select+

Weight: 2,003g (27.5” B, 150mm, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • Completely re-designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the new Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail
  • Charger 2.1 RC damper featuring low-speed compression adjust
  • New ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel
  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel

Lyrik Select

MSRP: $699  Weight: 1,996g (27.5” B, 150mm, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Charger RC damper featuring low-speed compression adjust
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox Lyrik Select +

Rock Shox Lyrik Select +

BoXXer Ultimate

MSRP: $1699 Weight: 2,565g (27.5” B, 200mm, Maxle Stealth, Short Crown)

Features

  • Completely re-designed to reduce hand fatigue and fight unwanted friction, the new Charger 2.1 damper increases confidence and control over every trail
  • Charger 2.1 RC2 damper featuring independent high and low-speed compression adjust
  • New ultra-low friction SKF wiper seals provide long-lasting fork performance and improve overall suspension feel
  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New foil graphics
  • BoXXer Red Signature color option
  • Highly tune-able DH-specific DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel

Rock Shox BoXXer Select

BoXXer Select

MSRP: $1309 Weight:  2,558g (27.5” B, 200mm, Maxle Stealth, Short Crown)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Charger RC damper featuring low-speed compression adjust
  • Highly tune-able DH-specific DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel

SID Ultimate Carbon

MSRP: $999-$1079  Weight: 1,481g (27.5” B, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New SID Blue Signature color option
  • New foil graphics
  • Charger 2 RLC damper featuring 2-positions (open/lock) with compression adjust
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Ultra lightweight carbon crown-steerer
Rock Shox SID Ultimate

Rock Shox SID Ultimate arrives with an alloy steer tube

 

SID Ultimate

MSRP: $779-$849 Weight: 1,582g (27.5” B, 100mm, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New SID Blue Signature color option
  • New foil graphics
  • Charger 2 RLC damper featuring 2-positions (open/lock) with compression adjust
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox SID Select

Rock Shox SID Select +

SID Select+

Weight: 1,560g (27.5” B, 100mm, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Charger 2 RL damper featuring 2-position compression settings (open/lock)
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a consistent feel throughout the travel
Rock Shox SID Select

Rock Shox SID Select

SID Select

MSRP: $599-$669 Weight: 1,560g (27.5” B, 100mm, Maxle Stealth)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Charger RL damper featuring 2-position compression settings (open/lock)
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir™ spring offers a consistent feel throughout the travel

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This update sounds awesome, can I update my old fork to the Charger 2.1?

Yes – BUT, only if you have RCT3: Pike (2014+), Lyrik (2016+), RC2: Pike (2018+), Lyrik (2016+), BoXXer (2019+) other than that you’ll have to update the seals and save up. The upgrade kits retail from $250 -$375 and will be available aftermarket form your Rock Shox dealer.

Will the update hit the TrailHead App?

Yes, all 2020  forks will be in the Trailhead App, but only air-spring and rebound settings will be available.
 

Rear Shocks
Rock Shox rear

New seals for the 2020 year keeps the dirt out and the shock slick.

Rock Shox Ultimate Deluxe Shock:

How it works:

Intended for mostly for trail bike the Deluxe Ultimate shock is effective at lower shaft speeds where the damping is harder to control, such as jumps or berms — more control when you need it most an entirely new damper made up of five tunable pistons, representing a new level of inline shock. The Ultimate Deluxe shock deals with compression and rebound in a symmetric manner. The rebound/compression needle controls the oil flow in the initial shock movement — metering oil through a hole before traveling through a shim stack. Therefore, low-speed compression and rebound are more consistent than ever before. This system also stops the backflow of oil in the compression and rebound circuits.

Rock Shox Deluxe Ultimate

Rock Shox Deluxe Ultimate

Deluxe Ultimate

Weight: 340g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • Fully checked damper design allowing for a Low-Speed Compression adjustment and optimal traction control tuning
  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
Rock Shox Deluxe Ultimate Remote

Rock Shox Deluxe Ultimate Remote

Deluxe Ultimate Remote

Weight: 345g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Compatible with OneLoc and TwistLoc remotes
Rock Shox Deluxe Select +

Rock Shox Deluxe Select +

Deluxe Select+

Weight: 340g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAirspring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Easy access lever to intuitively go from Open / Threshold positions

Deluxe Select

Weight: 313g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • External rebound adjustment
Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate

Super Deluxe Ultimate

MSRP: $579  Weight: 453g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Low-Speed Compression adjustment allowing fine tuning of compression needs from the base tune
Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate remote

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate remote

Super Deluxe Ultimate Remote

Weight: 465g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Remote feature allows for on-the-fly switch to “threshold” mode and back to “open” mode
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Compatible with OneLoc and TwistLoc remotes

Super Deluxe Ultimate DH

Weight: 485G (250×75, 2 Tokens, MM Tune, Standard/Standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Low-Speed Compression adjustment allowing fine tuning of compression needs from the base tune

Super Deluxe Select+

Weight: 445g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Easy access lever to intuitively go from Open / Threshold positions
Super Deluxe Select

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Select

Super Deluxe Select

Weight: 440g (210×50, 2 tokens, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Highly tune-able DebonAir spring offers a coil-like consistent feel throughout the travel
  • External rebound adjustment
Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate

Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate

MSRP: $549  Weight: 406g (Without coil spring, 210×50, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • BoXXer Red coil Signature color option
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Low-Speed Compression adjustment allowing fine tuning of compression needs from the base tune
Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate Remote

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate Remote

Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate Remote

MSRP: $599 Weight: 418g (Without coil spring, 210×50, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • New Signature BoXXer Red color option
  • Remote feature allows for on-the-fly switch to “threshold” mode and back to “open” mode
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Compatible with OneLoc and TwistLoc remotes
Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate DH

Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate DH

Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate DH

Weight: 441g (Without coil spring, 250×67.5 MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Low-Speed Compression adjustment allowing fine tuning of compression needs from the base tune

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Select +

Super Deluxe Coil Select+

Weight: 398g (Without coil spring, 210, 50, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • Separate and independent open and threshold pistons tuned exactly for your ride
  • Easy access lever to intuitively go from Open / Threshold positions
Super Deluxe Coil Select

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Select

Super Deluxe Coil Select

Weight: 393g (Without coil spring, 210×50, MM tune, standard/standard)

Features

  • New Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise
  • New graphics
  • External rebound adjustment

The new Deluxe Ultimate line from Rock Shox is sure to please riders everywhere.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

NegMeg – What is it and how does work?

MegNeg reduces the force required for the initial breakaway and increases mid-stroke support. If you’re an aggressive rider, who is willing to take the time to tune you’ll find a serious performance boost with MegNeg. MegNeg increases the negative volume meaning more natural off-the-top movement and increased mid-stroke support. Suspension designs with a very progressive spring curve find that MegNeg adds more mid-stroke support than a rider might prefer. Available in 3 different sizes and for $90 MegNeg price includes air can, bottomless rings (tokens), seals, and decals.

Megneg volume chart with bottomless ring progression.

Rock Shox MegNeg

The All New Rock Shox MegNeg air can upgrade.

Features

  • Includes air can, tokens, seals, and decals
  • Compatible with Deluxe and Super Deluxe shocks

For more information spring over to Rockshox.com

 


About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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  • A. Rider says:

    Not compelled enough by the Charger 2.1, but oh my the silver Pike is purdy. In just two years when the price goes down significantly, it’s mine!

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