The order was simple: Make a damper that performs as well as the Pike on the suspension forks. Simple? Not quite. A tightrope act? Definitely. RockShox developers had to change their approach to damper design from the bottom up. This meant that developers first had to focus on performance and throw old limitations overboard.
This gave RockShox a clear path for the development of the damper with the lowest friction in the world - Super Deluxe. Due to its metric size, the Super Deluxe has significantly more overlapping plain bearings. Together with a new profile of the plain bearing bushings, there is practically no friction during damping. The new damper ensures a consistently high damping stroke and offers unmatched traction. Without the old hurdles in damper design, the Super Deluxe is ready for new challenges - on the track. That changes everything.
Metric Sizing enables chassis and frame manufacturers to significantly simplify dimensioning and installation for shock absorbers. At the same time it offers performance advantages for suspension and frame construction. It also enables simpler mounting hardware with new mounting options.
Who doesn't want greater travel for successive strikes? Thanks to the Rapid Recovery System, the damper returns to its original position more quickly after successive strokes, allowing the wheel to grip the ground more precisely. This more active damping system won’t fail and provides a ride with higher and softer spring hardness. With Rapid Recovery, the rider benefits from greater suspension travel for a smoother and more controlled ride every time.
The Counter Measure spring reduces the breakaway force of the shock to virtually zero pounds, transforming small bumps in to traction-generating performance.
If you don't adjust your damping properly, you may as well be riding a foreign bike. But why waste plastic clips or rulers to adjust the suspension again and again? Damping markings: The damping markings are printed directly on the stanchions of the suspension fork and the damper housing for easy and precise adjustment of the perfect suspension. So you can return the plastic clip and ruler to your mother.