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RockShox Super Deluxe Air - 2018 Rear Shock (discontinued)

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Shoulda stayed with coil

The Good:

Light weight

The Bad:

Unreliable. RockShox Super Deluxe Air couldn’t handle 8 rides before losing air seals. Not a great service life

Overall Review:

Blew out an air seal on the 8th ride. That’s correct, only 8 (eight) rides on my new 2018 Nomad and the RockShox Super Deluxe Air shock is already toast. Took it back to my local Santa Cruz dealer, as instructed, and the warranty repair/replacement process has begun but now I’m looking at weeks or a month before getting back on the trail. Meanwhile, I’m stuck on my REALLY old and heavy DH bike that’s still rocking the same 20 year old coil shock (never had one issue with the coil shock in 20 years). Shoulda stayed with coil!

The Nomad is advertised as having “V10 handling at Syndicate speeds”. Too bad they decided to throw on an air shock instead of coil. Pretty bummed with my purchase.


Product RockShox Super Deluxe Air - 2018 Rear Shock
Riding Type Trail
Spring Type Air
External Adjustments R: rebound, air pressure
RC3: rebound, 3-position compression (open, pedal, lock), air pressure
RT Remote: rebound, 2-position OneLoc lever (Threshold, open), air pressure
RCT: rebound, pedal threshold, compression, air pressure
RC World Cup: rebound, compression, air pressure
Available Sizes Standard Mount:
230mm x 65mm
230mm x 60mm
210mm x 55mm
210mm x 50mm
190mm x 45mm
190mm x 40mm

Trunnion Mount:
205mm x 65mm
205mm x 60mm
185mm x 55mm
185mm x 50mm
165mm x 45mm
165mm x 40mm
  • 0 lb 13.7 oz (388 g)
  • 0 lb 14.2 oz (403 g)
Miscellaneous Counter Measure spring
Solo Air spring on all versions
DebonAir spring option on RC World Cup, RCT, and RC Remote
Rapid Recovery damping system
Sag gradients on damper body
7075 aluminum shaft and body
12.7mm shaft diameter
Fast Black body finish
Hard Anodized shaft finish
Price N/A
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