2023 RockShox rear shocks get ultra-adjustable but still affordable

RockShox’s Deluxe and Super Deluxe rear shocks have received a complete overhaul for 2023, featuring an all-new chassis, wide-range RC2T shock, dual air springs and hydraulic bottoming on select models.

The latest RC2T shock – which stands for “rebound”; compression with two adjustments (high and low speed compression) and threshold (lockout)’ – claims to eliminate ‘crosstalk’ between high and low speed compression adjustments.

This means that riders should be able to adjust the individual compression circuits without one affecting the other.

In addition to the claimed lack of “crosstalk,” RockShox claims that the adjustment range of the new RC2T damper is wide enough that each base setting overlaps with the next firmer and lighter settings.

Next is the hydraulic bottoming system, a brand new feature of RockShox shocks. This uses a separate piston to ‘trap’ oil to provide bottoming resistance towards the end of the shock’s stroke.

Five things you need to know about 2023 RockShox shocks

  • Deluxe and Super Deluxe shocks – both in their coil and air spring versions – are all new for 2023
  • Super Deluxe air shocks have a non-adjustable hydraulic bottom-out system, while Super Deluxe coil shocks have an adjustable hydraulic bottom-out.
  • All-new RC2T shock features a wide range of low- and high-speed compression settings
  • SRAM claims to have eliminated “crosstalk” between low- and high-speed compression circuits, allowing them to operate individually from each other
  • Air-sprung versions of the Deluxe and Super Deluxe models feature RockShox’s new DebonAir+ spring with two spring types

The air-sprung Super Deluxe is available with two air springs, a progressive version and a linear version to provide increased adjustment options.

Upgrading to a 2023 Super Deluxe Ultimate starts at £482/$499/€539 for the Ultimate DH reel and goes up to £578/$599/€648 for the Super Deluxe Ultimate air, making them more affordable than Fox’s comparable Float X2 Factory and DHX2. Factory rear shocks.

The 2023 shocks are available in standard trunnion and eyelet mounting options.
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RockShox Super Deluxe RC2T 2023 Shock Absorber

The low- and high-speed compression adjustments are meant not to interfere with each other.
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The all-new RC2T shock features a host of external adjustments, building on the offerings of the previous Super Deluxe iteration.

The top-of-the-line Super Deluxe Ultimate – in both coil and air spring versions – features external low- and high-speed compression adjustment and low-speed rebound adjustment of the RC2T shock.

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RockShox claims the new damper has no “crosstalk” between settings. This means that increasing the low speed compression damping will not affect the high speed damping or vice versa.

The brand claims to have done so with a new valve system, where the oil first circulates through the high-speed compression circuit and then through the low-speed circuit.

The high-speed compression adjuster has five positions.
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To boot, the new shock’s damping settings are so wide that at the fully closed or fully open ends of its adjustment range, it sits in the middle of the next stock setting up or down.

This exceptionally wide adjustment range should mean that every adjustment of the high- or low-speed compression dials has a pronounced effect on shock feel. Each adjustment should make a significant change to the performance of the shock.

And the width means that a basic shock setting is now even more suitable for multiple bikes, where previously a full revalve would be needed.

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Hydraulic Bottom

The HBO adjuster has five positions.
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A Hydraulic Bottom Out (HBO) system is a first for the RockShox suspension brand, but has previously been used on Push’s ElevenSix and EXT’s Storia shocks.

RockShox’s HBO system uses a secondary piston that, as the shock nears bottoming, slides into the HBO cylinder, “trapping” oil in the cylinder and building up pressure to generate bottoming resistance.

The air-sprung Super Deluxe shocks have HBO, but they are not adjustable.
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In the new Super Deluxe shock absorbers, the HBO system is used in conjunction with a traditional rubberized bumper.

The air-sprung Super Deluxe Ultimate, Select+ and Select all have a non-adjustable HBO system that begins to engage once the shock enters the last 25 percent of its travel. The Super Deluxe is also available without the HBO system.

On the Ultimate, Select+ and Select coil-sprung versions of the Super Deluxe, the HBO has five adjustment positions, where the rider can adjust the amount of HBO delivered by the shock. Unlike the air shock, the coil version provides HBO within 20% of the shock stroke.

The reel version of the Super Deluxe has an adjustable hydraulic bottom.
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Compared to adjusting bottoming resistance using volume reduction spacers in air shocks, HBO does not affect the spring rate of the shock the way air spring volume reduction does. HBO essentially increases the compression damping for the latter part of the stroke.

Riders using an air-sprung shock may find that they are able to reduce the number of volume reduction spacers on their bike, as the HBO system is able to compensate for the reduction in spring rate.

RockShox Super Deluxe DebonAir+ air spring 2023

RockShox’s 2023 Super Deluxe features two different air springs to provide plenty of adjustability.
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The DebonAir+ air spring adds to the tuneability of the Super Deluxe. RockShox’s latest air spring has two different types: a progressive version and a linear version.

The progressive version is like the MegNeg spring which has a larger negative air volume than the linear spring, claiming to create a “more playful and dynamic air spring”. It is best suited for executives with linear or less progressive leverage rates.

Frames with more progressive leverage rates are better suited to the linear air spring because the kinematics create bottoming resistance so the spring doesn’t need it.

This Super Deluxe is equipped with a linear air spring.
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Both spring types are interchangeable on all 2023 RockShox air suspension shocks, but are not backwards compatible with previous models. It’s the same story for the volume reduction spacers, which are all new for the 2023 lineup and aren’t backwards compatible.

But now there are both negative and positive air spring struts, further extending the fine tuning possibilities.

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Models, Specs and Prices

The reel version of the Super Deluxe has an adjustable hydraulic bottom.
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The air suspension and coil spring versions of the 2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate and the coil spring version of the Super Deluxe Ultimate DH are the only models available as aftermarket upgrades. However, other versions will be mounted on complete bikes.

The Air Super Deluxe Ultimate DH, which uses the same RC2 shock as the Ultimate version but does not have a lockout lever or threshold, is one of those shocks that is only available as Original Equipment.

Other models include the Select+, which only has a Rebound and Threshold (RT) adjustment, and the Select model, which only has a Rebound (R) adjustment.

According to RockShox, the RC and R rear shocks can be upgraded to the RC2T version, but upgrading involves replacing the reservoir and will require bleeding and servicing.

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RC2T
  • Hydraulic bottom: Fixed position, optional
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: £578 / $599 / €648

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Reel

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Reel.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RC2T
  • Hydraulic Bottom Out: adjustable, optional
  • Price: £530 / $549 / €594

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RC2
  • Hydraulic bottom: Fixed position, optional
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate DH

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate DH.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RC2
  • Hydraulic Bottom Out: adjustable, optional
  • Price: £482 / $499 / €539

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Select+

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Select+.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RT
  • Hydraulic bottom: Fixed position, optional
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select+

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select+.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RT
  • Hydraulic Bottom Out: adjustable, optional
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Select

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Select.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: R
  • Hydraulic bottom: Fixed position, optional
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Selection

Selection of RockShox Super Deluxe 2023 coils.
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  • Shock absorber: RT
  • Hydraulic Bottom Out: adjustable, optional
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Deluxe Models, Specs and Prices

The lighter, trail-focused Deluxe inline shock has also been revised for 2023.

Changes to the previous model include linear and progressive DebonAir+ air springs, shared with the Super Deluxe. RockShox has also increased bushing overlap by 25% to improve small bump performance.

However, none of the Deluxe shocks are compatible with HBO.

The brand has also introduced a Deluxe Coil shock, which also uses an inline design, forgoing the piggyback of the Super Deluxe. This model is only available as original equipment.

The only aftermarket Deluxe shock – the Ultimate version – sells for £385 / $399 / €431.

2023 RockShox Deluxe Ultimate

2023 RockShox Deluxe Ultimate.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RCT
  • Hydraulic bottom: N/A
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: £385 / $399 / €431

2023 RockShox Deluxe Select+

2023 RockShox Deluxe Select+.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: RT/RL
  • Hydraulic bottom: N/A
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Deluxe Select

2023 RockShox Deluxe Select.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: R
  • Hydraulic bottom: N/A
  • Air spring: DebonAir+ linear or progressive
  • Price: OE only

2023 RockShox Deluxe Coil Select

2023 RockShox Deluxe Coil Select.
RockShox

  • Shock absorber: R
  • Hydraulic bottom: N/A
  • Price: OE only

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