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First Rides: Öhlins RXF34 MTB fork sheds 400g, limits trail-ready travel to 120 or 130mm

First Rides: Öhlins RXF34 MTB fork sheds 400g, limits trail-ready travel to 120 or 130mm

Öhlins completely overhauled their approach to short-travel lightweight trail bike suspension with their all-new RXF34 m.2 fork. Instead of a light 34mm stanchion fork with…

Wednesday, Mar 09

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Öhlins completely overhauled their approach to short-travel lightweight trail bike suspension with their all-new RXF34 m.2 fork. Instead of a light 34mm stanchion fork with as much travel as possible, the new RXF34 pares it back with a more refined approach and only two travel options 120mm or 130mm. Pair the new 34mm stanchion fork with a capable cross country or lightweight trail bike, and you’ll likely be boosting stiffness and gaining real-world adjustability to take on faster and more technical trail riding. Review: Öhlins RXF34 120mm downcountry fork upgrade

That’s exactly what we did with the new Öhlins RXF34 fork. Swapped in on the light 115mm rear travel Canyon Lux Trail bike, the 120mm Öhlins fork replaced the stock 120mm Fox 34 SC (44mm offset, 530.2mm a-c) without any change to the bikes geometry. There was a real difference in weight, though. The Fox 34 SC weighed just 1556g when I pulled it off the bike, while the new 120mm RXF34 weighed almost two hundred grams more at 1740g with two volume spacers installed (and a 2cm longer steerer tube). A couple hundred grams isn’t nothing, but I can’t say I noticed any weight difference out on the trail. What’s so different?

What I did notice was an increase in stiffness, a more plush-feeling ride, and more feedback from small tuning adjustments. I hadn’t ridden the original RXF34 myself with its longer travel options. But comparing the lightweight 120mm Fox to this new 120mm Öhlins, and it was […]

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