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Öhlins releases RXF34 m.2 downcountry fork

Öhlins releases RXF34 m.2 downcountry fork

The new Öhlins RXF34 m.2 is a new 34mm stanchion fork designed to replace the existing RXF34 trail/all-mountain fork. For this new model, Öhlins has…

Wednesday, Mar 09

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The new Öhlins RXF34 m.2 is a new 34mm stanchion fork designed to replace the existing RXF34 trail/all-mountain fork. For this new model, Öhlins has dropped the 140mm and 160mm-travel options by offering a 120mm and 130mm-travel fork dedicated to the growing aggro cross-country – or, if you prefer, downcountry – trend.

As well as a new travel range, the RXF34 m.2 sports a new chassis, air spring and updated damper. Prices come in at £1,185 / $1,180 USD / €1,294

While there isn’t a specific race market for this type of riding, Öhlins claims to have developed it with the same high-end performance as its race products, including its highly successful Öhlins DH38 m.1 fork, used by Loïc Bruni, and the newly released RXF38 m.2 enduro fork. Öhlins RXF34 m.2 specification and details

The new fork RXF34 m.2 is designed around a new chassis, and Öhlins claims to have tailored the flex pattern for short-travel trail riding. The fork is designed to combine stiffness for point-and-shoot steering precision with lightweight construction to make it competitive against its rivals.

Our 130mm test fork, with a 185mm steerer length, star nut and axle, weighed in at a competitive 1.74kg. For reference, the RockShox SID Ultimate , which sports 35mm upper tubes, weighs in at 1,610g (120mm travel), while Fox’s 34 SC weighs 1,650g (though the non-Step Cast version of the 34 will weigh a little more).

Öhlins has used closed-end lower legs, which it says improve impact resistance and stiffness to provide better handling. […]

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