Öhlins XC suspension is official. We knew it was coming. We first spotted the prototype Öhlins XC suspension at the end of last season leading into the start of this year. It wasn’t exactly hidden, what with the iconic yellow-Ö-emblazoned forks popping up at the cross-country World Cups, and slimmed-down rear shocks smaller than anything we had seen yet from the Swedish racing suspension company that had confined their mountain bike offerings to more gravity-focused disciplines.
But now Öhlins XC suspension makes its official cross-country debut with a few race-ready RXC34 forks and a couple of twin tube TXCAir rear shocks… photo by Cory Benson Created to bring their iconic race-focused performance, race-proven damping, and tuning capabilities to those shorter travel mountain bikes now tackling the latest technical XC tracks, the Öhlins XC project has high hopes together with their factory race partner Team BMC Racing. They’ve set this season’s goals on World Series podiums, and have their sights firmly on next summer’s Olympics… Öhlins XC short(er)-travel mountain bike racing suspension
all c. Öhlins, photos by Jeff Thoren OK, so why is Öhlins getting into the XC game, and why did it take so long?
When we talked to the Öhlins MTB project development team about their move into cross-country, it was clear they had been eyeing the progression of XC racing, analyzing how they could make their mark. For years ( decades? ) XC racing had been dominated by weight weenies – not something Öhlins especially excels at. But XC […]