Stockholm, Sweden – 9th of June 2017 – Öhlins Racing AB continue their mountain bike programme with three exciting new products; a steel sprung fork set for 29” machines (RXF 36 Coil), an air equipped fork for the popular 27.5” format (RXF 36 27.5’’) and a Light weight Spring Series for rear shock absorbers.
Developed in the ultra-competitive world of Downhill and Enduro mountain bike racing, this new equipment gives more breadth to the product line-up from the dedicated Swedish suspension manufacturer. As Downhill star Adam Brayton puts it; “The RXF 36 Coil gives uncompromised trail traction, its confidence inspiring. It’s ready to race straight out of the box.”
The forks also give support to riders who prefer the two formats of wheel size and crucially; the very different riding characteristics of spring and air suspension. This mirrors the previously released air and steel spring rear shocks which were released onto the market; the TTX 22 M Universal (spring) and STX 22 Air Universal.
The full detail of these new products is as follows:
RXF 36 COIL
Coil sprung suspension is having a revival in top-level mountain biking, with riders appreciating the benefits of absorbing the big hits found on Downhill venues, matched with a consistent feeling and easy set-up. The RXF 36 Coil is the newest addition to the Öhlins front fork range. With TTX technology damping and a steel coil spring, it is the front-end counterpart of the TTX 22 M rear shock and together they are the perfect match.
Set it and forget it, with a coil setup your suspension is always ready for your next ride. Drop in your spring of choice and fine tune the ride height using the adjustable preload.
The linear nature of the coil spring gives a predictable and reliable fork that performs consistently regardless of temperature, air pressure or wind direction.
The RXF 36 Coil is internally adjustable from 160 mm to 110 mm travel. A spring range with springs in 0.9 N/mm increments warrants each rider to find the ideal spring just for them. The external preload adjuster and floating spring piston design allows the ride height to be fine-tuned, without reducing small bump sensitivity. And the extremely low friction that comes from removing the air seals gives an initial feel that is hard to beat.
TTX 22 – Twin tube damper for parallel oil flow and unparalleled performance. Features external adjusters for LSC, HSC and LSR.
Coil technology – Low friction and consistent performance hit after hit. Sensitive and burly at the same time.
Exchangeable springs – Allows the rider to find the ideal spring for maximum performance.
External preload adjuster – Fine-tune your ride height
RXF 36 27.5’’
The RXF 36 is back in a new 27.5’’ specific design. The differences compared to its 29” counterpart might seem subtle but are huge in terms of ride, feel and position on the smaller wheel. The RXF 36 27.5’’ is available in stroke options up to 170 mm.
MTB ace Walker Shaw gives his feelings on the ride characteristics; “I’m a huge fan of the way it feels on both small bump sensitivity as well as how supportive it is on bigger jumps, in berms, and on rough trails in general.”
The damping system is based on the proven TTX technology. The twin tube damper enables parallel oil flow which ensures that pressure is kept at optimal levels at all times. This results in a fork which is initially smooth, yet is always ready to absorb large ‘hits’. It will allow you to stay higher in the fork travel and your tyre to stay planted to the ground no matter how rowdy your run gets! Thanks to extensive testing and 40 years of suspension experience, the HSC, LSC and LSR adjusters provide a tuning range that will allow every user to find an optimal setup for the terrain at hand, without getting lost in the process.
The 3 chamber air spring allows for ‘on the fly’ adjustment of the progressiveness of the fork. With the 3 chamber air spring you can tune the shape of the spring curve using a regular shock pump.
TTX22 – Twin tube damper for parallel oil flow and unparalleled performance. Features external adjusters for LSC, HSC and LSR.
Ramp up chamber – A 3rd air chamber that controls the progressiveness of the air spring. You can really feel the difference at the late stages of the travel.
Floating wheel shaft – MX style wheel shaft. Holds you wheel in place without causing extra friction by forcing the fork legs together
LIGHT WEIGHT SPRING SERIES
The new generation spring series, features race ready weight with ‘big mountain’ strength. Advanced technology featuring multi-step surface treatment process as well as cutting edge heat treatments and wire materials has allowed the Öhlins R&D team to stress the wire harder without causing damage to the spring. Light Weight Spring Series allow us to meet the growing demand of lighter coil springs from short travel trail bikes to World Cup Downhill bikes.
All our springs are sized for a specific shock stroke and all with 4 Nm/23 lbs increments.
Öhlins Mountain Bike Manager Torkel Sintorn explained, “After extensive development with our supported teams, we are very excited to launch these new products onto the ever competitive mountain bike market.”
To be able to cater for riders who want to use air or steel sprung suspension at both the front and rear of the bike and in different wheel size formats, gives so many more options for racers and recreational riders developing their bikes for the ultimate smooth ride.”
For further info visit www.ohlins.com/rxf36/