Motorsport suspension giant Öhlins has been secretly working on its first trail bike fork, the RXF 34. It will be the first trail fork to feature a twin-tube design, duplicating what’s found on the Swedish brand’s TTX rear shock. Öhlins has also partnered again with Specialized in the development (a common thread for all of Öhlins mountain bike suspension releases) with specific tunes for the Camber, Stumpjumper FSR and Enduro.
The key to the fork’s performance is a claim of parallel and separated oil flow to control pressure levels, ensuring initial smoothness while staying high in the travel with excellent bump absorption, traction, and stability — all hallmarks of the twin-tube design. The RXF also has three air chambers: two positive and one negative. This allows the shape of the spring force to be adjusted by the rider, such as increasing sensitivity without bottoming out. Bringing it all together is a unique forged “unicrown” steerer and crown assembly that delivers top-notch stiffness and tire control with less chassis flex. Öhlins and Specialized claim the result is a fork with 34 mm stanchions that’s more rigid than other 35mm forks and comparable with a 36mm fork.
- 120, 140, 160 mm travel options for 29ers only as of now
- 15 mm thru-axle only
- High/low speed compression & rebound adjustments along with adjustable air spring.
- $1,150 MSRP
Forks will be available soon from Specialized retailers and they will also continue to have available Öhlins rear shocks, springs and cartridges. We’ll have a test sample arriving in the next few days. Additionally, Specialized has announced that Öhlins USA located in North Carolina is now authorized to service and sell its shocks and forks to fit on many other brands. More info at ohlinsusa.com
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