Review: 2022 Öhlins RXF38 M.2 Fork
It's easy to wax lyrical about Öhlins' illustrious heritage in motorsport suspension, but the Swedish brand's move into mountain bike suspension forks hasn't been the tour de force many were expecting. Tight bushings, firm dampers, small negative volumes and a few reliability issues were serious flies in the ointment. With the RXF36 M.2 trail/enduro fork, Öhlins got into their stride. It was far suppler than the RXF36 EVO that preceded it and, along with the DH38 downhill fork, took the fight to the MTB industry incumbents.
Öhlins already brought out the RXF38 M.1 to compete with the Fox 38 and RockShox Zeb in the long-travel enduro/freeride/ebike market. That fork was OEM-only and used some parts borrowed from the RXF36 and DH38. The M.2, Öhlins say, was designed from the ground up with every part optimized for the application. So is it any good?
RXF38 Details• Travel: 160, 170 or 180mm• 29" only• 44mm or 51mm offset• 1.125/1.5" steerer (no 1.8" option)• Air spring only (for now)• External adjustments: low-speed rebound, low-speed compression, high-speed compression with lockout• Three-chamber air spring with …
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