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Ohlins RXF 36 now available in 27.5″

...And a coil version of the 29er

Ohlins is continuing its push to unseat the suspension big boys with a couple of new forksĀ and a new spring brought to the table.

The RXF 36, one of, if not the, stiffest fork on the market and a firm favourite here in the Dirt office. It was originally an air sprung 29er fork but now we have a 27.5 inch version and a coil sprung version of the 29er.

Ohlins RXF 36 27.5″ air

Basically everything great about the 29er RXF 36 transferred to a 27.5 model. The stiffness of the 29er version is likely to be increased thanks to a slightly stouter design and the retention of the Boost spacing.

If it’s anything like the original, then this fork is for the fettlers, with a precise set up needed to get it right. Thankfully you have 15 clicks of rebound and low speed compression and five clicks of rebound compression to get the settings on the TTX damper sorted.

The fork is available in 150, 160 and 170mm travel options with the 170mm travel weighing in at 2,085 grams.

Ohlins RXF 36 29″ Coil

The prospect of getting coil performance in an RXF 36 chassis has us very excited – fewer seals, less friction and that awesome plushness that only a steel spring can bring.

Seven coil rates and all the adjustments of the air version means the fork should be just as tunable. In fact, the rest of the fork seems very similar to the one we love so much – 140-160mm travel options, TTX damping etc – but there is a weight penalty of around 300 grams for going coil.

New springs

Final titbit of Ohlins news is that their springs have shed some weight. They say: “Advanced technology featuring multi-step surface treatment process as well as cutting edge heat treatments and wire materials allows us to stress the wire harder without causing damage to the spring and therefore design lighter springs”. We say: “Yellow still looks so cool”.

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