Ohlins RXF 34

Ohlins RXF 34 M.2 review

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Swedish goldsmith Ohlins is getting into the downcountry business with the new Ohlins RXF 34 m.2. Or whatever sub-140mm travel suspension is called this week.

  • Price: £1,185
  • Options: 120mm, 130mm, 29in, 44mm offset
  • Weight: 1,730g
  • From: Öhlins
Ohlins RXF 34

First of all, this is a 130mm travel fork in test of 140mm forks, but bear with us. It’s another four figure fork, but it’s got 140/150/160 sorta performance in a 130mm package.This is as much travel as Ohlins offer in a 34mm stanchion fork. If you want more travel, you’ll have to go with one of their RXF 36 offerings.

What does the Ohlins offer then, that grabs it a spot here? It’s not about what this fork does, it’s more about what it doesn’t do. It’s supple without being saggy. Unlike a lot of air forks that seem intent on showing off how soft-touch at sag-point they are in a car park/garage/bike-shop/trail-head, there’s ridiculously minimal stiction of the RXF 34 m.2, but it doesn’t sink an inch as soon as you look at it. It has firmness there.

It has that quintessential Ohlins feel. In the heart of the travel, where most of the interesting mountain biking happens most of the time, the RXF 34 m.2 feels a lot like a coil. Coil riders will appreciate what this means. Being ‘coil-like’ doesn’t mean it feels non-resist, collapsing, linear/falling-rate. Coils feel firm and supportive but with a super-low-friction free-motion. You don’t feel like you’re hitting the buffers when riding stuff that pushes the blue O-ring up to the crown either.

The new air spring was the most immediate thing we noticed with the Ohlins RXF 34 m.2. That and the slippery, easy moving-ness.

Any niggles? It still flexes fore-aft under braking like all sub-35mm stanchion forks do. It’s not as flexy as some other 34mm forks out there but there’s no way it’s on a par with 36mm+ forks. As to whether it flexes to any significant degree on any other plain, we can’t honestly tell you. It’s easy to witness fore-aft flex under braking (you just look down at the fork while you’re braking) but lateral flex is not something so visually obvious. Don’t go expecting any major leaps forwards in flex with this fork. Ohlins may be Swedish wizards but they haven’t squared that particular 34mm circle.


The Ohlins RXF 34 m.2 gives shorter travel forks a much needed reality check. It’s no longer good enough to be surprisingly not-bad. 120-130mm forks can be impressively damn-good now.

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Review Info

Brand: Öhlins
Product: RXF 34 m.2
From: ohlins.com
Price: £1,185
Tested: by Benji for Singletrack World Magazine Issue 147

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • voodoo-rich
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    Flaremax in orange? That’s pretty…

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    I was going to ask that question too. I figured it out and have been looking at the Cotic site. Looks great in a bright colour. Pity no UK-made ones at the moment.

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    Remind me again what down country means?

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    I’ve got a yellow and black bike these would look awesome on! But it has the utterly brilliant Pikes sticking out the front, so no reason to change. 🙂

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    Bike is a FlareMAX Gen 3 in ‘Red Dwarf’ colour (which is more orange than red but not exactly orange!)

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    Sounds like a great future upgrade for my Spur (in 120mm variety) once the current SID’s bushings self-destruct.

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