Richie Schley Riding the New ROTWILD R.X1 FS 27.5 6

Our pro riders have always been an important part in our engineering process. With their feedback we are able to realise new concepts and to improve the performance of our bikes. Pro rider Richie Schley presents to you the new ROTWILD R.X1 FS 27.5: The ideal one-for-all-bike for technically demanding all-mountain riders with a perfectly balanced kinematic system. The responsive XMS chassis provides ultimate traction and grip in any terrain.

Credit: Rotwild
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6 comments
  • Hittheshowers13

    8/24/2013 7:12 AM

    The marketing manager should have taken a cue from this vid showcasing a new 27.5 bike: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Neil-Donoghue-Bronson-Play,20768/iceman2058,94

  • kellen1230

    8/23/2013 4:12 PM

    Within the last 6 years we have been able to create suspension designs/layups that make this frame obsolete before it has even been released. 150 mm AM bike that likely doesn't climb or descend any better than many of the 160-180mm LT bikes already in existence.

    In the past decade there has been a rush of new bike companies to market. The whole "It looks like a Session" joke may be a tired comment, but it is a symptom of the underlying disease: the market is saturated with bike companies that are selfishly vying for a spot at the table; not to better the market or because they are inherently capable of actually improving anything, but simply to exist.

    Why would anyone in their right mind purchase this completely-vanilla FSR design, when there are already too many high-end, higher volume (less expensive), better engineered, better performing options on the market? Let's be honest with ourselves for once...mountain biking style does allow for some kinematic/design preferences....but if you were able to plunk a choosey rider onto a number of already exist high-end manufacturers (and magically make it a truly "blind" test to do away with preconceived notions and marketing bias) - I think you would be surprised to find that MAYBE 4-5 companies/suspension designs would account for 99.9% of rider's true preference.

    If you are going to play in the market - you should be innovating. Truly innovating.

  • Big Bird

    8/23/2013 4:53 PM

    Rotwild is no new company. They've been around for years, a European company selling mostly in Europe. I've seen a couple. And a Horst like is perfectly workable. I wish I'd never sold my Turner. I got to ride with Shley once in Santa Cruz. He came on our local shop ride. I took him down our steepest trail and he cleaned it first try.

  • kellen1230

    8/23/2013 5:19 PM

    I have no issues with a Horst link or FSR - in fact it is all that I ride.

    I recently saw a panel talk by some of today's most influential tech-entrepreneurs. They all had the same opinion: don't start a company unless you can do something better than those that exist in the market. Mountain biking is a sport of innovation, and frankly there are a lot of companies that would not even claim that they are honestly contributing to any aggregate improvement to the sport, engineering or market.

  • manhattanprjkt83

    8/23/2013 2:08 PM

    i seriously feel like someone rewound the tape and i just watched an old segment from 'ride guide' in 1999, awful...

  • dfinn

    8/23/2013 12:26 PM

    gets supple when you turn the compression on. interesting.