Rotwild mountain bikes are making a return to the UK market, and their range spans everything from the R.R2 lightweight race hardtail to the RED downhill machine.
Richie Schley, one of the pioneers of the freeride scene, has been riding and developing Rotwild’s bikes since 2007, and Russia’s Irina Kalentieva became world cross-country champion aboard a Rotwild last year.
Spence James of Bike Stuff, who are bringing the bikes to the UK, told us: “We were pretty unaware of Rotwild until we saw a 10-minute video of Richie Schley in action demonstrating the bike’s virtues. It was awesome – so awesome we’ve even put a version of it on the website.
“After that we investigated more about Rotwild and discovered that they have been consistently winning World Championship and Olympic medals since 1996.”
And if you’re wondering how well the new bikes handle, James thinks you’re going to be impressed. “We have total confidence in the riding performance,” he said. “If they’re good enough for a world champion and three professional teams, they’re certainly good enough for me!”
Richie Schley on board his Rotwild
“There is one thing you notice about riding a Rotwild – it just flows,” he added. “The bike feels balanced and strongly poised to take on anything really. It seems like the only limit is going to be the rider. The bikes are going to be perfect for anyone wanting to get more out of themselves.”
We’ll have tests of some of the Rotwild models later this year, but until then here are some of the bikes in the range:
At £2,452.17 this is the RED FR with Marzocchi 66 180 RCV fork and Rocco Air R shock, Formula RX brakes, DT Swiss E2200 wheelset and a mix of Shimano Deore and SLX for shifting. Mountain Biking UK magazine will be reviewing this bike soon.
The X1 COMP comes with a Fox 32 Talas 150 RL fork, Shimano XT groupset, Formula RX20 brakes and DT Swiss M2000 wheelset, and will cost you £2,298.90
The E1 comes with a Fox 32 Talas RL fork and RP23 rear shock, a mix of Shimano XT and SLX, and a DT X 1800 wheelset. It’ll set you back £2,206.66.
For more pics of the bikes, look in the gallery. For more information, head to UK distributor Bike Stuff’s website.
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