Rotwild R.X1 FS Comp – First ride review

German trail tamer

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £3,064.20 RRP

Our review

Good all-mountain machine that, with a couple of tweaks, can be pushed hard when it counts
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About a decade has passed since the guys from Hope raced Rotwild downhill bikes in the UK and they’ve dropped off the radar since then. This year sees the return of the German brand with an impressive range of bikes.


Ride & handling: German trail tamer that isn’t afraid to be pushed to the limits

The R.X1 FS range includes three models and we took the cheapest of the lot out to see what it had to offer. The first thing you notice when you begin to wind on the power is the Comp’s light, nimble feel. It’s easy to get up to speed thanks to the stable pedalling character produced by the suspension linkage configuration and Fox RP2 shock.

Flick the ProPedal platform damping lever, lock out the fork and the R.X1 climbs well when seated. Out of the saddle, there’s some inevitable pedal-induced bob, but the RP2 shock does a good job of taming this. Both fork and shock work in sync together, keeping the wheels well planted on either slippery slopes or loose trail.

Hitting the singletrack and getting the opportunity to really open the bike up was great. As the trail tightens, the R.X1’s agility shone through with a willingness to be thrown into turns and whipped in different directions at a moment’s notice.

On the descents, the R.X1 was very capable but the combination of 685mm bar, 90mm stem and 68.5-degree head angle meant things could get a little twitchy. A wider bar with less backsweep would benefit the R.X1 no end.

The only other point of note is the limited rear tyre clearance through the seatstay arch. It was fine in the sloppy conditions we rode in, but it could cause problems. A skinnier tyre would certainly solve this.

rotwild r.x1 fs comp: rotwild r.x1 fs comp
Russell Burton

Frame & equipment: High quality finish, sorted suspension setup and cohesive spec

The semi-hydroformed tubeset keeps the look crisp, with bulges in all the right places, ensuring weight is kept to a minimum without affecting strength. The 145mm (5.7in) of rear travel comes care of Rotwild’s XMS (Cross Mountain Suspension) system.

This features an axial adjustable sliding contact bearing system and Niro full type ball bearing system. Thanks to the close proximity of the pivots, the rear end is extremely stiff and more than happy to take some sideways pounding in the corners.

The complete bike weighs just under 13kg (29lb), which is spot-on for all-mountain riding. The Fox 32 TALAS 150 RL fork has 150mm (5.9in) of travel, boasts a 15mm quick-release axle to keep flex at bay and is very adjustable.


The transmission is taken care of courtesy of the solid, reliable Shimano SLX, and Formula’s RX20 brakes bring the R.X1 to a rapid stop. Meanwhile, the Fizik Nisene III saddle is super-comfy for those all-day slogs and the Continental Rubber Queen tyres may be a little slow-rolling but offer good all-round grip and are capable of tackling uglier terrain.

The rear end is stiff and can take a pounding: the rear end is stiff and can take a pounding
Russell Burton

Product Specifications


Name R.X1 FS Comp (10)
Brand Rotwild

Brakes Formula RX20 180mm rotors
Rear Shock Fox Float RP2, 145mm (5.7in) travel
Weight (kg) 13
Stem Rotwild B280
Shifters Shimano SLX
Seatpost Rotwild P220
Saddle Fi'zi:k Nisene III
Rims DT Swiss
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
Chain Shimano SLX
Head Angle 68.5
Handlebar Rotwild S140
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Frame Material Aluminium 7005 T6,semi-hydroformed tubeset
Fork Fox 32 TALAS 150 RL 15-QR 150mm (5.9in) travel
Cranks Shimano SLX
Weight (lb) 29