The RL9 is the newest concentric based, floating rear shock design utilizing “Mert Lawwill’s” suspension technology with 9 inches of travel that tracks the terrain like no other and offers you the control you demand and Lawwill performance unmatched by our competition. The RL9 combines a race proven rear suspension with a Moto-X influenced floating rear shock placement, 8 inch (203mm) floater rear brake system and Rotec Cycles famous concentric bottom bracket swing arm design for the ultimate in rear-end tracking and stiffness! The RL9 comes equipped with a 9.5x3 Progressive Suspensions CVT 3-way. The RL9 also features our “DMS” damper mounting system for the Hopey steering damper for those who demand unsurpassed steering control in the ruff and at speed!
from DA BRONX NEW YORK
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2009
Strengths: the bikes crazy, its quick and nimble yet stable, handles drops nice,low standover, like the guy in slap chop saiz, luv my nuts! great all-around or racer. flys over rocks 4real.
Weaknesses: the thing i noticed waz the seat hits the tire when bike compressess, easy fix, cut a little notch on the back of the seat or buy one with it and put the seat clap with the smooth side facing the wheel because it hit to, not after i did that.
you wont b dissapointed with bike, agile, light build, plush,low clearance,solid, floating brake. if u like to go fast has a steering damper to keep bars stable , i dont realy need it but im gonna try it out.u have to get hadly hub, the magura rear had to customed to fit.its even good for street. its like a comeleon!
Strengths: Stiff rear end, nice wide BB, has lasted 3 hard seasons in Whistler
Weaknesses: Hopey Steering dampener mount, limited number of rear shocks for 2006 model, but this has been fixed in all later models
Very Solid, Dependable, stiff, plush, likes to accelerate out of turns and berms, very manueverable, motors over brake bumps and rack gardens, stable at speed, can handle anything a competent pilot can throw at it.
This frame and fork are headed into their 4th season together and still going strong. Even after 80+ days per season at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. I recommend the Hadley rear hub over the Sun Ringle as it fits better and feels better. The Lawwill four bar is the shiznit....thank you Sully. JL
Strengths: Suspension action, floating brake design, style, built in fork stops, Floating rear shock.
Weaknesses: There are none.
Nothing tracks the terrain like an RL9. This is the finest DH frame I have ever raced and ridden. The rock gardens can be tackled at speeds you cannot understand, the rear wheel finds traction you didn't think was there. It pumps through the trail like no other. Its quiet floating shock suspension design is amazing. If you ride an RL9 you would know. You would also never ride another frame. Nobody will be dissapointed on a Rotec. Only happy people on this ride.
Strengths: This frame is awesome, runs over/through anything. Super nice Geo' great standover hight, corners like its on rails without the need for a stupidly low b/b. P*sses all over my Factory sunday, this is a world class bike that should be more popular. Its nimble, and rides light. I personally find the top Hopey mount annoying and will never need it here in the UK. The fork bumper is great but doesnt work with a flush headset and fox 40's (lower crown hits the frame first) I got around this by making a larger diameter bumper, now all is sweet. Its the best bike i have ridden in a long time. Its ok with the standard 5th, but comes alive with a non-platform shock. I have a pushed roco WC on mine now and its sooo plush with a good ramp up at the end of the stroke. AMAZING!!
Weaknesses: Uhhh, not found many yet. The steering damper mount I personally think is pointless. Shock can be hard to get tight on the lower mounting bolt due to the thickness of the mount (each side is 10mm thick!) so these do not pull in that easy, so you really have to have accurate bushes, bolt and mount kit. Oh and it could do with a 'factory' mud guard to stop the shock getting covered in crap all the time. I use a cut up inner tube, but it doesnt look too trick. Thats about it so far. It really is excellent!
An excellent 'BIG' bike, bulldozes through anything, really whippy/flickable bike. Somewhere between my old Yeti lawwill and a VPP bike, takes a bit to get used to, but now i love it. Really is 100x better for me than my Factory 2007 sunday....dont believe the hype!!! The sunday is a great bike, but for me nothing special. This is the real deal. SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES!!!
Excellent customer support, and you talk to the guy that makes them!!!! (Cheers Sully)
Similar Products Used: Foes DHS mono x2, Orange 222/3, Santacruz V10, Yeti DH8 (pull shock)Spesh' bighit (2002), Astrix Havoc, Turner DHR, Giant DH team (2005)+ some others!
Bike Setup: 2009 fox 40 rc2 (black), 2007 Rotec RL9 team issue anodised orange front, black rear frame. Pushed roco WC with 40lb Ti spring, E-13 LG1, Diabolus cranks, FUNN bars-stem-seat etc. Mavic 823 UST on hadley's (hi rollers) and mtx camo's on lawwill hubs (with mud tyres at the mo for the gloop) Codes, DX flats or SPD's (depends on course) FULL CARBON XO. Whoop.
from Seattle WA
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2008
Strengths: paint job looks ok.
Weaknesses: Too many to list....., poorly designed, prone to failure, abysmal geometry, ect...
Dont waste your cash, this bike just plain sucks and all the fags at the DownHill Zone dont know what the hell their talking about when it comes to DH bikes. Buy Transition.
from Carnation, WA
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2007
Strengths: This bike is all around awsome! i have been riding for them for about 6 months and it has been the best bike ive ever rode...Its takes studder bumps the best...it is a very fast bike that is awsome in the air
The is one of the best bikes you will ever ride..i am very happy with the bike and im glad im racing for them! Customer service is also awsome!! Go out and get one!
Bike Setup: boxxer/5th element/gravity cranks/5050's/sdg i beam/SIC stem and bars
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2007
Strengths: Buttery action, laterally stiffest thing on the market, concentric bb pivot=amazing pedalling, hopey mount built in, floating brake included, geometry is spot on for all types of high speed crushing - if there's no line this bike makes a line
Weaknesses: Some may say its heavy, I say its solid and holds a line. Issues such as shock choice and tire clearance have all been resolved in the upcoming 07 frame. 83 shell may limit bb choice, but wider cranks feel super solid when stompin' it.
If you want the ultimate big mountain bike than this is the frame to start with. It holds speed unlike any bike I've ridden. Be ready because it falls down the hill FAST, whether you want it to or not. Hitting drops is great fun, it feels so stable that you'll want to go big all day. I don't believe that there is a better bike out there for riding the upper mountain at Whistler. If that's your preferred style of riding, than this is the frame for you. Floating shock creates what I call a very "quiet" ride - the rider is insulated from the trail noise, which allows you to attack any line you want. Floating brake allows fully active travel while braking. Hopey mount welded to the tt. Every detail of this beauty is designed to allow you to focus on the trail by keeping things as smooth as possible. All you need is half a run down any trail at Whistler and you'll be sold. This is one bike that won't hold you back. 5 out of 5: you can't put a price on the kind of fun you can have on this machine.
Similar Products Used: I sell most high-end boutique frames, so I have my pick of the litter. This is the one I chose, and I'm lovin' every minute of it!
Bike Setup: Tits: Boxxer team/Ti Avy/Hadley rear, Phil front, mavic 729,DT AlpineIII/4 pot XT caliper,xt lever body,straitline blades,goodridge lines+pads,Hope 2piece rotors/Middleburns,Gamut Guide,E13 ring,Truvativ bb,Speedplay Drilliums/Syncros FBI headset,Romic top crown+bolt-on stem,Funn Full-on bar,Hopey/8 speed Attack shifter,11-28 cass,105 short der/Thompson post,RocketV Ti/Neves or Minions depending on conditions
from Issaquah, WA
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2006
Strengths: Very solid bike. The Lawill suspension design is extremely active. The bike sticks to the ground like glue and is also very stable in the air. The bike is also very stable at speed. The low standover height and low CG is what really sold me on this bike as compared to the other options out there. The bike is built to house a hopey steering damper and comes with a floating brake.
Weaknesses: The frame design does not support the Fox DHX shock. The bottom bracket shell is 83 mm so there are not many options out there.
This bike has already been put throught the paces 5 days straight at Whistler and one DH race. This bike is definitely a confidence builder since it takes drops and hits very smoothly.
This bike will soak up all the nasty rocky and rooty stuff, but you'd better be going fast, otherwise you will lose all momentum (which is not the hot ticket on the rocky, rooty stuff). The bike really does great in the air (very stable and smooth on A-Line).
This bike is great for big guys/gals due to the beefiness of the frame, but also great for small guys/girls due to the low standover height.
The customer service is great, as Rotec is basically a one man operation. For me, the Rotec is a great choice among its competitors (V10, M3, etc.), if you can deal with being limited on the selection of some parts due to the frame design. I know that in the coming years, the Rotec will support a larger variety of components.