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Hi I am in the fortunate position to be able to buy another bike, having had a RFX (which I sold and regret) should I get a second hand RFX or a new 6 pack? Is there much difference in the two in terms of ride?
 

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Ford or Chevy?

The RFX peeps will talk your ear off about 5" rocker options, bb heights, tubing stoutness, etc.

The Pack peeps will talk your ear off about modern shock clearance, refined tubing, new bike warranty and parts, lighter weight and longer top tubes.

If the RFX comes with both 5 and 6" rockers and you like shorter top tubes, you can get it cheaply and it's in good shape, go for it.

If you want to keep it set up at 6" and you like longer top tubes, grab a Pack.

It's a lot of hair splitting though neither camp will admit it.
 

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It's a lot of hair splitting though neither camp will admit it.
Actually, i totally agree. Having seen a large 2002 RFX and large 6-pack hanging next to each other at a local shop, I was pretty blow away at how similar they are.

The RFX is maybe a little better for true free-ride use, but the 6-pack is lighter so it has an edge for trail riding. splitting hairs though. 1/4" BB height is not going to make a huge difference. 6-pack has the DHX and the RFX has much lower standover, again, splitting hairs. Put a layback post on a RFX and you have %98 6-pack geometry.

The RFX would probably be cheaper, but then you might want to upgrade the shock/paint eventually. 5" rockers might be hard to come by. I have seen one med. RFX for sale in the last 4 months, and it was beat up. So unless you need a small or large, you may not have much choice.

One things for sure: it's hard to go wrong with that choice!
 

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I dunno, Dave himself called the 6-Pack the revived RFX and the name is changing to RFX for '06 so why are any folks wondering about the "differences"?

the only one I see as meaningful is the top tube length difference, which DOES mean a lot in terms of how the rider fits the bike.
 

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the differences:
price
top tube length
bragging rights
frankenstein like welds or high tech manipulated tubing :rolleyes:

bottom line; there's not much difference, you'll like either of them. Buy, and enjoy.



p.s. the RFX is better. :D
 

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The top tube length difference is a by-product of the 'packs slacker seat angle- put a layback post on a 2002 RFX (or move the saddle forward on an in-line post on the 6-pack) and the lengths become a wash. According to DT, the distance between the BB and head tube didn't change much.

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the only one I see as meaningful is the top tube length difference, which DOES mean a lot in terms of how the rider fits the bike.
 

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Gonzo, if you've read any of my other posts, you'd know that I swallow handfulls of the little blue pills, daily!

Lambone, true, a RFX would be a used bike, and you can't see fatigue from the outside, but the condition of the frame is some indication of how it's been used, plus, we're not talking about some light weight pu$$y frame here!
 

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Thanks for the replies, is the ride the same on the 6 pack as the RFX ?, I valued the RFX ability to climb and then suck up bumps from pea size to boulder, as my body ages this quality is becoming a premium. Is the quality of the frame the same?
 

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gonzostrike said:
of course it is.

now if you'll just take this blue pill here, and drink it down... ;)
What's Renegade going to do with a Viagra - We can't have him roaming the CO wilderness with a FMB - some innocent wildlife might get hurt.:D
 

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Thanks for the replies, is the ride the same on the 6 pack as the RFX ?, I valued the RFX ability to climb and then suck up bumps from pea size to boulder, as my body ages this quality is becoming a premium.?
Yes - the new DHX is leaps ahead of the old Vanilla RC (unless it has been PUSHed).

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Is the quality of the frame the same?
Still made by Turner so I would say yes??
 

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To echo SSINGA, the fox DHX shock is an advancement over a stock vanilla RC. Pushed vanilla rc's are quite nice too, that's what I have on my RFX, and some other RFX ownwers here have. I have never ridden a DHX, so I can only assume it's all that everyone says it is.
 

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Actually, i totally agree. Having seen a large 2002 RFX and large 6-pack hanging next to each other at a local shop, I was pretty blow away at how similar they are.

The RFX is maybe a little better for true free-ride use, but the 6-pack is lighter so it has an edge for trail riding. splitting hairs though. 1/4" BB height is not going to make a huge difference. 6-pack has the DHX and the RFX has much lower standover, again, splitting hairs. Put a layback post on a RFX and you have %98 6-pack geometry.

The RFX would probably be cheaper, but then you might want to upgrade the shock/paint eventually. 5" rockers might be hard to come by. I have seen one med. RFX for sale in the last 4 months, and it was beat up. So unless you need a small or large, you may not have much choice.

One things for sure: it's hard to go wrong with that choice!
I dunno about that standover, my med 6 definitely has good standover, maybe the RFX has it a little better, but it can't be by much.

Pack=refined RFX.

Jm=new 6 pack guy
 

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kickin some numbers for ya

Jm. said:
I dunno about that standover, my med 6 definitely has good standover, maybe the RFX has it a little better, but it can't be by much.
Standover, per Turner:
small 6-pack: 31.4" vs. 16.5" '02 RFX: 28.9
med 6-pack: 31.5" vs. 18" '02 RFX: 30.4
large 6-pack: 32" vs. 19.5" '02 RFX: 31.3
XL 6-pack: 33" vs. 21" '02 RFX: 32.3
 

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To echo SSINGA, the fox DHX shock is an advancement over a stock vanilla RC. Pushed vanilla rc's are quite nice too, that's what I have on my RFX, and some other RFX ownwers here have. I have never ridden a DHX, so I can only assume it's all that everyone says it is.
to Renegade, a side note of potential irrelevance...

Vanilla RC w/ ProPedal is a MUCH better performing and pedaling rear shock than the standard Vanilla RC. I had one on a Banshee Scream last season and I thought it felt almost as good as the DHX 5.0 on my 6-Pack.

and welcome to flyboy Jm, our refugee from the Foes camp.
 

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Vanilla RC w/ ProPedal is a MUCH better performing and pedaling rear shock than the standard Vanilla RC. I had one on a Banshee Scream last season and I thought it felt almost as good as the DHX 5.0 on my 6-Pack.
IMO...The PP Vanilla RC is better than the standard RC but is no where near the DHX. My Moment started out life with the Van PP and it was a night and day difference when I changed it to the DHX. The RC's are fine for big hits but do not track the ground like the DHX can.
 

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That's more of an early PP problem.... that was everybodies complaint about the first year PP stuff, small bump compliance was lost to gain the platform. The older pre-PP shocks were definately more supple. Seems like maybe the first year of pro-pedal was mainly a reaction by Fox to losing their market to platform shocks like the romic and 5th element? They have it sorted now...

It would be interesting to compare a pushed vanilla RC to a DHX.

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The RC's are fine for big hits but do not track the ground like the DHX can.
 
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