Interbike 2010: Turner's upcoming RFX all-mountain machine

Plus updates to 5.Spot, Sultan 29er and Flux for 2011

Turner Bikes say their new RFX all-mountain chassis should finally be ready for release in another eight or nine months after much anticipation and lots of prototype testing – and from the looks of things, it may very well be worth the wait. 

Target specs for the artfully TIG-welded aluminium frame include 165mm of rear wheel travel, a stable-handling 66-degree head tube angle and relatively low 35cm (13.8in) bottom bracket height, tidy 432mm-long (17in) asymmetrical chainstays and a target weight of 3.3kg (7.3lb) with rear shock. 

The heavily reinforced head tube will fit a number of different steerer diameters, and the rear end will again use Dave Weagle's superb dw-link suspension system plus Turner's trademark composite bushing pivots with integrated grease ports for easy servicing.

Pricing is still to be determined and is expected to be in-line with Turner's status as a small-volume boutique brand, but it may not be as bad as some have feared. According to Dave Turner: "[It'll be] more than a 5.Spot but only as much as it has to be."

Speaking of the 5.Spot, Turner's versatile trail bike receives several key updates for 2011, including a 44mm-diameter (internal) head tube that'll accept either straight 1-1/8in or 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in tapered steerers, a slacker 67.7° head tube for improved high-speed stability and a new 'burrito' seat tube gusset for a more finished appearance.

The 2011 turner 5.spot gets a slacker and tapered-compatible head tube, narrower chainstays, updated cable routing and a new 'burrito' seat tube gusset:
The 2011 turner 5.spot gets a slacker and tapered-compatible head tube, narrower chainstays, updated cable routing and a new 'burrito' seat tube gusset:

The 2011 Turner 5.Spot gets a slacker and tapered-compatible head tube, narrower chainstays, updated cable routing and a new 'burrito' seat tube gusset

There's even updated cable routing that now includes provisions for a remote-actuated dropper seatpost, and, in a nod to the newer crop of narrow-stance two-ring cranksets, Turner have slightly narrowed the asymmetrical chainstays for better clearance. 

Turner also add the tapered-compatible 44mm-diameter head tube to their Sultan 29in-wheeled full-suspension chassis for 2011, along with a slightly slacker head tube angle and the same 'burrito' fully enclosed gusset used on the 5.Spot. 

Meanwhile, the 100mm-travel Flux gets the new gusset, too – but continues on with a straight 1-1/8in-only external-cup head tube – and the striking DHR World Cup-style downhill racer continues on essentially unchanged.

Turner's dhr downhill rig features 210mm (8.3in) of rear wheel travel and low, stable geometry aimed at world cup-style racing:
Turner's dhr downhill rig features 210mm (8.3in) of rear wheel travel and low, stable geometry aimed at world cup-style racing:

Turner's DHR downhill rig features 210mm (8.3in) of rear wheel travel and low, stable geometry aimed at World Cup-style racing

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

Related Articles

Back to top