For quite a while now, Turner has had a gap in their mountain bike lineup between the 140mm Burner trail bike and their DHR dedicated downhill rig. Well, we’ve got good news for folks who’ve been waiting for a more gravity-oriented, longer-travel Turner mountain bike. Turner just announced the return of the RFX. The new carbon Turner RFX V4.0 is Turner’s second carbon fiber bike. Designed to compete with the likes of the Santa Cruz Nomad, Pivot Mach 6 and Specialized Enduro, the carbon RFX is a 160mm 27.5 trail / enduro bike that Turner says weighs just 27.5 pounds. Based on the video (below) that’s been making the rounds, the new RFX looks like a super-fun and capable bike for hard-charging trail riders, enduro racers and freeriders.
The RFX V4.0 is a complete redesign of the original 1999 RFX, a classic Turner design and one of the first purpose-built freeride bikes. The new RFX takes advantage of the latest materials, geometry and suspension. The frame is made of High-Modulus carbon fiber for exceptional stiffness, light weight and a finely tuned ride. Like all of Turner’s mountain bikes, the rear triangle uses the proven DW-Link for efficient pedaling and great bump compliance. All pivots use cartridge bearings for easy service and maximum reliability.
With a climb-friendly 73.5° seat tube angle, 66° head tube angle and lots of standover clearance, the RFX V4.0 geometry is pure enduro and compares very well to the competition. The RFX V4.0 is designed for aggressive riding and the stock 66° head angle should be perfect for nearly everything, short of the burliest descents. However, the head tube angle is adjustable in 1/2-degree increments, up to 1.5°; so for the steepest, sketchiest trails you can rake it out to a truly downhill-worthy 64.5°.
The standard build kit suspension includes a high-volume RockShox Monarch Plus DebonAir on the rear, 160mm RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air fork on the front and a KS dropper seatpost. Combined with the plush and efficient DW-Link rear linkage, the RFX will be capable climber and a downhill charger.
We’re really excited about having a longer-travel bike to add to our offerings. The carbon RFX is gonna be the bike for lift-assisted riding at our local ski resorts, Southern Utah trips and the steep, technical rides in the mountains above Park City. Stay tuned for more details on the Turner RFX V4.0. Interbike is coming up in just a few weeks and we’ll have more to share, then!