Turner Flux 27.5
Like I said, I’d been really wanting to try the Flux after missing it at I-bike and not finding it after several attempts at Outerbike….. but dang, I was having a hard time prying myself away from the Troy. When I first slung a leg over the Flux it felt kinda big.. Partly because I’d just stepped off a medium Troy, but also because it had a longish stem on it (90mm I think). It also felt a little heavier than the Troy though I don’t imagine it weighed more than about 26-27 lbs with it’s light hydroformed allow tubes and Enve wheels.
Pedaling off down the trail the Flux certainly responded well, but I didn’t notice that kick in the pants leap forward that I usually notice when I step off lesser bikes onto a dw-link. Another testament to the pedaling efficiency of the Troy. It also felt very fast and maneuverable… but not quite as fast as the Troy, which is interesting because the Troy has 20 more mm of rear travel. The Flux did feel stable and able to be built into something that could handle a fair amount of more aggressive trail and AM riding with the right set up, despite the diminutive travel.
Suspension action up front was handled by a 32 Fox fork which worked pretty well and saved some weight, but I would prefer to see a 130 Pike or Fox 34 up there and (here we go again) a tad wider bars, and a dropper post. No complaints with the rear suspension. It worked in typical dw-link Turner fashion and the geometry seemed to be spot on for this application.
The royal blue anodizing on the frame looked both industrial and elegant though I’m still not sure I’m totally in love with shape of the new tubing as it joins the elevated chain stay rear triangle. It doesn’t seem to flow as nicely visually from front to back as some, though it’s not ugly by any stretch….. and fault lies more with the rear triangle than the front.
When we finished out our North Forty loop I decided to keep the Turner for another ride to get some more time on it and give it a fair evaluation….. but I really wanted to just keep riding the Troy. Tells which one I was having more fun on doesn’t it? But after another 45 minute ride around Lazy Easy I was starting to really come to dig the Flux as well and with my love of Turner bikes and their excellent customer service could possibly nudge me into picking this bike over the Troy (I just don’t know anything about Devinci or have any emotional attachment to the company). It’s hard to ignore a stunning first impressions though.
Photo credit to schlim for the Flux.
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