Spotted: Turner King Kahn fatbike

A DW-link full suspension fatbike

Fat Bike

Turner King Kahn Side View

Fatbikes are indeed here and they’re not only here to stay, but they’re actually breaking out in to categories. There’s flotation fatbikes to float over snow or ungroomed terrain. There’s also racing fatbikes that are 21 lb. carbon wheeled machines, that can fly up and down hills. But the most intriguing bikes, are the full suspension fatbikes.

Full suspension fatbikes are a brave new frontier where only the Salsa Bucksaw has played. It is an intriguing arena where folks scratch their heads and wonder if there’s a future to it. But most people who try it, say “Yes, this is legitimate.” Mating ultimate tire traction with a suspension system designed for fat tires is fun and eye-opening. New lines and new styles of riding are a definite possibility.

Turner King Kahn Racing the Kamikaze

Turner joins the fray with the King Kahn fatbike and it is turning heads because Dave Turner is a man of conviction. He doesn’t jump in to trends simply to follow or get rich. He only goes boldly where he believes in the engineering and application. He has teamed up with Dave Weagle of DW-link fame, the designer of the Salsa Bucksaw suspension system. Weagle is also a fatbike believer and he’s always wanted to develop suspension systems around the fat tire.

Weagle starts by dyno-ing the suspension properties of the fat tire. This is significant because a fat tire has quite a bit of suspension and it needs to work in concert with any full suspension system that it will be used in. We’ve heard reports that the King Kahn will be designed for 4.0-inch tires and we suspect the baseline tire pressure will be 8 psi.

Turner King Kahn Hopping

So it’s a brave new world for Turner and fatbikes. We think it is a match made in heaven and it will be an interesting time for this category.

Check out this teaser video below that Turner posted on their Facebook page.

Availability is unknown, but put in your orders now if you’re in the market.

For more information visit www.turnerbikes.com.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • CANbike says:

    “Full suspension fatbikes are a brave new frontier where only the Salsa Bucksaw has played.”

    In 2012, there was the Carver TRANS-FAT dual suspension bike. Albeit the frame cost $3000.

  • Reformed Roadie says:

    Brave new frontier or sign of the apocalypse…you make the call.

  • MAGPIE!!! says:

    Ouchie wawa!

  • Jim says:

    It looks cool to me although I probably won’t buy one, I’m happy with my fs 29er, a pump track bike, a gravel bike, and some road bikes. The garage is full.

  • Matt Anderson says:

    May be hot but I’m still waiting for the RFX!

  • Gasssr says:

    I want one !!!

  • JRT says:

    I am a bit skeptical about this one. Many wisely try to optimize tires to conditions, and many riding a 29er have been not necessarily been choosing to use the widest tire with highest volume that will fit onto their bike. Why would they choose something very much larger than that for use on the same trails in similar conditions? So this must be for different trails and/or different conditions. Higher floatation of big tires is useful on very soft surfaces, snow and sand, but full suspension isn’t really needed with big tires at low pressures on those very soft surfaces. Is this a real attempt at a well optimized solution to a well defined problem, or is it just something marketed to a few looking to try something different, a solution trying to find a non-existing problem? Just curious as to what problem they are trying to solve with this.

    • Nate says:

      JRT, you need to ride one. I own a Bucksaw and have been riding other short travel full suspension bikes for a lot of years. Mine is about 31lb. I didn’t buy it for snow or anything specific. I bought it to ride like a mountain bike. It rips going downhill. It climbs extremely well. It floats over chatter and junk that would beat me up on my previous FS bikes. It is not a 6″ travel bike, but it does provide some advantages of longer travel bikes.

      I have no doubt that this Turner is going to ride very well, also, albeit a little differently because Turner made some different design choices than Salsa. Foes has a FS fat bike out now, too. Bikes Direct will have one sometime next year, too. They won’t all ride exactly the same, but adding suspension to a 4″ tire DOES offer some ride improvements over either a similar FS bike with skinny tires or a 4″ tired fatbike.

      Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

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