Turner bikes used to be synonymous with American made alloy frames, but in recent years they’ve shifted their focus to carbon. The new era began with the rebirth of the RFX and continues with the introduction of the all-new Flux.
The new Turner is a “new era trail ripper,” that is claimed to weigh just a shade more than your traditional XC race bike. It is purpose built for 27.5” wheels (no plus size nonsense here) and features 120mm of travel front and rear.
Like all Turner full suspension frames, suspension duties are performed by a DW-Link.
Rather than go full low/long/and slack, the Flux takes a more middle of the road approach to geometry. While the 67-degree head angle place the Turner on the slacker end of this category, the 16.7″ reach (for a size medium) is on the more conservative end of the spectrum. The other number that jumps out is the chainstay length, which is on the average to long side at 17.2″
While it’s fun to draw conjectures based on numbers on a page, the true test of a bike is how it performs on the trail. Dave Turner is notorious for producing some of the best handling bikes in the industry, so we’re curious to see how this geometry translates.
In an unusual (one might even say consumer friendly) move, the Flux forgoes internal cable routing and boost spacing. Instead, the Turner uses cables that are externally routed for easy service. They’ve been carefully routed to avoid impact zones and eliminate sharp bends, which should translate to crisp shifting. The Flux is also Di2 compatible.
There are five different build kits available, with prices starting at $4,895 for a SRAM GX build and topping out at $6,295 for full XTR. The frame is 2x compatible and builds will be available with and without front derailleurs.
For more info, visit www.turnerbikes.com.