Interbike 2011: Turner Bikes

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David Turner’s been a friend of Singletrack magazine for years and we always make sure that we get to see him at Interbike. Turner never comes out with new bikes until they’re ready, regardless of model years. That’s whey there’s no RFX on show here, despite him showing off a prototype of a revamped RFX back in 2010 he’s not felt ready to bring it into production yet. There aren’t any carbon bikes on show today either, though there might well be one in the works…

All of the improvements on show today are sensible incremental improvements. Production bikes are expected to start appearing at the very end of the year.

Turner Flux

The 4in Flux 26in bike gains a bigger top tube for stiffness, has the 44mm head tube and gains neat cable and hose management via some bolt-on guides as Mr Turner was annoyed at seeing so many bad, sloppy (and sharp!) zip-tie jobs… All models gain a 142mm back end.


Bigger Top Tube - 44 mm head tube for tapered forks



Neat routing


The all-up Flux

Turner Sultan

Turner’s sole 29in wheel bike gains the 142mm back end and the neater cabling. All the bikes are available in raw finish, black powdercoat and the one colour per model anodise that you see here, so blue for the Sultan, orange for the 5Spot, green for the DHR and red for the Flux.


The Sultan gains ISCG mount to allow chain devices or single ring guides to be added


Super neat derailleur hanger and Maxle-lite anchor in one piece.

Turner 5 Spot

Turner’s do-everything trail bike also gains the neat cabling and the thru-axle back end. Here’s the complicated non-drive side dropout and post mount brake, er, mount, complete with trunnion bolts. Not so much for the hamfisted mechanic, as we earlier reported, but in case of truly massive forces on the brake mounts caused by (intentional or not) back-hops or heavy back-end trials-style landings.


This is a lovely rich orange colour in the flesh



ISCG mount




The complete 5Spot. All Turner bikes use the DW-Link suspension


Gusset and super neat welding


All the bikes now have threaded grease ports as the pressure of grease can pop out non-threaded ones. These are custom made stainless jobs.
The DHR. We want one, even if we can never do it justice...


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Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 22 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running cycling magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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