BIKE TEST / TURNER RFX V4.0
The RFX was first introduced in 1999 at a time before vents like the Red Bull Rampage even existed. That first version was a dedicated freeride machine and
usually had a long-travel, double-crown fork; huge tires; and
a burly attitude that was meant for hucking off anything,
including the roof of your house. Since then, the RFX has been
through several versions, refining its personality with each
When Turner decided to stop the production of the iconic
RFX back in 2012, diehard RFX fans were sorry to see it go.
For the past few years the RFX has been missing from the
lineup—until now. The new RFX is a long-travel bike that’s
part freeride, part enduro and all Turner.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The RFX started as a dedicated freeride machine, built with
7 inches of travel and meant for hitting gnarly trails. The latest
version takes that long-travel capability and adds a lightweight
carbon chassis and a more pedal-friendly geometry. The bike
is still slack and capable of tackling the steepest of trails, but
the new RFX is geared more towards the enduro rider than the
While you could build your new RFX as a park bike, or even
a long-travel trailbike with a light-enough parts package, the
RFX seems geared towards the rider or racer who wants a
little more travel than what your typical 150- or 160-millimeter-
travel bike offers.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The RFX 4.0 is the first long-travel bike from Turner built
with carbon. The frame uses Toray high-modulus carbon
fiber in the front and rear triangles. The bike is held together
with a dw-link suspension design and machined aluminum
rockers that ride entirely on cartridge bearings. The bike
Carbon version of a freeride favorite
Full enduro: This bike is touted as an
enduro specialist. It’s certainly light
enough to make it to the top of the
climbs, but also has a plush suspension
feel that wouldn’t stray away from a few
laps in the bike park. For the aggressive
rider, this is a bike that can do it all.