tinker with the components to your heart’s content. Our test bike
came spec’d with SRAM’s flagship XX1 drivetrain, a RockShox
Lyrik fork and Stan’s wheels. All of these components are “industry
standard” and did not disappoint during our testing.
The RockShox Monarch Plus shock comes standard with a
DebonAir sleeve, which makes the bike feel incredibly plush. It’s
as close to a coil shock as you can get and provides a very supple
and lively ride when combined with Turner’s dw-link suspension
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Suspension setup: Turner makes setup easy with air-sprung
suspension front and rear. We ran a matched 30-percent sag front
and rear, which worked perfectly for the aggressive SoCal trails we
tested on. The bike is remarkably plush, but can easily be tuned
to be more efficient using RockShox Bottomless tokens in the fork
and volume spacers in the shock. Our testers were happy using
the stock setup, so they didn’t feel the need to tinker.
Moving out: Turner’s cockpits run on the small side of the
spectrum, so a few of our testers felt they could easily go up a
frame size. If you find yourself in between sizes, we’d recommend
going with the larger size. Our size-large test bike fit true and
worked well, but the 6-foot- 2 testers who used it easily could have
ridden an XL and felt more comfortable.
Climbing: The RFX doesn’t put climbing at the top of its list
of priorities, but it will float to the top of the hill with enough
gumption. The lightweight parts package and climbing switch on
the Monarch shock allow this bike to grind out climbs as long
as there’s a strong rider at the controls. The slack geometry
works well charging up technical climbs, as long as you let the
suspension do the dirty work.
Boostin’ it: The RFX has a playful
character that’s at home on trails that
feature jumps and gaps. Feel free to take
it on the rowdy lines.
Industry standard: The SRAM XX1 build kit and Guide Ultimate
brakes worked flawlessly during testing and would be welcome on
any of our test bikes.
Get the size right: Turner bikes seem to run smaller than some
we’ve tested in the past. Our large-sized frame fit our 6-foot
test riders well, but anyone taller would want something bigger.
Thankfully, Turner also makes an extra-large RFX for the big guys.