First we got up and close with the new DHR
, now we talk to Dave Turner about his second generation prototype RFX dream machine at Interbike 2010
. Inside you can scope out all of the photos and info as long as you promise not to get too excited, you'll also get a video tour of the prototype RFX by Mr. Turner himself! Read on...Watch the video to get the RFX lowdown from Dave Turner himself:
Is this the abominable snowman of mountain bikes? There have been whisperings and there have been sightings, but Turner's RFX has remained out of the reach of average consumers much longer than they would like. What would you prefer though; to have it last season and not be quite up to Turner's high standards, or wait a bit longer for a finished product that is as dialed and refined as his other bikes. If you saw our Interbike coverage from last year, you no doubt saw the first generation prototype that was being oogled by everyone. The second generation prototype is shown above and it features very different lines to the previous model, with the frame having a very 5.Spot look to it. The reason for that is that the Spot and new RFX will share much of the same tooling in order to greatly reduce costs, something that a lot of us will appreciate. The RFX is certainly made to handle more serious terrain than its shorter travel brother, despite looking similar from a distance. Rear wheel travel is 6.7" and the stock head angle will come in at 66 degrees, but that can be easily modified by dropping a Cane Creek AngleSet into the RFX's full length 1.5" headtube. By doing so you'll be able to pick from either half a degree, one full degree, or one and a half degrees of adjustment. Bottom bracket height has a drastic effect on how a bike handles so you'll be interested to know that the bike pictured here sits at 13.7" and one of the design goals was to have a B.B. height of under 14" regardless of tire size. I see some serious carving in this bike's future! Because the new RFX could see either a double (or even triple) ring crank set, a single ring and guide combo, or HammerSchmidt, it features some extra heavy duty ISCG05 tabs to keep your options open. This looks to be one of those category blurring bikes that will span a gamut of uses.
What else did you expect to see?! Dave Weagle worked his fingers over the RFX's suspension layout and the result is a 6.7" travel dw-Link controlled machine that should excel at both getting you to the top of the mountain and coming back down. While the upper link looks quite svelte, the lower link is a stout unit that should make for a sturdy rear end. Like all of Turner's bikes, the RFX's pivots rotate on bushings that can be maintained via grease fittings at all of the important points.
The chainstays taper towards the rear of the bike, a first for Turner, and the bike features a 12 x 142 mm axle to keep everything stiff and in place. I'm sure that there will be countless negative comments regarding the 12 x 142 standard for me to read below, but the fact is that it is here to stay and it does make sense on a bike like the RFX. This is a machine that deserves a thru-axle and the 142 mm system will suit it well. Death to open dropouts and quick releases! It should also be noted that 142 mm rear wheel spacing uses the same chain line as a 135 mm system, something that is very important considering the bike's pedal friendly 73 mm B.B. shell width.
The decal says it all. This is the second generation prototype, expect to see another more refined version before the bike goes into production. While it still won't be inexpensive, it will retail for less than the first generation prototype would have, which was about the same as the new DHR! When will you be able to pick one up? Watch the interview with Dave Turner above to find out!
Visit the Turner website
to see their full range of bikes.I like it, but I'm easily won over by the RFX's factory looking raw finish. You know the drill, state your opinions below and be prepared to back them up because I see a good debate about this machine coming on!Stay tuned for more Interbike coverage!