Bike Check: Rampage Rookie Talus Turk's Custom TR11

Oct 10, 2023 at 14:32
by Izzy Lidsky  

Talus Turk s custom 2023 Rampage TR11.
Talus Turk's
Transition TR11
Photography by Izzy Lidsky
Turk's custom paint job was inspired by his family's heritage.

Getting invited to your first Rampage is no small step in a young freerider’s career. But Bellingham-bred Talus Turk is no rookie when it comes to freeride. The 21-year-old has spent the last few years proving himself in the bike world with appearances at Proving Grounds, Freeride Fiesta, and the Cam Zink Invitational. Only two days into riding, Turk has already spent time checking off features on his line including a massive step down drop on the upper half of the mountain.

Talus Turk and his custom Rampage bike.
Talus Turk and his custom Rampage TR11 build.

A big part of showing up ready to ride as a rookie at the biggest event in freeride is the bike you show up with. Supported by Bellingham-based Transition Bikes, Talus’ custom TR11 boasts not only a Rampage-ready build but a stunning paint job. Decorated with black, red, and gold cherry blossoms, Turk’s bike pays homage to his Japanese paternal heritage. Turk’s grandmother was a survivor of the WWII atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki by the US. As his last living grandparent, Turk wanted her to have the final say on the paint job for his first Rampage bike. Made Rad by Tony, a Bellingham based artist who specializes in custom bike painting brought Turk and his grandmother’s vision to life. Turk’s helmet has been painted gold with cherry blossoms to match the bike as well.

Talus Turk s custom Rampage paint job.
Bike details.
Turk s helmet matches his bike s paint job.
Helmet details.

For those curious about the rookie’s full setup, Turk is running a size medium alloy TR11. He’s running a RaceFace Atlas wheelset with Delium tires. A Marzocchi Bomber Shock and Bomber 58 Fork are keeping his bike nice and squishy. Tenet Components Omen V2 Pedals and Bodem C V2 bars round out Turk’s bike with more Bellingham pride. TRP DH-R Evo brakes keep the speeds in check, thanks in part to the massive rotors he's running front and back. The Reverse Components singlespeed setup keeps things simple, and makes for a cleaner cockpit to grab mid-air.

Talus Turk got lucky number 16 for his first Rampage.
Rampage #16.
Another angle of Talus Turk s massive step down.
Turk in action.

Best of luck to Talus as he gets his lines dialed and prepares for the big show.

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  • 29 1
 Gorgeous! I absolutely love the simplistic beauty of Japanese art, and there culture is very interesting, and of course their incredible commitment to aesthetics and craftsmanship.
  • 21 0
 That is a stunning paint job. Well done, Tony! Good luck reppin' Bham, Talus!
  • 7 0
 that is freaking gorgeous
  • 6 1
 What is a step down drop? Is it harder than a step up drop?
  • 12 0
 Stup up drops would certainly be MUCH harder!
  • 1 0
 I wanted to like delium. I bought 4 tires and none of them would seat into my wheels. They took them back but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Other people seem to have not had problems. But I can't recommend.
  • 3 0
 Damn! Evan and Tony crushed this!
  • 3 0
 f*ck yeah let’s go talus! Make Bellingham proud
  • 4 3
 D@mn... and it's a Transition, too. Some fine Bellingham alloy. Really like this bike.
  • 2 3
 It’s not made here tho
  • 2 0
 *Taiwanese alloy
  • 1 0
 Absolutely gorgeous bike, but this is very scant on details for a bike check. What wheel size even is this, mini mullet?
  • 1 0
 Probably the most "art oriented" paintjob I have seen so far. This is magnificent. Pure ART. BRAVO
  • 1 0
 Is 2023 the year that 26" finally gets wings and rides off into the rampaging sunset
  • 2 0
 Represent brotha!!
  • 1 0
 Wonder what pressure he keeps those delium tires at.
  • 1 0
 Big arse DJ, love it!
  • 1 0
 love the helmet
  • 1 0
 So much to love here.
  • 1 0
 LFG Talus!
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