Saturday, August 1, 2009
Ed's Turner Flux
Our buddy Ed is a true cyclist through and through. He loves sweet bikes, awesome beer and hanging out at our shop. He came to Iron Cycles with a little project in mind revolving around a Turner Flux full suspension frame. Now, to fully understand just how excited I get about building a Turner we have to track back about fifteen years to my very first bike shop, The Single Track Factory. This is the part in the story where both Wayne and Garth warp us back in time.
The Single Track Factory is a killer little shop in the heart of my hometown of Denver, Colorado. This was the first shop that I ever walked in to where I felt welcomed by the way cool guys that worked there. I think that this initial impression that clued me into the idea that a bike shop can be fun and exciting to visit. So, a few visits later I had somehow convinced Brian, the owner, to let me work there for the summer. He took me under his wing and taught me everything I would ever need to know about bikes.
A few years went by, in which time I’d gotten into racing downhill and slalom and survived a few bike trips to the far corners of the States. However the bikes that I had been riding just didn’t feel right. I had officially broken my first downhill bike in a crash that should have taken my life, but instead left me with a concussion that I swear has made me see double ever since.
Every summer STF provided technical support for the Fat Tire Classic in Winter Park. The coolest part about the Fat Tire Classic, aside from the riding, was the dirt demo. The Single Track Factory would always find some way to get the coolest companies to let us borrow bikes for this event. It was there that I first set my eyes on a Turner. Turner was building bikes for all the fastest pros and was holding their ground against other companies like Intense and Santa Cruz which were all cool bikes too. For some reason I had just never seen a Turner in person let alone ridden one. I had plastered a million Mountain Bike Action Magazine pages to my walls with some rider railing some perfectly groomed trail on a Turner. I was boarder line obsessed with owning an Afterburner DH.
Turner had lent us three bikes, an 02, an XCE, and an RFX. I remember just how anxious I was waiting to jump aboard any of them. Because I was more into the gravity bikes at the time I was dead set on riding the RFX which was considered a “long travel” machine. I was in love from the first pedal stroke. The bike had amazing acceleration and gobbled up just about anything I could throw it at All of the reviews I had ever read, all of the rumors and hype, were right on! I had never felt more confident on a bike in my life and was certain that my next purchase would be a Turner.
Ok, back to Ed’s bike. So my life long obsession with the Turner brand has led to a rather exaggerated excitement when I get a chance to build one. Ed’s Turner Flux is an awesome example of why…
This four inch travel trail machine is built for serious speed. From the Mavic Cross Max SLR wheels to the Tune Bar ends, no expense was spared! We built the bike up with a mix of Shimano XTR drive train components to keep the shifting super smooth and precise. The Truvative Noir cranks are among the lightest and stiffest carbon triple, mountain cranks out on the market, not to mention some of the sexiest!
At Iron Cycles we love to see Sram made components on just about any bike. The Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes are some of our favorites. I have thrashed a pair on my all-mountain bike for over two years now and they work as well as the day I first installed them.
Of course I’m a fan of both the Thomson X2 stem and the Elite seat post. If you ask me every bike should have these parts on them. Thomson stems and posts are light, durable and are made with the highest tolerances you’ll find anywhere.
Fox has possibly the most fine tunable stock suspension components I have ever found. We equipped Ed’s machine with the F80 RLC which has both rebound, compression and lock out feature for those long climbs out west. The coolest thing about this fork is that you have 100% control over how this thing performs. Some of the best racers in the world use this fork because of its features and its incredibly low weight.
Chris King makes some of the best headsets hands down. Not only does King back up their headsets with a TEN year warranty (not that you’ll ever need it) they perform flawlessly for years. In all my years as a bicycle mechanic I’ve seen more frames fail than King headsets. Come to think of it I’m not sure that I have ever seen a King headset fail. It’s in the name.
With the bike finished we sent Ed out for a ride. I don't know if he was just being nice, or if he really meant it, but as far as I can tell, it was love at first ride.