This is a Turner for kids who used to break all their toys. For the confused freerider who still likes to climb. For anyone who has ever wanted to go big in the backcountry but who dreads pushing his bike uphill. The Six Pack delivers six inches or rear travel and is designed for the new generation of six-inch travel single-crown forks. It can be equipped with derailleurs front and rear, but also features an ISCG mount. The Six Pack's rear end can easily accomodate a 2.7-inch tire. For comfort on climbs, the Six Pack comes with a rangy top tube. It's long wheelbase adds stability when things get really ugly. Of course, the Six Pack is built tough enough to handle serious ground and air attacks. The Six Pack is built to get you to the top of the hill and if you hang on tight enough, it'll get you back down.
a Weekend Warrior
from Edmonsprawl, AB
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2007
Strengths: Stiffness, geometry, tire clearance, sweet suspension action, beautiful looking. Bushings with zerk fittings. It's a Turner.
I have this bike setup as mini DH for lift assisted riding and it's been a real confidence builder. Swap the stem and wheels and it's ready for uber rough trails. I've had a 5 Spot for 4 years and when I thought about going bigger the RFX seemed like a logical choice and I couldn't be happier. I've taken it to Moab, Gooseberry, Bootleg, Fernie, Silverstar, and Panorama and it's handled everything I've had the guts to ride. It pedals well and I've actually rode it 40 km one evening and except for the weight (parts) it was fine. The anodized olive colour is striking.
This bike is awesome. It will change your definition of the complete trail bike. I've had this bike for 5 months now and its evaporated all the trails I found so difficult on my hardtail. Uphill performance is quite a challenge. You need to have smooth spin on the pedals for it to hook up. Of course, this is great that any power is transmitted directly to the tires but sudden spurts will spit traction. I've lost my balance many times due to this effect. Climbing with a 34lb bike isnt an easy task. You will get tired quickly going uphill with this bike. The front end will wander on anything more than 40 deg, even with only a 5 inch travel fork on the front. That said, the RFX will make you live for the downhills. The suspension smoothes up even the harshest terrain, and it has saved me on many occasions where I picked a bad line. It handles solidly down gnarly stuff and there is no frame flex at all. Square edged bumps feels like small stones and travel management of the frame is very good. The suspension is responsive to both small and large bumps wen set up correctly, so less time is wasted on trying to atttain the perfect setting for uphill and downhill riding. Hard braking downhill will cause little brake jack but this isnt noticeable unless youre being fussy and actually looking out for it.
I set out looking for an all rounder. I tested many 5 and 6 inch bikes, and even some hardcore 4 inchers. I would suggest to any rider looking for a new AM ride to check out the specialist american bike manufacturers, eg. Foes, Turner, Titus, Santa Cruz, Ellsworth etc. Many of these bikes are tuned to perfection. I had a hard time deciding which one to buy, and in the end I went for simplicity and functionality.
Bottom line is, if you want a bike that can do everything from aggresive XC to all mountain to even north shore riding, this is the bike for you.
Bike Setup: Fox Float 32, DHX Air5.0, Mavic 317s on Novatec hubs, XT transmission on SRAM casette and Stylo Team cranks
from Ft Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: October 26, 2006
Strengths: Build - outstanding craftsmanship, great geometry, no unusual part sizes required, zirk ports, tons of tire clearance, quality powdercoat - all around just really well thought out and executed.
Ride - confident, super fun descents, especially carving. Good climbing ability with comfortable geometry and no bobbing.
Awesome bike that gets better with every ride. Even at 37 lbs the stiff frame and stable platform shock make climbing very manageable. When you put power to the pedals it gets right to the drivetrain. You can even climb out of the saddle if you like that sort of thing, and that was an impossible feat on my old bike. Weight-wise, I don't mind a heavier trail bike, but the RFX could easily be 32-35 lbs yet still burly if you built it with air suspension.
Descending is noticeably improved in all areas from my KHS. That bike was not flexy per se, but I didn't realize how much better an exceptionally stiff frame would help in cornering. The bike doesn't ever seem to get away from you - it just holds it's line extremely well. To use a well-worn cliche, it's "confidence-inspiring" to commit to a line and completely trust the bike to hold it. I've been riding on some pretty worn out tires and this things rips around berms and flat corners. Also loves hard hits and drops, and feels very stable and predictable off the ground. Braking is an enigma - it's so much better than my old bike, even though though I used the brakes off my old bike, and the two frames share a pretty similar faux bar design. Brake jack is noticeable only if you grab the rear brake on staircase-type sections, but this type of thing is easily avoided, due to the braking performance overall - i.e. I feel like I can check my speed more quickly and accurately. Same brakes, probably 50% better than before, go figure.
I was looking for a trailworthy bike that would give me a noticeable downhill performance boost, and I'm stoked. I probably wouldn't have bought it had it not been for the clearance price, but in retrospect it would have been worth retail. At $1300, it was a great opportunity to get a high end frame that lives up to its name. Absolutely no regrets.
Bike Setup: FOX 36 VAN RC2, Mavic Deemax, Magura Louise Fr, Sram Xo (trigger and derailler) Xtr M952 crankset with MRP LRP chain guide. Thomson seatpost and stem, race face handlebar.
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2006
Strengths: Quality frame with bushings that feel laterally more stiff than bearings and sturdy on the descents while still remaining agile and active when things get rough. Surprisingly efficient pedalling platform too.
Weaknesses: Can't think of any? I had to buy all new components to fully complement the quality of this ride. Wife is more irritated with me because I find myself wanting to ride a lot more.
My first impression of the TNT RFX vs. my previous ride, which was a FSR (Horst-linked) Saber was that it felt a lot more laterally stiff, sturdier altogether with the feeling that the frame design maximizes the efficiency and useage of the Fox DHX 5 coil shock more or it is just a better shock than the Romic I had on my other bike. However, this bike feels like a nice improvement overall to my previous FSR designed bike. The RFX loves high speed and rough terrain while still being able to hammer out those climbs fairly efficiently.
Favorite Trail: Dville dh and anything else that is flowy and fast
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: Red Barn Cycles
Similar Products Used: Azonic Saber 6", Ironhorse Hollowpoint 5"
Bike Setup: Large Turner Ano olive RFX w/6" DHX coil shock and Marz Z1 light fork, 07 Sram X.9 RD/shifters, Race Face DH Evolve cranket w/bash, 07 Avid Juicy 5's, Thomson/Easton cockpit and post, WTB Dual Duty FR wheels w/WTB tires and saddle.
a Weekend Warrior
from Redondo Beach, Ca.
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006
Strengths: The Turner Six Pack rear triangle shows zero flex, frame geometry accomidates a 160mm fork perfectly. The best all mountain frame on the market.
Weaknesses: None yet.
I wouldn't change a thing. I sold my old 2002 RFX to get the longer top tube(24.3)and DHX coil shock upgrade. With the Fox 36 vanilla fork this bike sets the standard for all mountain freeriding. Carl at The path bike shop dialed my suspesion and set me up with a tubeless set. Customer service was top notch. Building it right the first time will save me cash in the end. Quit worrying about TNT and buy this BIKE...
Similar Products Used: Intense 6.6, Santa Cruz heckler, Turner 5 spot and XCE
Bike Setup: Hope m-6 mono, Fox 36 vanilla, DHX 5.0 Coil,823'3 on Hope Hubs,XT cranks,Thompson oversized stem,Chris King etc.
from Bath, England
Date Reviewed: February 24, 2006
Strengths: Bomb proof frame, linkage, paint job, welds are exceptional, can handle some severe drops and crazy downhill runs even though it is not a downhill bike.
Weaknesses: Uhhhhh I am still thinking???
I ride hard and need a steed that can handle that which I dish out and this bike is fabulous on every ride and the lads are jealous even though they have wonderful bikes too. One of my friends has an Ellsworth Moment and wants to swap it with the Turner..........not likely! I am a large chap around 16.5 stone and 6ft 5 and a half so I need something that can survive side load as well as abuse and this bike is it. I need nothing else. Thank you Turner.