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Turner Bicycles spent the better part of three years developing its second carbon-framed mountain bike – the 2016 RFX v4.0 Enduro. The back story is that RFX was first introduced in aluminum in 1999 as an all-mountain/freerider and had earned a loyal following. Founder and designer David Turner was nearing the production phase with a carbon fiber version when the industry abruptly switched to 27.5-inch wheels. Turner considered the options and decided to scrap the substantial investment he had in molds and prototyping costs for the 26-inch RFX, and forge ahead with an all-new 27.5-inch wheel machine.

Looking back, Turner said that starting once more from scratch gave he, and suspension designer Dave Weagle, the opportunity to incorporate knowledge learned from the rapid evolution of enduro-specific bicycles which took place at the time he was working on the original 26er. As a result, the new RFX is longer, a bit slacker up front, and its suspension is better suited for high-speed runs down trails that were once the realm of big bikes. But, unlike many contemporary enduro bikes that prioritize downhill performance well above pedaling efficiency, the RFX V4.0 balances its edgy frame numbers with a crisp-pedaling dw-link rear suspension. That, and Turner's switch to carbon construction, has produced a wonderfully versatile, 27.7-pound enduro racing machine that that should become a favorite among all-mountain trail riders as well.

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