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2009 Turner Bikes Switch to DW-Link Design

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2009 Turner DW Link full suspension bicycle mountain bike

Turner has redesigned their entire line for 2009 using DW-Link technology, replacing the TNT design of yore.  The DW-Link has been gaining popularity for it’s anti-squat characteristics, becoming the cornerstone for the lines from Pivot and Ibis (though each brand’s interpretation of the DW-Link is somewhat different).

Why would Dave Turner switch from his TNT design? What’s the difference between the two?  Read more for before / after pics and details on the ’09 offerings.

After talking with Dave Weagle, inventor of the DW-Link design, Turner became convinced that the DW-Link was a way to improve performance, and from the interview on BikeRadar, it’s pretty clear that Turner is all about using the best tech available on his bikes.

Here’s the difference from ’08 to ’09, shown on the 100mm travel FLUX frameset (click to enlarge):

2009 Turner Full Suspension dw-link comparison

Besides the suspension design, the ’09s are about a 2/10 lb heavier (5.5lbs, versus 5.3lbs for 2008), with minor geometry tweaks:

MEASUREMENT: 2009 vs. 2008 (using Med. bike specs on Flux model)
– Chainstay: 16.7″ vs. 16.75″
– Top Tube: 23.3″ vs. 23.5″
– Standover: 30″ vs. 31″
– Headtube: 4.3″ vs 4.0″
The rest of the measurements are basically the same from last year.


There are five models offered for 2009, all using the DW-Link design:


  • DHR – 8.3″ Travel DH (9.5lbs)
  • RFX – 6.7″ Travel AM/FR (7.6lbs)
  • 5.Spot – 5.5″ Travel Trailbike (6.7lbs)
  • Sultan – 4.7″ Travel 29’er (6.8lbs)
  • Flux – 4.0″ Travel XC (5.5lbs)
2009 Turner DW-Link DHR downhill mountain bike
2009 Turner DW-Link RFX mountain bike
2009 Turner DW-Link 5-Spot mountain bike
2009 Turner DW-Link Sultan 29 mountain bike
2009 Turner DW-Link Flux XC mountain bike


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