Interbike 2011: Turner Cyclocross Bike Spy Shots

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The Turner Cyclosis is an all-aluminum, all-business race machine. ©Cyclocross Magazine

The Turner Cyclosis is an all-aluminum, all-business race machine. ©Cyclocross Magazine

Interbike is all about getting exposure for new products, so it’s weird to think that it would be a venue for “spy shots” or unearthing product info not intended for public consumption. But thanks to Joey Mullan’s (of recent “Joey’s OK” internet fame) sharp eyes, we saw something unusual being wheeled around at Outdoor Dirt Demo.

All aluminum, with a single front ring. ©Cyclocross Magazine

All aluminum, with a single front ring. ©Cyclocross Magazine

While mountain bike company Turner doesn’t make a cyclocross frame (yet), both David and his wife Christina Turner are huge cyclocross fans; in fact Christina was wheeling her bike around because she was getting it prepped for CrossVegas the next day. There are three Turner “Cyclosys” frames in existence, and they belong to the Turners. Christina raced hers at Nationals in Bend, and it would get a chance to shine under the lights in Vegas as well.

Christina's setup is utilitarian, but still light weight at 16.5 pounds.  ©Cyclocross Magazine

Christina's setup is utilitarian, but still light weight at 16.5 pounds. ©Cyclocross Magazine

The frames are modeled after the geometry of the bikes the Turners rode themselves, like Salsas and Redlines, before deciding to make their own, but with a higher, Euro-style bottom bracket. The aluminum tubes are a mix of 7005, and SoCal’s Russ Denny did the welding. Christina’s complete bike with a 52cm seat tube and 53cm top tube weighs in at a very respectable 16.5 lbs.

If there’s demand, David Turner says he’ll look into making these as production bikes.

Want to see more of Interbike’s cyclocross offerings? We have a full list of some of the best new products we saw at Interbike, with more being added every day.

 

 

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