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    RFX / Lefty Question

    Hi all,

    As much as I love my 5 spot, I have decided to get it a big brother. I think the RFX would make a nice new playmate for the spot. I know a lot you out there have both, and i had a couple of questions. If I am riding a large spot (I am 5'10"), is a large RFX the way to go? I would assume so, but I just wanted to see what other people have experienced.

    Also, I did a search, and saw the post about the lefty on the Turner. Think a lefty 140 would work with a RFX, or not offer enough travel? I do like the Lefty, but then again, I would also like the nice 36 vanilla.

    Thanks for the help, sorry to spam with questions.

    RT

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    wtf? a lefty.....? I am your height and im on a medium

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    Lefty?

    I have a Lefty laying around. A couple of people have done conversions. Would save me some $$. Medium huh, I started with a medium spot, but had way too much post sticking out. Thanks for the info, sorry to throw you off with the Lefty question.

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    Based on posts I have seen (most recently from MK) I would say medium RFX - even though you ride a large Spot. At 5.10 you are on the short side for a large.

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    ...depends on what you're wanting it to do. I went from a Lg Spot to a Med. Rfx. I basically wanted the RFX to take the place of the Spot & become my beefy trail bike that I could really abuse. Unfortunately...I inevitably found the TT length just a bit short. I could have lived with it, but I prefer a longer TT (I'm 6' even). I swapped out to the large RFX & couldn't be happier. I think if you're wanting the RFX for mostly FR/ DH type stuff, I would go the medium....if you want it more for trail bike duties, go large.


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    Go here for the definitive source for Lefty/RFX combos...

    http://www.fooriders.com/webmain/ind...279208&t=55931

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    what makes the lefty conversions advantageous?

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    sumpin' to keep in mind is the geometry differences between the RFX & 5-spot. The Medium 'spot has a 17" seat tube where the medium RFX has an 18.5" seat tube. I ride a medium '02 RFX, looked at the spot, the medium 'spots seat tube was too short, and the large spot was longer than I wanted.

    The medium RFX is perfect though!

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    It's the ability to change a tube without having to remove the front wheel.

    Duh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    what makes the lefty conversions advantageous?
    Gratuitous Lefty/RFX expert shot:
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    Thanks!!

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the info. Yep, the 17" seat tube was my biggest complaint about my medium spot. I felt like I was gonna snap the seat post off due to so much sticking out. If the RFX is 18.5" (sorry, I should of did a search or checked with Turner first), then I will definitely go Medium. I am looking to build a beefier trail bike.

    I decided to place my Lefty on ebay, so I will have to opt for something else. It does look trick on a Turner though.........

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    Hey Rick

    Good choice. The RFX feels like a slightly bigger bike - feels like it sits up just a little higher compared to the same size spot.

    What kind of rear shock do you plan to run?

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    Good call on the medium.

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    The large might work okay for you. I am around 5'10.5" and have a large Pack. I usually ride mediums and normally would never consider a frame that has a 24"+ tt. That is until I took a quick spin on a large Pack and found it to be quite comfortable. I ride all conditions and like going down the steep stuff and it feels okay so far. The stand over is pretty good.

    With that said, the medium should be a little easier to control in the tight spots. I would like to try a medium for a bit to compare.

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    Sc

    I wish there was a local shop around that even carried Turner (Greenville SC). SC does not seem to have a lot of Turner dealers (if any?). Billy, I have no idea on shock, I have tried the DHX air, and had so-so results, the coil seems so effort-less once it is set. I am still pondering that one. As always, the true test is riding both sizes.

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