Civilian Bicycle Co. Young Turk 29er Hardtail

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $1499.00


  • Store Price
    Buy Now

Product Description

The 29er platform may seem omnipresent now, but it wasn't a smooth ride getting there. One reason for the resistance was that hardtail 29ers not only overshadowed 26-inch hardtails, they also outperformed large manufacturers' bread-and-butter, 26in-wheeled, full-suspension cross-country bikes AAA on the trail and bang for the buck. The dinosaurs weren't going to risk harming ROI by offering a direct competitor to the cash cows, nor were they willing to invest in the new tooling and R&D required to enter the 29er market. If it hadn't been for niche builders like Civilian, we wouldn't have 29ers like the Young Turk AAA we'd still be pushing smaller-wheeled mountain bikes around.The superior technology is clear now; just attend any XC race and you'll see the 29er hardtail is the preferred platform. Or, check out one of those large manufacturer's 2012 lineup. You'll see the 26in XC bike still exists, but in most cases it'll be outnumbered four to one. Because the smaller wheels are better suited for smaller/medium framed riders, they're quickly becoming the 'adolescent ride'. For that reason, you'll find them filling the sub-1200-dollar price point as a transitional size for growing riders AAA leaving 29ers for the higher-end, established rider.Manufacturers may have caught up with the market, but unlike their offerings, the Civilian Young Turk has a history dating back to the days when the only way you could get a 29er was through a custom frame builder. One of those builders was Tyson Hart, Civilian's founder. Unsatisfied with the offerings available from 'the dinosaurs' and passionate about the bicycle, he attended UBI, a respected frame building school in Ashland, Oregon.In 2005, Hart set out building frames under the Civilian brand. Seeing the undeniable advantages of the big wheels, his first bicycle under the Civilian brand was a 29er. And, at six-foot-six, Hart understood the attraction of 29ers to taller riders.


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 1 (1 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ddouble518

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2012

Strengths:    Great Geometry, spec'd well, and sliding dropouts to switch to a SS

Weaknesses:    Wheelset and tires are tanks

Bottom Line:   
For the $ this bike is great. I LOVE the 1X10 setup, it's worry and noise free. Having a 36t low cog really gives you all your gonna ever need. The tappeered headtube added stiffness to the front (feels stiffer than a 1 18" with a 15mm fork) and the frame geo fits me much better than the EMD and trek. I purchased a chain and SS cog kit for $25 so i can mess around with that an its like I have two bikes.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   160miles

Price Paid:    $934.00

Purchased At:   department of goods

Similar Products Used:   Niner EMD, Trek


Reviews 1 - 1 (1 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating


HuckNRolll..Civilian Bicycle Co. Luditte / Young Turk

Check them out...A couple of the best 29er bargains out there. My Luditte is on the way.Read More »

Civilian Young Turk....anybody???

Ok, there have been plenty of Luddite responses. Anyone have the Young Turk? If you do, post up some pics!:thumbsup:Read More »

Read More »



 

INTERBIKE

Contests





Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!



















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

   

MTBR on Facebook