from Whangarei New Zealand
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009
Strengths: Brilliant downhill bike and even though 8 years old now can still kick ass. Mine is an occasional race bike, I think everything is perfect for me, corners like its on rails bur can still drift it when ragging it. Angles are perfect, bottom bracket spot on. Love the grease ports and dont notice the quick release rear, despite coming from a Raceline Extreme Pro with bolt thru 150mm.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy, but then no heavier than the current mid to high range downhill bikes
Old but fast bike, no intentions of binning it until can afford maybe a 08 DHR, not a fan of the new 09 design.
Similar Products Used: Raceline Extreme DH PRO, Kona Stab
Bike Setup: 07 Marzocchi 888s, Original Fox Vanilla RC, 07 Truvativ Holzfeller Cranks & BB, Sram X7 9 spd gears, original Hayes 9 brakes, Mavic & DMR wheels, Thompson, Titec, Maxxis
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2004
Strengths: Grease ports are v-good, low B/B makes for excellent cornering. The frame is still cutting it with new 9" travel bikes. Very stiff rear end. Turner technical support 10/10, they helped me with a few questions. Because it was a second hand bike they did not have to, however they did. Thanks guys.
Weaknesses: Low B/B. Takes a bit of time to get used to (pedals clipping the ground) however, it ultimately makes you a better rider, you are always aware of where your feet/pedals are.
The price you can now get a frame of this age completely wipes out any weaknesses I have mentioned above. The bike is very fast and strong. You would not know the rear end is a QR if nobody told you. With 7.6" in the rear & the 7" Boxxers up front the bike feels very balanced. Bottom line, when I can afford it I will upgrade to a 2004/5 Turner DHR frame. I can find no reason to change.
Similar Products Used: Ellsworth 01 and 00 Dare frames, 01 Santa Cruz Bullet, 01 S.C. Super 8,
Bike Setup: Dorado, Mavic rims, michelin tires, hayes brakes, Evil Bikes guide
jon (B) bones
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2002
Strengths: i can't believe how well it pedals (+looks). like that and you're off.ha ha ha ha. sweet frame design. corners like it's on rails. cable routing is very cool. it has tabs along the frame. MR. dirt chain guide is not conected to the frame by the bb. prety very very prety.
Weaknesses: a little heavy. not a bike to be pedaled on flat ground. but give it a hill and... the price!! still worth every penny
holy shznit cracker. this is the top of the line down hill racing bike. it will put you on the podium if you're worthy,and not step off one bit. it will push you till there ain't no moe pushin. buy this bike if you can aford it.
Purchased At: simple green factory rider's bike (DARYL)
Similar Products Used: dh-9, 204, giant team dh.
Bike Setup: shiver, truvative, hayes, d321, chris king, easton stem, kona bars, azonic aframe, xtr, odi, hadley rear, hayes hub front.
from Northern Ireland
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2001
Strengths: Where do I start? Its strengh for 1, the handling is amazing its so low it feels really clean and direct all the angles seem 2 be spot on, the suspension action is brilliant so supple and lively feeling, it corners like no other bike I have ridden, its really stiff in the back cause of the neddle bearings and huge piviot shafts, intergrated chain guide is a good idea, loads of standover 4 short people like me, paint is reall good, the frame si real quality the welds r perfect and the bb and headset has been faced.
Weaknesses: Getting cranks 2 clear the swingarm I had 2 file the edge off my cranks 2 clear the swingarm, all the dirt build op around the piviot because the old grease squeezes out when u pump new grease in, not a great fan of MR Dirt guides but its all that will fit at the moment, shock is hard 2 get out 2 change the spring etc, piviot bolts are awkward 2 tighten as there hard 2 get at.
This bike is great 4 racers u wanna go flat out with plenty of money.It handles superb lets u take so seriously skecthy lines and get away with them it jumps really easy but has a tendancy 2 nose dive. So if u wanna bike u can race and win on then choose this its the fastest bike there is If u cant go fast on this ur not fast!
Similar Products Used: Sunn Radical+,Kona Stab Dee Lux,Storm H2 DH,Orange 222,GT DHi,Orange Patriot,Giant ATX, Hot Chilli Warp 210.
Bike Setup: 00 Carbons, hope 2 pots, Hope bulb on D521 back, Goldtec Draco on D521 on Front, Truvativ Husselfelt cranks, Mr Dirt guide,Pro Tapers, XT,Specialized evil Twins 2.4, FSA Pig,450lbs spring in rear with no compression and barely any Preload and 5 clicks of rebound damping, Manitous r set up super soft spring with recommeded oil height and weight with full preload no compression and 1/4 rebound damping turnerd on.
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2001
Strengths: Pedals like a cross country bike. Very supple, makes my specialized fsr dh seem ancient. The best money can buy.
Weaknesses: Heavy, but pedals better than most 4-5 inch free ride bikes.
if you have the cash go for it, you won't be dissapointed