Strengths: This bike has NO weak points, it's well built, rides fantastically, climbs like a goat, had single track in it's blood. Draws attention everywhere it goes
Weaknesses: none, everything else pales by comparison
I've ridden almost every high end FS bike out there and would not hesitate to recommend this bike to the casual racer or the hard core X-C racer. It does no wrong! It was a definite advantage at last years Sea Otter Classic, the Bike climbs and descends without having to give it a second thought. The Full Time Function rear suspension allows the tire to hook up anywhere (even semi-slicks work well with this bike! The O2 is my third Turner, the first was a 2000 RFX, and then a 2001 DHR and now this! Am I spoiled or what??? It's just nice to know you have the best!
Similar Products Used: Ridden Cannondales, Santa Cruz, Giant NRS; GT I-drive Team Issue, Intense Tracer and more
Bike Setup: see picture- that is "my" bike, no not like it, that "IS" my bike. I've changed out the forks for the 2002 Marzocchi Marathon S, switched cranks to a set of FSA Carbon, The stem is now a Thompson, the seat a Fizik, rims were WTB, now they're Mavic D317CD this bike just deserves the best equipment out there (so do I!)
from Yorktown Heights, NY USA
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2001
Strengths: This is my first dual suspension rig. Coming off of a 1997 Homegrown (which, by the way, is the ballsy of all balls hardtail), I was nervous about the stereotypical dual suspension trade-offs: increased weight, decreased pedaling efficiency/climbing, blah blah. One ride on the Turner had me convinced that it's time to abandon the notion that dual suspension robs the rider of anything (at least for the amateur competitor). On my first ride, I deliberately picked the worst line up Snaggle Tooth, a notorious climb in my 'hood, and I felt like someone was pushing me up the damn thing. Climbing is definitely this bikes strength. It took me about two weeks and four clavicle/tree trunk pow-wows before I dialed in my position, but now I'm descending unlike I ever have before. The bike is perfectly balanced, it allows effortless and predictable handling, whether I need to carve or slide through turns, or clean rock gardens or dropoffs. As far as weight goes, The Turner is actually LIGHTER than my Homegrown (admittedly,the Schwinn was not outfitted to be superlight, but it had Crossmax, Ti cassette, XT componentry, Judy SL). At 24.25 pounds currently, there's still room to shave off a few grams. The pivots look (and, of course work) awesome. completely sealed, grease ports, totally maintainance free. I have several buddies on Truths, and all have had issues with the pivots.
Weaknesses: silly question
The climbing. I was a fairly good climber on my hardtail, definitely not the best at 5'11", 175lbs - fogeddaboutit now (still not the best, but improving). This bike is perfect for East Coast/New England terrain, and it's probably unbeatable out west as well. I dealt directly with Guy at Turner Bikes, and he was awesome. I have not had any reason to contact them since I took posession of the bike, but I plan to call and thank them soon. If you're in a position to build a dual suspension rig of the highest caliber, you need to check out Turner. Go to the web site, call the number that's listed there. They will talk to you, they'll call you back if you leave a message.
Bike Setup: Mars Elite - 185psi, Float RC - 150psi, Crossmax regular, XT front derailleur, XTR rear derailleur, XT crank/BB, Frogs, Thompson stem, Easton carbon post and flat bar, XTR shifter/levers, Single Digit 7's, stubby bar ends, crappy cro-mo saddle, gore rear cable.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bethlehem, PA, USA
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2001
Since I think everyone already knows about the quality and ride of this Turner -- I’ll share this instead... After having a truly “nightmarish” experience with the mail order company from whom I ordered my 02 -- I can only say that you couldn’t find a company who builds a better bike and cares more about their customers than Turner. Don’t ever think twice about dealing directly with Turner -- this is the beauty of dealing with a small manufacturer who really cares about every customer. Everyone at Turner is absolutely great!