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Looking into buying my first Turner 5 spot. It's a 2008 frame with the TNT. For those who have demo'd or who have bought the newer frames with the DW link, can you feel the difference with pedal effeciency/bob? Sorry if this has been addressed in another post. If so, just link it.
 

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rhynohead said:
Looking into buying my first Turner 5 spot. It's a 2008 frame with the TNT. For those who have demo'd or who have bought the newer frames with the DW link, can you feel the difference with pedal effeciency/bob? Sorry if this has been addressed in another post. If so, just link it.
Had a 2007 TNT Spot, great bike but changed to a DWL Spot. Since then I have never used the ProPedal, however I am sure someone will tell me I am to slow to induce pedal bob.
 

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Yes.

I have a Giant Trance 06 and an 09 Sultan.

With pro-pedal on full on the Trance and fully off on the Sultan the Trance bobs lots more riding up steep hills (seated or standing compared side by side swapping riders).

And the Trance is actually pretty good wrt to bobing - way better than most.
 

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thanks for all the wonderful feedback :madman:
Seriously go for the DWL. There is quite a difference. The bike climbs better even out of the saddle and feels more planted on the way down. If price is a consideration look for 2008/ 2009 frames, there are a few changes with extra welding etc on the current frames for strength, but as DT mentioned these were only a precaution and you will still be covered if it goes t*ts up.
 

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rhynohead said:
thanks for all the wonderful feedback :madman:
Hi, I'm sorry for derailing your thread. I ride a TNT myself but the DW feedback has been excellent and there seem to be a lot of happy riders.
 

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Yep, overall much better absorption of square bumps, especially considering it's an air shock, and then specifically on steep climbs much better efficiency while retaining massive traction, although on level ground I didn't notice as much difference, except for the bump absorption being far better. Overall very easy to tell the difference, so the answer is yes.
 

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Look at it this way: If you set both the TNT and the DW up for equal feeling levels of plushness, the DW will pedal much more efficiently.

Or if you set them up to pedal equally "crisp", the TNT will be harsher in the chunk, and hang a bit more cruising through the rock gardens.
 

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Thanks guys, I think I'll hold off til I can afford the newer frames with the DW. Unless ofcourse, I stumble on a great deal for the older frames.
 

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It is better

rhynohead said:
Thanks guys, I think I'll hold off til I can afford the newer frames with the DW. Unless ofcourse, I stumble on a great deal for the older frames.
I have ridden a DW Link Spot and own a HL Spot. The DW Link Spot clearly pedals better but the HL Spot is no slouch either. It is really a tough call if it is worth the extra money because I enjoy my old Spot so much. I have the money but just can't get all the motivated to buy a new bike.
 

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The biggest place I notice a difference with a DW link and non is the active braking. I actually prefer the climbing ability of some other bikes, but the DW Spot out handles everything going down. It's like having anti lock brakes!
 

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I like it, and we are getting a Flux soon so I will have some input on how that rides compared to the 5Spot. I really am looking forward to the more quick handling. DWL has almost no pedal feedback when set up correctly. It's a lot of fun when climbing on really technical trails. Who thought climbing could be fun too?! What I've noticed with DWL is that setup of shock pressure and rebound is key. Bring a shock pump on the first few rides to make adjustments.
 

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I definitely would feel the DWL difference in my wallet causing a harsher ride through the stutters as that wad that is normally there is now just a thin piece of leather....
 
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