You can also read this as Myke went to Interbike looking to pick up a brand to compliment his shops offerings....Turner, Ibis or Pivot.Read the part about how he's not a Turner dealer and it'll all make sense.
I test rode an old Iron Horse and had the same problem with peddle feedback in the granny. Drove me nuts till I realized what it was. I was hopping that the newer dw bikes did not behave like that -especially since I am just about to order one!:eekster:I feel the same way as internal14 does. The Turner DW has too much pedal kickback. Maybe the majority of the Turner riders don't spend much time in the granny gear, but that's where you notice it the most. I had a Turner 5Spot DW for a year and sold it for an RFX. Way better bike for me, it's just heavy. I also got an El Rey and I agree too that the 1st gen Ventana's are very plush. Normally I don't use propedal much, but on the El Rey it's on almost all the time.
One time I was riding up a 20% tarmac road in the granny gear and I almost got seasick with the Turner bobbing soo much. I know this type of riding is not what most people do with 5Spots, but hey, it was on route so I had to negotiate it.
I have to say, in the middle and on the large ring, the DW suspension of the 5Spot was very good. It's just that I need to use the granny often and it doesn't shine there.
Ride before you buy if you're worried about pedal feedback in the granny ring grinding along.I test rode an old Iron Horse and had the same problem with peddle feedback in the granny. Drove me nuts till I realized what it was. I was hopping that the newer dw bikes did not behave like that -especially since I am just about to order one!:eekster:
I'm a little curious of this myself......I've ridden my DW Turner for three seasons and I'm still not noticing the performance robbing properties mentioned ! In my experience it is the most efficient pedaling FS bike I've owned.....is it perfect heck no ,but then again I can get any FS bike to bob in granny regardless of design. I have not noticed the pedal feedback thingy mentioned.....more so in single pivots or older VPP designs ! I think the new pivot placement on the Ventana frames coming out is interesting and would love to try one ! Different strokes for different folks I guess ! TIG.I haven't ridden DW, so I'm curious as to whether you all feel pedal feedback or bob while pedaling