Turner Bikes have revamped their webpage and gone are some familiar bikes many of you may be looking for. We got a chance to chat with Dave a few months ago in their Temecula, CA facility about their new Burner and the direction of the 650b/27.5″ wheel. It seems like the predictions are now coming to pass. Watch the video inside to learn more and see some internal shots of their facility.
The 2014 Burner is a 27.5″ wheeled Enduro Trail / Adventure XC bike. It can be outfitted in a variety of ways with its 140mm (5.5″) of travel. It has ISCG-05 chainguide tabs, post mount rear disc tabs with replaceable barrel nuts, a 142x12mm thru axle in the rear, and a variety of other common features.
Like all current Turner bikes, the Burner features Dave Weagle’s DW-Link suspension that is engineered to provide anti-squat to control unwanted bob and still remain active to absorb all the bumps. The Burner features Turner’s provel Journal Bearing System and threaded zerk grease fittings.
Video: Turner Burner – 650b/27.5
All aluminum Turner Bikes are still made in the USA. When SAPA ceased production, Turner diverted their aluminum business to Zen. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to chat with Dave Turner then you know he’s a passionate guy who can talk bikes all day. You can watch the video above to learn more about their new partnership with Zen.
Lots of riders have been building the Burner in a wide variety of ways. We’ve seen them built up in just about every way and its nice that this bike can fill the desires of so many riders. The geometry seems to be winning riders over left and right and Turner can barely keep them on the shelves. We had a chance to take one for a spin at Outerbike last year and walked away with positive feelings towards the chassis.
The desire for the 26″ mountain bike has been waning at Turner. Sales on the Burner have usurped the beloved 26″ wheel’d 5-Spot by a considerable margin. If you’re interested in a 5-Spot give Turner a ring as they only have a few left.
Only a few 26in 5 Spot frames are left - call if you're interested!
While at the Turner we checked out their facility a bit more and they had some neat historical Turner things on display. Putting your name on the side of a product says a lot and Dave Turner stands behind his products.
The early Turner DHR’s saw a lot of action in the race scene as good downhill bike’s were hard to come by. It wasn’t uncommon for racers to re-badge Turners and other quality bikes in disguise under other sponsors’ logo-ing to remain competitive.
The DHR has evolved since its inception. They even had a prototype DW-Link DHR on the wall that they showed off at interbike 2008. before launching a consumer version.
2008ish Prototype DW-Link DHR
Turner had a few bikes on display that really capture some of the older technologies and how far things have come.
10 points if you know this fork and another 10 if you know all the parts missing to make this brake work
Linkages have come a long way since these days
Turner Czar - 29er
If you missed out on their all new Carbon Fiber Czar, you can learn more about it as well in one of our earlier post. It’ll be interesting to see if carbon edges its way into the more of the Turner lineup.
For those of you looking for something more gravity fed, the Turner DHR DW-Link downhill frame starts at an amazing price ($1695). This is an amazing deal considering the impressive ride the DHR offers.
Turner assembles, packs, and stores bikes here before sending them out to customers. Nested right behind their main office this small facility is where your Turner bike is lovingly setup/shipped.
The new website is designed to be more friendly and inviting for people to also order online should they choose to. Turner still has many authorized dealers and with the new program, their territory is safe as we do not sell to mail order giants that will sell anywhere without regard for brick and mortar territories. Basically ‘stocking’ Turner Bikes dealers get most of a city, and even in SoCal we only have a few with a zillion people between each. Those areas not served by a authorized dealer will be handled by sales direct from Turner Bikes. We are offering a bunch of the most popular build kits, and adding new parts that are rising in demand (Pike and Monarch Plus come to mind). We will also be offering a more affordable build kit that will allow someone to buy a Burner or new 27.5 Flux or Sultan for 3500! Lots of SLX, but all name brand parts like Race Face and Mavic etc, -Dave Turner