The 2011 Turner DHR. Almost no introduction is needed and you’re probably here to drool, but read on if you’re interested. New for 2011, the Turner DHR is a bike that has been some time in the making. This final product represents quite a bit of work from Dave Turner as well as Dave Weagle. This new DW-Link DHR is low (~13.5″ BB) long, and quite lightweight. Some minor changes we’re told are being updated to the front headtube gusset but regardless this bike was worth the wait.
The 2011 Turner DW-Link DHR below offers up 8.3″ (203mm) of travel in a svelte but tidy package. Turner bikes are built in the USA (SAPA), and for the price is quite impressive. The DHR has clearly been thought over long and hard by those involved in this bike. Extensive CNC work was done on this frame with lots of weight saving tidbits and re-greasable pivots as well. Compared to earlier prototypes, this DHR certainly refined. Dave Turner isn’t one to stick his name on the side of any bike and this is one impressive ride.
Proudly made in the USA.
Up front we bolted on a 2011 Boxxer World Cup. Compared to our 2010 model, this came out of the box lubed, had smoother actuation, and the knobs had a more pronounced effect on the ride. Better all around. The knobs are easier to turn and the rebound knob is able to be removed with an allen wrench instead of having to fiddle with a C-clip when it comes time to overhaul.
Mavic Deemax Ultimate wheels and some Specialized Hillbilly’s were mounted up to our DHR. The Hillbilly’s are some solid performers compared to a full spike and offer a lot of the positives of a full spike while working better on roots and rocks. They give a lot of spike like qualities (good control in loose conditions) but don’t have a full spike length that can spell death on slippery rocks/roots. They’re a good option when the trail has loose terrain (wet or dry) but doesn’t warrant a full spike. If you’re worried about mixed terrain that has rocks to traverse as well but you like how a spike penetrates the ground, the Hillbilly (or a cut spiked tire) might be what you’re after.
The Deemax Ultimates are lightweight wheels but have held up well for us with only some minor dings. The wheels have a 21mm inner diameter compared to previous Deemax’s that have 23mm (and 823’s). The rims are easier to ding but the nice thing is that is is harder to pinch flat should you be running tubes. Additionally the narrower rim bed gives for a more rounded tire profile compared to the regular Deemax’s.
The DHR has a short 1.5″ straight headtube. This allows you to adjust bar-height quite a bit as well as giving more control to adjust the head angle. Out of the box, the DHR has a slack 63.3″ head angle. If you want to steepen the bike (or slacken it) you can easily bolt up a Cane Creek AngleSet to tweak to your hearts content.
Shimano Saint cranks are an easy choice for us. They’ve proven to be strong and reliable for us. Shimano’s new 2011 XTR Trail pedals were bolted onto our DHR. They’re not official DH pedals but they’ve held up impressively well to some downhill beating. They don’t offer quite the same platform security as their 646’s but they certainly work if you don’t need or require quite that much support.
A side shot of the DHR showing the pivots and RockShox Vivid R2C bolted up. The Vivid is changed slightly for 2011 and this tune is the Medium Rebound and Low Compression version. The DHR has OK mud clearance (no mud guard) and all knobs are very easy to access.
The pivots are re-greasable and the caps you see over the pivots can be easily removed with a cassette tool to inspect the bearings and clean.
The DHR has some extensive CNC machine work. Turner has built a very rigid overall package with this new DHR.
Up front the cockpit consists of Avid Code brakes, SRAM X.9 shifter, Shimano Pro grips, Race Face Atlas FR bars, and a prototype Point One Infinite direct mount stem. If you haven’t read up on this Point One Infinite stem, check out the article on it here.
Avid has refined their Code’s for 2011. These new brakes have their Taperbore technology and adjustable pad contact adjustment. The reach adjust is now tool free and they’ve made them a bit lighter as well (check our weights section to see just how much). Stock they come with organic pads but we put in some metallic pads instead for better heat fade and more power.
The rear post mount disc brake mount was easy to use and the replaceable barrel nuts are a nice touch.
The rear end of the DHR comes with a bolt thru rear axle that connects to the driveside derailleur hanger. The thru-axle is pretty easy to use and you can swap out a QR Maxle if you were so inclined. The axle does have a maxle-lite style shape to it so some hubs won’t work as great with it since the diameter decreases on the center of the axle. We’ve had no issues with our wheels on it but would’ve preferred a uniform diameter axle for easier installation and peace of mind.
If you do want to run a QR Maxle, we tried and noticed that there’s not a lot of room to turn the QR once you start to snug down the axle fully as it gets real close to the beefy dropout area. You can use one though.
We opted to use a WTB Silverado saddle and a 30.9mm Thomson Elite Seatpost. Both proven performers for us.
e.thirteen’s LG1+ was bolted up to the DHR. It was swapped out for a 32-36t guide after this shot and rotated counterclockwise a bit after these pictures were taken. The LG1+ fits perfectly fine on the DHR. The 36t guide helps give a bit more clearance since the bottom bracket on our bike setup was a little lower than 13.5″. While this might seem really really low, we haven’t had any more trouble riding it in familiar rocky terrain. Turner says this is because the dw-link’s anti-squat allowing the DHR to maintain good pedaling characteristic and ride height. It seems this is true so far in our testing.
The XTR Trail pedals have had quite a few rock impacts since taking this photo. We figure if they can withstand downhilling, trail guys shouldn’t have anything to complain about!
The derailleur hanger is replaceable on the DHR and works quite well should you ever need to replace it.
Shimano Dura-ace cassette.
The rebound knobs are refined for 2011 on the Rock Shox Boxxer and easier to turn with clear clicks on both the LSR and HSR knobs.
Deemax Ultimates can be run tubeless or with a tube. We opted to try out a Specialized freeride grade tube (~300g) as that’s what we had available when we built it up initially. You can check out the additional DHR details below. Stay tuned for the full review after we get more saddle time on the DHR.
|Turner||Large DHR frame only||
|Turner||Seat Post Collar 34.9||
|RockShox||Vivid R2C 9.5 x 3 Shock Damper||
|RockShox||Vivid 350lb spring||
|RockShox||22.2mm shock hardware||