Earlier this year (or was it late last year?) Dave Turner announced that one of the seminal models in his line-up would be returning, with a facelift and new personality. The Burner now comes with medium wheels and 140mm of travel, and of course the DW Link rather than the original’s Horst Link suspension.
When I needed a bike at short notice for my Singletrack Colorado tour, Mr Turner was only too happy to send a pimped out Burner for me to ride for the next two weeks. Under instruction from Dave, I’ll be “beating the piss outa it” and giving a full review in Issue 54. Here’s a bit of a look at some of the bike’s features…
The heart of the bike is the proven DW Link suspension… climbs great, plush on the downs. A standard BB is welcomed, and a clamp-on front derailleur mount keeps it simple. Lots of CNCing in the one piece yoke and stays. Oh, and ISCG05 tabs hidden there too.
The 142×12 rear axle threads directly into the hanger, increasing strength and rigidity. I hope that cassette is low enough to get me up these 10000ft passes!
More cool CNC work on the dropouts, and the brake post mounts have replaceable threaded inserts should you hamfist a bolt installation.
No internal cable routing here, but the rear mech cable takes the direst route through the swingarm to its destination. Alll the cable guides bolt to the frame and are neat and tidy and help with speedier cable changes.
The cockpit is pretty flash, with Race Face Next carbon bars, Thomson stem, XT shifters and Formula R1 brakes (which have the awesome feature of being able to be swapped L to R, thankfully).
The Zerk grease ports are threaded and can be replaced, and they keep the journal bearings lubed and like new for years of abuse. They do work.
Fox Float 34 CTD Kashima up front, ’nuff said. Dave sent his own personal DT 240/Enve AM medium wheelset, which was nice.
Turner’s 44 headtube stiffens up the front end and utilises Cane Creek’s 40 zero stack headset to keep it low.