Well, not really a first look; after riding a Turner Burner for a couple of weeks on a Singletrack Colorado tour recently, talking to Dave Turner and getting a feel for the vibe of the company and its loyal riders, I decided that it was the bike for me and promptly got a frame on the way. I’d been riding a few other pretty sweet 650b wheeled bikes before and after, but felt right at home on the Burner straight away.
Coming off a 29er meant I needed new wheels and fork, and I went with the WTB and X Fusion combo…
Assymetrical/elevated chainstays are another Turner trademark, keeps the swingarm stiff and looks pretty rad. The derailleur housing makes its way through a hole in the swingarm strut to keep it direct.
What, no clutch? Yep, we’ll see how that pans out, I’ve read reports of no clutch mechs with narrow-wide rings run on hardtails not dropping chains, so it’ll be an interesting field test for this set up. Otherwise, a clutch mech or a top guide will get the nod… whattaya reckon?
DW Link suspension helped with my decision… climbs super firm, descends super plush. Fox Float CTD shock with the Kashima upgrade adds to the smoothness. No internal cable routing, standard BB shell, nice and clean and easy to work on.
DT Swiss 142×12 rear axle, awesome CNCing on the dropouts and replaceable brake mount thread inserts in case of hamfistedness.
There’ll be a full review in Issue 55 out February, and if you want one give Wide Open a call…