For yet even more ridiculous bike porn see YamaDan's tremendous thread here. I thought about putting my pics in his thread but the world can't have enough Turner love.
Got this for a MTBR test. Picked up the stock highend XX1 Enve build
All I can say is that David Turner's creation will make grown men fall to their knees and weep for the sheer beauty of it all
Front end is so clean. No front derailleur with XX1 but there are cable guides for housing if you're using a front D. Tapered headtube for the Cane Creek 44XX headset. RockShox SID RCT3. Conti MKII mounted tubeless front changes tire from the stock Race King
The chainstays and wheelbase are on the short end for a 29er which bodes well for the bike not steering like an ocean liner. The DW-link linkages are super compact. There's a front der mount.
XX1 - enough said. Chain stays are square! I love that!!! Makes it look like a ..... Turner
Changed up bars and stem from stock - Thomson 70mm and Easton Havocs with a slight rise to put me into the riding position I like
Super nice touches. The post-mount brakes on the rear are nice but you've got replaceable fittings in case you gorilla something and strip the mounts.
Grease fittings for the bushing pivot hardware. A Turner touch that appreciative fans have come to expect
Lots of tire clearance. This is with a 2.2 Race King II that is on the narrow side. I checked and a 2.4 Ardent will fit in there just in case I want to do some 10foot drops to flat
With pedals, bottle cage. Could have weight-weenied and stuck some Maxxis Beavers on there to lose about a 1/4 pound per tire but that's plenty light as is.
Geo figures here. I'm riding a size large. Going to play hooky today and ride it.
Crash tested the Czar on some new-school flow trails on Mt Tzouhalem.
It was a relatively gentle crash caused no doubt by my excessive braking into a dry berm and washing out the front tire. Otherwise the bike handles as well as any bike I've ridden. It's stiffness is evident especially when leaning into corners -- everything tracks beautifully true
True test came on the 525m "xc" descent from the peak of Tzouhalem to Genoa Bay. Coming up next
This 525m descent follows Tzou's moss-laden ridgeline via some exceptionally distracting viewpoints and singletrack.
Things get a little bit more into BC XC as the trail drops 525m to sea level rather quickly. Granted this ride was a bit out of scope for the Turner Czar but it sure was a blast. Some huge stands of arbutus and Garry Oak. Some pretty tight technical terrain and rock features on which to play
We each took turns riding a Pivot Mach 429, Tall Boy and the CZAR. I must say the CZAR does not ride like a 29r, its very playful and quick handling. Where other 29r's like going straight, like the Pivot and Tall Boy, the CZAR doesn't mind taking detours off the trail. All three of these bikes are great, different and capable.
Not a dorp to fault, the seat remained up so technically, XC.
A couple feet of air "technically xc" lol. Xc is a little different in bc, here we'd at least refer to that as "trail" or maybe "AM". All relative I guess, but not to a warranty department. Neat to see it can go beyond its intended use, I will be looking to see the long term durability of this frame under this type of riding.
Got out again on some pine needled gorgeously buff freshly raked trails that we cleared blowdown from just a few weeks ago. It's high in the alpine and a stiff climb to get there so it stays in relatively good condition. The masses don't appreciate the hike-a-bike to get there