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    Turner Czar - the carbon bling machine

    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.
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    Love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YamaDan View Post
    Love it!!
    You totally inspired me! The thing's a rocket. How was your ride?
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    The Czar getting some BC XC!

    Turner Czar - the carbon bling machine-leeczar1.jpg
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    Sweet. Looking forward to the ride report. So is it staying in Beautiful BC or just visiting?
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    I dunno. Its so beautiful it might have to stay
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    Fun fast first ride

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    Nice trails up North.

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    Talked a friend who wants some carbon love to try out the Czar on a lap of local xc loops with me. He didnt want to give it back!







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    How tall are you and does the combo of a size large, 70mm stem and havoc bar fit you?

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    I'm 5' 11". The other rider is 6' 1". It fit me. Stu, the other rider likes bikes riding small and it fit him too
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    I had another go on the Czar in local trails







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    The loamy moss-lined pine-needled goodness of the Cowichan valley in Vancouver Island is where we got to play next







    Last edited by LeeL; 06-17-2013 at 03:52 PM.
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    wow! Nice ride, and nice place to ride!

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    Hi Lee, can you tell me what PSI you are running in the rear shock, and your riding weight? I'm curious as to what kinda pressure running for the czar. thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter View Post
    Hi Lee, can you tell me what PSI you are running in the rear shock, and your riding weight? I'm curious as to what kinda pressure running for the czar. thanks!
    I'm 160lbs. Running approx 145lbs psi if I recall - just under bodyweight. Will check later as I dont have the bike handy right now
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    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

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    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

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    Poor tree and little Czar.

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    Ride on Ledgeview

    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.


    Chris riding Lee's Turner on a tight switchback:


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    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.

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    Dave stressed that this is a XC/Marathon bike. But its so capable it begged to be ridden harder. How could i say no? Truly DT is a machine turning out works of art that ride so well
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    BC XC - North Vancouver

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    So comfortable on the roll downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    So comfortable on the roll downs.

    Nice!

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