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    Turner in the UK?

    I'm currently thinking about getting a new bike. I have been thinking about the Santa Cruz Blur and the Turner Flux. However, I don't know where to look at either of these bikes in the UK. I'm located near Guildford in Surrey. I'd like to try both of these bikes out and make some comparisons.

    I have seen people ride by on both Turner and Santa Cruz bikes, but haven't been able to ask anyone.

    Also, does anyone have any experience of buying bikes from the US? I'm sure this has been discussed many times before, but it would be nice to hear of some recent experiences.

    Thanks.

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    Nirvana Cycles
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    you could also try blazing saddles in rustington west sussex tel 01903 850418 santa cruz ask for glenn and he will help with aranging a demo as for turner wildside in tunbridgewells kent for turner tel 01892 527069 if it is any help i have a 5 spot xl that you are more than welcome to try i am about 1 hour away. bat

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    Nirvana....

    They had a 5 Spot a couple of weeks ago for test - based in Westcott so near some great riding around Leith Hill. Nirvana sell a good Killer Loop route map. You are welcome to have a blast on my Burner. Let me know.

    I had a few problems getting the frame from the US, but this was because Supergo were very difficult to deal with - was worth the hassle though and great value. Overall, I'd def. do it again - just maybe not with Supergo.

    Good luck.

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    You could ride both at Mountain Trax in Wokingham - they have a demo medium 5 Spot of their own and there's normally a large Blur kicking around. Not quite as close to you as Nirvana but Chris stocks both brands that you're looking at.

    For buying from the US you could do a lot worse than call Larry at Mountain High Cyclery - he's a regular on these boards (Ventanarama) and although I haven't bought a frame from him as yet, he's helped me out with some other bits and his prices are very tempting for us Brits. He also won't rip you off on shipping.

    Happy shopping

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    You should definetly give Larry at Mt. High Cyclery, Chad at Red Barn or Dave at Redstone Cyclery a call probably get you a killer price! Of course they are based in the colonies...

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    Mountain trax for a test ride, near swinley as well, they let me take it home for a night to play with on my local trails too. Great lads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins
    I'm currently thinking about getting a new bike. I have been thinking about the Santa Cruz Blur and the Turner Flux. However, I don't know where to look at either of these bikes in the UK. I'm located near Guildford in Surrey. I'd like to try both of these bikes out and make some comparisons.

    I have seen people ride by on both Turner and Santa Cruz bikes, but haven't been able to ask anyone.

    Also, does anyone have any experience of buying bikes from the US? I'm sure this has been discussed many times before, but it would be nice to hear of some recent experiences.

    Thanks.
    Hey Higgins

    I own an XL Flux and my mate rides a medium Nitrous. We both got our's from Wrench Science in the States and they provided us with a great service. I have also had a bike built up by Nirvana Cycles in Westcott and they are a very good crew. What size bike are you looking at trying out?

    If you'd like some more feed back on the flux or even try it out then PM me. We're regulars at Leigh Hill and will actually be there on Thursday night and Sunday. Hope your search goes well and I'll leave you with my thoughts - my Flux is absolutely amazing and so will yours be!

    Cheers

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    I bought a med 5 spot from nirvana cycles and was pleased with their service. If you dont know the trails around leith hill the best thing to do is book their demo 5 spot (medium) and go for one of their shop rides (the Sunday ride starts at 11 and takes in the best trails around the area). Always a good crowd there and are plenty of other bikes to try (asr, 575, konas etc).

    I can highly recommend the 5 spot but I have no experience with the santa cruzs'. If you want to give my medium a try PM me (currently thinking of selling it)

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    I wanted a flux first of all but after riding the spot changed my mind, more shock versatility, only 3/4 lb heavier. Loved the way the 5 spot rode.

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    Robbz did you test ride both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins
    I'm currently thinking about getting a new bike. I have been thinking about the Santa Cruz Blur and the Turner Flux. However, I don't know where to look at either of these bikes in the UK. I'm located near Guildford in Surrey. I'd like to try both of these bikes out and make some comparisons.

    I have seen people ride by on both Turner and Santa Cruz bikes, but haven't been able to ask anyone.

    Also, does anyone have any experience of buying bikes from the US? I'm sure this has been discussed many times before, but it would be nice to hear of some recent experiences.

    Thanks.
    You can test ride a Ventana in the UK by calling Alan on 01245 322912. Dont limit your choice to just these two.

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    I've got a large 5 spot, probably built up a bit heavier than what you're after by the sound of it, but now you've got the offers on rides on M, L & XL spots so you should be able to get the size right. I was up round peaslake last Sunday and should be again in the next couple of weeks. I really can't imagine a better bike for the trails round your way, the spot does it all. I had a 97 XCE which I traded in with Turner direct and got 30% off the spot. The customer service was faultless but I don't think they sell new bikes direct to the public. Could be wrong though.

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    Wow, thanks everyone for all the responses!

    Nirvana Cycles is close to me, so I'll probably start there. I don't know about sizing. I'm just under 6'3" so I presume I would be looking at a large?

    Hmm, this started as a casual enquiry, and now I am wondering whether I can actually afford to do this!

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    IF you look at the price in dollars, it makes more affordable!

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    At 6'3" you'll defo require at least a large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins
    Wow, thanks everyone for all the responses!

    Nirvana Cycles is close to me, so I'll probably start there. I don't know about sizing. I'm just under 6'3" so I presume I would be looking at a large?

    Hmm, this started as a casual enquiry, and now I am wondering whether I can actually afford to do this!

    I'm 6'4" and ride an XL Flux. I'd post your vital statistics as some of the guys will be able to help advise you in the sizing given your reach and leg measurements.

    I agree with Darkside - the Nirvana Saturday and Sunday rides will take you on some of the very best bits of the area and allow you to really enjoy the bike to its full potential.

    Mfezi

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    Hey SuicideDave

    If you're around on Sunday head up to the Reservoir Carpark at Holmbury Hill near Peaslake, as the Redlands Trails crew are doing some maintenance on Golden Birdies and Barry Knows Best. They'll probably be able to point you in the direction of some of their hidden treasures if you're new to that area. If you're out and about, and spot a 6'4" rider on a Black XL Flux, say Hi!!

    Cheers

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    Hey Mfezi, what time does the trail maintenance kick off at? I've been riding the trails around that neck of the woods for a while but I'm sure there's plenty of stuff I don't know about. I've also been thinking I should be doing some maintenance instead of just abusing everyone elses hard work so it's the ideal opportunity really, cheers mate! And my missus said I'd only use the computer for porn. Tcch.
    Higgins, I'm 6'3/6'4 myself and everything on my large spot is maxxed out, saddle right back on layback post, 35mm of spacers under the stem. I like a smaller frame and just about get away with it but really an XL would for better for all round riding.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins
    Wow, thanks everyone for all the responses!

    Nirvana Cycles is close to me, so I'll probably start there. I don't know about sizing. I'm just under 6'3" so I presume I would be looking at a large?

    Hmm, this started as a casual enquiry, and now I am wondering whether I can actually afford to do this!
    yep same as me at 6'3 i demoed a large and found it to small so try before you bye i run a xl with a 90mm stem and a raceface seat post with lay back so any way good hunting.
    bat.

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    SuicideDave

    Here is a quote from the Redlands e-mail I received: I don't know if my mates and I will be riding first and then joining them, or going out after. If the weather is good, I'll be wearing my Turner top! Have a good time with them and maybe see you there.

    Mfezi

    "The trail starts directly opposite the entrance to the reservoir; we will meet there at 10am and begin work at the top, moving down the trail later in the day.

    After the building has finished at 4pm we will go to a local pub for
    "Refreshments" at the Abinger Hatch, the first round is on the club.

    Please let us know if you intend to come along.

    You can discuss the trailbuilding in the forum:
    http://www.redlandstrails.org/index.php "

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    Just jumping in here, one of those strange coincidences, i have a 5 spot ride around the surrey hills and have a biking mate wh has gone by the moniker of "suicide dave" ever since his first ride 6 years ago, it was a hell of a crash which gave him his name. Anyway i think you have infringed the patent on that nick name so if its alright right with you would you mind coughing up the cash everytime you ride??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain
    Just jumping in here, one of those strange coincidences, i have a 5 spot ride around the surrey hills and have a biking mate wh has gone by the moniker of "suicide dave" ever since his first ride 6 years ago, it was a hell of a crash which gave him his name. Anyway i think you have infringed the patent on that nick name so if its alright right with you would you mind coughing up the cash everytime you ride??
    Ha! Wouldn't it be freaky if this was your mate!

    I didn't realise that there were that many Turner riders around these parts - I think I should open my eyes a bit more when I out. Other wise I might end up being called SuicidePaul!!!

    Mfezi

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    Sorry to rob your mate of a new form of upgrade funding, but I actually picked up that nickname 10 years ago in Oz following a manitou snapping, face-planting/sliding/removing stack that landed me in hospital for a few days, funded my XCE and won me a prize from the old MBi magazine. Obviously I've retained a copy in anticipation of another 5 spot rider in the area trying to pinch my name a decade later, it was bound to happen. If you could be so kind as to supply me with imposter suicidedave's full details then I can pass them on to my lawyer

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    "If you could be so kind as to supply me with imposter suicidedave's full details then I can pass them on to my lawyer "

    but do you still live up to the moniker? would the real suicide dave please stand up. Its alright though we have shortened my mates nickname to "Sui" so that should sort out any issues with lawyers, Sui really is a nutter though. You may well see me around the trails my spot is a beaten up black 2003 vintage model and sui rides a bright orange Gspot

    happy trails

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