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    Met A Certain Mr. Kabush Today...

    Out for my usual afternoon constitutional, and I notice some guy with incredible sideburns riding a bright orange 'cross bike going the other way. I think nothing of it until I realize that he is also wearing a bright orange helmet, and the downtube on the frame says "Turner".

    Holy crap. That is Geoff Kabush. I quickly pull a turn-around and catch up to him.

    I didn't want to bother him while he was riding, so I basically just told him that I just ordered my new Turner Nitrous for the 2006 racing season. I also told him that I thought his 'cross bike was awesome. Lastly, I congratulated him on a good racing season and wished him luck for this upcoming year. Total conversation was less than 5 minutes until I turned around again and let him go on his way.

    Very cool guy, incredibly humble, unlike some of the other pro riders I have met here on the island.

    He kept looking at my bike for a little while, like he was interested in it, but he didn't say anything. My road bike is a Cervelo Soloist, which isn't all too common, especially with no local dealers out here. He didn't ask me anything about it though.

    If DT reads this thread, I would like him to know that I think he should start producing those 'cross frames. Maybe if it is even in limited quantites/sizes, I know I would be right up there in line to buy one. You guys have to see that thing in person, it is absolutely beautiful. The orange is awesome, and the frame just looks sweet overall. I especially like the disc mounts. Geoff seemed pretty stoked about it too, he told me he loves it and he is looking forward to really putting it to the test racing next year.

    Oh well, just thought you guys might be interested.

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    I guess I'm a bit surprised he is in Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by dyst0pia
    Out for my usual afternoon constitutional, and I notice some guy with incredible sideburns riding a bright orange 'cross bike going the other way. I think nothing of it until I realize that he is also wearing a bright orange helmet, and the downtube on the frame says "Turner".

    Holy crap. That is Geoff Kabush. I quickly pull a turn-around and catch up to him.

    I didn't want to bother him while he was riding, so I basically just told him that I just ordered my new Turner Nitrous for the 2006 racing season. I also told him that I thought his 'cross bike was awesome. Lastly, I congratulated him on a good racing season and wished him luck for this upcoming year. Total conversation was less than 5 minutes until I turned around again and let him go on his way.

    Very cool guy, incredibly humble, unlike some of the other pro riders I have met here on the island.

    He kept looking at my bike for a little while, like he was interested in it, but he didn't say anything. My road bike is a Cervelo Soloist, which isn't all too common, especially with no local dealers out here. He didn't ask me anything about it though.

    If DT reads this thread, I would like him to know that I think he should start producing those 'cross frames. Maybe if it is even in limited quantites/sizes, I know I would be right up there in line to buy one. You guys have to see that thing in person, it is absolutely beautiful. The orange is awesome, and the frame just looks sweet overall. I especially like the disc mounts. Geoff seemed pretty stoked about it too, he told me he loves it and he is looking forward to really putting it to the test racing next year.

    Oh well, just thought you guys might be interested.
    I thought he would have migrated south to find warmer weather. I wonder if Turner is goig to make a cross bike. Interesting. Were you on the street?

    Great story. Pro racers can be skinny and arrogant jerks (skeletor on a bike).

    Jaybo

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    I may be wrong, but didn't someone (maybe DT) say the team cross bike is a rebadged Redline? In which case all you need is a spraycan and some new decals.

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    I've seen him a few times here in Albuquerque...

    Once on the orange Nitrous, and twice riding the orange cross bike.

    The time when he was riding the Nitrous I thought about trying to catch up to him, but then realized that probably wouldn't happen.

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    I agree. Geoff is an extremely nice guy. I have had the pleasure of meeting him as well and consider it to be an honor to have done so.
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    For what it's worth

    I've run into Adam Craig a half dozen times on the trail here in Maine (his home state) and the first time I met him I didn't realize who he was -- just a regular guy. (With amazing bike handling skilz)

    Later I found out his credentials and met him a few more times on the rail and he was incredibly "ordinary" in a nice way. Meeting a guy like that just makes me feel good about professional mountain biking.

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    I rode next to Dave Zabriskie a month or so ago on an event ride.

    Nice.

    But you should see his Cervelo. My, my, oh my. Canadians setting the standard. Who knew?

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    Jaybo - Yes, we were riding on the street.

    It was actually pretty humourous how he had the 'cross bike done up with fenders, the whole commmuter shebang. If that really is just a re-badged Redline, then I suppose I will have to figure out the price of the frame only, and then get somebody to paint it for me. Although, as much as I like the orange, I would probably go with something else.

    Jarett emailed me a little while ago and told me that Turner has no plans to produce the 'cross frame. He also didn't mention anything about it not actually being a Turner. In fact, he did call it a "custom frame." Then again, I am just some lowly grassroots sponsored rider. My being privy to information regarding the teams' bikes is probably not a high priority.

    I am glad that everyone else who has met Geoff agrees with how nice of a guy he is. Also, that bit about Canadians setting the standard...pfft..we Canadian have been setting the standard before Americans even knew there was a standard. But that is a discussion for a different thread.

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    Setting the standard in mountain biking and socialism :)

    Quote Originally Posted by dyst0pia
    Jaybo - Yes, we were riding on the street.

    It was actually pretty humourous how he had the 'cross bike done up with fenders, the whole commmuter shebang. If that really is just a re-badged Redline, then I suppose I will have to figure out the price of the frame only, and then get somebody to paint it for me. Although, as much as I like the orange, I would probably go with something else.

    Jarett emailed me a little while ago and told me that Turner has no plans to produce the 'cross frame. He also didn't mention anything about it not actually being a Turner. In fact, he did call it a "custom frame." Then again, I am just some lowly grassroots sponsored rider. My being privy to information regarding the teams' bikes is probably not a high priority.

    I am glad that everyone else who has met Geoff agrees with how nice of a guy he is. Also, that bit about Canadians setting the standard...pfft..we Canadian have been setting the standard before Americans even knew there was a standard. But that is a discussion for a different thread.
    Canda really is a beautiful place. I live in Washington and find the cold, rainy winters a big of a drag. However, we do have some great riding...as do you guys up there.

    Jaybo

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    in my 30+ years of participating in or racing bmx, cars, motorcicles, karts and bikes, ive had the oppertunity to meet many "stars" of the sports they represent. most are way cool and some have become race weekend pals, a few, good friends. its those folks who came from the same towns and trails that we all do who dont forget where it starts. it doesnt suprise me that turner only employs these types of people now as they did when i first met dt and the team in 96.

    then theres the andretti's and emmo. nice? not so much. i doubt fittipaldi would look me in the eye much less talk to me to this day. oh well. rick mears could still kick all their asses and hes a pal.
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