Ben’s new Turner Burner 650B

It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally got my new bike sorted!  I asked Chris to take some photos whilst I was building it up so that everyone could see the build and the finished product.

I chose a Turner Burner 650B for my newest ride for a few reasons.  Firstly the Turner brand is famous for making really well thought out bikes that are designed to be kept for a long time.  I really like this idea and I love the fact that their frames are so strong and easy to maintain.  The frame features journal bearings, or bushings, at the pivot points rather than using ball bearing based bearings.  This makes a huge amount of sense because the pivot points never move a full 36o degrees so stress created by the pivoting motion is spread over a small amount of ball bearings in most bikes, not so with Turner’s system.  The pivots also feature Zerk ports for easy maintenance, allowing the simple addition of new grease to the pivot when required.

A few other things that drove me towards getting this frame were the legendary Turner reputation and the 650B wheel size.

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I unboxed all of the parts (apart from the wheels which you’ll see later) and laid them out on our coffee table at HQ.  The full kit list is as follows:

Frame: Tuner Burner 650B size XL

Fork: Fox 34 CTD Factory Kashima Coat

Shock: Fox Float CTD Factory Kashima Coat

Wheels: DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Stans Arch EX

Tyres: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.25 (run tubeless)

Bars: Thomson Carbon Trail Bars

Stem: Thomson Elite X4

Grips: ODI Ruffian Lock On – Turner branded

Shifters: Shimano XT

Brakes: Shimano XT

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT+

Front Derailleur: Shimano XT

Chainset: Shimano XT double 24-38

Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36

Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb

Saddle: WTB Rocket V

Pedals: DMR V12

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You can see the lovely raw finish on the frame here.  I didn’t need to face or cut the thread on this frame, you know that Turner are going to put out an amazing product that’s ready straight out of the box.  I did check the surfaces before going ahead of course!  The frame features a 44mm head tube which allows room for a tapered 1.5 inch fork.  Nice and stiff.

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I really love the look of that Kashima Coat!

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This is actually the first set of carbon bars that I’ve ever run on an off road bike.  I have had my doubts in the past but I have nothing but respect for Thomson, if they make something I’ll use it.

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This is a shot of the bottom pivots of the DW Link suspension system that features on all Turner full suspension frames.  Ever since I first rode a bike with DW Link suspension I was hooked.  I’ve had Santa Cruz bikes before and I am a fan of the VPP system too but there is something really nice about the pedalability of the DW Link that I haven’t experienced anywhere else.  The suspension platform keeps the bike from bobbing too much under pedalling forces whilst still allowing the back end to remain active, soaking up the bumps and keeping you stuck to the trail when you need to be.  Because of the efficiency of the design the shock is only lightly damped, there’s no need for a massive pedal platform on this shock to deal with mediocre pivot performance!

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Lovely new cable routing through the rear swing arm keeping things nice and tidy on the way to the rear derailleur.  It really was a pleasure to build this bike up; everything just fit together so nicely.

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The Schwalbe Hans Dampf tyres were fairly easy to fit once the first side was on.  I decided to run tubeless using the Stans No Tubes system.  This allows you to run your tires at lower pressures, therefore increasing the tread on the ground and avoid pinch flats at the same time.  I was impressed with the wheels as a whole although the freehub didn’t have the loud ratchet that I’ve been used to from my Hope hubs in the past.  Hopefully this will louden up a bit in time, I’m not going to fit a bell and having the loud hub can be useful for letting people know that you’re flying up behind them.

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And here she is!  As you might be able to see by the grin on my face, I’m pretty chuffed with the bike!! I can’t wait to get some time in on the trails, I suspect that the grin will get wider and wider.