Here is my new Downhill bike! A 2011 Turner DHR. Despite its (glorious) name, it doesn’t have much in common with its predecessor, new geometrie and new suspension (DW Link)… only the will to make the fastest downhill bike available without any compromise is left!
Fast Suspension provided the suspensions, a Elka Stage 5 shock, built for the frame and the Fast cartridge (=Elka) for the Boxxer, the grip is endless!
Here is the set up in details:
*Frame Size & Color: Large DHR, Raw (no paint nor vernish)
* Rear Shock: Elka Stage 5, Ti spring
* Fork: Boxxer Race with Fast cartridge and K9 bearing
* Brakes: Hope Tech M4, 203/203mm floating rotors, braided hoses
* Shifter: Sram X.0
* Cranks: Race Face Atlas
* Chainguide: Straitline Slient guide
* Rear Derailleur: Sram X.0
* Pedals: HT
* Stem: Hope integrated
* Handlebar: Biotope by Neken (made in France!)
* Seatpost: Easton EA70
* Saddle: Selle italia SLR TLD Piston
* Bottom Bracket: Hope
* Chainring: Race Face Single 36t
* Cassette: Sram 11/26
* Headset: Hope
* Grips: ODI Xtrainer
* Tires: Maxxis Minion F, 2.5, ST
* Rims: Mavic EX721
* Hubs: Hope Pro2
Weight: 17,4 Kg
The season is over and I have bikes to sale:
- Turner 2010 5.Spot frame, size Large, “sangria red”, 2011 rear derailleur routing, very good condition (used for 3 months only). Sold with Hope headset, 1250 euros.
- Turner 2008 DHR frame, size Large, “sangria red”, custom tuned shock by Fast Suspension, 2nd generation swingarm axle. Sold with Hope headset, MRP G2 chain device and Thomson seatpost, 900 euros.
- Turner 2008 Rfx complet bike (cf. build). 1800 euros.
Contact me for further informations.
Nema Telonix shorts and Breather gloves
The Telonix is an al mountain short, made out of a tough but light and breathable fabric and equipped with several pockets and vents. The chamois is comfy and stays in place, you can completely take it apart from the short, allowing you to ride with another chamois or simply without (ouch!)
Great shorts, very nice to use, strong and with a good look. It quickly became my favourites, so I did ride a lot with it. I got a black and a grey one, the grey is in perfect shape, the Nema writing peeled a bit and the colour faded slightly on the black one… not bad after 3 months of riding and washing.
The Breather gloves are (as you can guess) very light and breathable. Considering the perforated palm I really though they wouldn’t last long… how wrong was I! It took me 2 seasons to finally go through them. Great glove, comfy, breathable and with loads of feeling out of the palm.
Hope Tech M4
I’m using those breaks on all my bikes, they are light enough for enduro riding yet powerfull enough for downhilling. The bucket load of options (rotors, braided hoses, etc…) and the Tech lever, with its adjustments, give you the opportunity to adjust it to your needs and preferences.
I love those breaks for their reliability (not one problem with the 4 pairs I had so far), great modulation making braking much more precise and finally, their gorgeous finish.
Anything bad? Err… they squeek a bit when wet!
A little tip, drop a bit of silicon oil on the pistons when you change the pads to keep them nice and clean of any pad’s dust, they will only brake better!
POC Joint VPD knee pad
As many others, POC is using a “intelligent” foam for these pads, they are moulding around the knees but get harder upon impact.
Very comfy to wear, they stay in place when pedalling and offer good protection, only downside, they are badly vented, it’s pretty hot in there!
Here are a few thoughts about the gears we are riding with, no technical/marketing descriptions here (check the brand’s websites for that), but the result of 3 month (at least) of riding by any type of weather…
Fiveten Freerider Zebra
For those who still haven’t heard about Fiveten, they are cycling shoes whom soles are made out of a special sticky rubber giving them a crazy grip over flat pedals… to the point that it made me swap my good old SPD for flats after 10 years of use !
The Freerider is lighter, more breathable and leaner looking then the Impact or Karver, I like to use them when there is a bit of pedalling involved. Good news is the side of the shoe is know one part with the sole, stopping it falling apart like on the firsts models.
My only” problem” with it is that the sole is not as stiff as the other’s models, making it a bit uncomfortable on very long rides. It does give a better feel out of the pedals though, those used to Vans type shoes will appreciate.
After 3 months of use there isn’t one stitch gone, brilliant!
Evoc Freeride Tour
Evoc is a German company offering backpacks with integrated back protector. The Freeride Tour is the biggest model of the range (30l), perfect for multi days rides or those who like to carry their whole tool box with them (like me). There are one flashy colour and one more stealth one per model.
The bag is extremely well thought out and built, full of handy pockets (tools, sunglasses, water bladder, etc…), integrated rain protection, sitting very well on the back… you can tell its designers rides!
Watch out for your pedals when carrying your bike on your shoulders, the mesh is a bit fragile, apart from that, it’s a tough one!
Gamut Dual ring
Last addition in the range, this system is designed to stop your chain jaming when using a double ring setup. Very light and well finished, the installation is very easy.
The bearings died very quickly (a couple of weeks) and I’m not convinced the step on the roller is very useful (the chain is grinding on it sometimes), but I didn’t lost my chain once and the quietness of it makes you forget it very quickly…job done!