Here is the brand new 09 Turner range!
The BIG news is, DT bought the right to use the DW link, you know that linkage well known for it’s pedaling ability and that Mr. Hill brought on top of the World championship’s podium twice… So here we are with a completely revamped range.
Dhr, appart from the new linkage, the big change here is the lower bottom bracket (no need to drill your swingarm anymore!) and a 1.5 headtube.
RFX, probably the biggest change in the range, because of the disparition of the Highline, the RFX got tougher. 170mm travel, lower bottom bracket, ISCG tabs, 1.5 headtube, thru axel… this is going to be a weapon of choice for all the Mega/enduro/all mountain/super D (you name it) races we’ve got here.
Can’t wait to get on one!
Check out what Luke from Snow-cam has just dropped off with me… a V.I.O. Pov.1 headcam! Designed for the american army, they are the best head cameras you can get at the moment, tough, easy to use and with great image quality (more info here).
You can hire (or buy) these cameras from Luke and get an edited DVD of your riding. Not only a great souvenir, but also a great way to keep a record of your sessions with RideAbility; which is why all RideAbility clients get a discount!
Expect some footage on the video page soon!
A new suspension company is born, Unik. The good news is, it’s here in Morzine! Terry (who’s been hanging around the WC pits for a while, doing the mechanic for the like of CG and Amour) can help you fine tune your suspensions (any brand), fix them, or just service them… no more arm pump or panic because you have blown your shock on your first day of holiday! Visit the Mistyfly shop, Terry can surely do something for you.
I am very proud to announce the release of WideOpen, a race orientated video sponsored by RideAbility. It follows some of the world’s fastest racers during the 2007 season; superb quality, original angles and wicked music… go out and get it (here)!
Sixmotion (who is also sponsoring the video) is offering a neat package; a limited edition collector jersey (6 differents models, only 50 available!) plus the DVD for 45€, available here or on the Sixmotion stand during the Freeraid (Les2Alpes).
Having my brand new bikes bolted together, I had to give them a good blast!
Day 1, the RFX.
To test/bed in the RFX we choose (with my mate Eddine) to go down to Samoëns from the top of la Bourgeoise, a smooth climb followed by a 1000m drop, singletrack only… wicked! Unfortunatly, at this time of the year, mountains can be a little bit snowy, so we had to push our bikes all the way to the top! Nevermind, the ride down was fantastic, it highlighted almost everything the Alps offers, steep, fast, technical, rooty, rocky and even… a few climbs!
The RFX was absolutly up for the job, it actually made it feel like a ride in the park! The suspensions are very smooth, even on the most beaten up part of the trail, and the geometry is spot on, making you feel at home straight away. I also loved the Hope parts, the modulation on the brakes is great and the hubs make the bike moving forward effortlessly, they also make a sweet noise… all good!
Day 2, the DHR.
Joined up with Guy Bowden (thanks for the photos), and we decided to visit our Swiss neighbours and go to Bex. After an hour and a half drive, we were in the Vaux county’s town. From there a little cog train leave every hours to join the mountain villages, perfect for us! Locals have built up a variety of tracks, going from flowy singletracks to some really steep tracks, where stopping is unlikely! A great riding spot off season as the train works all year. All the locals we met were really nice and helpful, I think the train controler would have come with us if he could have!
The DHR is a killer! Same as the RFX, the geometry make you feel like you’ve been riding it forever and the suspensions work a treat, you are truly glued to the ground, but on top of that, the bike is really lightweight which makes it really fun to ride. It is a bit early to test it, but it is very obvious that Mr DT is designing his bikes with reliability and ease of maintenance in mind… bless him!
I have finally found the time to bolt together my Hope parts and Turner frames and here is the result:
Rfx in front of the Mt Blanc (a bit cloudy)
As the Stig wasn’t available, I decided to test those beauties myself… I’ll tell you more about it very soon.
Find out more about Turner bikes here.
It’s my birthday today! (I won’t tell you which one), here is one of the wonderful prensents I got:
a DMC Moto Trainer! Can’t wait to fix it on the Turner…
The Moto trainer is a simple stopwatch that you fix on the handlebar. It allows you to time a section of track, try diferent settings… in a word, a superb tool for training!