- The Turner 5-Spot is official dead :(
Just checked the Turner site, and it’s gone from their line-up totally now.
So it’s Burner or Sultan for AM duties now.
The problem is… I’m not going to spend £4k on a new bike, as I’ve got all the decent kit I like, but… I can’t go frame only, as that’s new fork, new wheels, and new tyres – which is almost as expensive as a full bike.
Oh well, looks like I’ll be riding my outdated, rubbish 5-Spot for a few years to come.Posted 4 years ago
Sad indeed. Was considering a new one for my new frame, but not now. Selling my old DW 5 Spot frame as well.
On MTBR, Dave Turner said nobody wanted them anymore. All 27.5 and 29ners requested. Apparently had 25 5 Spot frames at discounted prices and only got one enquiry.Posted 4 years agoAlexSubscriber
If Turner had ever made an 18.5 I’d have had another one like a shot. Original 2005 Horst link in 19.5 size was one of the nicest bikes I had but it was just a bit big. And the 17.5 was a bit short.
My daughter has an original burner as well. Oh and the bushings/zerks were a brilliant solution.Posted 4 years agoJCLMember
The fact that you think the Turner bushings are crappy is a clear indication you have no idea what you’re talking about. Specialized do make a nice riding bike but some of them eat bearings.
How much force do you think it requires to actuate a multi-link bushing suspension design?
Let’s see who knows what they’re talking about.Posted 4 years ago
JCL coming from a spesh to a Turner I can say the crapy bushes are much better for uk conditions than the sealed bearings in spesh and most modern frames. Bearings with balls are designed to go round and round ( like skate board wheels) spreading the grease and the wear. Not rotate on a small part of their radius. The geo on the Turner always seemed bang on for the intended use and I expect its not much different to the spesh. The 5 spot is a cracking bike in all it’s incarnations Horst Dw etc. the company are superb to deal with, I will be keeping an eye out for any discounted frames I looked on both Turner and Silverfish web site and the discounted frames were either small or XXL so I can only assume all others sold out.Posted 4 years ago
Each to their own.davosaurusrexSubscriber
No idea of the actual figures but having owned both the increased force isn’t enough to make much difference in the real world. Given that and the low maintenance benefits of bushings over bearings I find it hard to see how you can describe Turner’s bushings as crappy. If you want to throw some maths at me crack on, makes f-all difference to my opinion. You like bearings, I like bushings, let’s call the whole thing off!Posted 4 years agomactheknifeSubscriber
rickon – Member
Well, I’ve just bought some 150mm pikes and a Monarch plus rc3 for it, with a narrow\wide ring, and will be buying a 42t rear ring for it.
Its going to be an awesome enduro machine. Long live the 5spot!
Rickon, are you me?? I have 150mm pikes on mine now and a Monarch plus on the way when Loco gets it in.
And ill happily admit every time i ride my 2011 5 spot i say to myself that there is not another bike that i could possibly enjoy more.
And regarding the bushings comment. I have just stripped my bike down completely to fit some PUSHed bushings and there was absolutely nothing wrong with any of the DW Link asswmbly except one rod which was worn causing movement in the rear end. Not bad for a bike that has been absolutely ragged for the last 2 years.
Long live the 5 spot 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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