The Turner 5-Spot is official dead :(
My 2005 spot was the bike I owned for the longest period. It was just over 7 when it died. For me, it was the perfect trail hackers bike and went through multiple iterations in its life, from heavy duty trail bike, lightweight XC trail bike, single ring trail hacker and balloon tyred rock crawler.
It required a new chain stay a year before and went out in a blaze of glory after an enormous crash resulted in the need for a new back end that Turner no longer held parts for, and for which I received a minor brain injury, a black eye, six stitches and embedded gravel.
I think as I shared its end so intimately I mourn its loss more.
The passing of time and the arrival of its successor, the slightly better DW 2011 spot helped greatly and the subsequent arrival of its true spiritual successor, the truly much better 2011DW sultan (in 2012) have helped me get over it.
RIP the 5 spot.Posted 4 years ago
They’re lovely spots 🙂
The short link DW invented is reused by so many companies now, Giant’s Maestro, Trek’s ABP…
I had quite a few similar implementations, and Turner’s has been the most plush and grippy I’ve had.
I’ve got a 2011 Sultan too, and for me its a different bike, it does a different set of stuff well. I prefer the Spot at the moment, but its a real nice cruiser for just plowing through stuff confidently.Posted 4 years ago2unfit2rideSubscriber
I think the HL’s look so much nicer than the newer ones, a lot of people seen to think they ride better as well, why they moved away from the HL for the sake of paying a few quid per frame to Specialized is beyond me, even if the political reasons are there to see.Posted 4 years ago
Personal preference and all that. Loved the look and the ride of the HL, my fav bike so far. The DW one rode like a dream up and down, didn’t look as nice (but that’s irrelevant really). But I personally think the DW is the better suspension design. Back end felt much stiffer due to the short linkages.Posted 4 years ago
If you like the 5spot you will love the Burner,not a huge jump but small improvements as most 650 bikes.Only thing it gives away to the spot is a few pedal strikes due to lower bb but then it corners great ,climbs as good if not better than the spot & well planted on the downs,one fun bike!Posted 4 years agoseftonSubscriber
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