- Turner 5 spots – show me yours and tell me about it
Been pondering a new FS ride and the 2012 5-spot intrigues me. I have read a few online reviews but would be interested to know your thoughts and experiences. What’s good/bad/ugly? Also, what size do you ride and what are your height/leg length measurements? At 5′ 7″ with a 30.5″ floor-to-crotch leg measurement (with cycling shoes on), I’m not sure between small and medium.
Cheers!Posted 5 years agocooganMember
Had mine about 4 years now I think. Great bike, always been a hoot to ride, not as good looking as the old HL 5 Spots, but that don’t matter once your pointing it down an Alp. Ride it all over the place, been to the Alps twice it and no great rush to replace it as it does all I want and I have a larf on it.
I’m 5′ 6″ and have a medium frame but long legs and short body. I’d say you’d be better with a medium, best see if you can get a leg over one first though.
In Italy a few years ago:
Posted 5 years agoDigger90Member
I’ve had five 5 Spots through all generations from HL to TNT to DW link. Current one is a 2010 and while I’d love a 2012 it’s not sufficiently different to me to warrant a swap-out, especially if I run a Works Components angle set.
They are extremely well made, the journal bearings are bombproof and as maintenance-free as you could wish – far, far better than the skateboard bearings used in most full-suss bikes.
As Coogan says, the 5 Spot is incredibly versatile with many ‘personalities’ in 1 bike: mine has been built light for singletrack blasts, medium for all-round fun, and with coils shock/Lyriks and DH kit for Morzine (where it rocked by the way).
The DW suspension is a big step ahead of previous generations – it feels very deep and plush, equally it’s easy to tune to your personal ride characteristics with an air shock. I’ve done everything from XC races to DH weeks on mine.
I’m 5’10 and ride a Large. I’m a ‘tweener’ (in-between sizes like you) and having ridden both (my wife has a Medium) I’m better suited to the longer TT length and feel of the Large.
As you can see from the below, mine have been ridden around the world, from Peaslake to Whistler to Morzine to Moab!
Posted 5 years agoremoterobMember
The only thing I would swap mine for is a Turner Burner, and that’s more out of curiosity rather than a real need.
It did take a while to get it to feel right, I think some of that came from an initially stiff linkage but once sorted, it just flies. I’ve never ridden another bike that has had so much traction on the climbs.
Posted 5 years ago
Great gallery Digger! You demonstrate the versatility of the 5-spot very well. I would probably go with a 140/150 mm fork and a 1 x10 setup. I’m not in the habit of chucking myself off mountains that often…
Ta Rob. In 20+ years of offload riding I only ever owned one full susser. I’m used to squeezing the available traction from a hard tail. I suspect that I may be spoiled for grip on a 5- spot!Posted 5 years ago
I have a 2011 which I’m building back up. Previously built burly with 36’s, coil shock, crossmax SX etc. now building it with 150mm revs, monarch RT3, arch ex’s, 2×10. Felt great burly, was happy to ride it all day and take abroad. I’ve had and ridden a good few bikes and my thoughts on the spot are its very composed and efficient. Never feels flustered but rewards good riding. I wouldn’t describe it as especially plush, plough-like nor a skill compensator. It is longer, lower and slacker than my LTc. The spot will be my second bike which I ride occasionally and lend to friends etc for a while until I decide to sell it.Posted 5 years ago
Love mine, just had it powder coated as I cant see any reason to change it. It is very composed in all situations. as mentioned the climbing traction is superb, it just gets on with the job.
I have tried a u-turn Rev, a Domain and now a Dual air revs. It has had the std RP2/3, Vanilla Coil and now runs a Monarch Plus.
They are very versatile and the only thing I have against it is it’s slightly heavy, but I’m more then willing to put up with that because it’s so acomplished at everything.Posted 5 years agoBrickManMember
from an engineering point of view (on my 2005 ish HL job), bushs are much better than ball bearings, even full compliment or needle bearings for the job of rear suspension.Posted 5 years ago
Put it this way, if you ride it for 5 years, you’ll have saved your self at least 2 sets of conventional bearings (£160 inc labour for a spesh FSR, or about £450 for one of the new Yetis LMFAO), so they are pretty good value really, in the long run, at least thats what you tell the misses
Another hijack, thinking of selling my 2011 frame + forks, headset and wheels, link here;
Obviously my opinion would come across as biased but I’m 6’3″ with 34″ inside leg, I’ve always ridden large frames (including 3 previous Turners)and thought the XL would be a gate but far from it, first bike to fit me properly. I’d always go for a larger frame with shorter stem now. Only looking to sell it to get a Sultan, I just can’t get away from having a Turner. I phoned them up a couple of weeks ago, Dave Turner answered the phone and I chatted to him for half an hour, that isn’t uncommon either. How many companies can you do that with?
Like others have said I don’t think the DW spots feel as plush as the older HLs but in every other way they are superior. It had NO pedal induced bob with the RP23 but they do tend to blow to through the travel too easily, suspension performance is massively better with the CCDB and pedal bob is still almost imperceptible.Posted 5 years ago
And I’ve just agreed to sell it for £800! Damn you Merlin! And yep, warranty runs out April 2014. And in my experience (and many others) Turner will always help you out even when the warranty has expired.
Y’know, I’ve been thinking maybe I should try a Yeti or an Intense or somesuch but writing this and reading the other posts if you can afford one why would you consider anything EXCEPT a Turner?Posted 5 years agoTurnerfan1Member
Hi,Posted 5 years ago
They are a fantastic bike.I had a 2004 HL Spot and it did me proud.Currently have a DW Flux which suits my riding better (for sale by the way).As soon as they release a 4 inch 29er i will have another Turner.In terms of sizing i am 6’2″ and 34″ inside leg.I rode a large HL and am riding a XL Flux which fits me better.
Looking at the similar geometry of my current hard tail, size-wise it sits somewhere in between the small and medium 5-spots. I currently use a 70mm stem with an effective top tube of 575 mm, or 645 in total. This roughly equates to the small with a 75 mm stem, or a medium with a 60 mm stem. Based on the numbers, I’m leaning more towards the medium but I suppose the proof is in the riding.Posted 5 years ago
I’d go with the medium based purely on the fact that you see a lot of threads along the lines of “wish I’d gone for the bigger frame size” and next to none the other way round. If you’re on the cusp of sizes Turner usually advise to go bigger but email them your details and they’ll let you knowPosted 5 years agoScienceofficerMember
I’ve had a Horst link version a dw version and a sultan.
Both 5 spots have been really good trail bikes. the dw improves upon the Hl in two vital areas stiffness and squatting/sogginess under power.the trade off for the second is that you do lose that magic carpet ride feel that the host link had, but its much better under power and when steep climbing.
I only had my dw for about a year before getting a sultan, but that’s a different story.Posted 5 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
Got a 2010 5.Spot and a 2011 Flux. Use my Flux for 90% of my riding. They’re both top top bikes. The 5.Spot is truly a do everything bike. It doesn’t climb or pedal as well as the flux, but it’s not far off and when you’re going down it is a revelation. 2011 has a slightly slacker head angle than the 2010 so it’ll be even better on the very steep and technical stuff. If you want one bike to do it all (and do it all very, very well) the 5.Spot is the one. Enjoy!Posted 5 years agoCragMember
It seems I’m the only one that never really got on with a 5 Spot. Its not that I didn’t like it, just didn’t like it enough. It pedalled really well, was competent enough going downhill. I suppose it was just a bit uninspiring. Was a bit high and steep to make it really good going downhill, despite fitting both/or Lyriks/Works headset. It was no more than OK tbh.
I’ve now got a Zesty which for me is just a much better bike. OK, it lacks the kudos of the Turner which I know is a bit of an attraction, and I suppose it is a bit more likely to snap in half and kill me, but I much prefer it, it climbs just as well and descends much, much better.Posted 5 years ago
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