Turner Does Carbon – New Czar 29er Race Bike

29er Cross Country

As has been long rumored in the Turner discussion forum here on Mtbr, Turner Bikes has finally and officially launched their first carbon framed bike.

Called the “Czar” (following the naming convention started by it’s big-wheeled brethren, the “Sultan”), this bike features 100mm of rear suspension and can be considered a XC racer. Yes, weight weenies…apply here.

The Czar features the DW-link suspension design and also a 69.8 degree head angle (a bit slack for what is supposed to be an XC “racer” but it IS a Turner, after all.) The 441mm chainstays are nice and short (for a 29er), so handling should be nice and snappy.

And for those of you eyeing this bike and wondering about slapping a longer travel fork on it…really, if you’re gonna do that, you might as well get a different model Turner!

As you can imaging, pricing for the Czar is not cheap. For the top-of-the-line RS model (equipped with XX1 and Enve carbon wheels) the MSRP is $9600.00. Weight for a complete bike built up with the RS build is 22.0 lbs.

Czar features:

  • XC Race/Marathon MTB
  • 29 inch wheels
  • 4in/100mm travel
  • 142×12 thru-axle
  • dw-link tuned for 29ers

“The versatile nature of the Czar is more than capable of taking on more demanding terrain than most XC race courses offer”

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • derby says:

    Riding the Czar simply feels natural. Balanced cornering geometry, not twitchy at speed or floppy while climbing, the large wheels and low BB height offer low and stable pedal weighted cornering below the wheel axles. Pedaling is instantly responsive, firm and grippy traction that refuses to spin out on gravely climbs, even when standing to accelerate and climb. Also my first ride on XX1, found plenty of gear range for the Sea Otter’s demonstration trail, the NorCal HS XC race course having fast downhill small jumps, some washboard stutter bumps and one steep climb, with little chance of dropping a chain having not front shifting and a clutched tightened chain, very quiet, no chain slap. This is a top quality bike for elite XC and XC Enduro racers, also easy handling for road riders entering the trails for the first time, and well experienced hardpack single track explorers. Very, very well done! Wow!

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