Tuner bikes have a cult-like following among some riders, often referred to as “Homers”. I’ve never been a follower of any particular brand myself, more of a gigolo when it comes to bikes. But after a few rides on the new 27.5-inch Burner, I can see why some people swear undying devotion to the Turner brand.
The current Burner is a mid-travel trail bike, namely 140mm in the rear, matched up to the rider’s choice of 140-160mm forks. The rear suspension is the provided by the proven dw-link, and the fine folks as Zen Fabrications weld the whole deal up in aluminum alloy.
So far, the dw-link rear end is performing admirably, remaining unfazed by pedaling while still working to smooth out the trail. I’ve been most happy with a 150mm fork up front, and the pictured Suntour Auron has been performing so well, I’ve not felt the need to go back to the Fox 34 I removed to install it. The geometry is neutral, not too slack or steep, making for a solid all day trail companion that is as ready for a long climb as a rowdy downhill.
The Burner is available in five sizes, from small to xx-large. Frame only (with a Fox CTD EVO shock) is $2,195, and a frame kit with headset and Fox 34 fork is $3,195. You can get an “upgrade kit” for $3,965 with frame, shock, fork, Stan’s Arch EX wheelset with Nevegal tires. Complete bikes start at $3,500, and head up north of $7,000. Check out more info at www.turnerbikes.com.
Watch for an upcoming issue of Dirt Rag for the long term review!