My Ride

After returning to cycling from a necessary break due to school, I was in the market for a new ride about 5 years ago.  My background, (from a kid growing up in the 90’s) was hard tails and BMX bikes.  Not being interested in another hard tail MTB, I built up a Mountain Cycle Fury – a singe pivot 5 inch all mountain rig with a Rock Shox PIKE in the front.

It was a blast to ride.  The suspension was very active, soaking up most of what I could throw at it, but it had it’s negatives, and they were significant.  Being a single pivot design, the rear suspension was very active while pedaling, a trait that got worse the steeper you climbed.  It was also a bit loose in the rear end.  The amount of flex was very noticeable in certain conditions (sharp turning, rocky trails, etc).  Also, it was a tank, partially due to the components I had built it up with, but still, more of a chore to get up the hill than I often wanted to deal with.

Not being completely satisfied with the Mountain Cycle, I decided on a used 2002 Turner RFX, after doing a little more research and spending some time in the Turner forum at After building it it, I was amazed at the difference in build quality and overall stiffness of the frame.  It still had plushness, but without the flex of a weaker single pivot design.

This bike was a blast to ride, but even worse than the Mountain Cycle, it was heavy (nearly 36 lbs with front and rear coil shocks, Mavic 823’s and burly tires – once again, partially my fault).  When Turner had his blow out sale in 2008 right before switching to the DW link design, I picked up a new 5.5 Spot, and have been loving it ever since.

It’s at least 5 pounds lighter than my old RFX, and it has nearly the same amount of travel.  Being a bike that can do it all, it’s one of Turner’s best selling models.  I haven’t had a chance to ride one of the new DW link bikes yet, and I often get upgrade-itis while browsing around on the internet, thinking about how cool it would be to have one – but every time I take my Spot out, it all seems to fade.

Spec list below.

Frame – Med. 08 Turner 5.5 Spot with PUSHED RP23, PUSH rockers and low-friction Pivot Bushings.

Fork – Rock Shox Revelation Dual Air Race

Headset – Cane Creek 110

Stem – Hope 110mm x 10 deg with Hope spacers

Bars – Easton EA70 Hi-rise Monkey Bars with Cane Creek Ergo Control II Bar Ends

Grips – ESI Chunky Silicone

Brakes – Formula The One

Shifters – Sram XO Grip Shifters

Front Der – Shimano XT

Rear Der – Sram XO

Crankset – Shimano XTR-M970 with Blackspire 24-36 rings and a Superlight BBG Bashguard

Bottom Bracket – Enduro “Zero” Ceramic Hybrid

Cassette – Sram PG-990 11-34

Seatpost – Thomson Elite with Thomson seat post collar

Wheelset – Chris King ISO hubs laced to Mavic 819’s

Front Tire – Bontrager FR3 Expert

Rear Tire – Bontrager FR3 Expert

Seat – WTB Laser V with ti. rails

Pedals – Time ATAC XS Carbon