Turner's much anticipated new DHR downhill bike
has generated a fervor of excitement as pictures have leaked out over the development period, but now you can finally hear from the man himself and see the bike in detail. Inside you'll find all the photos, as well as a detailed video giving you a close look at the DW-Link equipped speed machine!Read on...The new Turner DHR has arrived! Watch the video below to get better acquainted with the new DW-Link equipped downhill bike.
No, you're not hallucinating, this is Turner's hotly anticipated new DHR downhill machine. It has been a long time coming, but you can't rush these sorts of things. The raw color that you're looking at here should be ready to ship within a few short weeks, with the black anodized option to be ready shortly after.
Just in case you didn't notice the sticker, the new DHR uses Dave Weagle's DW-Link system to control it's 8.3" of travel. Although this iteration differs visually from past DW-Link systems, similar physics still apply.
There is a lot of machining going on there! Although the frame comes in at just over 10 lbs with a Fox shock and steel spring, riders have been blown away by how stiff the package feels. One of the design goals was to keep the pivot and shock mass centralized and low in the frame. Mission accomplished.
The DHR has been engineered to fit many different shocks so your options are wide open, including both coil and air sprung dampers. Look for Turner to fit a small fender to keep the shock from getting plastered with rocks and dirt.
The early prototypes used roller bearings that are great for handling large loads, but proved to be unreliable in the long term. Production DHR's are fitted with large sealed bearings that should last a long time, especially due to the sealing and greasing system built in by Turner. The black pivot coverings are just that, caps that replace the bearing's dust shield and protect the bearings from the elements. In the center of the cap you'll find a removable grease port that lets you purge the bearing of any contaminants and force new clean grease in. Pretty nifty.
Up front you'll spot a full length, but short, 1.5" headtube. This allows the user to spec angled reducer headset cups to fine tune the DHR's handling to their needs. It comes from the factory at 63 degrees, but this lets you get to full chopper mode if the track demands it, or reign it in a bit if its tight and twisty. Stock bottom bracket height sits at 13.4" - watch the video above to hear Dave's take on the bike's low stance.
The 17.4" chainstays lead out to compact and tidy dropouts that hold a standard 12 x 150 mm thru-axle. Notice the post mount brake fitting and replaceable barrels - its no longer a disaster if you damage the brake mounting threads.
The DHR features tidy cable routing from front to back, as you would expect on a frame of this caliber.
We've got a full test of the new DHR lined up down the road, which I must admit that I am very excited about. I was happy with Turner's 5.Spot that I tested last year and I have very high hopes that the new downhill bike will be equally impressive. Stay tuned!
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