Turner 5 Spot Frame.

8 Reviews for 5 Spot Frame.

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 So much has been said about the 5 Spot over the years. First off the specs on this page are different from the earlier versions of the DW Link 5 Spot. The main thing is the bike has 5.5 inches of rear travel (140mm) and beginning in 2011 the bike has been designed to be used with a 150mm fork. The head angle has also been slackened a bit to 67.7 degrees to allow for a bit more confidence on steep and fast descents. Many folks are combining the Spot with a 160mm fork like the Totem or the new Fox 34 160 fork with good results turning the 5 Spot into a very capable AM and park bike. The 2012 Spots also have chain guide tabs and are now sporting a 142 through axle rear end which helps the rigidity of the rear triangle. Many have commented on the stiffness of Turner bikes and the Spot is no exception, the new 142 rear end only adding to that. The Pinkbike review of the 2010 Spot commented on how the stiffness of the bike rivaled downhill bikes. All is true. My Spot has rigidity in spades as a result of using journal bearings (bushings) instead of sealed ball bearings. The stiffness and durability of the design is amazing. Riding the spot is pure pleasure. I came from a pre DW Link Turner Flux and the Spot is completely different in terms of efficiency and traction. Climbing is amazing due the suspension with the bike continuing to hold traction on the steeps even if I'm beat and riding with horrible form. Running tubeless also helps there, but the combination of the DW Link and tubeless is on another level compared with my old Flux. Descending is confidence inspiring with the bike tracking straight and true while chewing through bumps and bigger hits. The longer wheel base allows for this and also give me an edge on the steeps. Turners are great bikes and the current incarnation of the Spot is beautiful. One main thing about a Turner is this is not a one season bike. Turner are meant to me ridden for years. The journal bearings if taken care of will last many seasons and then they can be easily replaced if needed. Turner stands behind their bikes and is super helpful and supportive as well if you should crack or destroy part of your frame.
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 + Geometry is perfect for what I like in a bike.
+ Suspension action is smooth and quiet, and low-maintenance.
+ Pedaling efficiency is crazy, feels like a little throttle twist when you jump on the pedals! The chassis stabilizes and firms up and scoots you forward, instead of squatting and getting soft and putting you on a marshmallow.
+ Rear half of bike tracks straight and true, no twisting and no vagueness in where your wheel's going to be.
+ In technical descending situations, rides superior to many 6" and 7" travel bikes I've ridden before. Don't judge it solely on the 140mm travel number.

- Seat tube needs reaming.
- Some front derailleurs will have to be modified to work, but the mod is very easy and involves only a hacksaw and a file and 10 mins of your time, and the Turner website walks you though it. I did the mod on my SRAM X-7 front der in under 10 mins.

Over the past decade I've owned 3 other Turners. One of them was a 2006 5-Spot. While that was a great frame, this frame is superior in every way, better suspension action with dw-link, more sturdiness in the frame (less flex/twist at rear wheel), and geometry is tweaked to provide more descending fun compared to 06. I was already sold on Turners but this one has sold me on dw-link, which I find rides better than VPP with better trail feel.

Sizing is somewhat different than other mfrs. The Large sized 2011 5.Spot has about the same length top tube/reach, and almost same seat tube length, as my Medium sized 2008 Yeti 575.
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 I purchased my first Turner last year after listening to many of my riding buddies rant a rave about the Turner bikes and how they perform. So I waited and waited trying to find the perfect used bike. It new came. So I started to wonder why can't I find a Turner that I want. So after selling off some old stuff I bit the bullet and purchased new. When I first got on the Turner I couldn't believe the stiffness that came from the rear when I was in a standing climb. It was pretty amazing. Then on the decent it was just as good if not better then going up. I would recommend buying a Turner as they are one of the last built in the USA bike companies. My Turner 5 Spot will be with me until it falls apart.
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 definitely top of the list for a "do-it-all" bike. not the lightest in it's class but rides and handles better than any 5.5 inch travel frame. most comfortable in technical climbs, slightly stiff with the initial travel but very plush once you hit the bigger obstacles. noticed that the rear has never "bottomed-out" despite running different pressures. weigh-in at 178 lbs. and have ridden as low as 140 psi with no problems.

plus the biggest reason to get ANY Turner frame/product...UNEQUALED after-sales support!!! my hat's off to mr. weagle, mr. wulff and the entire turner team!
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 I can't say enough about this bike. Bought it last year and it's been my do every thing bike. XC, DH, even around town a bit. It's a great do everything bike. Backed by a great company.
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 Very happy with my 2008. Mine has a fox 36 talas and it climbs well and flys downhill. Amazingly light weight for a 5.5 travel bike.
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 I have it setup with a 36 talas. It's an awesome bike, awesome handling. Climbs like a goat, descends like a cheetah
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 These guys are the real deal. They love to ride and design/build bikes that really make riding more fun.
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Turner 5 Spot Frame. (MSRP $2495) — Turners all new 140mm travel trail bike harmonizes the intuitive handling and incredible versatility of the older 5 Spot to a higher level with the addition of the dw-link for 2009. Turner revolutionized the trail bike class in 2003 and now, five years later, Turner's newest trail bike continues to be the leader with world class Turner geometry and unparalleled quality. Now riders can experience the incredible efficiency of dw-link rear suspension cobined with Turners superior chassis integrity and award winning handling. Descending with the newest 5 Spot will give you the confidence to conquer almost any terrain with active braking and a perfectly engineer linkage ratio in the 140mm trail bike class.

Specifications Compare to other All Mountain/Enduro/XC

Price $2,495
Travel 140mm

Dimensions

Size XS S M L XL XXL
Frame Weight 6.5 lbs 6.7 lbs 6.8 lbs 7 lbs 7.1 lbs 7.3 lbs
Bike Weight
Headtube Angle 69 ° 69 ° 69 ° 69 ° 69 ° 69 °
Seattube Angle 73 ° 73 ° 73 ° 73 ° 73 ° 73 °
Headtube Length 88 mm 100 mm 135 mm 135 mm 150 mm 168 mm
Chainstay Length 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm
BB Height 340 mm 340 mm 340 mm 340 mm 340 mm 340 mm
BB Width 73 mm 73 mm 73 mm 73 mm 73 mm 73 mm
Seat Post Diameter 30.9 " 30.9 " 30.9 " 30.9 " 30.9 " 30.9 "
Front Derailleur Width 34.9 mm 34.9 mm 34.9 mm 34.9 mm 34.9 mm 34.9 mm
HeadTube Diameter 1.125 1.125 1.125 1.125 1.125 1.125
Top Tube Length 546 mm 572 mm 584 mm 600 mm 615 mm 638 mm
WheelBase
Standover Height 711 mm 734 mm 762 mm 787 mm 813 mm 838 mm

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