feel as easy to lift as it does on some dedicated trailbikes,
the Czar doesn’t mind letting its hair down a bit and catching air off the trail.
Braking: Thanks to its suspension design, the Czar does
a great job staying planted to the trail under hard braking. The Avid X0 brakes gave us good modulation, but felt
underpowered when shutting the bike down at the bottom
of steep and fast descents.
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
If you are looking for a lightweight trailbike more than
a cross-country race bike, a dropper post is a must. Turner
has included routing options for one already, and being
able to get the saddle out of the way on descents would
help make this bike more playful on downhills and even
more confidence-inspiring in corners.
Possibly the biggest benefit of Turner’s move to carbon
construction is the ability to build a full-suspension bike
that can still hit a competitive cross-country weight. For
riders whose trails don’t require a burly all-mountain bike,
the Czar has the potential to be a quiver-killer. While the
super-high-end build we tested certainly aids the bike’s
cross-country game by shaving weight, even with a lesser
spec, the Czar would still be a great bike, thanks to the
attributes designed into the frame itself. The well-thought-out geometry and suspension design allow the Czar to blitz
descents like a trailbike while hanging with anorexic hardtails on climbs. ;
King of component specs: Our Turner Czar was equipped
with serious trail specs, including SRAM X0 components.
The Czar’s head tube is among the shortest we’ve seen to
help keep the front end low with the big wheels. The dw-link
suspension offers a solid pedaling platform, giving the bike an
efficient and snappy attitude on the trail.
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
24. 4 pounds
3. 9” (front)
3. 9” (rear)
RockShox SID RCT3 Solo Air
Fox Float CTD
Enve XC ( 29”)
Maxxis Crossmark ( 2.1”)
Enve Sweep ( 27. 5”)
Truvativ X0 (38/24)
SRAM XG-1080 10-cog (11-12-14-15-18-21-24-28- 32-36)
26. 2 feet (per crank revolution)
5.1 feet (per crank revolution)
None (Weighed with Look S-Track w/ Cage)
On rails: The Czar is an absolute blast on fast and flowing trails
when out of the saddle and on the gas.