Czar

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The Czar embodies Turner Bike’s track record of producing national-championship winning race bikes with a feel of refinement and effortless handling. Although designed as a XC race / marathon bike, the Czar also chews up fast, twisty single track. The versatile nature of the Czar is capable of taking on more demanding trails than many XC race courses offer. With 29inch wheels, Toray High Modulus Carbon Fiber, and Turner’s legendary ride quality this full suspension mountain bike will make waves.

The Czar is the ultimate carbon xc racer for the rider who doesn’t want to settle for anything less than fast. Whether you are shooting to be king of the mountain or the top of the podium, the Czar will back your determination and even show you exactly how much further and faster you can go.

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{ Build-Kits are subject to change due to availability. }


GX KIT SPECIFICATIONS

weight TBD
drivetrain SRAM GX, 1×11 Only
fork Factory FOX 34 Float FIT Kashima, 15qr, 120mm, 51mm Offset
shock FOX Factory Series Float DPS Kashima, 6.5×1.5
brakes SRAM Level TL, 160/160mm
wheelset Stan’s Crest
tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron [ 2.25/2.25 ]
tubes Stan’s tubeless
headset Cane Creek 40
handlebar Race Face Evolve, 750mm x 0mm
stem Race Face Evolve, 100mm
seatpost Thomson Elite
saddle WTB Volt Pro
grips ODI Elite Motion Lockon
Your Price $ 5,047.00 USD


XT KIT SPECIFICATIONS

weight TBD
drivetrain Shimano XT+, 2×11 or 1×11
fork Factory FOX 34 Float FIT Kashima, 15qr, 120mm, 51mm Offset
shock FOX Factory Series Float DPS Kashima, 6.5×1.5
brakes Shimano XT XC, 160/160mm
wheelset Stan’s Crest
tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron [ 2.25/2.25 ]
tubes Stan’s tubeless
headset Cane Creek 40
handlebar Level 9 Carbon, 700mm x 0mm
stem Thomson, 100mm 10°
seatpost Thomson Elite
saddle WTB Volt Pro
grips ODI Elite Motion Lockon
Your price $ 5,347.00 USD


XO1 EAGLE KIT SPECIFICATIONS

weight TBD
drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle TYPE 2, 1×12, 32T
fork Factory FOX 34 Float FIT Kashima, 15qr, 120mm, 51mm Offset
shock FOX Factory Series Float DPS Kashima, 6.5×1.5
brakes SRAM Level TLM, 160/160mm
wheelset Stan’s Crest
tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron [ 2.25/2.25 ]
tubes Stan’s tubeless
headset Cane Creek 40
handlebar Level 9 Carbon, 785mm x 0mm
stem Thomson, 100mm 10°
seatpost Thomson Elite
saddle WTB Volt Pro
grips ODI Elite Motion Lockon
Your Price $ 5,747.00 USD


XX1 EAGLE KIT SPECIFICATIONS

weight TBD
drivetrain SRAM XX1 Eagle TYPE 2, 1×12, 32T
fork Factory FOX 34 Float FIT Kashima, 15qr, 120mm, 51mm Offset
shock FOX Factory Series Float DPS Kashima, 6.5×1.5
brakes SRAM Level Ultimate, 160/160mm
wheelset Stan’s Crest
tires Schwalbe Rocket Ron [ 2.25/2.25 ]
tubes Stan’s tubeless
headset Cane Creek 110
handlebar Level 9 Carbon, 785mm x 0mm
stem Thomson, 100mm 10°
seatpost Thomson Elite
saddle WTB Volt Team
grips ODI Elite Motion Lockon
Your Price $ 6,247.00 USD

— The XTR, XT, and GX drivetrains are available in 2×11 or 1×11. Standard is 1×11 so be sure to specify 2×11 if desired.
– The FOX Factory Series Float DPS with Kashima coating is the stock shock choice.
– Once ordered it may take 2-4 weeks to ship.
The Czar is also available as:

  • Frame-Only: msrp: $2,695.00 usd ‡
    – Specs: Frame-only.
  • Upgrade-Kit: Your Price: $3,418.00 usd ‡
    – Specs: Frame with Cane Creek 40 Headset, and FOX 34 Float FIT Kashima Fork.
Wheelset Upgrade: Your options for wheels include: Stan’s Team Crest, I9 Trail S, I9 Torch Ultralight, Stan’s Carbon Valor, I9 PillarCarbon Ultralight, Knight Composites and Enve M50 /w DT-Swiss 240 hubs.

These are the stock wheel choices for the Czar, If you would prefer a different model within the same family then let us know at the time of checkout otherwise your bike will ship with the stock configuration (ie. Enve M50 v. M60 v. M70, I9 Torch Ultralight v. Trail v. Enduro, etc.). Custom colors are available for I9 Torch and Pillar wheel-set options for an additional $250.00 charge and will add 2-4 weeks for your bike to ship.

If you order an “Upgrade-Kit” or “Frame-Only” with a wheel-set option they do not include tires. Please note that I9 Ultralight wheel-sets have a 180lb/82kg recommended maximum rider weight.

The XX1, X01, and GX build kits come with a 10x42t cassette and a 30t Chainring. The GX 2×11 comes with 36x24t chain rings and a Shimano XT Front derailleur. And the rear derailleur is the new TYPE 2 version. The GX build kit comes with GX 1000 cranks.
The Czar XTR drivetrain is available in 2×11 or 1×11. Standard is 1×11 so be sure to specify 2×11 if desired. The XTR kit comes with a standard top-pull XTR front derailleur (model# FDM9025H), the XTR ‘Side-Pull’ front derailleur will NOT fit on the Czar properly. The XTR kit comes with model# FCM9020 crankset for both 1×11 and 2×11 options, this model is required as it has the wider Q-Factor.
† Our shocks come custom tuned from Fox Shox for our bikes specifically, which has a very low- compression and low- rebound setting. This is crucial for the dw-link to perform to its fullest which is why we opted to spec our bikes with the FOX Float.
‡ MSRP is shown for a Czar frame with the selected build-kit choice and stock FOX Factory Series Float DPS with Kashima rear shock.



{ Listed geometry based on a 525mm axle to crown fork with a 29 x 2.25 tire, acceptable fork travel range: 100-130mm }


STANDARD GEOMETRY

  md lg xl xx
virtual tt 23.0 23.8 24.6 25.5
seat tube 17.0 19.0 21.0 23.0
virt. st. angle 73.0° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0°
seat post 30.9mm 30.9mm 30.9mm 30.9mm
head tube 4.0 4.7 5.3 6.1
head-angle 68.2° 68.2° 68.2° 68.2°
head tube 44-56mm Taper 44-56mm Taper 44-56mm Taper 44-56mm Taper
bb height 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
bb shell PF30 73mm PF30 73mm PF30 73mm PF30 73mm
chainstay 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4
stack 23.7 24.3 24.9 tbd
reach 16.1 16.6 17.1 tbd
standover 30.0 31.0 32.0 33.0
wheelbase 43.75 44.25 44.75 45.8
weight 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.7
{ All specifications are subject to change. Measurements are given in ‘Inches’ and “Pounds’ unless otherwise noted. }


METRIC GEOMETRY

  md lg xl xx
virtual tt 584 605 627 648
seat tube 432 482 533 584
virt. st. angle 73.0° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0°
seat post 30.9mm 30.9mm 30.9mm 30.9mm
head tube 102 119 135 155
head-angle 68.2° 68.2° 68.2° 68.2°
head tube 44-56mm Taper 44-56mm Taper 44-56mm Taper 44-56mm Taper
bb height 330 330 330 330
bb shell PF30 73mm PF30 73mm PF30 73mm PF30 73mm
chainstay 442 442 442 442
stack 601 618 632 tbd
reach 408 421 434 tbd
standover 762 787 813 838
wheelbase 1111 1124 1137 1165
weight 2400 2450 2490 2590
{ All specifications are subject to change. Measurements are given in ‘Millimeters’ and ‘Grams’ unless otherwise noted. }


RECOMMENDED RIDER SIZING

MD
5’5 (165cm)   5’9 (175cm)
LG
5’9 (175cm)   6’0 (183cm)
XL
6’0 (183cm)   6’3 (191cm)
2X
6’3 (191cm)   6’6 (198cm)

 

GEOMETRY KEY

GEOMETRY KEY

 

GEOMETRY NOTES

• Rider inspired, trail tuned – Every Turner goes through a rigorous R & D process by David Turner himself. Fine tuning the ride of a bike is as much an artform as it is a science. From plotting numbers via ergonomics and kinesiology to getting dirty and diving into the arduous task of collecting real-world data. Deriving a bike’s geometry is a fiddle task that is best left to those with an aptitude for it. Lucky for us we have a ride tuning genius in our midst.

• Inseam measurements are fine for pant shopping, but have no place in mountain bike shopping. Leg length is what is important as rarely does anyone buy pants that have the same inseam as their actual leg length. Since no one rides barefoot the leg length should be measured with your mountain bike shoes on standing against a wall and with a carpenters square or large sized book firmly raised into the crotch and square to the wall is how to figure leg length.

Turner Bikes measures ‘Standover’ height 6” / 150mm in front of the BB center, that is roughly the MIDDLE of the Top Tube, not at the actual lowest point way back at the junction with the Seat Tube as some companies do. This allows for plenty of standover clearance without the nose of the seat crushing into your spine!

PURCHASE GUARANTEE

Why offer a Guarantee?

Simply put, we know that you are going to love your new Turner mountain bike. But given the chance that it just doesn’t seem to fit right we want to ensure that you will be a happy Turner Bikes Rider in the long run.

There is a reason why most Turner Riders are ‘lifers’ when it comes to brand loyalty; Our customer service rocks and our bikes love to devour rocks (with grinning anticipation)! But in the end the choice is yours and we will stand behind that choice.

 

DW-LINK

Simultaneously engineered anti-squat and wheel rate curves are the mathematical formulas that make dw-link the world’s most efficient and traction-aiding suspension system.

The dw-link is the only design on the market that is able to control unwanted bob and still remain active in more gear combinations than any other design. Dave Weagle has been refining the mathematics of optimum pivot locations of the dw-link on everything from World Cup winning downhill bikes to short travel XC flyers.

 

29 INCH

Our trail bike lineup now has two different wheel sizes to choose from – 27.5 inch & 29 inch.

Now you may ask why? Well as a bike manufacture that strives to build the best riding trail mountain bikes on the market we realize that the most important factor in how a bike performs is the rider.

Yes, that means you. Everyone has a different size, shape, and personal riding style. And since each model is designed around that wheel size, they will all handle slightly different and fit your personal riding style better. Bottom line, our bikes are tailored to fit you and your riding intentions beyond your expectations.

 

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS (FEA)

A mathematical technique for analyzing stress points, which breaks down a physical structure into substructures called ‘finite elements’. These finite elements and their interrelationships are then converted into equation form and solved mathematically.

We use an FEA computer program to aide in the design of every Turner frame. This helps us maximize the strength and minimize the weight to insure a perfect balance is acheived as form follows function is the convention we adhere by.

 

PRESSFIT 30 BOTTOM BRACKET

Bigger bearing = better performance & longer service life; less corrosion (nylon cup barrier /lack of dissimilar materials/ Galvanic Corrosion); larger 30mm spindle allows stiffer and lighter crank assembly with up to 18% lighter than conventional threaded system; there is no risk of cross threading just to top it off! Smarter = Better.

 

C6 TURNER CARBON

Ride tuning is accomplished through a carefully crafted carbon layup schedule and precise resin selection to optimize the feel of the terrain being transmitted through the frame. Although impressive stiffness was a goal, we did not want the frame to feel like a block of wood with a harsh ride. We tuned specific ride characteristics into the carbon frame to provide a snappy, yet controlled ride experience. Using Toray High Modulus Carbon Fiber, we were able to exceed our goals with our iteration of how a full-suspension carbon mountain bike should ride and perform.

 

44/56MM TAPER HEAD TUBE

Head Tube engineering: The Czar head tube requires press fit bearings, not road bike style bearings that sit loosely in the frame which could damage the expensive carbon front triangle if you have the headset come loose and are forced to ride a long way with the fork rattling back and forth. With press fit bearing races any maladjustment damage will be in the less expensive headset, not your carbon front triangle.

 

142×12 THRU AXLE

Rising as the new rear axle standard, 142×12 thru-axles are stronger, stiffer, and simpler. Which is exactly why our mountain bikes come with them, it simply makes good sense. And to top it off we ship our bikes with the DT-Swiss RWS Alloy axle to insure the best performance possible from your Turner Bike!

 

DESIGNED IN THE USA

Every aspect of the Turner Czar is designed and engineered in the USA. From start-to-finish we have kept very tight tolerances to insure that our carbon frames ride like a Turner. All R & D and proto-type testing is done in-house by our qualified team.

All of our carbon mountain bikes are made overseas at a facility known for holding the highest standards of manufacturing carbon fiber frames…

 

DOWNTUBE ROCK PAD

Made to fit the Turner Czar from a durable foam material to deflect light trail debris. Sound deadening, light weight, and functional, this rock pad is secured with 3M adhesive and protects against trail debris that would otherwise chip and scratch the the downtube.

 

POST-MOUNT DISC BRAKES

The biggest reason why Turner Bikes chose to pioneer the use of post-mount rear brake mounting was to eliminate the adapter. All disc brake manufacturers and all new fork designs had already gone to the post-mount calipers due to the ease of set up and the increased rigidity provided. Plus, with the decision to create the post-mount rear dropout we removed two bolts that were doing nothing but adding weight and potential flex. An exceptional design begins with simplicity and commonsense.

 

NO MORE ZIP TIES

All of our trail mountain bikes now come with alloy cable clamps to secure those shift and brake lines. Long gone are the days of broken zip-ties and lost plastic snaps. This new elegant option will keep you rolling and your bike looking ridiculously fast.

 



The Czar feels especially at one with the trail in fast corners where the lateral stiffness of the frame and wheels can really shine. The bike simply goes where you want it to and doesn’t stray off line. The dw-link also helped by keeping the rear wheel tracking through braking bumps. . .


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So….the bike was finally ready on Friday (parts delays, etc.), and I took my first ride today. Went up Buttermilk on the summer road, and down the Government trail. The road is loose over hardpack, and the Government is fast singletrack with rocks, ledges, roots thrown in. It’s my go-to ride when I don’t have a lot of time, I’ve done it a hundred times.

I’m not a religious man, David, but all I can say is Holy $#*!

Ok I’ll throw out some other adjectives–unbelievable, ridiculous, staggering, phenomenal. In almost 30 years of mtn biking I have never before experienced anything like that. I’m not kidding. Coming down that trail on the Czar was absolutely amazing. Stiff, stable, responsive, almost no vibration–I was far exceeding the speeds I am used to, with complete confidence.

The total package is beyond anything I ever imagined was possible. I reached the bottom and was utterly shocked and elated, “Are you freaking kidding me”? Crazy laughter.

Thank you.

~ Submitted by Rob L. from Colorado


First, thanks to Doug and Mike at North of the Border bike shop in San Diego. You guys are awesome.

This week I was able to spend 1.5 hours on a medium Czar and 2.5 hours on a large. These came straight from SOC. I am 5’10” with a 31 inch inseam. Both bikes were set up with 100mm stem, xx1, and Enve wheels. AMAZING! This is the bike I’ve been waiting for. So fast, great climber and with the relaxed head angle it is very stable on fast and rocky downhills. I had an original sultan for a couple years. I am currently on a SC highball carbon HT with 24 inch top tube. The large Czar was the better fit. The medium was just too cramped. This was my first time on a dw-link bike. Compared to previous VPP and Maestro bikes I’ve had or demoed(Tallboy, SB95, and 429c), this is the best pedaling bike I’ve ridden, no question. It doesn’t feel like you are giving up much compared to the HT on fire road or smooth pedaling sections in descend or trail mode however it is just shines when you get in rocky single track. The faster you go the better it just floats.

~ Posted on MTBR by Jhardeman


Riding the Czar simply feels natural. Balanced cornering geometry, not twitchy at speed or floppy while climbing, the large wheels and low BB height offer low and stable pedal weighted cornering below the wheel axles. Pedaling is instantly responsive, firm and grippy traction that refuses to spin out on gravely climbs, even when standing to accelerate and climb. Also my first ride on XX1, found plenty of gear range for the Sea Otter’s demonstration trail, the NorCal HS XC race course having fast downhill small jumps, some washboard stutter bumps and one steep climb, with little chance of dropping a chain having not front shifting and a clutched tightened chain, very quiet, no chain slap. This is a top quality bike for elite XC and XC Enduro racers, also easy handling for road riders entering the trails for the first time, and well experienced hardpack single track explorers. Very, very well done! Wow!

I’ll add this… I’m a 200 lb rider, not well designed for XC racing (big upper body, short legs). I’m more trail and AM oriented, climbing for the reward of the descent and traveling to ride challenging mountain or desert rocky trails. Usually XC racer bikes are too firm and twitchy handling for my rough trail interests. But like I said above, the CZAR is natural feeling, easy to ride, and besides having very light feeling snappy acceleration and easy climbing, the CZAR would be a great solo 24 hour race ride, and for most all day XC trail rides. The handling doesn’t take away any exhausting mental energy, all mental focus can be spent reading the trail ahead, conserving energy for improved performance towards the end of a long ride.

I’ve also had time to reflect on the XX1 drive train after returning to my bike’s double-ring+bash 10-speed. And I really like the quick and easy gear rate jump when shifting the duel front rings for riding frequently irregular up and down trail. The XX1 single ring does makes good sense to drop the front ring and shifter weight for always riding more consistent medium to higher speeds while pedaling during XC racing and smoother higher momentum single track.

It is amazing that just 15 years ago or so the original Turner Burner was winning national DH races with very similar frame geometry and travel as the CZAR. Now, under the same rider, the CZAR with the same tires would beat the Burner down those same DH runs… and easily climb up to do it again!

~ Posted on MTBR by Derby



  1. 5 out of 5

    I have a 2015 model Czar and love it! 120 Pike fork, XT build with Enve wheels. Around 26 lbs w/ peddels. Set as heavy duty XC. It rips.
    2016 Cyclosis mainly used for road training.
    Turner’s team at the Murrieta shop has always been very helpful and fun to talk to.
    I love my Turner bikes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    What can I tell you about the TURNER CZAR? The first thing you need to know is when it comes to finding a bike to fit your desired application and knowing that it is designed to make your ride the “absolute” best experience you can possibly have, look no further than the first name “TURNER.” I’ve ridden everything from the entry level bike that made me work for every inch I rode, all the way up to a carbon hard tail that made me think “WOW! It can’t get any better than this!” Well let me tell you, “IT CAN” and has. A little over a year ago, I contacted “Turner Bikes” to inquire about their “CZAR” on their email page. Imagine my excitement when I received a phone call from none other than Mr. Dave Turner himself, to help me with any questions I had. I was blown away! The only thing I knew was after that, TURNER had my business.
    I ultimately saved the money, and ordered my CZAR. Spring couldn’t come soon enough! Finally….. YES! I was able to hit the trails and the first thing I noticed was how smooth the bike was, and how capable it was as I pushed on through the trail. You always hear that hard tails are better than full suspension bikes for climbing. I’ve come to learn that this is a myth. The first time at one of my favorite trails on the CZAR, I made every climb. Something I’d never done on any of my previous bikes and all I can say is this thing is absolutely amazing!!!!
    I couldn’t be happier with my decision to purchase such a great bike, (and I purchased a Cycslosys) from a company full of awesome people.

    I’d just like to say thank you DT, CP, Erik, and everyone at “Turner Bikes” who have made this the best experience ever!!

    Sincerely,
    Darrin Hosinski

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bought my Czar in 2014 and is still my go to ride. If you looking for a xc/trail bike this is it if your looking for a xc race bike this is it. I originally had set up with a 120 Pike, dropper post and nobby nic tires and it was a trail slayer stable, nimble, smooth, efficient. As time went on my goals changed and put 100mm fork on and removed dropper got weight down 25ibs (still room to go lighter) and using it as my xc racing bike and has yet to let me down on any tracks. People have been talking a lot about geometry of bikes and how slack the angles should be, chainstays need to be crazy short, front end needs to be long and low but I think Turner nailed it with this geometry.
    Its just such a RAD bike!

  4. 5 out of 5

    After riding Flux(es) for years (26 ‘HL, 26’ & 27.5 ‘DWL), I had the opportunity to ride on a Sultan.
    This experience convinced me of the interest of the 29 ‘wheels.
    When I decided to opt for a new frame, I naturally chose the Czar.
    I opted for a versatile assembly with:
    A Fox 34/130 fork,
    A transmission 1 X 11 with 28 teeths oval ring,
    Carbon rims with Hope hubs,
    Shimano XT brakes,
    And Race Face components.
    The bike weighs 11.2 Kgs with pedals.

    I do not have much experience with 29ers, but it seems to me that Turner has (once again) very well thought of this model which totally meets my expectations: the bike is stiff on any ground, it handles with ease in the twisty/technical grounds, very precise direction, excellent in climbs and steep dowhills (with the help of the 34/130 fork). And above all, it is a bike quite fun to drive, despite the fact that it is xc oriented.
    In short, at the time of the balance, I have only to congratulate this purchase (as always with Turner: o)

    JFB from Belgium.

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