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MBUK magazine tested the all new 650B (27.5") wheeled Turner Burner and were pleased with that they found. With frames and complete bikes available in the UK now the Burner is back.


After an absence for a few years, the Burner has made a welcome return to the Turner range, and now sits alongside the popular 5 Spot as a tough, lightweight trail bike. Also featuring 140mm (5.5in) of travel, the difference between the two bikes is essentially wheel size. The Burner rolling on 650B wheels, whereas the 5 Spot comes with traditional 26in wheels.

The Frame

The Burner is beautifully crafted from 6061 aluminium at their new factory in Portland, Oregon. A heavily machined bottom bracket yoke oozes quality, and makes a solid mounting point for the lower DW-Link. Zerk grease ports are located at every journal bearing pivot, allowing for easy maintenance. The elevated chainstay design ensures a quiet ride and plenty of clearance. Even more lovely machining is visible at the rear dropouts, which accommodate a 142x12mm rear axle. The direct mount for the rear brake is neat too with its replaceable cylindrical captive nuts ensuring even ham-fisted owners won't ruin the frame. A dropped top tube offers plenty of standover clearance, and the 44mm head tube accommodates all variations of steerer tube, and can also happily house an Angleset to further slacken the 670degree head angle.

The Kit

Although being sold as a frame only in the UK, [Ed note: complete bikes are available as well as frame] we got to ride a top-flight build, based on SRAM X0, with RockShox suspension front and rear, and stiff ENVE carbon rims laced up to Chris King hubs. Finishing kit included ENVE bars, stem and seatpost, allowing our size large sample to weigh in at 12.2kg (26.9lbs). We'd like to have ridden the Burner with a dropper post to get the maximum benefit - it would have only added around 0.45kg (1lb) to the weight.

The Ride

Everything feels stiff and positive when you get on the Burner. The ENVE wheels do complement the frame, but were so stiff through the turns that we did initially question if our suspension was too firm until we got used to them. Using Journal bearings (or bushings, as many know them), the Tuner has the advantage over others in that they will outlast cartridge bearings, although they do have more friction. However, with the custom valved shock, the back end felt great. It tracked really well over hits of all sizes and did so better than the very similar 26in wheeled 5 Spot we're ridden in the past.

The 650B wheel size is certainly partly to thank here. It doesn't feel any bigger or clumsier, it only adds to the ride. It rolls better over chatter and increased traction on the loose desert surface. If the mid-sized wheel is something you feel unsure about, then the Burner will surely convert you. We liked it so much, that other than maybe wanting to slacken it off slightly, we struggled to fault the Burner.

First Ride Rated

With a roomy front end, great geometry, solid construction and 650B wheels, the Burner is back with a vengeance.

4/5 Stars

Mountain Biking UK magazine - February 2013

The Turner Burner frames are available in

Size: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large

Colour: Raw, Ano Black, Ano Clear and Ano Orange

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