Turner Suspension Bicycles, Inc is an Americanbicycle frame manufacturer, based in Murrieta, California, specializing in full suspension mountain bikes. Turner Bikes was founded in 1994 by David Turner, a former professional mountain bike rider who had ridden for amongst others, the Marin and Mongoose teams. Turner had also had worked with Horst Leitner at AMP Research whilst Horst developed the Horst Link suspension design.
Turner Bicycles have built a reputation of excellent customer service and bicycle frames with superb riding characteristics and exceptional durability. These attributes have resulted in a high degree of success within the competitive cycling arena and an avid customer following.
The first 150 production Turner mountain bike frames were built by Ventana Mountain Bikes USA. These bikes were known only as “the Turner bike” until reviewed by the magazine “Mountain Bike Action”, where the magazine dubbed it the “Turner Burner”. The “Turner Burner” name would be applied to many of Turner’s future designs. The Burner has 2.75” inches rear suspension travel with a down hill race option of 3.6 inches.
Production moved to Sportech. With this move came several improvements to the design of the Burner, including a single machined block to support the bottom bracket, rear shock mount and chainstay swing-arm pivot.
The Turner Afterburner starts production; it is Turner’s first downhill specific frame, has 3.6” of rear wheel travel and is identified by the large plate gussets on the front.
Turner’s one-off tandem the “Twin Burner” produced.
Reflecting the rapid change in mountain biking the Afterburner, is re-designed to have 6” of rear wheel travel and there are now large holes in the plate gussets.
Thomas Misser riding a Kona stickered Turner Afterburner achieves multiple wins and podium places in UCI World Cup races. A limited number of Turner Afterburners were sold by Kona as “ Misser replicas”.
Turner 5-spot is introduced. It soon becomes Turner’s best selling frame to date.
The DHR receives its make-over: A 12mm rear end and the linkage is altered giving the bike more travel.
Eric Carter debuts his custom 'Mongoose Stickered' DHR and takes the NORBA National Downhill Championship title. Eric then rides his custom 'one-off' DHR/Rail combination to the UCI World Cup 4-cross Champion Gold Medal and then also the NORBA National Mountain-cross Series Championship title.
Production moved to SAPA who manufactures the entire Turner range with both in house tubesets and US made tubesets sourced externally.
Geoff Kabush rides his Turner Nitrous to NORBA championships in both the Elite Men’s XC and the Short Track.
Eric Carter rides his custom 'Mongoose' Turner to both the UCI World Cup 4-cross Champion Gold Medal and then also the NORBA National Mountain-cross Series Championship title.
The Turner DHR is remodeled with 8.5” of travel, 20mm dropouts on the rear with a 12mm axle, and a 1.5" headtube. Gone are the "classic" twin toptube and rounded downtube to be replaced with box section tubing
The Turner Burner wins "The Best Full-Suspension XC Bike of the year" Riders Award on mtbr.com.
The Turner 5.Spot wins "The Best Full-Suspension Freeride Bike of the year" Riders Award on mtbr.com.
Citing increasingly difficult relationship with the license holders, Turner abandons the use of the Horst Link on his designs. Turner adopts a similar seat stay single pivot design with positive feedback from the cycling community. It is dubbed the TNT.
Geoff Kabush breaks all time NORBA short track win record and takes Championship.
The Turner Sultan, Turner’s first 29-inch wheel mountain bike debuts at Interbike 06.