Turner Bicycles founder David Turner ( no family links with Paul Turner and Gary Turner) has been at the forefront of MTB suspension since the technology's inception in the 1980's. As a professional racer,
David helped designers at Rock Shox, Mongoose and AMP Research race-test and fine-tune early advancements in suspension design. After retiring from full-time competition, David worked with legendary design guru Horst Leitner to create some of the most progressive and lightweight suspension bicycle frames and forks the sport had ever seen.
Knowing how a full-suspension mountain bike should ride, David looked to the Industry and could not find any viable solution and as a result the vision of Turner Suspension Bicycles was born. Driven only by a meager budget and his own determination, Turner Bikes began to take shape. In late 1991 early prototypes found their way under top pros and into magazine spy shots (see photo to the right) but David's first priority was to change people's expectations of how a bike should ride rather than just to meet it. The company's focus had a tenacious grip on the design of the bike and not the image, "Form follows Function" was the unspoken creed.
|2008 Turner Highline|
In ‘94, after the introduction of the 1st batch of 150 original production V-1 ‘95 Burners (Version 1) were made by Ventana Mountain Bikes in Rancho Cordova, California. Many were raced by the top pros of the day yet you would be hard pressed to find a Turner logo on those bikes since most of those riders sponsored by other bike companies.