Civilian Young Turk Hardtail 29er XC Mountain Bike
Best Hardtail 29er Bike Value from Civilian Bicycles
(Designed by Tyson Hart in Park City Utah – detailed review here)
Civilian Young Turk is designed with a double butted 4130 Cro-Moly tube set which offers a ride and weight that rivals frames costing twice as much. What gives the Young Turk its distinctive ride quality is the shaped chainstays that offer explosive acceleration and kinked seat stays that dampen choppy trails. This keeps you fresh for the final sprint back to camp or the trailhead. The shapely stays are joined with Tange Design sliding drop outs. All that is needed to convert the Young Turk to a single speed is a rear cog and spacer kit.
The Young Turk’s front end uses the Chubby head tube; a stout, oversized unit that ensures precise steering and strength. Keeping that theme alive is a Rock Shox Reba RL with a tapered steerer. The fork has 100mm of plush travel with preload and rebound adjustment, and a lockout for efficient climbing.
Hydraulic Avid Elixir 3s with a 180mm rotor in front and 160mm in the rear offer cool, smooth operation for long and steep descents. For long and steep ascents, a Truvativ FireX crankset offers flex-free performance and a low weight for a smooth cadence. It’s equipped with a 33T chainring that spins a SRAM 1030 11-36T 10-speed cassette. This combination leaves ratio overlap, poor ground clearance, and heft to multi-speed front cranks. A SRAM X9 rear derailleur and X7 shifter ensure fast gear changes and long-term durability.
The Young Turk rides on WTB Speed Disc rims laced to Quando hubs with traditional J-bend spokes. Wide, 29×2.3in Kenda Nevegal tires are high volume for a smooth ride and offer the traction to keep the Young Turk from spinning out on loose, steep climbs. The handlebar, stem, and seatpost are constructed of 2014 aluminum and feature gradients to make fine tuning fit simple. Velo lock-on grips and a Cutter saddle complete the Young Turk’s build.
The Civilian Young Turk comes in Small, Medium, Large, X-large, and XX-Large sizes, and it’s available in two colors: Asphalt and Big Sky.
|Frame Material:||Cro-Moly steel|
|Headset:||1.125 – 1.5 in FSA No. 9|
|Fork:||RockShox Reba RL 29|
|Front Travel:||100 mm|
|Rear Axle:||135 x 10 mm|
|Rims:||32 hole WTB|
|Spokes:||14 gauge DT Swiss|
|Front Derailleur Mount:||clamp|
|Rear Derailleur:||SRAM X.9|
|Crankset:||TruVativ FireX 1.1|
|Chain Rings:||33 t|
|Crank Arm Length:||[large] 175 mm|
|Bottom Bracket:||TruVativ GXP|
|Brake Levers:||Avid Elixir 3|
|Brake Calipers:||Avid Elixir 3|
|Rear Rotor:||160 mm|
|Front Rotor:||180 mm|
|Handlebar Width:||720 mm|
|Stem Length:||[large] 100 mm|
|Cassette:||11 – 36 t SRAM PG-1030|
|Tire Size:||29 in x 2.5 in|
|Seatpost Diameter:||27.2 mm|
|Seatpost Length:||400 mm|
|Seat Collar:||alloy clamp|
|Weight:||[large] 28 lbs|
|Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:||24.3 in|
|Recommended Use:||cross country, trail|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years on frame|