green taco wrote a review of Civilian Bicycle Co. Young Turk Complete Mountain Bike - 2012 on October 16, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was attracted to the Young Turk because of the minimalist setup (10-speed) and the cool design. The more I played with it, the more I appreciated the geometry and design. I bought this mostly to cruise around town because I already have a full-suspension trail bike. However, I had to know how it handled off-road. This bike really climbs beautifully. It's not ultra-light, but the geometry and wheel size just want to climb hills. I was also really impressed with the descending. It was a bit chattery in the really bumpy areas at high speed but still better than expected. It actually at the bumps well and held control perfectly. It was just a bit chattery which is tough to endure for an extended period. However, in the fast, smooth single-track descents, this bike is really at home. It tracks really nice. The big wheels/tires and the steel frame really subtle the vibration. The tires were also a real plus off-road. I'm likely to change tires for my primary urban purpose but I'll always feel a little guilty knowing how capable this bike is off-road.
The feel of steel
Eats single track
Tight turns aren't ideal
I'm looking forward to updating my review in a few months.