Ryansodwrote a review of Civilian Bicycle Co. Young Turk Complete Mountain Bike - 2012 on November 21, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really wanted to like this bike.
I got it as a mixed use bike, ride it a little around town, to the bar and back but it would see a far amount of trail time. On the street it was ok, nothing fancy and the 1x10 was very nice, kept things simple. However on the trail it was a like ridding a dump truck. The bike was very very slow to get up to speed and even slower to maneuver. This was my first steel mountain bike and I had high hopes for its ability to absorb some of the small trail chatter and smooth out the ride but it was quite the opposites. This frame had an odd spring effect that made the ride jarring at times and offered an almost dead feel to the rear end in cornering. I'm sure some of the sluggishness from the bike could have been improved by a new set of lighter, faster rolling tires and maybe a lighter wheelset but part of the appeal to the bike was its low price point and that's gone if you replace those items.
Again I really wanted to like this bike, its looks great, the drive train setup was simple and worked like a champ, the fork is perfect for this bike and the price is crazy! But at the end of the day it just wasn't the bike for me.
P.S. After returning the Young Turk I got the BMC TE29 SLX and I freaking love it!