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  1. So I've noticed there isn't a thread for all those who love to ride their trannys hard and fast here in SA and was to post about their experiences. It's a small and discerning group of people I'd guess (kind like the Banshee lot but with more class). So I thought I'd bring it out of the shed and into the spotlight... I love my Tranny, it's just who I am. Oh, just keep it clean and remember. No Fanny on the Tranny as that's just plain wrong. Fanny packs that is... or Hip packs as they are now known as.
  2. Looking at the Transition Smuggler’s specifications, it can be a confusing bike to classify. It promises burly trail riding ambitions but with a mere 115 millimetre rear travel most would have some doubts. The recommended fork travel of 130 millimetre and 29-inch wheels might restore some faith in its trail riding abilities. After riding the Smuggler, it all becomes very clear. Do not mistake the bike for an XC/trail crossover bike. It's an unapologetic trail bike. Yes, you could build it up with lighter XC focussed tyres and components but that would be limiting the bike's true calling. The burly Maxxis tyres and Pike are perfectly suited to properly enjoy the Smuggler. The build The SRAM drivetrain and Easton/ Novatec wheelset have been faultless thus far with the component choice suiting this bike to the T. The only issue has been the SRAM Guide RS brakes which had to be warrantied early on in the test period. As Andrew Haylett at Stoke Suspension explained, in the heat of summer, issues with the tolerance between the piston and the lever bore can cause the piston to jam. Andrew sent the brake set off to Cape Cycle Systems who were happy to fix the problem. They have been faultless ever since, surviving the 2017/18 summer without a hiccup.The RockShox Pike and Monarch is one of my favoured combinations. Neither of which gave me any issues. Of course, a dropper seat post is a must for any self-respecting trail bike, and RockShox's renowned Reverb was more than up to the task over the 12 months. FrameTransition SmugglerShockRockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAirForkRockShox Pike RC 130 mmCranksetRaceFace Turbine (currently Lyne Pulse)ChainringRaceFace 30T (currently Lyne 32T)Bottom BracketRaceFace Turbine X-TypeRear DerailleurSRAM GXShifterSRAM GXCassetteSRAM XG-1175 10-42TChainYBN SLA 11BrakesSRAM Guide RSRotorsSRAM Centreline (180 mm front; 160 mm rear)HandlebarRaceFace Atlas Low Rise 785 mmStemRaceFace 55 mmGripsRaceFace Half NelsonRimsEaston Arc 27Front HubNovatec D881SBRear HubNovatec D882SBTyresMaxxis High Roller II 2.30SeatpostRockShox ReverbSaddleSDG Circuit On the trail The Smuggler is a bike that cannot be judged by its geometry, travel numbers, and wheel size alone. The bike is far more capable on the trails than the figures might suggest.I rode the Transition Patrol a couple of year’s ago and was surprised by the soft initial travel with a smooth but aggressive ramp up at the end of the travel creating an encouraging bottomless feel. On the significantly shorter travel Smuggler, with the same GiddyUp suspension, Transition have managed to replicate a similar suspension feel. On the trails, this translated into a mightily capable trail bike pushing way beyond the limits you might place on an ordinary 115 mm bike. It can bash its way through the roughest rock gardens and boost off some decent drops without any sign of struggle. Even when you run out of skills, the Smuggler has some big bike ability to pull you back from the brink and safely back onto the trail.The Smuggler is not the most playful feeling bike on slower, marginal gradient trails. Perhaps betraying its 115mm travel once again. The bike sits low in the travel which means that the rear end feels planted rather than poppy. A great thing for rowdier trails but when pinning it down tamer trails I often flicked the shock into the mid support setting for a bit more fizz. Being 6’4” tall, 29er wheels are my happy place. On an extra large frame, the bigger wheels feel proportional to the frame. At my height, I also appreciate a roomy cockpit and the Smuggler provides that. The stem length and handlebar width (55mm and 785mm respectively) have been spot on. Some might point to the 67.5-degree head angle as not being slack enough compared to modern trends but I have yet to find myself getting caught up on the front. In fact, I feel for this type of bike, the head angle is spot on for the majority of South African trails. While the Smuggler excels at being an exhilarating descender, climbing is not this bike's forte. Don't get me wrong, it’s not a bad climber but compared to the latest trail offerings from other brands, the Smuggler is a touch sluggish. I had the idea to try a lighter, better rolling rear wheel but after some consideration, I gave in to the Smuggler's trail crushing desires and thought it best to rather play to the bike's strengths.Of course, this bike is built for riding serious trails with the indomitable Pike fork and High Roller II tyres, which in the 29er guise could plough a field with the grip they provide. All of which adds up to a weight of 14.5 kilograms with the extra large frame. Not the most nimble but by no means overweight considering the extra large frame size, wheel size, and build kit. The Smuggler is built tough. If you're the sort of rider that treats your bike badly, the Smuggler won't begrudge you. You can confidently throw it in the back of a bakkie, crash head over heels through a rock garden, or generally ride like a hooligan and all the bike will lose is some paint. The aluminium Transitions are certainly worth a look if you're the sort of person who buys a bike every 5 to 10 years. The Smuggler faired well at the local Cape enduros. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. The new Smuggler and Smuggler Carbon While reviewing the Smuggler, two new models were announced. First was a new aluminium model boasting more travel, a modified suspension and geometry changes with Transition's SBG design. More recently they revealed the much-anticipated carbon fibre Smuggler frame for those looking for the stiff feel of carbon and some weight savings. The new aluminium Smuggler. The new bike bumped the rear travel from 115mm to 120mm and from 130mm to 140mm on the front. The geometry sees a major slackening of the head angle from 67.5 to 66 degrees. The seatpost has been steepened for a better climbing position, while the frame reach has also been slightly extended. The fork offset has been shortened to 42mm (Fox) or 44mm (RockShox). Transition call this new design Speed Balance Geomtery (SBG). The new Smuggler certainly makes some promising changes. But if you can get your hands on a good bargain on the previous frame, the "old" bike still has a lot to give. That is, of course, if you are not considering the magic of carbon which (I'm speculating here) will probably be a noticeably different feeling bike. The Smuggler in carbon. In the end Enjoyment is the core measure of a good trail bike and Transition have nailed that with the Smuggler. While fast climbing can leave you a bit stiff the next day, the Smuggler has had me whooping and smiling all the way down the trails. Coming away completely satisfied with the ride each and every time. ProsIgnore the numbers on the spec sheet, the Smuggler loves charging trails Built to last The signature Transition bottomless suspension feel inspires confidence ConsRugged built quality puts it on the heavier side of trail bikes New models just released Geometry: Find out more: To learn more about the Transition Smuggler and other Transition bikes, get in contact with Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. here.You can also follow the latest news from Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. on the following channels: Facebook - Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. Twitter - @dirt_merchant Instagram - @your_dirt_merchant
  3. https://vimeo.com/248788482 The Sentinel continues to receive praise as the bike that can truly do everything well. So if you like going up, over and down mountains the Sentinel is the bike for you. Available early 2018. To get your hands on a 2018 Carbon Sentinel and checkout full specs, CLICK HERE. Features: ▪ Carbon ▪ Carbon ▪ Carbon ▪ Speed Balanced Geometry ▪ Boost 148 Dropout Spacing ▪ Trunion Metric Shock Sizing - 205mm X 57.5mm ▪ Enduro Max Sealed Bearings ▪ Threaded Bottom Bracket ▪ Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection ▪ New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers ▪ External Rear Brake Routing ▪ 180mm Post Mount Brake ▪ Collet Main Pivot ▪ Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle ▪ Tire Clearance Up To 29" x 2.5" ▪ 6.83lbs / 3.1Kg Frame W/Shock And Hardware ▪ $2999 USA MSRP / Frameset ▪ $4999 USA MSRP / GX build ▪ $5999 USA MSRP / XO1 build
  4. Our new 2018 bikes started with a clean slate and new approach to bike geometry we call SBG (Speed Balanced Geometry) that puts the rider in a more balanced position on the bike which improves traction and control at all speeds. Our main focus with the updates was to maintain the ride feel of each model while simultaneously pressing the enhance button a few times. In addition to integrating our SBG system on all existing models, we've added the Sentinel to our lineup. The Sentinel fit's nicely between the Scout and Patrol in travel range, and is capable of being used in the same manner of both bikes depending on your preference for travel and wheelsize. The Patrol, Scout, and Smuggler feature increased travel, optimized pedaling performance, additional size options, and a ton of new features to create our most capable lineup to date. A variety of RockShox and Fox fork models featuring SBG offsets will be available for purchase with SBG framesets. Sentinel 29" / 160mm FRONT 140mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME * New Model For 2018 * New GiddyUp Kinematics * Speed Balanced Geometry * Boost Dropout Spacing * Trunion Metric Shock Sizing * Enduro Max Sealed Bearings * Threaded Bottom Bracket * Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection * New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers * External Rear Brake Routing * 180mm Post Mount Brake * Increased Seatpost Insertion * Collet Main Pivot * Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle * Tire Clearance up to 29" x 2.5" Patrol 27.5" / 170mm FRONT 160mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME * New GiddyUp Kinematics * Speed Balanced Geometry * Boost Dropout Spacing * Trunion Metric Shock Sizing * Enduro Max Sealed Bearings * Threaded Bottom Bracket * Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection * New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers * External Rear Brake Routing * 180mm Post Mount Brake * Increased Seatpost Insertion * Collet Main Pivot * Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle * New X-Small Size * Tire Clearance up to 27.5" x 2.8" Scout 27.5" / 150mm FRONT 130mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME * New GiddyUp Kinematics * Speed Balanced Geometry * Boost Dropout Spacing * Metric Shock Sizing * Enduro Max Sealed Bearings * Threaded Bottom Bracket * Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection * New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers * External Rear Brake Routing * 180mm Post Mount Brake * Increased Seatpost Insertion * Collet Main Pivot * Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle * New X-Small Size * Tire Clearance up to 27.5" x 2.8" Smuggler 29" / 140mm FRONT 120mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME * New GiddyUp Kinematics * Speed Balanced Geometry * Boost Dropout Spacing * Metric Shock Sizing * Enduro Max Sealed Bearings * Threaded Bottom Bracket * Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection * New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers * External Rear Brake Routing * 180mm Post Mount Brake * Collet Main Pivot * Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle What is Speed Balance Geometry? https://vimeo.com/223517144
  5. https://vimeo.com/227821838 What else is there to say? In the words of Nigel Tufnel - "The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and..." Features: Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large Colors: Black Powder, TR Blue Full Carbon Front Triangle, Chainstay and Seatstay Aluminum Rocker Molded Rubber Chainstay and Downtube Protection External Cable Routing Enduro MAX Bearings Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger, compatible with Giddy Up trail models Post Mount Rear Brake ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting 12x157mm Dropout Spacing 83mm Threaded Bottom Bracket Frame Weight: 9bs / 4100g (Including Shock, DT/CS Protection And Frame Hardware) 195mm Rear Travel 160mm Post Mount Rear Brake Geometry Since having the TR11 I have been able to push my limits while having a trustworthy bike beneath me. It tracks the ground insanely well without losing the signature Transition playfulness, and it has helped me take my riding to a whole new level... all the way to 11. Tahnee Seagrave
  6. Throttle 27.5 The 27.5" Throttle is a swiss army bike combining the outright efficiency of a hardtail with the spirit of a dirt jumper. Featuring lightweight carbon construction, ultra-low standover, and a slack front end, the Throttle opens the hardtail market to new riders who consider the current crop of bikes in this category to be too frail for their needs. Features:Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large Colors: Race Raw, Hot Mustard 12 x 148 Boost Dropout Spacing Standard Threaded Bottom Bracket Fits tires up to 2.6" Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger Internal Shift and Seatpost Cable Routing Available as Frameset or Complete Bike Frame Weight: 1400g Price: $1699 Frameset / $3699 Complete GX Equipped Bike Throttle Geometry: Frame Specs: Fork Axle To Crown: 532mm Fork Offset: 42-44mm Headset (Top): 44mm Zero Stack Headset (Bottom): 56mm Zero Stack BB Shell: 73mm BSA Threaded Rear Brake Mount: 160mm Post Mount Rear Axle: Syntace X12 12mm x 148mm Front Derailleur Style: None ISCG Tabs: ISCG 05 Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm Seat Clamp: 34.9mm Max Chainring Size: 36t Single Max Tire Size: 27.5x2.6 Vanquish 29 The 29" Vanquish takes advantage of taller wheel rollover and a slightly tweaked geometry that make it the fastest bike we've ever produced. This may be the closest to an XC frame in the Transition lineup to date, but with a typical Transition style that keeps "fun" as the primary characteristic. For the rider who likes to put in long hours with maximum efficiency but doesn't want to sacrifice their enjoyment on the way down, the Vanquish hits a perfect balance. Call it XC or All Mountain, with the Vanquish it's just a party in the woods. Features:Sizes: Medium, Large, X-Large Colors: Race Raw, Habanero Orange 12 x 148 Boost Dropout Spacing Standard Threaded Bottom Bracket Fits tires up to 2.4" Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger Internal Shift and Seatpost Cable Routing Available as Frameset or Complete Bike Frame Weight: 1400g Price: $1699 Frameset / $3699 Complete GX Equipped Bike Vanquish 29 Geometry: Frame specs: Fork Axle To Crown: 531mm Fork Offset: 51mm Headset (Top): 44mm Zero Stack Headset (Bottom): 56mm Zero Stack BB Shell: 73mm BSA Threaded Rear Brake Mount: 160mm Post Mount Rear Axle: Syntace X12 12mm x 148mm Front Derailleur Style: None ISCG Tabs: ISCG05 (Front Two Only) Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm Seat Clamp: 34.9mm Max Chainring Size: 34t Single Max Tire Size: 29x2.4 Not 27.5+ compatible https://vimeo.com/210688401
  7. The importers of Transition bikes Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. and Cape Town based cSixx components, recently built a custom version of the all-mountain bike that took top honours for Pinkbike.com's Mountain Bike of the Year in 2016; the Transition carbon Patrol. Click here to view the article
  8. The Patrol is a 155mm travel all-mountain bike; it follows the low, long and slack geometry trend that more and more manufacturers are adopting. The Patrol Carbon is built to fit a 160mm fork and 650b wheels and is the successor of the 2014 aluminium version which featured as Dirt Magazine's top 100 products of 2016. Transition explains what makes the lighter weight carbon version special: The carbon front triangle, seatstays and chainstays provide a crisp and responsive ride with excellent trail feel. Featuring all the same geometry and GiddyUp suspension as the aluminium Patrol, the Patrol Carbon is even more capable up and down mountains. The fully guided internal cable routing for rear brake and derailleur are easy to use and rattle free. The collet main pivot keeps the rear end stiff and the threaded bottom bracket is a mechanics dream. With around a 600 gram weight savings over the aluminium Patrol the Patrol Carbon climbs like an E-bike, and descends like a downhill bike. Mike Levy of Pinkbike.com further explains why the Patrol Carbon is their 2016 Mountain Bike of the Year. It is not because of its descending prowess, which it has in spades, but because Transition has created an immensely versatile machine that manages to excel everywhere but without taking away from its capabilities on rowdy terrain. Simply put, this is a bike that everyone can have fun on, no matter what type of trails they like to ride. The Carbon Patrol is the bulldog that can win an agility contest; the Motorhead fan who secretly knows how to dance the salsa. It came naturally to fit this bike with a cSixx wheelset, handlebar, chain guide, and a beautiful Fox Float 36. The build features the following: The 2017 Patrol Carbon comes standard with a RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 shock. The bike featured in this article, however, is a 2016 frame with the RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair shock. The custom build, Patrol #2 spec, and Patrol #3 spec are available from Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. FRAMECarbon Patrol Custom (2016)COLORTR BlueREAR SHOCKRockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAirFORKFox 36 Float 27.5 160 FIT4HEADSETCane Creek 40 SeriesSTEMRaceFace Turbine Basic 35 50mmBARcSixx Carbon BarsGRIPSVelo Single ClampSADDLEChromag Linx DTSEATPOSTRockshox Reverb Stealth (170mm or 125mm)BRAKESSRAM Guide RSCROTORSSRAM Centerline (180mm)SHIFTERSRAM X1REAR DERAILLEURSRAM XO1CASSETTESRAM XG1175 (10-42)CHAINSRAM PC1130CRANKRaceFace Turbine Cinch (DM32t, 170mm or 175mm)CHAIN GUIDEcSixx 9series Enduro ChainguideWHEELSETcSixx Carbon Rims & HubsTIRESMaxxis Minion DHF 27.5x2.3 EXO 3C Front, Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5x2.3 EXO 3C RearPRICER110 000 Watch the build video: The cSixx rims: We chose cSixx components as it was designed and developed in the shadow of Table Mountain. The team has poured heart and soul into the cSixx END 9Series rim over the past 5 years. From the outset, their explicit goal has been to build a rim that made them faster and more confident. With thousands of hours of real-world testing, cSixx believe that the 430g END 9Series rim is the optimal convergence of durability, weight, and vertical compliance, a perfect fit for an award-winning bike like the Patrol.The cSixx END 9Series rims are available individually or as a wheelset, with a wide range of hub options. Tech Specs: Inner Width - 32mm Wall thickness - 3mm Hole count - 28 or 32 Depth - 30mm Weight - 430g cSixx Carbon Bars cSixx carbon handlebars have improved exponentially since the introduction of their in-house Drop Test rig. It allows cSixx to perform critical testing of the strength, flex, dampening, durability etc ... not only of their product but also that of the competition. This allows them to analyse their prototypes instantly and refine the product quickly and effectively. cSixx 9series EnduroChainguide The 9series Enduro guide uses a super light and stiff handmade carbon backplate and top guide cage. A unique, replaceable skid plate, CNC machined from high impact nylon, will protect your chainring and chain from rock strikes. Perfect for trail bombing or elite racing. Never let a dropped chain or stray rock ruin your run again! Fitment is super easy with their chainring indicator moulded into all cSixx guides. Simply loosen the cage, shift it down until your chain is covering the indicator and tighten. All of their chain guides use the same tech so that they are interchangeable throughout the range. Even their hardware is compatible with bits you would have in your tool box or even on your bike. Between standard M5 and chainring bolts, their hardware is the most common. Want to know more about the Transition Patrol?For more information on the Transition Patrol carbon and other Transition products, please visit the Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. website. Transition will be having a number of demo days across the country. Follow them on Facebook here to stay up to date.
  9. Introducing the third long-term test bike to arrive at Bike Hub HQ, the Transition Smuggler. Admittedly, the Smuggler is a bike that I've had my eye on for a while. I'm a huge fan of short travel bikes designed for ripping single track. Slap on a set of 29er wheels and I'm in trail bike heaven. Having reviewed Transition's all-mountain bike the Patrol, I know that the Giddy Up suspension is super capable, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it translates to this shorter travel bike. Click here to view the article
  10. In brief, the Transition Smuggler is a 29er trail bike with 115 mm of rear travel designed for use with a 130 mm fork. These numbers might not seem all too impressive but, with the Smuggler, Transition seems to be trying to kick convention in the nuts. Spoiler alert: I've already taken the bike out for a few rides and so far the bike is stupendously capable. The Transition Smuggler is an all aluminium frame. Our extra large test bike is black, with its unashamed welding seams, is (in my eyes anyway) a bike that looks like it wants to be ridden hard. Transition jumped on the modern geometry movement some years ago and the Smuggler is no different. On my extra large bike, the head angle is 67.5 degrees, reach is a roomy 483 mm, chainstays are 436 mm, wheelbase is at 1218 mm while bottom bracket drop is 35 mm. Check out the full geometry chart below. The team at Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. have put together a very sensible build. The frame is shipped from the factory with the high volume RockShox Monarch DebonAir shock. On this build, it is paired with a RockShox Pike. The Guide RS brakes are arguably the ones you want in the Guide range, offering the best features for the price. The cockpit complements the frame geometry with a 785 mm wide Race Face handlebar and 55 mm stem. A lengthy 150 mm dropper seat post makes all the difference, especially for those tall enough to be riding an XL frame. Wheels are a set of suitably wide Easton Arc 27 rims laced to a set of Novatec hubs while the Maxxis High Roller II tyres should provide buckets of grip. This Smuggler is geared for some serious trail riding. I will be riding the Transition Smuggler for the year. I am very keen to see how far I can push the Smuggler and how well it holds up against much more aggressive bikes. My initial impression is that it will do well, but let's see if this holds up over 12 months of riding. Build specifications: FrameTransition SmugglerShockRockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAirForkRockShox Pike RC 130 mmCranksetRaceFace TurbineChainringRaceFace 30TBottom BracketRaceFace Turbine X-TypeRear DerailleurSRAM GXShifterSRAM GXCassetteSRAM XG-1175 10-42TChainYBN SLA 11BrakesSRAM Guide RSRotorsSRAM Centreline (180 mm front; 160 mm rear)HandlebarRaceFace Atlas Low Rise 785 mmStemRaceFace 55 mmGripsRaceFace Half NelsonRimsEaston Arc 27Front HubNovatec D881SBRear HubNovatec D882SBTyresMaxxis High Roller II 2.30SeatpostRockShox ReverbSaddleSDG CircuitFrameset PriceR23,000 Geometry: Find out more: To learn more about the Transition Smuggler and other Transition bikes, get in contact with Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. here.You can also follow the latest news from Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. on the following channels: Facebook - Dirt Merchant Bicycle Co. Twitter - @dirt_merchant Instagram - @your_dirt_merchant
  11. HIGH5 Sports Nutrition along with Cycle Lab Lynnwood presents Mission To A Faster Transition with HIGH5-fuelled IRONMAN champ Matt Trautman. • Tricks, Tips & To do’s from the pros to help you shave minutes off your time • HIGH5 IRONMAN on-course nutrition will be explained, your Q&A’s answered • Professional training, transition and nutrition advice from Matt • Tips on how to pack like a pro • Preparing for IRONMAN: What you need to know and Matt’s tips on powering through the race • WIN an IRONMAN 70.3 Buffalo City entry on the day NB: Matt will be taking participants through an actual transition area that will be set up on the day, so be sure to bring all your gear.
  12. The Scout has been one of our more overlooked bikes in our line. People are now just starting to catch on to how fun and capable this little bike is and now it's available in carbon. Touting all the great features and geometry of the aluminium Scout with a large reduction in weight and no compromise in strength. Click here to view the article
  13. Scout Carbon: Pretty much the same, but different The carbon front triangle, seatstays and chainstays provide an amazingly playful feel on the trail or playground. Featuring the same dialed geometry and GiddyUp suspension as the alloy version, the carbon Scout is even better at turning trails into playgrounds. The fully guided internal cable routing for rear brake and derailleur are easy to use and rattle free. The collet main pivot keeps the rear end stiff and the threaded bottom bracket is a mechanics dream. All with around a 600 gram weight savings over the aluminium Scout. https://vimeo.com/173828109 Transition Scout Carbon features:Not 27.5+ Compatible. Fit's up to 2.5" tire with plenty of clearance for mud. Playground Specific Geometry - Long, Low and Snappy Giddy Up Link Suspension, 125mm Rear and 140mm Front Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket Tubes Inside Tubes Internal Cable Routing for Easy Setup Medium Frame Weight With Rear Shock: 6.2lbs. Geometry
  14. When it was confirmed that I was heading to Italy for Nine Knights, I immediately realised that I needed a suitable bike for the terrain. Knowing that the team at A-Line have hands on experience with Alpine riding, I enquired to see what they had available for review. I was pretty chuffed when they came back and said that they’d build a Transition Patrol for the trip. Click here to view the article
  15. The Bike Very simply put the Transition Patrol is an all-mountain bike with 155mm travel. All-mountain bikes have seen big steps forward in recent years. Once the domain of awkward handling and poor pedaling machines, all-mountain bikes have become versatile all day mountain conquerors.The Patrol follows the low, long and slack geometry trend that more and more manufacturers are adopting. Some geometry stats from my extra large test bike: wheelbase is 1240 mm, head tube angle 65 degrees, an estimated BB height of 339 and reach stretching out at 483 mm. Figures that weren’t out of place on a downhill bike not too long ago, let alone a bike that promises some ability to climb. I found the fit of the Patrol to be spot on and was very happy with the aggressive geometry. The longer reach and lower centre of gravity made an immediate impact while the slack head angle caused a few mistimed jumps and drops at first. The short rear end results in a bike that thrives on having it’s front wheel off the ground.The Patrol is built to fit a 160mm fork and 650b wheels. Each frameset comes kitted with RockShox’s Monarch Plus Debonair shock. The rear axle is a Syntace X12 and the bottom bracket is the threaded sort. While the internal routing looks great, I’m not convinced from a ease of service and adjustment perspective. The 2015 Patrol frame is full aluminium with a carbon frame model being released in 2016. The build A-Line built up the Patrol using parts from their demo fleet. The components were all top-notch and well thought out. This meant that I could simply focus on riding the bike. FRAME:Transition PatrolFORK:RockShox Pike 160mmSHOCK:RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonairDERAILLEUR REAR:SRAM X1SHIFTERS:SRAM X1BRAKES:SRAM Guide RSCRIMS:WTB KOM i23HUBS:Hope Pro 2 EvoSEATPOST:RockShox ReverbHANDLEBAR:ChromagSTEM:ChromagFRONT TYRE:WTB VigilanteREAR TYRE:WTB Trail Boss On the trail I tested the Patrol on a variety of trails and terrain, mostly in the Livigno Mottolino Bike Park, as well as some general trail riding in the Alps and back home in Cape Town.Transition were one of the first companies to take advantage the Horst Link suspension patent expiring, using it to create their own adaptation which they call Giddy Up Link suspension (Horst, Horse, Giddy Up - get it?). In their handy suspension setup guide, Transition recommend a seated sag of 35% for the best anti-squat characteristics. When I first jumped on the bike, the shock felt way too soft. But a few loops around my local trail proved, what I should have known all along, that the Transition’s designers know better. It turned out that only minor tinkering was required to get the Transition's rear suspension to my liking. Once setup, the rear suspension turned out to be a whole new level of smoothness. Despite the feel of effortlessly moving through the travel, the Giddy Up suspension maintained good support through the stroke and gave the necessary spring when called upon. The plush feel continued all the way to the end of the stroke which never felt harsh. One downside is that the feedback from the rear of the bike is somewhat muted, but I quickly got to grips with the Transition's feel. It’s clear that Transition have built the Patrol with fun riding in mind. The aggressive geometry means that it excels on fast sections, the rougher the better, and the front end pops up at will. On fast flowing trails the bike felt supremely stable and continually invites the rider to let go of the brakes. There were no problems picking tight lines on the slower more technical rooty and rocky forest sections in wet or dry conditions. Although the rear suspension felt slightly stiff under hard braking in rougher sections, the Patrol remained predictable and responsive throughout.An important characteristic for an all-mountain bike is the ability to get the rider out of trouble when skills run out. The Patrol does this well, saving me from myself on a number of occasions. Most notable was the downhill course attempt. After few days in the bike park, we could no longer simply ride past the sign labelled “DH World Championship 2005”. Curiosity prevailed and we pointed our bikes down the mountain. Never have I done so little and the bike so much. The Patrol nursed me down the terrifying top section of that course like a guardian angel. This is how bad ideas begin. After spending four days in the bike park, I felt the urge to stretch my legs and explore the mountains. Luckily, a local tour guide was heading off the next day to do exactly that. This is description of the route I got from him: 48 km with 1700 metres of ascent starting at the top of Stelvio Pass (roadie heaven), an hour hike-a-bike up to the summit of Piz Umbrail at 3,000 metres above sea level, then a 1 km drop into Switzerland before climbing another pass back into Italy. I couldn’t have been more excited! There was no exaggeration about the hike. That's me suffering at the back. The summit of Stelvio Pass in the background. While this route offered some of the sketchiest, scariest trails I’ve ever descended - all of which the Patrol took in it’s stride - it was the all day trail riding ability that I really wanted to test out. The Patrol handled the trip with ease. Climbing and pedalling over distance were comfortable with the firmer suspension settings (the shock is well placed for quick adjustment on the bike). It was so good that I quickly forgot about the bike entirely and just enjoyed the scenery. Of course, endurance racers wouldn’t accept the slight bob that emerged under hard pedalling but it seemed like an insignificant compromise considering the bike's abilities elsewhere on the mountain. The Patrol held it's own amongst some tough competition. Conclusion Transition have a built a solid all-mountain bike. The Patrol has fun at it’s core and shows it’s full potential when ridden hard. As a complete package, it’s an excellent descender and a more than adequate climber. The Patrol does its best to help the rider enjoy his or her riding, be it on an all-day mountain adventures, hitting jumps and drops in the bike park or simply riding local trails. For information on Transition Bikes in South Africa contact A-line here.
  16. The Patrol Carbon is the highly anticipated premium option to our well regarded aluminium Patrol. All the great features of the aluminium Patrol with a large reduction in weight and no compromise in strength. The carbon front triangle, seatstays and chainstays provide a crisp and responsive ride with excellent trail feel. Click here to view the article
  17. https://vimeo.com/149298198 Featuring all the same geometry and GiddyUp suspension the Patrol Carbon is even more capable up and down mountains. The fully guided internal cable routing for rear brake, derailleur and seatpost are easy to use and rattle free. The collet main pivot keeps the rear end stiff and the threaded bottom bracket is a mechanics dream. With around a 600 gram weight savings over the aluminium Patrol the Patrol Carbon climbs like an E-bike, and descends like a downhill bike. Integrated features:Progressive Geometry - Long, Low and Slack Giddy Up Link Suspension, 155mm Rear and 160mm Front Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting Syntace X12 Rear 142mm Axle and Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket Tubes Inside Tubes Internal Cable Routing for Easy Setup Medium Frame Weight With Rear Shock: 6.5 lbs. Design features The W.T.F. process used on the Patrol Carbon utilizes the highest grade carbon materials and EPS molding process, providing increased stiffness and strength at one of the most competitive weights in it's class. The Patrol Carbon uses the proven Giddy Up Linkage shared across the entire Giddy Up line. The P.A.B.S.T. system provides room for a variety of hydration storage systems, container sizes and fluid choices. The BBS2 system utilizes a standard Euro threaded 73mm bb shell for ease of BB compatibility, installation and maintenance. Euro threaded BB shells are creak free and the most common industry-wide shell standard. The T.I.T.S. internally guided cable system ensures a rattle-free ride, ease of assembly and maintenance. The fully guided tubes eliminate the need for fishing cables when routing brake, derailleur and seatpost cables. The Patrol Carbon also includes our Huck To Flat technology. All Transition Bikes must surpass the rigorous H.T.F. test cycle before being introduced to the public. Local pricing and availability The Patrol Carbon frameset with RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair rear shock retails for R42,500.00.Medium framesets are currently available in TR Blue and Race Raw (black). Large frames will arrive April 2016 in TR Blue and Race Raw (black). A complete bike build will also be available at R85,700.00. Complete bike build specifications: FRAME AND SUSPENSION:Patrol Frameset (TR Blue, Race Raw) / RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair Rear Shock / RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 27.5 160mm ForkCOCKPITChromag BZA Carbon Handlebar 800mm / Chromag BZA Clamp 35mm / FSA No.57E Headset / Chromag Basis Grips / Chromag Moon DT saddle / Rockshox Stealth Reverb dropper seatpostBRAKESSRAM Guide RSC Brakes / SRAM Centerline (180mm) RotorsDRIVETRAINSRAM X1 Shifter / SRAM X1 Type 2.1 Rear Derailleur / SRAM XG1180 (10-42) Cassette / SRAM X1 Chain / SRAM X1 (175mm) Crank, SRAM GXP BBWHEELSEaston AR 27mm 27.5 32h Rims / Novatech D882SB and D881SB hubs / Maxxis Highroller II 27.5x2.4 EXO For information on Transition Bikes in South Africa contact A-line here.
  18. The Best Bike in Africa will be held at the 2015 Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair on 23 - 25 October at St Stithians College, Johannesburg. The competition invites fair visitors to vote for their favourite bike at the Best Bike in Africa stand. All the entrants that vote for the bike that wins the Best Bike in Africa will go into a draw to win the bike. Leading up to the fair, we'll be be revealing the bikes entered in the Best Bike in Africa. Friday's bike is the Transition Patrol. Click here to view the article
  19. This what Transition have to say about the Patrol: The Transition Patrol gives you the control of a downhill bike perfectly balanced with a lively and jumpy personality for a comfortable, efficient and fun ride in almost any trail condition. The Patrol is long and low with a slack 65 degree head angle and big wheelbase for tremendous stability in rowdy terrain. But don't let the numbers fool you; the short 430mm chainstay and 155mm of active and carefully tuned suspension keep you in touch with the ground and ready to respond at a moment's notice. With the Patrol you get big mountain confidence with trail bike agility in the same machine. The custom Patrol build features solid components from SRAM, RockShox and RaceFace plus some less obvious choices that round this build off nicely. The Easton ARC rims have a 30mm internal width which should add some bulk to the tyres. If you drink the 35mm handlebar clamp diameter Kool-Aid (as this writer does), the Chromag BZA carbon bars will have you grinning while the longer 150mm travel Reverb dropper post is encouraging for those that like their saddles right out of the way when the trail gets rowdy. Specification: FRAME: Transition Patrol 2016 Highlighter YellowSTYLE:All-Mountain/ EnduroREAR SHOCK: Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonairFORK:Rock Shox Pike RCT3 160mm 27.5HEADSET:Cane CreekSTEM: Chromag BZA ClampHANDLEBARS:Chromag BZA Carbon 35mmBRAKES:Shimano XTREAR DERAILLEUR:SRAM XX1 RedSHIFT LEVERS:SRAM XX1 RedCRANKSET:Race Face SixC Cinch DM32t NW (175mm)BOTTOM BRACKET:Race FaceWHEELSET:Easton ARC 30 with Hope Pro Evo HubsTIRES:WTB Trailboss and VigilanteSADDLE:SDG Circuit MTNSEATPOST:Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 150mm Right (31.6mm)RETAIL PRICE:R 76,800.00 Find out more about the Transition Patrol here or get in touch with the local distributor here. If you like this bike and would like the chance to own one, vote for it in the Best Bike in Africa at the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair on 23 - 25 October at St Stithians College.
  20. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Transition Patrol, an elliptical chain ring from Wolf Tooth and Specialized's 2FO Clip shoes. Click here to view the article
  21. Transition Patrol The Patrol seemed to enjoy hanging around the office couch.In 2015 Transition released a whole new range of bikes designed around their Giddy Up link suspension. The GiddyUp link suspension is Transition’s take on the Horst Link design. The change is said to make the bike pedal more efficiently while the ramp up near the end of the travel becomes more precise than their previous bikes. The Patrol is the biggest bike amongst Transition's all-mountain trail bike line up with 155mm of suspension travel in the rear and designed for 160mm up front. The Patrol frameset comes fitted with RockShox's big volume Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair shock. The heart of the GiddyUp Link suspension. The Patrol is a disciple of the long, low and slack school of geometry. The head angle is 65 degrees, the chainstays measure 430mm and the reach, on our extra large frame, comes in at 483mm. Other notable features include internal cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket and a Syntace X12 142mm rear axle. A-Line MTB and Outdoor, the South African Transition Bikes distributor, built up a new frameset using parts from their demo fleet for this review. The build features a RockShox Pike fork, SRAM X1 drivetrain, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, WTB KOM rims laced to Hope hubs and a Chromag cockpit. All top quality kit which means I can forget about the components and focus how the Patrol rides. The Chromag twin bears decorate the cockpit. A-Line were also kind enough to allow us to travel with the Patrol to the Italian Alps for the week of Suzuki Nine Knights. With a bike park and countless alpine trails to explore, Livingo is the ideal location to thoroughly test the Patrol. The full review should be out in the next few weeks. For now, watch this guy shredding on a Patrol: https://vimeo.com/115999020 From the manufacturer: The all new Patrol gives you the control of a downhill bike perfectly balanced with a lively and jumpy personality for a comfortable, efficient and fun ride in almost any trail condition. The Patrol is long and low with a slack 65 degree head angle and big wheelbase for tremendous stability in rowdy terrain. But don't let the numbers fool you; the short 430mm chainstay and 155mm of active and carefully tuned suspension keep you in touch with the ground and ready to respond at a moment's notice. With the Patrol you get big mountain confidence with trail bike agility in the same machine.Progressive Geometry - Long, Low and Slack Giddy Up Link Suspension, 155mm Rear and 160mm Front Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware E2 Low Direct Mount Front Derailleur Support ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting Syntace X12 Rear 142mm Axle and Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket Internal Cable Routing with Stealth Dropper Post Routing The use of clear protective tape on the Highlighter Yellow paint can cause discolouration and is not recommended Specialized 2FO Clip Shoe: First launched in 2014, the 2FO (derived from ‘foot out, flat out’) shoes are aimed at all mountain and downhill riders. There are flat and clipless specific shoes, with three different colours to choose from in each. We have the Clipless model on test. The outsole is made up of two different density rubbers. The red is the softer section of the sole and is made from the same ‘SlipNot’ rubber used on the flat pedal version of the 2FO for better hike-a-bike grip. The black section is slightly firmer to make it easier to clip back into the pedal - hence it referred to as the "Landing Strip".With a big focus on pedal connectivity, rider comfort and protection, the shoes are not short on features and we look forward to seeing how they compare with the other shoes on offer in the market. SpecificationBody Geometry sole construction and footbed: ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment. Landing Strip™ cleat pocket is optimized for effortless foot-out riding style with platform clip pedals. Dual durometer sole uses firm rubber to control clip-in, and softer rubber to optimize toe and heel traction. Stiff Lollipop™ inner plate for high performance pedaling sits in a bed of EVA to soften landings and maintain off-bike traction. Extended length cleat slot (4mm) for rearward cleat set up option. Injection-molded toe kick, anti-tear toe, and high-side cuff for lightweight armour-like protection. Air mesh on tongue and upper provides protection and quickly sheds water weight. Smooth thermobonded upper for lightweight durability and a snag-free profile. Cushioned EVA midsole is sealed with a protective skin for support and tear resistance. Body Geometry equipped to optimize comfort and performance. Relaxed Fit for a balance of pedal feel and off-bike comfort. Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major MTB pedals. Lacelock™ elastic keeps laces out of chainrings (extra set of coloured laces included). Approximate weight: 450g (1/2 pair, size 42) RRP: R2,299.00 From the Manufacturer: Pushing the limits requires confidence in your equipment. 2FO Clip brings control, comfort, and protection to platform clip pedal footwear without any weight and fit penalties. Developed and tested by gravity and all-mountain athletes worldwide, the 2FO Clip was engineered to allow for smooth pedal entry and exit so you can focus on going fast and getting loose. Foot out, flat out. Wolf Tooth Drop-Stop Chainring (Full name: Elliptical Direct Mount for SRAM GXP Cranks) When SRAM first launched it's 11speed MTB and 1 X drivetrains, it's popularity sparked such a big uptake it caught even them off guard. Unfortunately, at first, going 11 speed meant a whole new drivetrain and Narrow Wide chainrings from SRAM. Enter Wolf Tooth. They jumped on the bandwagon and released affordable Narrow Wide chainrings that could fit just about any BCD and crank - in doing so bringing 1 x goodness into reach of more riders. Elliptical (oval) chainrings are said to maximize the part of the pedal stroke where power is produced and minimize resistance where it is not. It makes the spin cycle a lot smoother and easier on legs while climbing. Specification: Chainline is 50mm. All chainrings feature Drop-Stop tooth design and are made from 7075 Aluminium. Use a 10 or 11 speed chain. If using a 9 speed drivetrain, plan to use a 10 speed chain (it will shift fine), as the 9 speed chain fits too loosely on the ring. A T25 Torx wrench is required to remove the bolts that secure the the chainring or spider to the crankarm. An L-wrench works best since the crank spindle may contact a socket adapter and prevent it from engaging properly. Designed and manufactured in the USA. Product weights: 26t - 52g, 28t - 59g, 30t - 65g, 32t - 70g, 34t - 75g, 36t - 81g Colour: Black Compatibility: SDM chainrings fit on SRAM cranksets with removable spiders: S2200, S2210, X9, X0, X01, XX1, X1 1400, Truvativ AKA Cranksets (GXP version), and newer S1400 (or X7) . If the crankarm and the spider are all made from the same piece of aluminium it is not removable. If you are planning to use this on an X9 or XX1 fat bike crankest, check out this explanation of chainline and hub spacing. From the manufacturer We won't try to convince you that elliptical (or oval, the same thing) chainrings will change your life...but they might! What we can say for sure is that they have a different feel from round rings and can provide an efficiency benefit and smoother power output for some riders. Our testers report the biggest benefits on punchy singletrack and hills, allowing less shifting and faster acceleration.Our proprietary design has ovality of 10% and timing of 112° after TDC (top dead center). These values provide the benefits of an oval ring without the drawbacks of greater ovality or more aggressive timing. The simplest way to explain how they "feel" is that where your pedal stroke is weakest it feels like you have a 2 teeth less on the chainring and where you have the most power it "feels" like you have 2 more teeth. Example: a 34t chainring feels like a 32t in the weak part of your pedal stroke and a 36t in the part of the stroke where your legs have the most power. Wolf Tooth elliptical SDM ™ chainrings fit SRAM GXP crank and BB30 long spindle cranksets with removable spiders. These direct mount chainrings will replace your existing chainring and spider, which is attached via 3 bolts on the back side of the spider near the spindle. You will use these same 3 bolts to attach the Wolf Tooth SDM ™ chainring. We recommend using a T25 L-Wrench like this one or similar for removal and installation of the bolts.
  22. So this noob decided to get something different, and after agonising over three possibilities, I settled on the new 2015 Transition Patrol. I was planning on reviewing this little beast, but work's getting in the way of any meaningful riding time, and honestly, the time I do have riding, I'd rather spend enjoying playing chicken with myself in an attempt to match the life-threatening capabilities of this machine. But here are some grainy snaps of the build at this stage. A few things I might change, like trimming the steerer length, getting different pedals, and deciding on whether to color-code the saddle to the rest of the decor From the riding I've done thus far, there's one stand-out impression that's been present from the very first ride: the bike feels like you want to throw down flat into a corner, flat as in horizontal! You want to lean that sucker over as if the side knobs stretched around the sidewalls all the way up to the rims. All just in the head of course, but its hugely confidence inspiring. I'm of course butchering the moment, but the bike feels so nimble, so maneuverable, that you want to drift into every single corner, bermed or not. Coming from a 26" trail bike with a 69 degree HA, I had expected the Patrol with 650b wheels,65 degree HA and 98mm longer wheelbase, to be somewhat vague and a bit lethargic when it comes to steering. I was very pleasantly surprised: it's so easily maneuverable even in a sequence of fast, tight turns. Drifting comes pretty easily, but it doesn't feel uncontrolled and a lot of confidence is gained from that feeling of being nicely centered within the bike. The bike is fitted with Mavic Crossmax XL WTS 650b wheelsets. I ditched the Mavic rubber and shod the hoops with a personally more familiar combination of Schwalbe rubber instead: Magic Mary up front and Rock Razor at the back. As is typical with the bigger wheels, trail chatter is smoothed out, and acceleration is pretty snappy. The suspension is a modified form of the Horst-link which Transition calls Giddy-Up. One of the motivations for getting a new frame was to get away from a particular problem I've been experiencing with the Giant. The best way to describe is a suspension lock-up: with the gearing in either of the last two sprockets, and over rough terrain, the suspension would feel jammed up: completely solid. Braking is harsh and pedalling feels incredibly hard. It's not something I had expected from the Maestro suspension, but it was getting annoying. So the solution would be a suspension system that remains fully active under braking and pedalling. The Patrol's Giddy-up setup does this just perfectly. I don't have a suspension curve for the Patrol, but it feels pretty linear, and coupled with the RS Monarch Debonair, its pure groundhugging bottomlessness. There is a tradeoff however, and that's when it comes to climbing. The Maestro suspension is really good in this regard, with no discernible difference between leaving the shock locked out or fully open, except under hard cranking. The Giddy-up suspension allows for a very supple ride, but there is discernible pedal-bob even with the Monarch set to firm. I often berate Rockshox for rather light compression damping, and maybe the Monarch could do with more compression damping. But I think the Patrol requires more of a platform via the shock to firm up the climbing capability. It's not horrible, just not as firm as the climbing offered by the Maestro suspension. The bigger wheels helps offset the slightly increased climbing effort, and this benefit is nicely evident during more technical climbing. Still loads to learn about the bike, but so far, its been a pretty natural transition, couldnt' resist! Huge thanks to Phia vd Meulen of A-line MTB & Outdoor for the thoroughly professional service provided while sourcing the frameset for me, and to Devon Katzen at Action Cycling for putting a rushjob on building the bike.
  23. https://vimeo.com/106423928 Redefining our categories:Before we get into the nuts and bolts of our new bikes we have to define what these bikes are for. Everyone loves to attach a label to their bikes and put them into categories. Trail, all mountain, enduro, freeride, cross country, down country... So why fight it? In our new lineup, every model is unique, but they are all in the same category. These are mountain bikes designed for going... The 2015 Transition lineup features four new models with different wheel sizes and distinctly different characteristics to suit a variety of riders, regions and trails. PATROL (27.5" Wheelsize, 155mm Rear Travel/160mm Front Travel) SUPPRESSOR (26" Wheelsize, 155mm Rear Travel/160mm Front Travel) SCOUT (27.5" Wheelsize, 125mm Rear Travel/140mm Front Travel) SMUGGLER (29" Wheelsize, 115mm Rear Travel/130mm Front Travel) Photo By: Brandon Sawaya/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: It's A Secret. Photo By: Brandon Sawaya/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: It's A Secret. Photo By: Paris Gore/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: Squamish BC. Photo By: Paris Gore/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: Squamish BC. About Giddyup Suspension: When we set out to design the new family of bikes, we wanted to improve our suspension pedaling and braking performance, but we didn't want to lose the neutral and comfortable feel that Transition Bikes are known for. No one at Transition wanted a suspension system that felt like it was locking out, or provided any "kick back" in the pedals. We also wanted to maintain the lively feel that makes a Transition fun and easy to ride. Our Giddy Up link is carefully tuned with just the right amount of chainstay growth at all points in the travel. The chainstay growth is highest near sag to keep you moving forward when you get on the gas. but it decreases deeper in the travel so you never feel the drivetrain fighting the suspension. Hop on a Giddy Up bike and you will feel at home immediately. Lively when you pedal, smooth in the rough stuff, and ready to boost off any kicker in the trail. Our new models are designed to be active while climbing; increased compression damping or lockout settings are strictly optional with the Giddy Up link. With the shock open, the suspension remains free to smooth out the trail, improve traction and control without sacrificing efficiency. There is no need to think about flipping switches; you can start your ride with the shock open and leave it there. With Giddy Up you can focus on the trail, not your remotes, levers or knobs. Just grab your bike, Giddy Up and go. Design and Features: Our design philosophy has always had a focus on clean and simple designs built to hold up to the most aggressive riders. With our new Giddy Up bikes we blended smooth frame lines with highly refined tube, dropout, and linkage shapes. The new models blend a long list of features into a refined package that meets our high standards for strength, performance, reliability and good looks. Features: Progressive Geometry - Long, Low and Slack Giddy Up Link Suspension Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting On All Models Low Direct Mount Front Derailleur Support (Excluding Smuggler) Syntace X12 Rear 142mm Axle Post Mount Rear Brake Mount 31.6mm Seatpost Supports 150mm Reverb New Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger and Pivot Kit Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket Internal Cable Routing, Including Stealth Seatpost For more information on GiddyUp bikes, check out the new 2015 Transition website at: www.transitionbikes.com or visit www.a-line.co.za for local distribution.
  24. I've been toying with the idea of a long travel, steel hardtail mountain bike for quite some time. Somehow I've always ended up heading in a different direction but not this time. Click here to view the article
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