Prototypes, New Parts, and More - Eurobike 2013

Aug 29, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
2014 Transition TR450
Transition TR450 Prototype
Transition had a prototype version of their TR450 on display that featured several changes and refinements over the current version. A new hydroformed tubeset and forged links are being used on the revised bike, which gives it a more modern, swoopy look, and should shed around 400 grams off the overall frame weight. The new bike gains adjustable travel, allowing it to be set at either 180 or 200mm. The chainstay length can also be adjusted, and there is a flip chip at the top of the rear swing arm that can be used for even more geometry changes. Tentative geometry figures put the head angle at 63.5 or 63 degrees, and the chainstay length at 435 or 442mm. This level of adjustability lets the new TR450 be set up as everything from a mini-DH or park bike (a roll formerly held by the TR250, a bike Transition will not be producing for 2014), all the way to a full-on DH race bike. Plus, the new bike should be able to run 27.5" wheels for riders who want to give the mid-sized wheels a try. Other frame changes include the addition of integrated bump stops along with internal cable routing. Colors: grey, green, orange.

The linkage on the TR450 has been refined...
  The refined linkage has two mounting positions for the rear shock to change the amount of travel, and the suspension curve has been changed to make for a more consistent feeling throughout the entire shock stroke. The tapered headtube has a spot for internal cable routing, and integrated bump stops help protect the frame and fork from damage.

There were a number of Anvl components hanging off of the prototype Transition TR450 including a direct mount stem flat pedals and a complete wheelset.
  There were a number of Anvl components hanging off of the prototype Transition TR450, including a direct mount stem, flat pedals, and a complete wheelset. The ARC Direct Mount stem fits bars with a 35mm center diameter, and is claimed to weigh in at 110 grams with hardware. The 6061 aluminum ANVL tilt pedal is 14mm thick and is designed so that the foot sits evenly without being tilted up by the bearing bump that extremely thin pedals often have near the crankarm.

  The Covert 27.5's head angle is 66 degrees, almost a degree slacker than the 26" version of the all-mountain machine. (The 26" version will still be available). Chainstay length remains unchanged at 430mm, but the seat tube height has been lowered to better accommodate dropper posts. Plus, for the vertically gifted riders out there, an XL size has been added to the lineup.

  And then there was this. Eurobike is full of the latest and greatest cycling gear, but there's also every kind of oddball contraption imaginable. Shocks? Check. Pegs? Check. Jet pack? Well, no, but that battery pack sure looks like one.

Morewood Makulu 650B Prototype
Morewood had a prototype bike of their own, displaying a 650B version of their Makulu downhill race bike. The 650B prototype had Fox's 40 Air RC2 up front, and a DHX RC4 in the back. One of the original limiting factors to creating a raceable 650B downhill bikes was the lack of suitable tires, but that's beginning to change, and Morewood had the prototype shod in Schwalbe's Magic Mary tire, a tire that's certainly capable of handling DH racing. The tires were mounted up to Spank's newly released 650 Spike Race28 wheels. Price (frame w/ BOS Void): €2,999.

  It may look complicated, but at its heart the Makulu is still a single pivot, using what Morewood calls their Low Leverage Advantage, which is a pull link that activates the rear shock. Using this link allows Morewood to tune the suspension curve to their liking without altering the wheel path.

Spank s Spike Race stem is available in 35mm or 50mm lengths with zero rise and in a new polished color. The classic Spike 777 handlebar gets a new graphic and additional length taking it up to 800mm. Guidelines are printed on the bar so riders to trim the bar to suit their needs.
  Spank's Spike Race stem is available in 35mm or 50mm lengths with zero rise, and in a new polished color. For 2014, the classic Spike 777 handlebar gets a new graphic and additional length, taking it up to 800mm. Guide lines are printed on the bar so riders can trim the bar to suit their needs.

  ONeal's 2014 graphics are a throwback to the company's moto heritage, featuring 1970's style graphics combined with a modern fit and fabric. The Ultra Lite LE70 jersey (center) retails for 49.90 Euros.

2014 Dartmoor Cody
  Dartmoor had a limited edition version of their Cody dirt jump frame on display. The 'petrol coating' finish made it look like the frame had just been pulled from a pool of oil. Made from 4130 Cro-Mo, the Cody has a Spanish BB, integrated seat post clamp and a Campy style integrated headset.

  Garmin is best known for their GPS tracking devices, but the company is entering the helmet camera market with the VIRB. The VIRB is waterproof, has digital image stabilization and can record in 1080p at 30fps, but what makes it stand out from other cameras is the integration of an altimeter, accelerometer and GPS in the VIRB Elite. In addition, the camera can be paired with other Garmin products to record heart rate, temperature and cadence. With the Red Bull Rampage approaching, it'd be pretty interesting to watch an athlete's footage while viewing their speed and heart rate as they're backflipping over a huge canyon gap. MSRP: VIRB $299.99 USD, VIRB Elite $399.99 USD.

Seats including
  Dirty is part of Selle San Marco, a company with a long history in the world of bike saddles. Dirty's focus is on the downhill, all-mountain, and enduro race markets. The Native Pro (left) measures 277x131mm and with carbon rails weighs in at only 159 grams. The company has been working with Cedric Gracia since 2007, and his own signature seat, the Zero Cedric Gracia, is a 165 gram, carbon railed seat that's slightly wider and shorter than the Native. Both seats retail for 139.90 Euros. Dirty also has a slopestyle/dirt jump seat called the Tricky with steel rails for extra durability, and an MSRP of 44.90 Euros.

  Last season, Bell introduced the Full 9 and the Super, their high-end full face and all-mountain helmets. For 2014, the technology found in those two helmets trickles down to a lower price point in the form of the Transfer 9 full face helmet and the Stoker all-mountain lid. The Transfer 9 has a fiberglass shell and Bell's Overbrow ventilation system. It doesn't have an integrated camera mount like its big brother, but it does come with breakaway camera mounts that can be stuck onto it. MSRP: $200 USD. The Stoker offers extended coverage at the back of the head, and weighs in at only 320 grams. Claimed weight: 1200g. MSRP: $65 USD.

  Lake jumping is guaranteed to draw a crowd, and with riders showing this kind of technique, who wouldn't want to watch?




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141 Comments

  • 100 13
 I have to be the only person who likes the new TR450. Having said that, I'm a little upset that they are just making it a "quiver killer" of sorts, instead of having the TR250.
  • 54 3
 Who doesn't like it dude?
  • 3 73
flag Lmackall6 (Aug 29, 2013 at 17:31) (Below Threshold)
 TR250 is 160-180. Don't think theyre discontinuing it.
  • 17 1
 yes it is being discontinued, and I agree, I feel like their full bred downhill race bike should be just that. When different travel options are brought into play, sometimes none of the options are completely optimal for each type of riding. Could be wrong with the TR though, no way for me to say.
  • 11 0
 "a roll formerly held by the TR250, a bike Transition will not be producing for 2014"
  • 6 2
 They said on their FB page that the TR250 is being discontinued
  • 6 5
 They are not making the tr250 for 2014
  • 9 71
flag surgesunday (Aug 29, 2013 at 17:51) (Below Threshold)
 I'm the Prez of Transition Bike Co and we will continue with the tr250
  • 7 5
 It's taking a lot of flak for being even more of a catalog frame than some think it already is.
  • 7 2
 ya we got that Clarkeh......real bummer free ride bikes are disappearing!
  • 13 5
 Dude that tr450 is sick, 26 or 27.5, yea go ahead and bash but if your a racer you want the most competitive edge and if that means going bigger wheels then so be it, also, adjustable geo, 180 or 200mm travel and full on dh or park, only bike you'd need.
  • 1 0
 Sooo sick
  • 8 23
flag src248 (Aug 29, 2013 at 18:44) (Below Threshold)
 I think it's terribly ugly, I can't stand bikes with a curved top and bottom front triangle like that; but each to their own, I suppose.
  • 8 1
 I'm not sure I understand why people moan about having more options in terms of adjustability. I think its fantastic that the TR450 comes with this many setup options. It gives riders of different sizes and styles to personalize it for their intended purposes. Isn't that kind of awesome? Being a smaller rider who loves a small playful bike, I can't wait to get the new 450 and dial it to 180mm with the shortest chainstays.
  • 6 0
 Not sure why you think your the only one who likes it. It is an orgasmic bike and a great picture of it. Love transitions, soo clean
  • 5 4
 I'm thinking that this is going to be in the very premium purchase market. If a Morewood frame is looking like $3000 just for the frame and fork, the the transition is looking very similar - so I'm thinking $5 - 7 grand for the new bike complete. Seems the DH market is starting to price themselves out of line with reality. Howev that leaves a lot of great deals on buy sell...
  • 9 4
 Never thought i'd be attracted to a tranny... #OneTimeException
  • 2 0
 Ah, posted on my phone, took so long to load I didn't see the 3 other replies Big Grin
  • 16 1
 Money goes on the bike, all the phone needs to do is txt and call, internet is a bonus.
  • 4 1
 I am loving those ANAL components, especially the stem and rear hub. New TR450 looking great too, and that's almost forgetting the poklished Spank stem! So much great new product this year!
  • 2 3
 its 180mm compatible buy a frame and buil;d it
  • 2 0
 I dont mind the idea to merge the TR250 and TR450 ... BUT the roundish, hydroformed, "new school" look reminds me of candy... not some heavy-metal shredding machine... kinda sad. looks like i have to get me an old TR250 frame somewhere.
  • 3 0
 I still think it's a shame they discontinued the TR250. Travel is only one thing that defines a bike as freeride or downhill - geometry is just as important and for pure play/ bikepark riding I'd much prefer the 250's geometry i.e. slightly steeper and shorter chainstays.
  • 2 2
 The TR450 Is Fugly. I'm sorry to have to say it. I'm glad Transition is going to keep 26 wheels spinning.
  • 2 1
 i'm sorry but how s that fugly it's a buet i'm torn between the new ns bike or the tr450 for next session
  • 1 0
 err bigbossman. What are you smoking? That comment about the Dartmoor makes no sense. And Campy headsets are shit. Any street type should know that. The last about 3 months when used for anything more than riding to the shops.
  • 1 0
 the tr250 is one of the sickest bikes that transition makes........sad to see it go Frown
  • 1 0
 @jaame I think it's ANVL Components not ANAL.
  • 1 0
 well the last few years theyve had adjustable chainstays anyway plus you could buy an angle set and make it steeper theres ways around this.
  • 1 0
 delete
  • 1 0
 I ran into Kevin Menard/Transition owner at Whistler Bike Park last week riding the new "TR450" and he told me that they have decided to call the new bike the TR500. So both the TR250 and TR450 will be discontinued.
  • 2 0
 TR350 would be better. The 450/250 names were a reference to motocross. Why make a new bike supposedly between them and call it a 500? It doesn't make sense.
  • 1 0
 Because that might make people think it's somewhere between these bikes? Just guessing.
  • 1 0
 Since the bike is inbetween is should be called TR350, but also it is a comkbination of the two tr250 and tr 450 so you could also call it tr700, I don't know where tr500 comes from
  • 1 0
 How is it in between the older models?
  • 1 0
 250 is on the left, 450 is on the right, the new one is in the middle
  • 56 0
 That "Petrol Coating"........WANT.
  • 23 0
 oh look, a bike that can't take a 2014 fox 831... Razz
  • 35 3
 chuck an argyle in then, fox can fuck off with their tapered bullshit
  • 3 9
flag Scrub-master-general (Aug 29, 2013 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 but fox is dank
  • 3 0
 that is the nicest paint job I've seen in a long time
  • 4 2
 the fox is pretty dank but it's more of an oem thing as I doubt any dirt jumper has a tapered frame
  • 2 0
 that is fair enough, it would make more sense to release both tapered and "normal" steerers, it would cater for more bikes, and it would make me want to buy a set for my commencal, so for now im stuck with pikes
  • 3 1
 But Sam, pikes are dope!
  • 1 0
 Their used to be Titanium spokes that were this kind of colour, but were not painted. When they were manufactured they just seemed to come out that colour. was pretty cool.
  • 2 0
 the frame isn't painted....
  • 1 0
 reminds me of of Leaf Cycle's limited colour scheme for their Ruler:
http://www.leafcycles.eu/uploads/pics/leafcycles_psycedelic_haze_750_2_01.jpg
  • 1 0
 Isnt it called a PVD coating? if it is i would DEFINITELY buy that for sure
  • 2 0
 Id have been so tempted to buy that frame then and there. so sexy.
  • 1 0
 scrub-master.. its a chromoly dj frame, not a multi-purpose aluminum 4x/slope/pumptrack specialized... different market completely. Its nice being able to buy $4 bearings at a bmx shop. As for the color, its a coating over chrome. A friend of mine rides for eastern and they did his prototype sig. frame in the coating. HUCKSTER mystic pearl is paint, they don't even look the same.
  • 3 0
 dat dartmoor...! i would give my left nut to satan for that frame.
  • 1 2
 jasZ pikes are not dope nor dank. inb4 neg probs from RS fanboys
  • 1 0
 i love my pikes!
  • 31 1
 The new covert looks so dialed. So stoked on Transition!!
  • 19 2
 That Morewood is the fucking Tits
  • 4 0
 I'm not sure about the look of the skinny little down tube on the Morewood. Makes it look strange. Somewhere between the old style thick looking down tube and this new skinny one would be just right IMO.
  • 1 0
 I know what you mean. I have a 2012 Makulu, which i love. I do personally like the looks of mine better. They are going back to 2010 with their top tube design as well.
  • 1 0
 To stand still is to move backwards. Change for the sake of change is what our industry is based on!
  • 2 0
 That moorwood is wicked.... Makes me want to retire my izimu...
  • 1 0
 the rear tire clearance is micro, not a mud friendly machine
  • 15 1
 the new tr450 looks sick. I like how adaptable the geo is
  • 6 0
 Needs straight 1.5 ht.
  • 14 1
 Transition knows where it's at!
  • 12 0
 But that transition though.... Phew looks like no one is getting Christmas presents this year . Except for me.
  • 13 1
 "The 26" version will still be available".... Smile Smile
  • 1 0
 The 26" is the only version but it fits 650b if you want to run them. Just like any 26er with mud clearance
  • 10 0
 that Anvl stuff is beautiful
  • 7 0
 This is to Pinkbike and the bike industry. Have any if you ever looked up the meaning of PROTOTYPE or do you just trend a word to change things up.
  • 7 1
 why is it that every dh bike prototype just gets ugly looking. maybe that's just me.i guess they have to change the bikes sometime or another.
  • 1 0
 Have you seen concept cars? They are the ugliest f*ckers alive. It shouldn't matter about whether your bike looks good it should matter about it RIDING good. My Uzzi has probably the ugliest looking welds (I love them but hey) but it rides like a f*cking beast, so I don't care what it looks like, hey even my 08 Glory was an eye sore but with the right suspension it rode amazingly!!
  • 2 0
 The welding on Intense frames is a thing of beauty. Nice even half moon shape and flat not like some of the chicken scratch welding these days.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, apparently the technical term for their welding pattern is Fish Scale, I can see why it is called that. I also really like matte carbon frames.
  • 7 0
 That Cody is so dope!
  • 1 1
 So lsd
  • 2 0
 Looks like Garmin is filling in for the out-of-business Contour with a similar form factor. Should be an interesting development. They certainly have some serious cash to develop the product line. Question for anyone out there that has a Contour: Ever use the shoulder mount and if so, does it interfere with turning your head? I have yet to see a video shot from this perspective.
  • 1 0
 there should be some space, just imagine the space a leatt uses.
  • 1 0
 I've heard of a Company that if you send them a design for a mount or something they will make it for you and if it works they will ask if they can sell it and you get some of the profits. I can't remember what the company is called though, the Gf knows so ill find out later. This could be something to do regarding your neck brace mounting situation.
  • 1 0
 The Leatt is relatively flat against your shoulder blades but the Contour or this new Garmin is several inches in height and if you are using a Leatt as well, that may be just too much. I also know of a guy that makes just about any type of mount using these new 3D printers. These things are going to change our world.
  • 1 0
 I hope we'll be able to " watch an athlete's footage while viewing their speed and heart rate as they're backflipping over a huge canyon gap"
  • 4 0
 If you guys come across the Meta Hip Hop from Commencal, please tell us about it.. It looks like the best bike ever
  • 1 0
 I'm interested in that supreme kids' bike, me. Well not for me, for my son.
  • 2 0
 The hip hop looks Sick. A new 26er, shock horror, with 66 degree head angle, 120/140mm travel, should be a ripper. Bravo Commencal for being radical and designing a new 26.
  • 1 1
 Wow, 26", 130mm travel, 66 deg HA, sounds pretty similar to my 2007 design Konig
  • 1 0
 Garmin had better made a useable GPS device (display with more than 200 x 400px resolution, and a menu which deserves the name) instead of churning out new bullshit. I for one don't give a shit about the heart rate of some rider in the footage.
  • 1 0
 Gee matches video with hr data during practice, as do many pros, dh and other.
Very good tool. Shows u where to push/rest.
Used by special ops/military as well.
  • 4 0
 Dartmoor bikes seem to be very..... tripy. Smile
  • 4 0
 At the first glance I thought that brand is "anal"...
  • 2 2
 Anvil, ESP ONeal, Spank, Bell nailed it, the Transition and Moorewood, always laugh saying that name about a bike big ass fail for me, just looks like the wrong wheels thrown at the bike and hope it sticks like shit, butt ugly stretched out Botox wanna bens, I mean Transition WTH you ruined one of the best looking frames on the market WTF! Im talking what was the TR450 btw rip buddy!
  • 1 0
 Sure adjustable geo is great, but even in the short travel shortened version you're stuck with an 8 inch dual crown up front. Oh well, maybe the value of my 250 just went up on the used market!
  • 3 0
 That morewood looks Looooooooong
  • 4 2
 I thought my bike was hard to service. Don't even want to think about servicing that Morewood. phew.
  • 3 0
 that Skyver actually looks pretty fun to cruise around on!
  • 4 1
 Not into the new look for the tr450. Frame is shaped like a banana
  • 3 0
 First photo. Samsquatch photo bomb. Classic
  • 2 1
 800mm Spank Spikes? Shut up and take my money! (Although, shouldn't these be called Spike 800 now?)
  • 4 0
 get out of my brain.
  • 3 1
 That DH bike actually gave me a boner!
  • 1 0
 Someone buy my 2012 TR450 so I can order one of these bad boys....do want badly.
  • 2 0
 Now this is a bike done right.
  • 2 0
 also fyi, orange is the official color of 2014 lime green...so 2013
  • 2 0
 I Love Transition,a quality Brand which is affordable
  • 1 0
 Hmm... Pinkbike haven't shown off the new ENVE Direct Mount stem that is coming out...
  • 1 0
 I have no need for a DJ bike but damn i'd love to have one of those Dartmoor frames built up.
  • 1 0
 New tr450 looks fugly. Sold my 2011 TR450 and now im moving to the new GT FURY. Happy days. New tr450 looks like a demo 8
  • 2 0
 nice dirt jump bike
  • 1 0
 "new polished colour" that's not a colour!
  • 2 1
 Dear Bell, please redesign your logo. sincerely, whatyousaid
  • 1 0
 the Bell xc lid looks like a checker board. effen ugly and not MIPPS
  • 1 0
 EVERYONE is just writing about the new Transitions hahaha...Transition 3
  • 1 0
 The more wood was the coolest thing I've ever seen
  • 1 0
 still have a boner over the tr450
  • 1 0
 TR DH looks a bit like gt dh bike...
  • 1 1
 Cann we pleaaasssee see that double blue covert paint scheme ?
  • 1 1
 I think that is the carbon version...still 26" only not sure if the geo was updated though, transition showed the carbon pics on their Facebook page.
  • 1 1
 Sorry black and blue flat finish looks sooo sweet!
  • 1 1
 I too did think the pedal(s) was a stand ...
  • 1 1
 the transfer 9 looks pretty
  • 2 2
 Spanish BB in 2013?
What.
  • 2 2
 wtf is a spanish bb?
  • 7 0
 It's a BB from spain. wakka wakka wakka!
  • 3 1
 It's one of the worst bb shell sizes / styles.
  • 3 0
 good old english bb seems fine but whatever
  • 1 1
 keeps the bmx industry in the dj game. parts interchange. keeps the market open for those not willing to spend a fortune on overpriced mtb parts.
  • 1 1
 bmx hasnt used spanish bbs for years. mid bbs are far superior.
  • 1 0
 spanish is essentially euro without the threads. The bearings press directly into the frame. Many BMX companies use them, especially the more DJ orientated stuff. MID BB's are bigger and tougher, albeit heavier, so used more on street frames. Generally in BMX MID is more common.
  • 1 0
 karaausive. actually a lot of the newer frames have gone back to Spanish. the bearings are cheaper than mid. So companies that sell bb's as well as frames or have sister companies that sell them are making Spanish frames. Most are the foreign made frames.
  • 1 1
 damn there are some killer bikes lately!!
  • 1 1
 I like it, I'm just a bit miffed my 2012 tr450 will be obsolete. Frown
  • 1 1
 Some rad looking stuff there! Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Uummm...can I have everything? Smile
  • 1 1
 even that little electric thing?
  • 1 1
 I want to see the e-skyver at the Rampage!
  • 1 1
 The green TR450 with a DVO fork would make everybody agree !
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