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. 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. Stay tuned for more coverage from Eurobike 2013.