Transition's headquarters are situated just a few miles away from the US / Canadian border, which probably had something to do with the names they came up with for their new line of bikes. The Scout, Patrol, and Smuggler all use a Horst link suspension design that Transition is calling their GiddyUp link, a nod to all the pun fans out there. As far as geometry goes, the bikes are designed to be long, low and slack, with the same reach figures for all models, but with slightly different chain stay lengths depending on the amount of travel and wheel size. Patrol
The Patrol is the longest travel option in the GiddyUp line, with 27.5” wheels, 155mm of travel and a slack 65 degree head angle. Transition developed the bike with input from team rider Lars Sternberg, who wanted a bike that could be pushed hard in gnarly terrain, yet still remain playful, and more importantly, pedalable. The best trails don't always have chairlifts leading to the top, and that's where the Patrol comes in. The frame only with a Monarch Plus RC3 will be $1999, and there are three different complete builds ranging from $3499 to $5999 USD.
A tapered head tube, internal cable routing, and a Schwalbe Magic Mary / Rock Razor tire combo are a few of the Patrol's highlights
It's been almost nine years since Transition launched their Bottlerocket, a short travel freeride / slopestyle bike that gained something of a cult following, especially in the Pacific Northwest. That bike was responsible for making many riders reconsider just how much travel they actually needed for their local trails, since its geometry and solid construction allowed it to take on terrain that was normally populated by longer travel bikes. The 27.5” Scout follows in the Bottlerocket's path, possessing only 125mm of rear travel, but with geometry angles that reflect its all-mountain leanings. A 140mm fork puts the bike's head angle at 67 degrees, and pairing that with a 425mm chain stay length sure looks like a recipe for a good time. Frame only: $1799 USD, with two complete builds at $3299 and $4899.
Stiffness was a priority during the design of the new bikes. Clevis pivots are found where the seat stays join the rocker link, and an expanding collet system is used at the main pivot.
The Smuggler joins a handful off 29ers currently on the market that eschew chasing a pre-set amount of travel in order to focus more on getting the right geometry. Transition ended up with 115 millimeters of rear travel for the bike, and when paired with a 130mm fork that gives it a slack-for-a-29er head angle of 67 degrees. Eliminating the front derailleur mount made it possible to reduce the chain stay length down to 435mm in order to keep the bike lively in the corners. Frame only: $1799, Smuggler 2: $3299 USD (Deore / SLX 1x10 drivetrain with 42t cog, SLX brakes, RockShox Pike RC). Smuggler 1: $4899 (RockShox Pike RCT3, SRAM X1/X01 drivetrain, XT brakes).
Transition has built up a strong band of followers over the years, and many of those riders are also parents. Well, now there's a Transition for the groms, a full-suspension bike that uses 24” wheels and a 100mm 26” fork to create a miniature all-mountain rig. With a low standover and handlebar height, the Ripcord could be a good option for those hard chargers who aren't quite tall enough for a small 26” bike, but are deserving of a bike that won't hold them back. The final price isn't set in stone, but expect it to be somewhere around the $1500 USD mark.View entire Eurobike 2014 Product Gallery Here