Transition's 130 mm travel Bandit - First Look

Dec 2, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Transition is stoked to announce the newest addition to their lineup, the 130 mm travel Bandit. We've got a great video inside of Transition's own Kyle Young getting rad on the new bike, as well as filling us in on all the details.

Have a closer look at the new bike!


Check out the new Transition Bandit in the video:

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Transition Bandit details:

  • • All new trailbike from Transition
  • • 130 mm of rear wheel travel
  • • Regressive suspension rate
  • • 68 degree head angle (w/ a 140 mm Fox 32)
  • • 74 degree seat angle
  • • 16.9" chainstays
  • • Tapered headtube
  • • Four sizes - Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • • Frame weight: 5.5 lbs w/o shock
  • • Tapered headtube (1.5" 49.6mm ID Lower Cup / 1-1/8" 44mm ID Upper Cup)
  • • 135mm x 10mm rear dropouts
  • • MSRP $1549 USD Frame + Fox RP23 shock ($1610 CAD)
  • • Complete bike pricing TBD




Check out the Transition website for more information.

I'm going to state the obvious: the Bandit looks like a total blast! What do you guys make of the new 130 mm travel trailbike from the guys at Transition?


111 Comments

  • 4 0
 Looks like the head angle would be nigh perfect with a bit longer fork on there. Either a 150mm Revelation or 160mm 36.

I can definitely see a "small company" trailbike shootout in the future. Banshee Spitfire, Transition Bandit, and Santa Cruz Butcher. 3 frames, same build kit.
  • 7 1
 looks like a mean trail eating machine! Transition has done it right again!
  • 5 0
 Dear Santa , if I'm a good boy will you get me a Transition Bandit please ? cheers . . failing that can you get me the latest Lanny Barby Dvd ? ta
  • 5 2
 ISCG tabs? Would make a great 1x10 with chainguide for a lot of people. Good geo numbers, I would like to run it with a flush mount bottom headset cup and a 160 fork and have it sit around 67 degrees with similar bb height. Rear stays do look tiny like mbjz said, still stiff enough I hope. No DH bike but as long as respectably stiff it looks killer.
  • 7 0
 then go buy a covert, its got a 67 degree headtube with 160 mm fork, and iscg 05 tabs, and the bb height is 13.95 as opposed to 13.2...not to be a jerk but i think your missing the point of a trailbike...
  • 2 1
 i dont think he is missing the point, I'd built mine with a hammerschmidt so i also need iscg
  • 1 1
 I would ride that on the trail with a 1x10 setup. Not missing the point at all, the new 10 speed stuff is going to really open doors for drivetrain options and ISCG will be great for those wanting to go hammertime or run a guide. What I am talking about is the future of trail bikes and looks like Transition is right in line with it. And you are right, you did sound like a jerk kaptaincorey19
  • 1 1
 1x10 sounds good as long as you ride not too tech trails (at least uphills) and have some proper power. Getting rid of nearly 400g on front mech/shifter/cable/chain ring sounds fantastic but has its not so low demands in your body. Not everyone is Mark Weir or Rene Wildhaber to take it up on 40T, and pretty common 38T lies not that far from it. Then 32T sounds good for a trained Average Joe but then we run into a problem of the smallest chainring. With 32fx11b it gets long and ardous to pedal to/from home to the woods, especially when you have some power.

If you ask me to give 1x10 to average Joe, the industry needs to introduce a 9x36 casette. And still he will need to be stronger than average.
  • 3 0
 very nice, sounds right, but I prefer the Banshee Spitfire, for its slacker geometry.
I'm tall and the large Spitfire has 470mm seattube which makes it very sloping, this is excellent.
the Bandit is short, I should take the XL with 546mm seat tube, that should look like a big truck.

Anyway a 130mm trail bike is the bike to own, with a DH bike :o)
  • 3 0
 Looks like a sick bike, but am i the only one that wishes Transition would go back to the roots that made them great, making awesome frames at prices that dont break the bank? i do love their new bikes, but i simply cannot afford to upgrade
  • 3 0
 I agree with exia989, I love Transition, but the prices are starting to get a little out of control. You've got to keep in mind that this sport is typically focused towards a younger audience.. with much lower disposable income. Depending on profit margins Transition could likely sell 50% more bikes if they lowered the price 25%.. spending $1600+ on a basic frame is out of reach for most people, while $1000 or so is still painful it is more attainable.
  • 3 1
 Too Expensive? Really? You guys are participating in an expensive sport that's prices are dictated by materials, manufacturing cost, company size and consumers - willing to spend. If you want a 1000.00 dollar frame there out there, but you're sure as hell not going to find one being produced in small runs for a small group of passionate cyclists from Bellingham, WA. You should probably just buy a used YZF450 and stop mountain biking.
  • 5 0
 is it just me or does the tubing on the rear triangle look so small that it looks like cro-moly?
  • 3 1
 Nothing special. The only ordinary bikes that will sell these days would have to be handmade in north America, making them un-ordinary. An effective single pivot trail bike doesn't sounds too good on paper either. I dont see this bike really succeeding, too much competition with a better product for the same price.
  • 4 0
 Yeah, nothing special at all. The Covert seems to be the better option here if you were going to stick with the Transition brand but I do not know how well they are selling compared to the competition. Personally if I was looking for a fun trail bike I would get a Banshee Spitfire. I still love Transition as a brand and actually own a Bottlerocket and would consider other bikes in there line up but this seem like a "meh bike". Nothing special to stand out from the crowd.
  • 2 0
 I do like that TR is delving in to the smaller travel market. But I don't really see the purpose of this bike. I have my Covert set up with a Fox Shox 32 Talas 150 up front. It has the travel adjust so I can basically have an XCish bike whenever I want or go full 6" in a feathery 25-26lb package. If I were TR I would just build a pinner XC bike with 120mm in front and in back. But I'm not TR...so they should do whatever they want! HA! Obviously they woudn't build this bike if there wasn't the market for it though.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sweet to see an all mountain rig that come with 5" of travel instead of six or more. Most companies think more travel is always the answer, but it's not. I've got a buddy who has been riding an xc frame for three years because he doesn't want a ton of travel when he only does light freeride and almost as much climbing as descending.
  • 2 0
 Good to additionally have Transition in the boat of Fun-Trailbikes like the almighty Spitfire, Butcher, Marque or GTs Distortion.
I personally would rate the Spitty the highest because of it´s given geometry.
  • 2 0
 Love it!

Love the suspension! Love the geo! Love the spec (hope that's offered as a kit)! Love the XL sizing! Love Kyle's jersey!

Transition makes awesome bikes that work for RIDERS!
  • 1 0
 I kind of feel as if this is just the 1st generation Covert redone a little bit. Personally I would love to get my hands on of these. I just wonder what size shock they use for the rear end because that could potentially make or break the whole thing in my opinion.
  • 1 0
 Video finally loaded, 7.5x2 would be a good fit on a shorter travel frame. I was afriad they would throw a 6.5 on there like was on the older Preston FR.
  • 2 0
 very nice, they should have recommendations for forks,list how different forks will chante the geo/bb height. Lots of people will run different forks on this.
  • 4 0
 would still grab a spitfire first
  • 2 0
 Neat looking bike. Still eying off a 250 or a Bottlerocket but I can see why they're releasing this.
  • 2 0
 Just in time for me to get a new trail bike... so wait, when is it coming out?
  • 1 0
 id rock the shit out of that thing on a dh track, it would be so much fun. aside from my semi-retarted tendancies, it is a pretty sweet clean looking bike
  • 1 0
 For a trailbike, an XL with an ETT of 24.5" is small. I'm 6'7" and in this type of bike I'd expect the XL to be 25" at least. Just sayin'. Nice bike otherwise.
  • 2 0
 There are some pretty tall drinks of water over at Transition. Co-Founder/Co-Owner Kevin Menard is in the 6'5"~6'7" range. I'm fairly confident he worked on the design of this rig, and has it set up to be a comfortable ride for himself at the XL end of the range. My guess too is that this is a trail bike from Transition Bikes, not an XC race rig, so it was built with trail maneuverability, flickability, and fun in mind. But what do I know, I'm not an engineer, I just love riding bikes.
  • 1 0
 BUT.... it is a 74 degree ST angle... Look at the WB and the reach too. It compares pretty closely to other bikes with longer TT and a bit slacker ST angle. The XL is definitely plenty big.
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Sometimes the ETT is misleading. The only way to really know is to throw a leg over it. For me, I can do Freeride and DH bikes at 24.5" but a bike dedicated to pedalling and rolling hills needs to be longer ~25". Either way it's in the range. Would be interested in seeing this bike firsthand.
  • 1 0
 Nice looking bike, if I was in the market for a Super-D/ Marathon bike, this and the Banshee Spitfire would be at the top of the list.
  • 1 0
 There are tons of bikes out there with the same data´s. I really like Transition and they are doing a great job with their gravity bikes, but this one is nothing special.
  • 1 0
 I love my Covert, but it is in no way a great all day pedaller. Kills the down hill, not so great on the climbing. Hope they've sorted out the pedal bob on the Bandit.
  • 2 1
 Sick! Looking good guys, keep up the good work. Don't know about the regressive design, but I would like to try it.
  • 6 12
flag dirtmonkey1 (Dec 2, 2010 at 17:21) (Below Threshold)
 yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • 25 0
 I'll take one! and a TR450!.. (please ship the TR450 first though. =)
  • 1 1
 god thats clean
  • 3 0
 Oh man I want one haha.
Seems like a perfect XC/Trail/AM machine.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a fun little trail bike something that can do alot, I would love to have one for the trails.
  • 2 0
 Regressive so that you get a nice progressive stroke with a short-ish travel air sprung bike, as air shocks ramp up a fair bit. C'dale prophets do this too
  • 2 0
 transition now has all the bike in my dream garage, the Double for play/4x. the Bandit for all mountain rides and the TR450 for downhill. perfect
  • 2 0
 You guys are forgetting the BLINDSIDE and the incredibly awesome TR250
  • 1 0
 Those are a different category they are sick as hell though TR250 is better looking then the blindside
  • 2 0
 the TR 250 takes the first spot in my dream garage anyday, although there is also that morewood kalula...
  • 2 0
 I really don't get the regressive rate design, the Double is regressive and with an air shock it just blows through the travel even with a stiff, no small bump compliance setup. Maybe for a trail bike its a better idea. Other than that it looks sick, I wish more companies would put out shorter travel aggressive trail bikes. I don't need 6-7" of travel to rip around single track and hit some jumps.
  • 2 0
 well what can i say apart from those trails have no chance
  • 1 0
 Nice work on the seat angle though! very important if people are going to spend time pedaling all mountain bikes.
  • 2 0
 looks kinda nice I'm still more keen over the covert !
  • 1 0
 looks sick, but i think they should change the dropouts against the maxle system or against 135x12...
  • 1 0
 looks good, but 5.5 without a shock, its no as light as i thought it would be?
  • 1 0
 Banshee Spitfire, Yeti ASR, now this - can we already proclaim the NUschool XC era?
  • 4 1
 Make it a 29er.
  • 1 1
 You know, with 29ers becoming more and more popular I am kind of surprised that was not the next move for Transition. Well, the redid the Covert to have more travel so maybe they will redesign the Trans AM to have more rubber?
  • 1 0
 I was hoping for a Spitfire alternative, but for me they missed the mark. Still looks nice though.
  • 1 0
 looks good but i feel like everyone is using this frame design now (specialized,Trek,ect,)
  • 2 0
 I'd rather have a Spitfire Razz
  • 1 0
 "gap in the lineup"????

Didn't the early Preston fill that exact spot in their lineup?
  • 1 0
 Looks good - whats the seat post diameter? Will it fit a 30.9 dropper seatpost?
  • 1 1
 Front triangle looks VERY simmilar to Specialized Sx Trail (previous model)...he he he. Maybe they have bought production line, design or simply -copied idea?
  • 2 0
 maybe you're just a noob! Ever think of that?
  • 2 0
 Damn that bike can go through puddles? pretty sick
  • 2 0
 yay puddles!!! lets go ride konawhip!
  • 1 0
 LOL i was hella high the when I watched this and at 0:26 I was thinkin dam that bike sure made that puddle look like a little bitch.
  • 2 0
 mm well i like the covert better
  • 1 0
 want it now!!!

damn thats a hot bike!

def my next bike! pretty decently priced too . Smile

Well done transition, i love you!
  • 2 0
 nice bike
  • 1 0
 Where do you get revolution wheels?
  • 1 0
 You can order directly from Transition's site, https://www.transitionbikes.com/Store/Home.cfm, or ask your local Transition dealer to get you some. They're super sick wheels man, and they're pretty damn well priced.
  • 1 0
 Dude, you weren't lying about the good price thats for sure. $319 for a quality pair of wheels i think i just would my next pair of wheels.
  • 1 0
 stoked guys! looks good. well, looks fun. and that's what we want.
  • 1 0
 Nice post Mike. Same travel as my bike, but this looks sick! Drool
  • 1 0
 that is EPIC EPIC EPIC EPIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE DON!
  • 1 0
 A lightweight version of the glorious but discontinued Preston == Winner
  • 1 1
 Looks almost like the my 09 Specialized Epic but of course with some improvements ... like it aaaaaalot !
  • 1 0
 Anybody know a price for the UK? PM Me!
  • 1 0
 dialed
  • 1 0
 hook me up
  • 1 0
 It looks like a Titus.
  • 2 0
 but single pivot
  • 1 0
 Very true but from the profile it looks to me like a Titus. There is nothing wrong with that because the Racer X is a good looking bike.
  • 1 1
 I really like it! I want one
  • 2 1
 gets a solid meh
  • 1 0
 a very solid one.
  • 1 1
 looks like a great whip. and nice footage of Galby!
  • 3 5
 lacking beef and gotta be lowerd down for ultra shred machine cmon canadians you ride the gnar
  • 12 0
 You know they're Americans right? They had to make something for the light weight crowd man. They have the Gnar bikes... I'm stoked being a shop manager and having something light and pedalable to sell to people from Transition... Sounds like a Covert is what you want to see and they have it.
  • 1 2
 Why 130? how about 120 or 150?
  • 2 0
 150 is the same thing as say Covert #2
  • 4 0
 I second that "no"
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