Transition Days part 1

Aug 9, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
A few days ago I had the pleasure of attending Transition Bike Days down in Ferndale Washington. Transition is having two showings for their dealers and invited media to go over the changes that will be coming up in their model runs. That and to show everyone that they ride the bikes they make and the local trails that they ride those bikes on.

Here is my first update from Transition Days:Transition bikes designs their own frames and makes refinements on a to do basis, not on a yearly basis like the majority of bike companies that follow a manufacturing cycle have too. If something needs refined, changed or scrapped, they do it right now and implement it into the next run of frames for that model. This makes them able to stay on top of things and flex with what is happening in the market to better make their bikes better suited to the end buyers that are riding them.

The first part of the get together was used to talk about what changes we can all expect to see in the line up and to see some of the new bikes that are coming out in the months ahead. I'm going to tell you a bit about bikes and a bit about the riding each day, so sit back and enjoy.

A bit of Transition history:
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The Blindside, the Bottle Rocket and the Double are all part of the same series of bikes and will all be undergoing similar changes for the next model runs. The front shock mount will be a universal piece on all 3 models. A single extruded piece of aluminum will be CNC machined for a clean look and is proving to be stronger across the board. Bearings at all the pivots will be universal too to keep things simplified from a hardware stand point.


Old front shock mount:
New one piece machined mount:


The Bottlerocket featured here does not have the new bearings or the new front shock mount.

The Bottlerocket featured here does not have the new bearings or the new front shock mount.

Sticking with the Pabst Blue Ribbon theme, here is Transition's newest DJ saddle in all its glory. The PBR logo'd Park n' Ride Jump Saddle will be a favorite among street and DJ riders, but they are limited edition, so yours soon.

Enough talking guys, it's time to ride these bikes! Everyone loaded up for an afternoon of riding on Galbraith and Chuckanut mountains. Galbraith is the closest riding to town and you have to earn your turns on that hill-pedal up to bomb down. Here is where the group got divided-spinners and hikers (I fall into the latter category), but we all met up at the top to enjoy the descent together. Chuckanut is just a little further out and is a full on shuttle where gravity is your friend. Instantly I learned that yes the workers at Transition can obviously ride well, but that the dealers can rip it up too on the descents.

Riding on Mt.Galbraith and Chuckanut:
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Once we got back from a great day on the trails it was time to fire up the grill and watch the DJ's and Pump Track get sessioned. The jump session went on until it just too dark to see and the crew were throwing down some really solid tricks:

The Jumps and Track:

The Session gets going:

Day one was fun as hell and I learned a lot about the crew that builds the bikes and the dealers that sell them. Day 2 should be a blast as we're off to ride in Glacier.

Check back in a few days for the rest of my Transition Days coverage.

-Tyler "Brule" Maine


  • 13 1
 i love the PBR bottlerocket
  • 10 1
 that blindside and those jumps are off the hook
  • 5 2
 that blindside looks so upgraded, it amazing, but then i saw the bottlerocket, and i just loved it, well amazing bikes, can't wait to see next years models!
  • 3 0
 transition bikes kill it!!!!
  • 4 3
 im a happy transition bike owner Smile
  • 3 0
 The Bottlerocket looks ill! I especially like the Lyrik. If you got the cash and want 6 inches, this is the ONLY option.
  • 2 5
 im a happy bottle rocket owner... with lyrics
  • 0 0
 im a happy bottlerocket owner as well and i just realized that i saw you at blackrock one day ^^^
  • 4 1
 Transitions are such nice bikes...This is a great article, lots of good pics and vids...Its so funny when that guy go's strait over the berm and almost crashes into the camera guy..."Whoa Jesus!!"
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  • 3 1
 I have a Transition Double and it's really great ! My first dirtjumps was made with this bike ! 7 years without any jump ! I bought a Double and now .... woww !!
I have a Blindside too, and I love it !
All my fears disappear !! I feel confiden, I'm surprised at my own abilities with these bikes ...
Next bike : Covert !!! (for after season training :-)
  • 2 1
 Transitions really looking to be one of the bigger bike company's in the future I can see it competing with Kona. They make good priced bikes that are equal or better than the competition. I ride kona though, but when I go for a new bike Transition might be where I look
  • 3 0
 Transition Bikes are sooo sick....Cool group of guys too, I got to meet kyle at the new warehouse.
  • 2 0
 aha that mountain has the funniest name aha i just heard about that from a buddy last week and he didn't even realize how funny it was......chuck-a-nut....come on ppl!
  • 0 0
 Its a native name for the area...I'm sure the Lummis weren't aware of the amusing double entendre when they named it.
  • 1 0
 If could afford a fully it would have to be a bottlerocket. I have talked to Metzger before and he is such an awesome dude. Transition makes great bikes and they are the best people to do business with. SICK!!!
  • 3 3
 Transition, I enjoy riding my Trail or Park, but when i snapped the frame you guys were a bitch to deal with. I am not getting my hardtail for another month... good service???

transition could do better
  • 2 4
 Their hardtail is kinda crap. Get a steel frame people!
  • 3 0
 audeo03- this is straight off the transition website "4130 Butted Chromoly Tubing"....theyve done a steel frame for a long time. get your facts right before you speak.
  • 3 0
 transition is takin it to the top must be one of the best selling bike companies for sure, or maybe evan tha best.
  • 0 0
 how come they didnt show all their models or bikes they should of i ride an 07 dirtbag its AMAZING!!!!! hit everything on it wen you get on one of these transition machines ur confidence just goes way up^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  • 0 0
 THe guys went over the all the models, but some aren't under going changes soon, while other models are. I'm guessing though that from the 2007 model you run to the 2008 there were some changes, but for the next run, not much was covered. On MOnday I have some info on the new hardtails.
  • 2 0
 ive already got my PBR seat.
  • 0 0
 Where do you buy that at? The website?
  • 2 0
 i dont but i want it badly
  • 0 0
 i would kill for the white blindside, and the pbr bottle rocket awsome job guys, great review
  • 1 0
 i have that seat!!!! got it for 30 bucks today
  • 0 0
 ooo look at carl getting dirty on the dirt jumps
  • 0 0
 ill keeop it short nice bikes nice riders
  • 0 0
 i want a transition double.
  • 0 0
 Excellent coverage of a wonderful company.
Two thumbs up.
tup tup
  • 0 0
 blindeside is freakin sexual
  • 0 0
 proud to be a card carrying member of the tranny mafia...good work, yo!
  • 0 0
 everythings sweet but pabst sucks, dark beer all the way.
  • 0 1
 why would anyone get such an expensive bike with pbr cans all over? stupid.
  • 0 1
 seriously. If you want to decorate your bike with cheap beer labels, do it yourself, don't pay a premium
  • 1 3
 my friend as a bottle rocket it very nice but i feel my banshee wildcard just as the edge imo
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