Nothing beats new bike day. The expectation, the waiting, checking tracking numbers, the ding of the doorbell. Getting that box opened up and moving quick smart to grab your favourite components, bolt them on and go shred your local. Everyone loves new bike day, torque it up, grab your helmet and let the games begin.
At MTB Beds we are fortunate enough to live, ride and work all over Europe, from the steeps of Le Pleney, to the Bike Parks of Super Morzine and Morgins and the back country adventures to be had beyond the lift system. We have been using the Transition Patrol and Sentinel platforms as hire bikes and for guiding duties in Finale Ligure and in the Aosta Valley for 2019 and the bikes rip.
Transition have had their angles dialled for some time now. If you know you know! SBG (Speed Balanced Geometry), means a slack head tube angle, paired with a reduced offset fork helps weight distribution while keeping the ride fun, not stretched out and awkward. The faster you shred these bikes, the more comfortable they get, without sacrificing that nimble feel you need when the trail gets tight. Patrol or Sentinel
Benson's Patrol is built with Deity Components Copperhead stem and 30mm rise Speedway bars, both 35mm. Bars cut down to 766mm. Deity Waypoint grips for the gloveless feel. Fox provide the Suspension, Vault pedals from DMR, Rimpact inserts and onboard tools from One Up Components, kept fresh by the boys at Peaty's Products.
Living and working in so many awesome locations means these bikes get a lot more riding hours than most, on some of the worlds most testing terrain. This year we choose not to offer downhill bikes within our rental fleet, with both Rich (on a Sentinel) and Benson at MTB Beds hanging up or even selling their personal downhill bikes, at least for now. Maybe part of a trend in the industry? More and more clients arrive with an enduro bike, our data has 60:40 in favour of the little bikes over the course of a Morzine summer season!
Regardless of setups and wheel sizes, new bike day is the best feeling ever, go shred, crack a beer!