Video: Transition Announces All New TR11 Downhill Bike

Jul 30, 2019
by Transition Bikes  
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PRESS RELEASE: Transition Bicycles

"Have ... a good time ... all the time." -- Viv Savage

This was our mantra when we first took it to 11. The original TR11 proved so successful, we figured why not try to take it to 12. We put our Transition Mission Control team on the task, watch the video to see if their mission was successful.

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Transition Mission Control scientists, attempting to take it 12.

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A successful history of going to 11.

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Primer Blue

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Black and Chrome

Introducing the refined TR11.

Our team of select riders have been testing the updated version for some time and loving it. A few small tweaks and additions elevated the capabilities as far as you're willing to go. Have a read below to learn about the updates.

-The front end of the new TR11 sees a jump to a straight 56mm headtube. This allows the use of our zero stack headset with 0 and +/- 5mm reach options to fine tune the frame length in between sizes. Included with each frame and complete build.

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The black and chrome color scheme works perfectly with the chrome crowns on the new Boxxer.

-There has been exponential reach length increase in sizes starting at +2mm for size small, +7mm for size M, +12mm for size L, and +17mm for the XL.

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-The shock length has moved to 250mm x 75mm to improve suspension kinematics. The BB has been raised slightly by 6mm, and the chainstay length has grown 5mm to improve overall bike balance and front wheel traction.

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GX build in black and chrome in its natural habitat.

▪ $3299 USA MSRP / Frameset
▪ $5299 USA MSRP / GX build
▪ $7299 USA MSRP / XO1 build

They are available NOW at your finest Transition dealers and our webstore!

FIND THEM HERE: https://www.transitionbikes.com/Bikes_TR11.cfm

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Bonnie, Matt and Demetri keeping it tight while holding at 11.

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Hold it wide, let it slide.

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Matt, charging.

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Always Engineered to Party.

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Bonnie is normally found racing enduro, but had no issue going fast on the big bike.

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Finger steez.

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Not all shoots go as planned. This session at the jumps resulted in a couple big crashes and a blow out tire. Luckily we were able to get Demetri's bike up and running to collect some footage.

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Demetri has an effortless style we can't get enough of.

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Darrin, Skye and Kevin as David St-Hubbins, Marty Di Bergi and Nigel Tufnel. If you haven't seen Spinal Tap yet, now is the time to give it a watch.

Photos: Oliver Parish


MENTIONS: @TransitionBikeCompany




135 Comments

  • + 89
 why not just make 10 really loud?
  • + 86
 These go to eleven.
  • + 8
 @Nella-Bella. Long pause.......These go to eleven!
  • + 5
 not enough when you need that extra push over the cliff.
  • + 3
 This is Spinal Tap
  • + 5
 It's one faster, isnt it?
  • + 4
 becuase it's 1 louder!
  • + 2
 Music was legendary, reminded me of airwolf Beer
  • + 59
 when u make an alloy one call
  • - 9
flag RBalicious (Jul 30, 2019 at 8:15) (Below Threshold)
 They have
  • + 9
 i'll sell you my TR500 :-)
  • + 25
 Maybe, but Transition doesn't F around with under-building their bikes. Show of hands how many people have broken a carbon Sentinel???... I'd expect to hear nothing but crickets (I could be wrong), and 'd bet my bottom dollar that your average Transition gets ridden a LOT harder than your average bike.
  • + 7
 @nzandyb: Having two Transition bikes my self, I would happily agree. Both of which are alloy however, because the environment. Aaaaaaand I take chances and wreck a lot...
  • + 1
 @nzandyb: Yup, built like a tank.
  • + 15
 @nzandyb: I just recently did. I cracked the chainstay on the non-drive side on top (not crash damage). They replaced it straight away under warranty. The thing is a tank and I love it.
  • + 32
 @RBalicious: alloy is not environmental friendly! in fact pretty much nothing we do is friendly to the environment.
  • + 10
 @themouse77: you can at least recycle it Wink
  • - 10
flag millsr4 (Jul 30, 2019 at 10:35) (Below Threshold)
 I'm right there with you! Taiwanese designed and manufactured carbon doesn't sound like the best choice for a DH rig...
  • + 5
 @Nella-Bella oops, my mistake. Misread their site this morning. I hope they release the Alloy version soon
  • + 6
 @millsr4: Bellingham designed, engineered, and tested**. Manufactured in Taiwan. If it isn't made in Taiwan i'd be concerned.
  • - 12
flag unrooted (Jul 30, 2019 at 10:51) (Below Threshold)
 @themouse77: how is it not environmentally friendly? Isn't aluminum linked to Alzheimer's? So doesn't it reason that the more aluminum we remove from within this planet the healthier she/he/Zim/zer will be??? Have you never taken a neurogeology class?
  • + 3
 @SquattiePippen: Bellingham designed but checked(read engineered) by Taiwanese engineers...
  • + 4
 @unrooted: aluminum vapor is linked to Alzheimers... using aluminum products isn't lol. Carbon fiber isn't completely recyclable. The resin that suspends the fibers is burned away and the old fibers are reused in different applications. Unfortunately the vast majority of carbon fiber applications use longer strands than the recycling process provides. Also given the amount of energy used to "recycle" carbon vs. how little return you get, leaves very little incentive for people to try do anything with it other than throwing it away.
  • + 1
 @millsr4: All the best carbon is mostly coming out of Taiwan...
  • + 1
 @Rstetina: Maybe in the bike industry... but this industry is also 2 decade behind others in the carbon fiber world.
  • + 12
 @unrooted: Warning geek out!

It's the aluminium salts that are bad for you - aluminium and its alloys are fine. Just don't liberally soak aluminium in acid and lick! This is why you shouldn't cook acidic fruits in aluminium pans.

In terms of what is better for the world, you need to look from the product's cradle to grave cycle and evaluate the bigger picture.

Extracting aluminium from its ore takes a lot of energy and you can't make a frame from 100% recycled aluminium without issues either. There can be a lot of chemical processes involved too, e.g. pickling, etching and annodising.

Composites are made essentially from oil so are not immediately brilliant either. Carbon fibre manufacture also takes a lot of energy as PAN fibre is pyrolysed. Recycling is not yet simple, especially for those using a thermoset matrix, and more work is being focused on this in automotive and aerospace industries.

I'll shut up now before everyone dies of boredom.....
  • + 3
 @gmt: No boredom here! Thanks for clarifying on how aluminum is toxic! As someone who works for an aerospace carbon fiber manufacturer that also had a recent conversation about recycling with our environmental/safety manager, there have been no strides in CF recycling. Hardly anyone in our industry does it because this is a for profit industry and there isn't much ROI with recycling CF.
  • + 2
 @unrooted: Neurogeology? Nope, can't say I have. Sounds like a hard class though; the mental load must be heavy.
  • + 1
 @gmt: nahh..i never get bored with knowledge.thanks mate..
  • + 1
 @nzandyb: I broke a smuggler and my buddy broke a sentinel
  • + 2
 stop being poor! /s
  • - 1
 @RBalicious: the environment? you understand AL is as destructive if not moreso, than carbon, right?
  • + 1
 @gmt: also bikes make up like 3% of carbon fiber usage. f*cking golf clubs account for more! aerospace is the far and away biggest user of carbon. but it's wildly worth it for the weight savings and commensurate savings on fuel.

people love to get uppity, but hate thinking or logic......news at 11(pun intended)
  • + 1
 @millsr4: just remember there is no one fast from B’ham!
  • + 1
 @millsr4: I can say that there is definitely a lot of work looking into recycling CFRP and GFRP components for the major Aerospace company I work for. It's not an easy problem and there are no quick solutions, unfortunately!
  • + 2
 @conoat: Well aware of the aerospace perspective as that's my day job! Saying that, CFRP isn't the best choice for all of the aircraft components and that's why the latest civil airliners are roughly 57% CFRP by weight.
  • + 3
 @conoat: you may want to take the time to look up how carbonfibre is produced and laid up into it's final product, and almost non recycle-able
  • + 2
 @truehipster: Definitely... it's also flat with terrible trails and it never snows in the mountains...
  • + 2
 @gmt: I never said there wasn't work being done with CF recycling, just that no real strides have been made.
  • + 2
 Yep, would definitely be interested in a Tr11 equivalent of the alloy gx patrol - rsc brakes, fox elite suspension, gx drivetrain, ready to rip right out of the box.
  • + 51
 @TransitionBikeCompany you mounted the SRAM parts backward, so your test rider sent it to MARS. rookie mistake

call it TR11.9, next version could be TR11.99 because you asymptotically go toward 12 without never reaching the critical 12
  • + 14
 TR11.9 will be the one with 29" wheels. And 11" of travel.
  • + 36
 All else aside, I think the TR11 is one of the best looking DH frames around. Glad to see they didn’t just jump on the 29er ship, although a mullet version might be cool.
  • + 1
 Shorten the travel on the fork and put a 29er wheel up there, see what happens
  • + 5
 I can only imagine the transition release video for a mullet version
  • + 19
 Glad to see they didn't Transition to 29" wheels, however in future I'm sure they'll Smuggle one into the range
  • + 2
 all jokes aside, it looks like a mullet bike in some of those pics...
  • + 15
 Transition makes excellent bikes, I've owned 6. That said, they used to be a fantastic value compared to the big brands. However, $3300 iforva frame is getting close to Santa Cruz money
  • + 3
 My thoughts as well, I'm surprised that they even have a carbon DH bike, and very surprised that they don't offer one in aluminum.
  • + 16
 They tried to make a 29er, but it was so good that every one that rode it died.
  • + 12
 The layout of this article was really good — very simple, straightforward presentation of the changes. Easy to read. Thanks Pinkbike.
  • + 10
 Maybe that means it wasn't written by Pinkbike?
  • + 5
 The heading "PRESS RELEASE: Transition Bicycles" is a clue...
  • + 10
 I feel like Transition was what Sick Bicycle Co. was trying so hard to be. Weird how customer service/righting wrongs/honoring warranties makes a brand successful!?!?
  • + 34
 I believe that the owners of Transition actually ride bikes...quite well actually.
  • + 1
 @unrooted: they shred!
  • + 5
 The cigarettes are fake! Somebody else pissed and moaned about that on Instagram so Transition chimed in. They are just spoofing NASA back from the Apollo mission days. Get over it.
  • + 15
 Just tell all the psycho's that care that it isn't tobacco, it's cannabis, much more PC...
  • + 2
 @unrooted: Ha! True. Good call.
  • + 7
 The chrome on matte black frame color scheme and matching fox decals is sooooo tight!! Sleek looking bike for sure!
  • + 8
 Initech mug! Go watch office space
  • + 6
 You had me at black and chrome!
  • + 5
 Another Gold launch video! Well played!
  • + 1
 Does anyone think the last version of the TR11 would be too short in an XL for a 6'5" rider. . . Used exclusively as a park bike? Cause I'd rather ride a Transition than a YT, but the Tues not only comes in an XXL with a long reach, but a GX and Fox performance build is less than $3k for the YT... VS $4.7K for the TR11 in last year's Geo with a similar build (but in carbon vs aluminum for the YT)
  • + 5
 Another $5,400 bike with GX LoL

Nope.
  • + 8
 $6980 CAD...
  • + 7
 Roughly $6,400 for an alloy GX Sentinel. Which is why I bought a Commencal instead of a Transition. Their bike shop sticker price in Canada is ridiculous.
  • + 0
 @unrooted: Whenever I've made that distinction in the past I've been down voted...

sarcasm> Shouldn't the whole world work on USD? /sarcasm>
  • + 0
 @excel: Most sticker prices are ridiculous! 'Entry' level is now ~$2500-$3000 (barring a few exceptions), enthusiast level is ~$3500-$7000 and pro level are $7k+++

Parts are getting crazy expensive the last 2-3 years as well. The cycling industry has officially been gentrified!
  • + 2
 These should have been that beautiful Bone White shade with black/red highlights and named "The Bone Tomahawk". =) that would truly be turning it up to 11 in the marketing dept.
  • + 5
 Fingers crossed for a Sentinel LT version Smile
  • + 0
 Get a meta am 29. So good and its way cheaper.
  • + 3
 Wasn't there a chain stay cracking issue with these that resulted in a recall? Has that been fixed?
  • - 8
flag skerby (Jul 30, 2019 at 7:41) (Below Threshold)
 They are solid bud, I've seen a number in person and no creaking whatsoever.
  • + 4
 @skerby: CRACKing not CREAKing... Facepalm
  • + 7
 @MikeyMT: the cable guide came off some of them; Transition proactively replaced all chainstays.
  • + 2
 @MikeyMT: Turns out it was a cable guide.... lol
  • + 1
 @skerby: i think you were making a spinal tap joke, like, "we recorded in Dobly..."
  • + 31
 @mikeyMT On the first TR11 frames we saw a few chainstays failures and an updated chainstay was produced with a different layup to address that issue. We replaced 100% of the chainstays in the market, even those that had not cracked. The replacement has seen zero issues. The new version of the TR11 exceeds the strength of the last version and we will always stand behind our product. #riderowned
  • + 5
 @TransitionBikeCompany: Thank you. This was the answer I was looking for. Nice work
  • + 1
 @TransitionBikeCompany: #imatransitionbikesownerforlife
  • + 0
 @skerby: Except it wasn't....They answered the question Smile
  • + 2
 whoops. There I go posting hearsay and looking like a fool. We’ve had zero TR11 failures in our market so that was not from experience. My derp.
  • + 3
 I ride my Transition bike nearly every day. Glad they haven't jumped on the clown DH bike bandwagon .. at least not yet.
  • + 3
 I was getting worried that a new bike wasn’t going to be released today. Now I can rest easy.
  • + 4
 Meh, no water bottle mount.
  • - 4
flag mybaben (Jul 30, 2019 at 10:15) (Below Threshold)
 Huh?? On a DH bike? Is that just a joke?
  • + 6
 @mybaben: d'ont joke with water bottles.

Stay hydrated.
  • + 2
 @faul: I agree, staying hydrated is very important. I meant a DH bike is a very specific use bike, and it's for shredding hard! Carry the water on your back.
Cheers.
  • + 1
 @mybaben: with not having a bottle mount one could easily get into a situation where you run out of water and need to ask a fellow rider for his bottle...
  • + 3
 Now tell me again Yeti is way too expensive. I like the black and chrome by the way
  • + 58
 Yeti is way too expensive.
  • + 20
 Yeti is way too expensive
  • + 1
 @gofastdrinkbeer: with that nick I trust you
  • + 8
 The Yeti DH bike is $3,299 less than the TR11, but unfortunately its like Wonder Woman's plane - its invisible.
  • + 6
 @jackalope: I see people riding these all the time. They're really slow though and call themselves "hikers". Sounds boring to me.
  • + 1
 @ratedgg13: amen to that
  • + 1
 Yeti pricing is retarded , 7400 USD can get a nice dirtbike or decent truck , they’re selling some stupid shi
  • + 2
 Was the warning noise and explosion noise lifted/a tribute to Sealab 2021? If so, that's one hell of an admirable obscure reference.
  • + 2
 Sick bike, but I was really hoping for a modern TR250. Maybe even as a 180mm freeride mullet.
  • + 3
 It least it doesn't look like a Trek. It looks really hi tec and beefy.
  • + 1
 seems like 12 is ACTUALLY totally doable, just gonna need some kind of autopilot self-riding setup to avoid the human disintegration issue.
  • + 4
 Anyone need a kidney?
  • + 3
 Lol they market themselves so well
  • + 1
 i wonder if they will have any new versions of their other bikes this year?
  • + 2
 So is this what some of the trails at Darrington are going to look like?
  • + 1
 Nice, hadn't considered that... Drool
  • + 2
 Cushcore keeps your day alive....
  • + 2
 Best mountain bike ad video ever!
  • + 0
 Black&Chrome is sexyyyy..... *goes away* HEY MUM I NEED MORE POCKET MONEY!!
  • + 1
 I once experienced speed-induced disintegration
  • + 1
 Quality advertisement! That's how I like it!
  • + 1
 This may just be the cleanest looking DH bike ever built. Hot damn.
  • + 1
 Anybody know the rear hub size?
  • + 2
 157
  • + 1
 @pargolf8: sweet, thanks!
  • + 1
 Higher bb and longer chain stays on a new bike release, whoda thunk it?
  • + 1
 Yeah , 2019 and still no decent cable routing .
  • + 1
 Doesn't have space for a water bottle
  • + 1
 TI 92 plus for the win!!!
  • + 1
 Seat tube is too tall for smaller sizes and reach too short.
  • + 1
 these guys kill it
  • + 1
 Omg 4:17 was unreal
  • + 0
 that song was so sick! love the vibe of the vid!!!
  • + 1
 11 INCHES OF TRAVEEEL
  • + 0
 joke is getting old
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