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Bike Check: Hannah Bergemann's Darkfest Ready Transition TR11

Apr 14, 2022 at 5:46
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  

One of the many first-timers at this year's edition of Darkfest is Hannah Bergemann. Crossing the pond from her base in Bellingham, Washington, with her new Transition TR11 anxious to hit some of the biggest dirt to dirt jumps around, Hannah has taken some time to chat to us about her new TR11 and Darkfest setup.

Transition TR11
Frame: Transition TR11 Medium
Fork: RockShox Boxxer 200mm. 170psi, HSC/LSC closed, Rebound: 2 clicks from closed
Shock: RockShox Super deluxe coil, 600lb spring
Wheels: We Are One Strife on Industry Nine Hydra
Tires: WTB Verdict & Judge DH tires, tubeless, with about 45psi.
Drivetrain: SRAM XO DH 7 Speed, 165mm crank with 38t chainring.
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Cockpit: Tenet Bodum AL Handlebars, 760mm wide, 35mm rise, 35mm clamp with ANVL 50mm stem, SRAM Code RSC brakes, 200mm rotors
Pedals: Tenet Occult Deep Purple

One of the sickest personalised stickers we've seen!


bigquotesI’m riding a new frame for this event, first time riding it so I’m stoked! I have it set up way stiffer than how I normally ride back home. Typically I’ll ride around 400/450 spring but now I have a 600 spring and I have about 170 in the fork.Hannah Bergemann

To Match the frame accents Hannah has some custom purple hubs and pedals.


bigquotesIt feels really neutral, it doesn’t move a lot while you ride which helps you stay in a neutral place so you can put your energy into your jump, carry your speed and trust that your bike isn’t gonna fully compress and do anything weird up the lip, it feels really stable.Hannah Bergemann

To help soak up the big hits Hannah is running a RockShox Super deluxe coil with a 600lb spring.


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  • 31 0
 Did I miss that the announcement for the updated TR11?
  • 16 0
 AFAIK this is the first we've seen anything of this new alloy frame. Looks good.
  • 9 0
 Quiet release under riders so far. Skye and Johny have been sharing videos on it the last few weeks.
  • 3 0
 There is no planned release date yet and it’s not quite ready they said…I already emailed to ask them about it the moment I saw a photo of it! I want this bad, really hope it’s a good update and damn I love alloy
  • 1 0
 Looks a really sick build to be fair, awesome in fact!
  • 2 2
 Yeah the media forgot about you cause they were too busy dealing with Will Smith
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if she ride it full 27.5 or MX? Did I miss it?
  • 12 0
 surprised they updated the tr11 without giving it bigger wheels. seems like they're erring on the side of freeride rather than racing?
  • 12 1
 Yeah all the Transition riders on the World Cup circuit are gonna be pissed
  • 1 0
 Surely TR would release it with 29" wheels (as well). This may just be HB's preference for these massive jumps.
  • 11 1
 Born freeride company. Give the park rats what they want! Make it 26” compatible please!
  • 3 0
 @jmcleod66: I would buy one !
  • 1 0
 Maybe... it seems like mullets are the hot setup for a lot of riders these days.
  • 2 0
 @CheddarJack46: I am pretty sure there are none, other than maybe some privateers
  • 10 0
 insane, 600lb spring and 170 in the fork, is insane. you go HB
  • 2 0
 also 45psi in the tires....
  • 11 3
 PB bike checks have been overwhelmingly lacking in detail lately.
  • 2 0
 I agree, it’s not that I am curious as much as I am way too frickn nosy
  • 5 0
 They're probably priming us for a paywall on the "good" bike checks
  • 1 0
 I'm sure many of these stories are posted by phone and so the content is probably fairly raw.
  • 4 0
 I'm most impressed with 45 psi tires. I'm an xc geek and that sounds rock hard, but I guess with the impacts on these jumps and drops, it's necessary.
  • 8 1
 It's more to do with rolling speed than anything else. You want every little bit you can get for massive jumps like this.
  • 6 0
 These jumps berms and drops are sculpted. You don't need low pressure for grip, you just need your bike to roll fast and not get a flat/blow up a rim if you come up short and case something going mach 50000.

That said, I've never hit anything nearly this big, but 45 sounds pretty high. I played with 35 for awhile with DH tires when I was riding faster and harder back in the day and it was awful.
  • 4 0
 @William42: The rolling resistance motivation makes sense. But I was wondering: if that's the case, why are they using knobby mtb tires at all? It seems like you might be better off on dirt-jumper style tires
  • 3 0
 @jgoldfield: my guess is its the nature of the dirt they're riding on plus the fact that some of the features have them taking off at an angle, like the first few hits at the top. cant risk a tire slipping at all
  • 3 0
 @William42: I've topped out at mach 4000 so I still ride soft tires.
  • 4 0
 Didn't she say 50psi(!) in the video?

Buncha astronauts equipped for moon landings
  • 4 0
 I think it's actually most so the sidewall doesn't squirm or flex on the berms, lips or landings. Nothing more sketchy than that.
  • 5 0
 When you’re launching off the lip, or trying to stick the landing, the #1 goal is to maintain control. Suspension doesn’t help you stay in control if it’s inadequately damped, and tires are basically undamped suspension.

If you’re compressing your tire considerably during the takeoff or landing, there’s a very serious risk of bouncing off course.

(Never mind blowing off the rim if you land a bit sideways..)

Relying on your tires to absorb bumps in the terrain is great if you’re only riding slowly, or don’t leave the ground. See fat bikes, gravel bikes etc. Once you start getting serious air, you really just want them to be solid and support you completely, hence why you’ll find vert ramp BMX riders pushing 90-100psi.

End of the day, well-designed tangential jumps and features can be ridden with minimum suspension. It’s all about getting the right speed, angle and body positioning, absorbing the landing properly with your arms and legs. Suspension helps takes care of any error in your landing angle, especially as the jumps get big and long (fast) and the margin of error gets slimmer.

Source: Dead sailor’d a few fairly large jumps in my day
  • 6 2
 Where are the shimano saint brakes?
  • 6 0
 Is it just me, or are the brakes purposely blocked/left out of every picture? New Saints????? EDIT Actually I can clearly see in one picture the caliper says Sram. Looks like Codes to me..
  • 3 0
 They have brakes listed as Saints, but in the cockpit list they are Sram Code RSC
  • 3 0
 I think that was a misprint. In the line below it says code RSC and those are definitely code brakes in the title picture.
  • 3 0
 Did they drill a new hole in the headtube for the cables?
  • 4 1
 What about the lasting allure of radio tower rides?
  • 3 0
 Are we not going to mention the cable routing?
  • 2 0
 Yeah Hannah B! You can watch Hannah's mtb workouts over on our profileSmile
  • 2 0
 Fork bumpers and frame bumpers for extra bumpiness
  • 2 0
 Can't wait to have HB on the show this week
  • 2 0
 can t wait to buy one!!
  • 1 0
 It will be on my shortlist as well
  • 1 0
 Want those pedals
  • 1 2
 Why isn't she at formation or whatever that thing is called
  • 4 5
 HB marry me
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