Klunk N Funk - Video

Nov 16, 2016 at 10:00
by Transition Bikes  

The best way to describe the Klunker is genuinely a raging party in the woods. Its basic nature combined with its built in Drift Mode brings inevitable disco vibes to your life and your outfit. Prepare for a foot tappin', turn slappin' good time with Josh Gleave and Disco Bob.

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Transition Bikes presents Klunk n Funk.
Josh: So a couple of weeks ago, Tommy C gave me the challenge of learning to ride a Klunker in preparation for the next film. At first I thought this idea really wouldn't end well seeing him stove himself head first into a tree, failing to figure out how the coaster brake worked. I took her home and immersed myself in the Klunker life.

Fully sideways in the Autumn leaf litter here in the UK with Disco bob just enjoying the vibes. You re allowed to pout when you look like that.
All of a sudden I ended up wearing these strange clothes and a man by the name of 'Disco Bob' started appearing at my riding spots. I changed the rear tyre for a worn out super slick at 60psi, and set the front Nevegal to borderline flat, perfect to get her jack knifed in the turns. Although this came with some consequence riding with only a coaster brake, steamed up goggles and Tommy telling me to go flat out, it was always going to be a recipe for some wild moments.

Quite the majestic sight in some early evening hero light.
I did take a bit of a beating on the bike, and so did the genitals, but I still couldn't wait to get back out on it. This bike gives you a whole different riding experience and I had to develop a completely new skill set in order to get rad. It's certainly hard to keep upright in the sloppy ruts but it takes things back to basics, very very basic infact. Think of a ham sandwich, that basic. Disco Bob kept the spirit alive and certainly delivered to party to the woods. If I want a wild day out guaranteed, I'll definitely be grabbing the Klunker.

This is exactly what the Klunker is amazing at. Stoving into corners at Mach 10 and holding on for dear life.
An absolute time machine of a bike. This is what the founders of our sport rode and fair play to them for hooning around on one of these things. However the Transition spec interpretation is fixed with 31 inch moto wing bars, a slack 67 degree head angle and a big old wheelbase to get you ripping down any trail. Almost anyway, good luck on the steep stuff. That's when it gets dangerous.

We like to shake things up round these parts. Moped helmet and comedy motorcycle goggles.
Everyone loves an Ebay special, or two. This ain't no hipster gig, this is real deal. We ain't cruising to buy bad coffee here, we're railing ruts and trying the flex the living daylight out of the 32-pound beast.

 PanShotFriday about to enter a horrible root filled rut. At this point you d very appreciative of suspension.
Hauling that 42x18 gear through the forest is like starting your car in 4th gear, but once you hit the power band, woah nelly you're in for a treat. The coaster brake is a mere passenger at that speed, you just gotta commit. It's certainly more of a push to the top of the hill bike too, unless your legs are feeling super torque-y. The arrangement of pedal position going into corners can also be an issue, when you want to drop your outside crank and you just can't, things get interesting. It really actually makes you think and concentrate quite a lot at the task in hand. Maybe that's why it's so fun.

Words to live by.
Klunk n' Funk 4 life. The Transition Klunker certainly ain't for sissies.

Video/Photo/Words: Caldwell Visuals


MENTIONS: @TransitionBikeCompany

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48 Comments

  • + 67
 These guys know how to have a good time. Props to the Transition crew for having top notch culture.
  • + 37
 Transition knows how to remind us about the fun.
  • + 35
 Visualizing riding like that with a coaster brake is utterly terrifying. Nicely done.
  • + 10
 If it had a rear disc I think I could ride it. But with the coaster there's no chance. That takes some supreme skill and massive sacks.
  • + 2
 @fartymarty: How are there not more comments about the coaster brakes!?!?!? Riding like that, I would have thought this would have "Broke" the internet
  • + 21
 All nine lives used up in one vid. Loose af
  • + 17
 Lets see Macaskill beat that log grind
  • + 3
 Nice call on that one!
  • + 12
 My small American mind can't even comprehend the radness of this edit.
  • + 4
 Klunkers are All-American spirit, Gomer.
  • + 10
 Funk'n ain't easy.
  • + 7
 What was Disco Bob doing behind that berm?
  • + 3
 he was railing lines and im not talking about bike trails
  • + 16
 Wanking furiously.
  • + 8
 Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
  • + 1
 Ha! Nice.
  • + 8
 #bringbackklunker
  • + 2
 Managed to track one of these down for myself a couple months ago. I'll never forget the first time I found myself hauling ass into a downhill right hander with my inside foot in the braking position. It's so hard to wrap your brain around the idea of putting in another half pedal stroke to rearrange your feet when you already feel like you're going to fast... I love every second I spend on this bike!
  • + 6
 What a tease. No more klunkin videos if you won't make the klunker.
  • + 1
 Loooose as a Gooooose! Would be Rad if they got enough pre-orders in to fill maybe half a container then might be willing to do another batch. maybe disk tabs.. maybe 27.5.. maybe upgraded shimano hub.. maybe lock on Anvl grips and pedals.. Boom Race Ready! $697 plus Tax n shipping. Or just pick up an old Schwinn Heavy Duty for $100 bucks off Craigslist and build your own OG Klunk.
  • + 1
 I hella wanted one of those, but the first 2 runs sold out quick and then I went broke feeding children. Now I'm funded again, but the Klunker is no more.....sniff.
  • + 2
 Does Transition not make the Klunker anymore? I don't see it on their site.
  • + 3
 Disco Stu doesn't advertise!
  • + 1
 old bikes like these are fun. i have a an old giant iguana. its a xc bike but only because suspention for mtb's was not out yet.
  • + 2
 I cringed for the rider a couple of times! Sweet riding!
  • + 2
 yet they don't make it anymore...
  • + 2
 too bad this and the TransAm got nixed Frown
  • + 2
 My next bike will be a transition because of the rad videos they put out
  • + 2
 Definitely a few"French lines" in this video
  • + 1
 If you want one of these with disc brakes you're not the person to get one of these!!
  • + 1
 But, Transition no longer have a Klunker in their range?
  • + 1
 better then 99% of enduro edits
  • + 1
 Prob be a 27+ version any day now
  • + 1
 I need a klunker fat bike!
  • + 1
 I'd buy this thing in an instant if it had disc brake mounts!
  • + 2
 #bringbackklunker
  • + 1
 So reckless, but it looks fun as hell
  • + 2
 I though discontinued.??
  • + 1
 Absolutely wild!
  • + 1
 Haggis Horns
  • + 1
 Does it come in 650b?
  • + 1
 I love my Klunker!!
  • + 1
 Haggis Horns FTW!
  • + 0
 Klunk fo life!!!
  • - 1
 So enduro
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