Ask Us Anything: Transition Bikes - Let's Make a Party! Why Making Bikes is Fun
Over the last twelve years Transition Bikes has grown from a scrappy little upstart to a well respected brand based in the Pacific Northwest, but the company's owners and employees haven't lost sight of what's important – having fun. After all, isn't that what mountain biking's all about? Whether it's coming up with creative acronyms and names for their suspension technology, putting together an over-the-top Christmas card photo shoot, or adding a single speed, coaster brake equipped Klunker to their product line, it's clear that the crew at Transition do things a little differently than the rest.
It may all be fun and games, but Transition's bikes continues to evolve, and for 2015 there are some seriously high performing machines in their lineup. Four new bikes, the Patrol, Scout
, Smuggler, and Suppressor have been added, all with varying amounts of travel and wheel sizes, and based around the company's GiddyUp Link suspension design, their version of a Horst Link suspension layout. The bikes have been well received, thanks to their excellent geometry and on-trail performance, and by the looks of things Transition's motto of 'Rider Owned For Life' is paying off.
What's next for the company? Want to know what the best part about owning your own bike business is? The worst? Curious about what goes into designing a new bike? Company owners Kyle Young and Kevin Menard, along with Sam Burkhardt, Darrin Seeds, Chris Pascucci and Lars Sternberg will all be on hand to answer your burning questions beginning at 10:00am Pacific on Thursay, June 11th.
Kyle Young - Owner/Business Operations & Product Director
Has a business and tech background so he knows his way around a calculator and a server which is very helpful in the bike industry. He is also a former competitive freestyle BMX competitor which makes "Rad" his favorite movie, especially the dance scene.
Kevin Menard - Owner/Sales & Marketing Director
Used to work for a recumbent bicycle manufacturer (All those under the age of 25 please take this time to Google what a recumbent is) where he fell in love with the process of building bikes. Can be found racing singlespeed cross as well as enduro but considers riding his DH bike in Whistler one of the happiest places on earth.
Sam Burkhardt - Product Manager/International Sales Manager
Also known as Samsquatch due to his very linear movements in the forest. Sam has a long history in the bicycle industry working for shops and components makers before coming to Transition. When Sam isn't riding his mountain bikes he enjoys his other two wheeled hobby twisting the throttle on his KTM.
Darrin Seeds - Industrial Designer
Graduate of local Bellingham Western Washington University, Darrin took a hiatus from the town he loves to go work for Gerber (think knives, not babies). The siren song of Bellingham's loamy trails brought him back and his outspoken personality make him a perfect fit for the Transition family.
Chris Pascucci - Inventory Manager/Canada Dealer Sales Manager
A true East Coast Italian that goes by the name Scuch and has a substantial history working for bike shops around the country. A master of trails riding, he was drawn to the North Shore where he obsessed over skinny riding and hoping up and down large logs. When he is not ratcheting around the forest on his bike you can find him on a river with his fly rod.
Lars Sternberg - Marketing Project Manager/Pro Rider/Sponsorship Coordinator
AKA Lars n' Bars, he grew up in Reno Nevada where he traveled through the ranks of BMX racing to pro status. It wasn't long before a move to the Pacific Northwest got him on his first mountain bike and a love affair with DH bikes. Nowadays Lars is focused on enduroing as much as he can, helping to develop and market rad products and traveling as much as his wife will allow him.How ‘Ask Us Anything' Works:
Starting at 10:00 AM PST/6:00 PM BST on Thursday, June 11th
Transition Bikes will have a go at answering your questions. Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a while, as they will be busy responding to the flood of questions. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously. To make the process as efficient as possible, try to follow these simple guidelines:
• Stay focused.
Try to keep your questions on one topic if possible. You can always ask about another item later.
• Try to keep your questions to about 100 words
• Ask Us Anything
is a service to PB readers who are seeking helpful information, not a forum to broadcast opinions or grievances. If you do have a negative issue that you want to ask about, no worries, just keep your complaints relevant and in the context of a question so that it can be addressed in a productive manner.
• Use propping
to acknowledge good - or not so good - questions. Bump them up or down to where they belong.