Transition Bikes revamps 2009 Covert bike

May 27, 2009 at 17:04
by Transition Bikes  
Transition Bikes re-defines ‘all-mountain’ genre with an all new Covert.

Moving forward into a new realm of design, Transition Bikes has completely revamped the existing Covert all mountain bike to create a new 6” travel quiver-killing bike capable of more aggressive riding. The new Covert sports a refined frame at the same weight as the old model, but is significantly stronger. The new frame comes in at a respectable 6.7 lbs without rear shock, and builds up to a 28-32 lb bike made for efficient long days in the saddle.

2009 Transition Covert

At the core of the Covert is a completely new proprietary tubeset designed by Transition Bikes. The new tubes create a stronger frame with better contact points for welding shock mounts, pivots, and the headtube. In addition to the new tubes Transition has created a one piece CNC’d rocker link to increase stiffness and strength, as well as new dropouts and chainstay/seatstay yokes. All these new features not only add to the aesthetics of the bike but increase strength while shedding weight.

2009 Transition Covert rear linkage

Rear suspension is handled by the Fox RP23 large volume or DHX 5.0 Air. The shock rate on the Covert is slightly progressive with only a 2.8% change throughout the stroke. This allows for consistent feel throughout the travel and allows for easy tuning and setup of the shock. As the Covert goes through it’s travel, the leverage decreases slightly and allows the natural progressiveness of the air shock to ramp up and soak up large bumps and hits. This also gives the bike excellent small bump sensitivity and feel at the top of the stroke while allowing the rider to use the travel without a harsh bottom out.

Alongside the Covert’s structural refinement, the geometry has progressed to be modeled around a 160mm singlecrown fork, such as a Fox 36 or RockShox Lyric. The new geometry maintains the all mountain roots of the old Covert which was very climb friendly and nimble, but gets slackened out just a bit to make room for the larger fork without raising the BB. “Geometry and fit is everything in a bike and that is why we didn’t change the geo and sizing too much on the Covert. We really felt like we hit some perfect numbers on the Covert and our customers loved it. On the re-design we made sure to maintain that magic fit and feel that we loved about the bike,” says Kyle Young, owner of Transition Bikes.

“When we released the Covert we were really going for a lightweight all mountain only frame but soon found our customers putting larger forks on the bikes and pushing the limits of the design. Most of these customers are people that can only have one bike but love to pedal singletrack and also hit more aggressive freeride trails. They needed a bike that could handle both. Our solution was to make the Covert work for both worlds without the weight penalty. The reality is that mountain bikes are expensive and while most riders would love to have a full quiver of bikes, they can only afford one bike that needs to do everything,” says Kevin Menard, owner of Transition Bikes.

Hammerschmidt compatible

Additional features include internal chainstay cable routing which is super easy to setup and change the housing and a tapered headtube which allows for excellent weld contact for the top and down tubes as well as providing lower stack heights for the handlebar and fork. Transition Bikes will also be releasing a headset for sale with the frame for both tapered and traditional 1-1/8” steer tubes.

Transition plans to be shipping the Coverts by early June, just in time for prime riding conditions.

Check out the new Covert in action:
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  • 7 1
 such a sick bike !
  • 6 1
 yeah its sweet! Big Grin
  • 27 10
 Tapered headtube..NOOOOOOO
  • 17 2
 the bike looks so skinny with the Hammerschmidt, kinda anorexic
  • 4 2
 i want one make it a AM/FR build!
  • 5 1
 Wow! looks awesome, versatility to the max! I must say you guys at Transition are gettin better at what you do. First that new DH proto and now this, designs are evolving beautifully! Killer trail by the way, is that near Bellingham somewhere?
  • 2 12
flag Jamie24siemon (May 27, 2009 at 21:18) (Below Threshold)
 dont any one know if those wheels just not the AM wheelset is good?
  • 2 2
 the regular revolution set is really kick ass
  • 7 1
 They keep on packing so much technology into such simple but elegant frames... i love it!
  • 1 5
flag jascha100 (May 28, 2009 at 2:15) (Below Threshold)
 Why is everyone hating on tapered headtubes? They look great and are probably also stronger than the normal. I really don't get it
  • 3 3
 Because now we have to worry about trying to find yet ANOTHER size to fit our bikes. And the normal headtubes work fine. And these just look sketchy to me.
  • 4 3
 You don't have to use a tapered steer tube fork; you can run a standard 1-1/8" fork. Our options for headset include tapered 1-1/8" to 1.5", or 1-1/8" to 1.5 reduced to 1-1/8" just by switching the crown race. It's the ultimate in versatility really. Another advantage is that you have the option of using a 1-1/8" cup INSIDE the 1.5" bottom of the head tube, which reduces fork height if you want.
  • 2 14
flag LIPS-LIKE-MORPHINE (May 28, 2009 at 11:56) (Below Threshold)
 it says its not a anythign bike but u can do downhill on it.... i wud liek to see that happen the bike looks like a xc bike its sooo skinny.... i wudnt use it for anything over am definetly not free ride and downhill! i dont like it at all!
  • 2 0
 reminds me of the old nomad
  • 0 1
 that guy rides slow... nice redesign of a cool bike though!
  • 1 0
 I picked up my new Covert a few days ago. f*cking amazing. its got a single ring freeride build and a talas 36, 31 lbs. by far the most fun bike ive ever ridin i jump on it and take it down anything you can imagine, ive been doin shore style trails on it no problem and it still climbs as well as ill ever need and comfortable for all day rides.

I DEFINENTLY recoment this ride for anyone interested
check my ride-
  • 2 1
 Recently sold my BR and ordered an El Guapo yesterday. Now I'm thinking maybe I should have waited just one more day!!! Been wondering why Tranny didn't make a boys version of the Syren and now I know Smile
  • 1 1
 Looks almost identical to my Devinci Hectik, with some improved gusseting.
I like the beefy headtube and gusset, top shock mount boxed in (where most of the flex of my Hectik seems to take place) and the internal cable routing is clean.
Nice bike, i can vouch it can do almost everything.
  • 0 1
 Good call. Similar angles too.
  • 0 1
 It's very similiar to the Hectic, the angles are really becoming an industry standard for the all mountain group.
  • 0 1
 The new model surely looks better than the old one...not doubt about that...and I guess the "color" shown here is actually RAW so with some normal paint it'd look tons better...I also think that this bike shortens the range between itself and the preston, even tho the preston looks a lot burlier.
  • 0 1
 wow thats a great bike, i love how it does a bit of everything, when i get older and not into breaking my body on a Dh course thats the kinda riding i will be doing and the kinda bike i will get

and also what a beautiful place to ride! where is it?
  • 2 1
 Great update! I know I loved my Covert... super comfy ride and the new one looks more air friendly. Nice riding!
  • 3 4
 sick bike, transition has really been steppin it up with their bikes, and i love the song choice, finally radiohead getting more love. i thought i was the only one who listened to radiohead for biking
  • 3 2
 i love all of the new innovations that transition manages to incoorporate into even the simplest of bikes.
  • 0 2
 Great bike, It's just a pity that the video shows kind'a trail riding only , some serious ripping section would be good for promo purposes. I'm sure this bike is capable of high speed or super technical stuff. These bikes should teach people that you can do 99% of serious stuff and you get the uphill/mobility benefit with a minimal loss of peformance/durability.
  • 0 1
 btw great job on the look Transition, i like where they are going with the design, even if it does resemble some other frames on the market a little. Love it. Maybe my next bike, will see.
  • 0 1
 I looked at these seriously last year for the exact reasons that Transition built this one. Had last year's been this refined and had the 67 degree front end (running a Lyrik) I would be on one instead of a Norco. Of course I'd have to see how it pedaled relative to the 4 bar...

With an adjustable 6" fork, a 67 degree H/A at full travel is the ideal all round front end for PNW (North VAn, Whister, Squamish etc).

I love these new breed of longer travel 30ish lb trail bikes. Much is owed to the 6" fork manufacturers, of course, but they truly do allow you to get by well with one bike.
  • 1 0
 dude that guy rides the trail so smooth hes got skill..i hate those kind of helmets he wears idk y...
  • 0 2
 Wut Pinkbikers like trail bikes?

looks nice thou, i like the lines of the tubes.

as far as Hammerschmidt is concerned, i'll wait till shimano or raceface, makes something similar.

Reminds me ALOT of the titus EL GUAPO and mono lights but thats a good thing.
  • 0 0
 He's riding Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford. Knob Gobbler , Noah Fear etc. I like the full seatube and general design and would ride it if it can be built under 30lbs.
  • 4 3
 Tranny is making some sick new shit this year
  • 0 1
 I hope this one don't scratch the rear tire on the seat tube, like the old one. Really nice bike.kudos to transition, getting an already good one better.
  • 0 1
 El Guapo costs almost double the covert so its silly to even compare them. Also coverts HA is slacker which is always better for a more "freeride" oriented bike
  • 0 1
 It looks NICE. Nothing new, cheap version of SCBlur or Devinci? Would I buy it? Depends on price tag. Looks nice so does ipod and other gizmos, why not, maybe...
  • 1 1
 I my books if it can't take a heavy beating from a 230 pound guy its just a walmart bike with a high price tag.
  • 1 1
 super sweet bike.... i love it. bikes are getting better and better. keep up the good work boys.
  • 1 2
 Yeah real nice. Hammerschmidt and internal routing really tidies it up. Mint trail too.
  • 2 2
 dam. thats a nice bike. good job transition! Smile
  • 2 2
 got to see the proto first hand sooooooo sick
  • 1 2
 Hmmm, an anorexic Titus El Guapo without a Horst Link. Decent looking but very uninteresting. I'll take the Titus any day.
  • 1 1
 how much would this cost?
  • 1 1
 I think im in love with this bike!
  • 0 2
 What album is that radiohead song off? It is radiohead right? I am feeling out of touch... studying too much. Anyway, yeah someone let me know.
pleeeeeze Smile
  • 0 1
 Album is "In Rainbows"
  • 1 1
 Looks pretty sweet, wouldn't mind a hammerschmidt on my Slayer. Wink
  • 0 0
 looks like a good bike, but you know i like dh better
  • 1 2
 theres nothin to it it must be light as hell
  • 1 1
 this is my kind of ride
  • 2 4
 I agree with the guy who said it looks anorexic... it looks like it would be flimsy as HELL in turns!
  • 1 2
 it looks like a chumba evo
  • 0 1
 hydroformed tubing is so beautiful
  • 0 1
 that bike is gorgeous! i think its time to order a new all mountain rig...
  • 0 1
 sick for an all mountain bike !
  • 0 1
 I should have waited a couple of months before buying my preston.
  • 0 1
 seems like the perfect steed to have at a mega avalanche race
  • 0 1
 Reminds Devinci solutions
  • 0 1
 sorry, boxed in pivot mount.
  • 0 1
 wow, im thinkng about trading my BottleRocket....
  • 1 3
 why does he have his seet so high on the trail ... thats gust crusing for a broosing man
  • 0 4
flag Jwmbike14 (May 28, 2009 at 23:39) (Below Threshold)
 your so ignorant. i bet you have never pedaled more than 13 miles. if you are riding xc or AM a seat that high is a HUGE benefit. but its people like you that give DH'rs a bad name. i come from both sides and see so often XC hating on DH and vise versa.
  • 3 1
 wow gear down buddiy i never new.... loosen your cape hero
  • 2 3
 thank you
  • 0 1
  • 0 2
 only bike from Transition i like.
  • 1 2
 that's awfully looking.
  • 0 2
 hate the tapered head tube. IMO it's useles!
  • 2 5
 Dope. Don't like the Hammershit though.
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