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Searching for the Limit / Transition Scout

Kelend gets out for a rip on the new 2018 SBG Scout and tries to find the limit of what the bike can handle. Rider: Kelend Hawks Video: Skye Schillhammer Song: Builders and the Butchers - Barcelona

29 Comments

  • + 17
 8m drop on a trailbike. dude got b4lls.
  • + 4
 I'm curious what the roll-away looked like. I can't tell if the choice was made not to show it (did the bike break?), or if the drop was just too big to catch the roll-away in a still frame.
  • + 9
 @rbruhns: The run out was clean, I chose to cut it out because he has to skid around the jump after the drop, so it looks sketchy but the jump doesn't work right.
  • + 2
 @schilly: Right on, man. Thanks for the reply, by the way. You guys did a phenomenal job with the video, as evidenced by my coming back a month later to watch it again.
  • + 1
 @schilly: what trail was that and where is it?
  • + 2
 Need to give a big shoutout to transition, I own a patrol and would find it difficult switching to anything else. that bike is the most fun playful bike I have ever owned, rails corners and is just such a blast to ride!!
  • + 1
 As a 2017 Scout owner, who test rode almost every Enduro bike on the market, until I fell upon the scout I can tell you that Transition's message about the Scout and it's relationship to "fun" is not just marketing.
The Scout has a fun element that all the bigger suspension bikes sadly lack. It's fun to climb and on an average downhill trail it's so snappy and agile that you are the one with the biggest smile on your face at the end of the trail. Yes there are moments where you could imagine yourself on a bigger hitting bike but for 95% of the trail you know you are riding the perfect bike. And unless you are hitting the downhill like Aaron Gwin this bike is perfect. .. The only bummer is how to justify an upgrade to the 2018 model after one year Frown
  • + 4
 Agree that was a big drop
  • + 3
 Barreled , Double overhead !! ;-)
  • + 1
 So pitted... I was waiting for whatchka! Whappa! And then a Whippah! Party in the woods to be sure...
  • + 2
 ¿quisiera saber por que dice a final?: "this is my Mèxico"
  • + 1
 Awesome video! Made my day. Who wouldn't fall for the beer trap!
  • + 1
 Makes me want to go ride my bike off some big shit! Solid work lads!
  • - 3
 Not to take away from the video, because I did really enjoy it...but this didn't exactly demonstrate the "the limit of what the bike can handle".

Frankly, modern (read burlier) trail/am bikes handle big drops fairly well, at least those with relatively smooth landings. I'd prefer to see the bike's limits pushed in the steep gnar....this video comes to mind as an example of what I mean:

www.pinkbike.com/news/jesse-melamed-rides-steep-loose-whistler-gnar-video.html
  • + 3
 @nvranka thanks for the feedback man! Showing steepness in a video that does it any kind of justice is one of the toughest things. This trail is actually pretty steep and is definitely not smooth, excluding a couple of the jumps, but it doesn’t really translate to video. Also, this bike isnt meant to be the all out steep knar bike, it’s designed to be playful on a variety of terrain similar to what most people ride regularly. So we wanted to show that
  • + 3
 that drop is more than "big" its f*cking huge
  • - 1
 @wiscobiker: size is all relative brother

@schilly: cheers dude, it really was well done and fun to watch. Definitely got the playful factor in spades
  • + 1
 Just watched it a few more times - you're right a few of the shots were steep into that close-up whip shot which was sick Ripper
  • + 2
 Your right, burley trail bikes can handle a lot these days but keep in mind the Scout only has 130mm travel frame. I’d say that’s pretty epic for a small travel bike
  • + 2
 @nvranka: a 20 foot drop for a 130mm trail bike? yeah thats huge
  • + 1
 Struggling with one decision for my future: Patrol or Scout?
  • + 2
 As a Patrol owner who's hopped on the 2018 scout, I'd definitely lean toward the scout. More playful and it isn't likely to hold you back!
  • + 1
 @ridersmitty: thank you. What do u mean hold back? I always like having the extra travel in the bank. I demoed a patrol and crushed the ride but was wondering if I should get over it and go with less
  • + 2
 patrol! totally depends on your riding this guy is clearly pushing the limits of that scout, most riders would ride this stuff on an bigger travel bike. I own a patrol and definitely wouldn't go with less travel , the patrol recommends 30-35% sag which if doing larger drops which i do occasionally will bottom the travel
  • + 1
 @Rambo387: might be late on this, but I would go scout. Had the same dilemma. got the 2018 scout and wouldn't change it for any other bike. I wouldn't judge a bike just on the amount of travel it has, so many riders get caught up in numbers (myself included). I'd say the scout is as capable if not more than the patrol. Pound in laps on the scout, and it'll ask for more. Hope this helps!
  • + 1
 Singer sure loves his vibrato.
  • + 1
 Which trail?
  • + 1
 Super RAD!!!!!!
  • + 1
 YEAH CRASH!!

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