Now you sure as hell don’t need me to sit here and tell you that Transition bikes have earned themselves a mighty reputation in recent years for delivering some of the nicest rigs on the market, needless to say, whenever we get the chance to spend some quality time testing one of their new whips we certainly look forward to the opportunity.
What could be described as the party animal of the Transition line up would be the brand new carbon patrol. There’s no big wheeling here kids as Transition have stated; “The Patrol comes with 27.5”inch wheels to keep the stoke high!” And stoked we are to have our hands on a new Patrol for a long-term review.
Even when we first cast an eye over this rig we knew its possible we could have a keeper. Although we were impressed with our initial thoughts on this bad boy you never really know how a bike is going to perform, so the team at Revolution are looking forward to putting this steed through the ringer in the coming months.
The ‘Patrol’ would be described as a longer travel (170 front 160mm rear travel) enduro bike. Keep in mind people this bike has won “Bike of the Year” titles two years in a row so we reckon we’re already onto a winner. This rig boasts the new SBG technology and will be available in 2 colours being the blue and matte grey and you will also be able to purchase this model in their alloy version.
Some of its cool features include a 64 degree head angle and a Fox 36 hanging offset front fork. The reduced-offset fork brings the front wheel closer to the rider and steeper seat tube angle pushes the rider closer to the front wheel making this low, long slack mean machine better for all around pedaling and climbing. Our first impressions have us super excited to get this whip out onto some more trails to push it to its limits and see how it performs, but, let’s just say our initial hot laps on this beast have left us drooling for more so stay tuned for a full review to follow in our next issue. In the mean time I’m heading out for a couple of months of ‘yeeeeeeeew’ aboard this fine pony!
Words // Scott Prendergast Pics // Skye Schillhammer
Frame // Full carbon front and rear
Wheel size // 27.5”
Travel // 170mm up front, 160 out the back
Tested Build // Fox 36 Grip 2 fork, Fox DPX2 Performance Elite shock, SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain w’ Descendent carbon DUB cranks (rad!), SRAM Code RSC brakes, RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper, Stans Flow MK3 wheels, ANVL cockpit and saddle, and Maxxis premium rubber as the icing the cake.
Price as tested // $9399.00
Frame price // $4779.00
Browse // www.supersports.net.au