2018 Transition Bikes line-up unveiled

New 160mm Sentinel 29er plus geo tweaks to Patrol, Scout, and Smuggler

27.5 29er All Mountain Trail News

2018 Transition Bikes

It’s sometimes hard to tell whether the crew from Transition Bikes is being serious or just messing around. They’ve cornered the market on irreverent internet videos that often take shots at the rest of the bike industry. Or they just push out something like this. Yeehaw!

But Transition also has a knack for making great bikes, the much loved Patrol, Scout, and Smuggler among them. For 2018 all those bikes are getting a major geometry tweak, and welcome another horse to the proverbial stable, the Sentinel 29er with 160mm front and 140mm rear travel.

2018 Transition Bikes

The new bike fits between the Scout (27.5, 150mm front, 130mm rear) and Patrol (27.5, 170mm front, 160mm rear) in travel range, and is capable of being used in the same manner of both bikes depending on your preference for travel and wheel size. But more than that, the redesigned GiddyUp trail bike lineup is about taking a holistic approach to creating a bike that changes the way riders connect with their bike, says Transition.

2018 Transition Bikes

“Our new 2018 bikes started with a clean slate and new approach to bike geometry we call speed balanced geometry (SBG) that puts the rider in a more balanced position on the bike which improves traction and control at all speeds,” they say. “Our main focus with the updates was to maintain the ride feel of each model while simultaneously pressing the enhance button a few times.”

That button pushing yielded a quintet of changes: longer reach, slacker headtube angles, steeper seat tube angles, shorter stems, and shorter fork offsets. It was all done with the aim of getting the rider more centered between the front and rear wheels to improve front wheel traction and get the rider in more confident position on the bike. The first thing you’ll notice, says Transition, is the dramatic reduction in front wheel slide. Press play to learn more.

“You feel like you can put more pressure on the contact point that pushes the tire into dirt and that translates into more confidence,” they say. “That also helps in climbing by creating a more nimble front end even though angles are slacker.”

Here’s a complete highlights rundown of all the 2018 bikes, which will be available starting this coming fall.

SENTINEL 29 / 160mm FRONT 140mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME

2018 Transition Bikes

  • New Model For 2018
  • New GiddyUp Kinematics
  • Speed Balanced Geometry
  • Boost Dropout Spacing
  • Trunion Metric Shock Sizing
  • Enduro Max Sealed Bearings
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection
  • New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers
  • External Rear Brake Routing
  • 180mm Post Mount Brake
  • Increased Seatpost Insertion
  • Collet Main Pivot
  • Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle
  • Tire Clearance up to 29″ x 2.5″

2018 Transition Bikes
2018 Transition Bikes

PATROL 27.5 / 170mm FRONT 160mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME

2018 Transition Bikes

  • New GiddyUp Kinematics
  • Speed Balanced Geometry
  • Boost Dropout Spacing
  • Trunion Metric Shock Sizing
  • Enduro Max Sealed Bearings
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection
  • New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers
  • External Rear Brake Routing
  • 180mm Post Mount Brake
  • Increased Seatpost Insertion
  • Collet Main Pivot
  • Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle
  • New X-Small Size
  • Tire Clearance up to 27.5″ x 2.8″

2018 Transition Bikes
2018 Transition Bikes

SCOUT 27.5 / 150mm FRONT 130mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME

2018 Transition Bikes

  • New GiddyUp Kinematics
  • Speed Balanced Geometry
  • Boost Dropout Spacing
  • Metric Shock Sizing
  • Enduro Max Sealed Bearings
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection
  • New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers
  • External Rear Brake Routing
  • 180mm Post Mount Brake
  • Increased Seatpost Insertion
  • Collet Main Pivot
  • Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle
  • New X-Small Size
  • Tire Clearance up to 27.5″ x 2.8″

2018 Transition Bikes
2018 Transition Bikes

SMUGGLER 29 / 140mm FRONT 120mm REAR / ALLOY FRAME

2018 Transition Bikes

  • New GiddyUp Kinematics
  • Speed Balanced Geometry
  • Boost Dropout Spacing
  • Metric Shock Sizing
  • Enduro Max Sealed Bearings
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Molded Rubber Downtube & Chainstay Protection
  • New Rattle Free Internal Cable Port Covers
  • External Rear Brake Routing
  • 180mm Post Mount Brake
  • Collet Main Pivot
  • Water Bottle Storage Inside Front Triangle

2018 Transition Bikes
2018 Transition Bikes

To learn more head over to www.transitionbikes.com.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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