Transition launches new Carbon Scout

Pretty much the same, but different

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The Transition Scout is the latest in their line of GiddyUp equipped trail bikes. It just happens to be carbon in the front, alloy in the back.

The Transition Scout is the latest in their line of GiddyUp equipped trail bikes. It just happens to be carbon in the front, alloy in the back.

If there’s one brand that just gets it, it’s Transition. With their emphasis on having fun and a bulletproof kit, we’ve always had a soft spot for this little brand from the Pacific Northwest.

Up until recently, their entire product line has consisted of aluminum frames. They had played with carbon back when 26” was a thing, but that bike dropped just as the frenzy surrounding 27.5” hit. The poor timing lead to uneventful sales numbers and their focus shifted to new projects – namely their GiddyUp Suspension bikes.

The Carbon Scout is the second bike in less than a year to receive the carbon treatment from Transition.

The Carbon Scout is the second bike in less than a year to receive the carbon treatment from Transition.

These horst link models have been extraordinarily successful for the brand, so they were finally ready to try that carbon thing again. The first carbon model they picked was the 160mm travel Patrol, which also happens to be their best seller. Co-Owner Kevin Menard promised more models were in the works when we interviewed him late last year regarding the new project, but he wouldn’t dish.

Today, the new new is finally here. This time, it the short travel Scout that’s getting the plastic fantastic treatment. With a long, low, and snappy geometry they describe as playground specific, this little beast has the heart of a slopestyle and the pedigree of a trail bike.

For those unfamiliar with the model, it has 125mm of rear travel and is designed to be a paired with a 140mm fork. The 27.5” frame is not designed to fit plus wheels, but you can squeeze up to a 2.5” tire.

The carbon model shares the same exact geometry and feature set as the alloy frame, right down to the internal cable routing and 142 rear end. It’s just 1.3 lbs lighter.

The carbon model shares the same exact geometry and feature set as the alloy frame, right down to the internal cable routing and 142 rear end. It’s just 1.3 lbs lighter.

It’s essentially the same bike as the aluminum model, with which it shares a rear triangle, but the front end is now 600g lighter. This is interesting because the current Scout has a 142 rear end. Yes, that’s right. Someone launched a high-end mountain bike in this, the year of our Lord two thousand and sixteen that doesn’t have boost spacing. Please try to keep your jaw off the floor.

Prices for a complete Scout start around $5k and top out around $9k.

Prices for a complete Scout start around $5k and top out around $9k.

Weight for a size medium frame w/ shock is a respectable 6.2 lbs. The frame will be available in five sizes (S-XL) and three different build kits. Prices for a complete start at $5,099 and top out at $8,799. A frame only version is also available for $2,999. Too rich for your blood? Never fear, a complete alloy Scout can be had for the same price as the carbon frame.

For more information, visit www.transitionbikes.com.

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