I’ve been lucky enough to test a third bike in the Women’s specific free ride category, the Transition Syren – MSRP = $3623. For the past 3 months I’ve ridden it up down and sideways, both here on the central coast trails and at Mammoth. As with the previous bikes, the Norco Vixa and the Kona Minxy, I’ve pedaled them up hills, I’ve shuttled to the top of descents and I’ve played at the local jump parks. In my previous review I provided some background information on my riding history and style, but in case anyone is new to these reviews I’ll restate it. I’m not a hucker, I’m also not into getting huge air. I’m more of an all-mountain, Super-D, long technical, fast descent sort of rider. I’ve typically ridden 5 – 5.5″ travel single ring bikes along with a lot of single-speeding on my hardtail. I’ve done my fair share of racing, both in college and out and still absolutely hands down, love to ride. I’ve done my best in the review that follows to channel 13 years of mountain biking experience into, I hope, a helpful guide for women thinking of getting a free ride bike. If you have questions I’ll do my best to answer them, and if I can’t I’ll research it until I can. Happy reading.
First glance –
Fresh out of the box, the transition looks fantastic. It’s bold, beefy, black and beautiful. The head tube looks incredibly slack and the billet linkage looks like it’s ready for anything that I’d be brave enough to throw at it. It’s well made, the welds are clean and the enormous head tube looks immortal. The suspension is juicy, with a generous Fox 36 160 Float R on the front accompanied by a Fox DHX Air 5.0 in the rear. Aesthetically, it’s certainly the best looking bike of the three. It’s quiet and unabashedly tough and definitely looks ready for some adventures.