Video: Transition Spur bike check with Lars Sternberg

Why the Spur is his go-to bike for 9 out of 10 rides

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Transition athlete turned employee Lars Sternberg has long been known for the attention to detail and custom touches he includes in his personal builds. His go-to bike these days is Transition’s new “all-country” Spur. This lightweight 120mm trail bike features long, slack geometry that would have been found on enduro bikes from a few seasons ago.

Related: Transition’s Spur Kicks Trail Bikes Into High Gear

One of the benefits of working for a bike company is contributing to the development process of new models. “I’ve actually been riding this bike since August 2019 and logging and flogging miles,” Sternberg said. “It’s one of my favorite mountain bikes of all-time,” he added.

Lars Sterberg's has a few custom touches that blend XC efficiency with DH performance.

Lars Sterberg’s has a few custom touches that blend XC efficiency with DH performance.

Build highlights of his custom-built Spur include a 210mm One-Up dropper seatpost, a One-Up carbon handlebar with 35mm of rise cut to a surprisingly narrow 750mm, a 120mm Fox 34 Step Cast fork, and Shimano’s tried and true 12-speed XT drivetrain. Check out the video for the full component rundown.

Related: Mtbr’s official Transition forum

About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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  • Gutter Cleaning says:

    Great post-thanks for an enjoyable read!

  • stiingya says:

    My first thought; there is a fallacy having a rider as talented as this telling us he uses this bike for 9 out of 10 rides cause the majority of mountain bikers don’t have that much talent and might need burlier components and a bit more travel.

    My second thought; google Lars Sternberg videos and watch how crazy the guy usually gets on a mountain bike. Hard to believe he rides this bike 90% of the time now? (being that there was like one jump in the video shown twice?)

  • Rockinrod says:

    Back in 2012-13 Ibis released the Ripley-a 120×120-140mm carbon 29er–now this is a whole ‘new’ category of bike? Seems like Downcountry/Allcountry, short travel ‘poppy’ is a refreshing blast from the past.

    • Josh Patterson says:

      There’s not in mountain biking that hasn’t been tried in some form or fashion before—we get excited about long-travel bikes then short-travel bikes and then go back around again. That said, the geometry of the V1 Ripley compared to modern short-travel trail / down-country bikes is night and day different.

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