While the overall look is what we’d expect from Transition, it’s the geometry numbers that deserve a closer look. Let’s start with the head angle – it’s now 63.5 degrees in the high setting. That’s right, you can relax things an extra half a degree via the toggle chip at the lower suspension.
• Wheel size: 29 “front / 27.5” rear
• Displacement: 160 (r) / 160 mm (f)
Frame material: 6061 aluminum
• Head angle of 63.5 or 63 degrees
• Rear spacing of 12 x 148 mm
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Color: blueberry, raw
• Price: $ 3,699 – $ 5,399; Frame only $ 2,299
Want to DIY the geometry yourself? The Patrol has a straight 1.5 “steerer tube, making it easy to install a reach or angle adjustable headset, or even a double crown fork for riders who want to build something a little different from the norm.
The reach numbers haven’t changed much from the previous carbon Patrol, but the seat tube angles have become steeper and there are now different chainstay lengths for different sizes. At low setting, the small and medium frames have 436mm chainstays, and the large and XL have 442mm chainstays. The bottom bracket is on the lower side of the spectrum, which is why 165mm cranks are specified on all models.
Moving on to the suspension, it’s still the familiar Horst Link layout, with a 24% progression that should allow it to perform well with air or coil shocks. Transition recommends running between 27-33% sag, a fairly wide range that allows riders to choose whether they want a firmer feel, more support, or one that’s more active and mellow.
As for the details of the frame itself, it has just about everything you would hope to find on a modern mountain bike. There is a threaded bottom bracket, room for a water bottle inside the front triangle, internal routing for the dropper and derailleur, and external for the rear brake. There is also a SRAM universal derailleur hanger, two bolts for the mountain, an accessory rack under the top tube and a molded protection for the chainstay, chainstay and downtube.
The frame and shock absorber only are priced at US $ 2,299. Complete bikes start at $ 3,699 for the Deore model, followed by the GX version for $ 4,799 and the full XT at $ 5,399. All models have OneUp dropper stem and OneUp bashguard.
I got to do a few rides on the Patrol earlier this year, and another soon to be announced Transition model – stay tuned for a video and those ride impressions later this week.