Transition 2016 patrol carbon, seatstay

After a successful reception Transition’s 2015 Patrol all-mountain bike was destined for a carbon upgrade and lo and behold, we didn’t have to look too hard to find a carbon 2016 Patrol sitting proudly on display under Transition’s tent at Crankworx Whistler.

If that wasn’t news enough, the bike was also decked out with some of ANVL’s new and redesigned components including the Swage stem and Forge saddle. We also spotted some new Scale wheels, so read on for the scoop on the bike and the bits…

Transition 2016 patrol carbon, front angle

All of the 2016 carbon Patrol’s angles and geometry are the same as the existing aluminum version, which isn’t too surprising as the bike received several solid reviews for doing what good AM bikes do – providing a fun and lively ride coupled with the ability to power through the descents.

Transition 2016 patrol carbon, rear end, right Transition 2016 patrol carbon, rear end, left

The clean looking frame is built around 27.5″ wheels and modern all-mountain geometry with a slack head tube angle of 65º and a steep 75.4º seat tube (on a medium frame). The stubby 430mm chainstays undoubtedly help keep the bike riding with the lively feeling Transition set out to offer. The Patrol provides 155mm of rear travel by way of their Giddy Up Link rear suspension, the company’s own revision of the popular Horst link design often used by Specialized, Norco, etc.

Transition 2016 patrol carbon, chain guide mounts Transition 2016 patrol carbon, cable routing

The new Patrol keeps the original’s ISCG05 chainguide mounts, but the carbon frame is 1x specific with no front derailleur mount. Internal routing is incorporated for the brakes, shifter and stealth dropper post, and overall the bike gives a very smooth appearance. Further details to come…

ANVL Swage stem, top angle

The bike was also showing off a few of ANVL’s components, including the new Swage stem. The Swage is CNC machined from 6061 aluminum, which is quite obvious from its nicely chamfered edges and weight saving cut-outs.

ANVL Swage stem, side ANVL Swage stem, front

The stem features a 35mm clamp, has a rise of 5mm and comes in either 35 or 50mm lengths. The Patrol was decked out with mostly black components, but the Swage stem also comes in red or blue. The stem is available online now for $89.99 USD.

ANVL Forge saddle, top

ANVL has also revised the top cover on their Forge seat, adding a protective Kevlar nose panel to improve durability. The Forge comes with either carbon, ti or chromoly rails, and the titanium version recently gained a few grams to toughen it up a notch and reduce flex. ANVL’s industrial designer Darren Seeds says despite its slender appearance the saddle was designed to be very comfortable for those who enjoy all-day rides. The Forge saddles sell for $59.99-$179.99 and come in black only.

ANVL Scale wheelset, side

Also seen on Seeds’ personal bike was this recently released set of ANVL Scale wheels. The company apparently spent a few years custom designing their own rim extrusion and the hubs for this wheelset. The tubeless ready alloy rims have an asymmetrical profile with offset spokes and an internal width of 25mm.

The wheels are pretty lightweight coming in at 1730g/1740g for the 650B set, and 1785g/1795g for the 29ers (with Sram XD/Shimano freehubs). Seeds said the Transition crew had been beating on them all week in the Whistler Bike Park, rocking their trail bikes on the DH runs with zero issues.

ANVL Scale wheelset, rim profile ANVL Scale wheelset, rear hub

The hubs house 28 bladed straight-pull spokes, and rotate on oversized bearings to resist your long term thrashing. Front hubs will adapt to 15 or 20mm axles, and the rears are convertible between 142×12 and 135x10mm. The Scale wheels are available in 27.5” or 29” sizes, come in matte black only and cost $799.99.


  1. 430mm, or 16.9 inches, is not particularly short. The bike looks smooth, but internal cable routing (now on almost every high-end bike) is a significant minus for me, while a press-fit bb is nearly a deal killer. Also- this bike has a pretty standard rear suspension system- low pivot with some extra links on the rocker driving the shock. Nothing wrong with that, but I remember a similar bike by Jamis (with faux-bar rear suspension) getting trashed about a week ago. In sum, this bike is probably a fine enough machine, but I don’t see anything too special about it.

  2. While 430mm stays aren’t particularly short, it is pretty much the sweet spot for 150-160mm travel 27.5 bikes. So the fact that they kept with that is probably what is being noted. This is where some proven 27.5 AM bikes are (2016 Specialized SJ FSR 650B, Pivot Mach 6, Ibis Mojo HD3). A couple of well respected direct competitors (Yeti SB6C and Santa Cruz Bronson) are actually longer.
    From a suspension design standpoint, there’s not much more that smaller companies like Transition can do to differentiate their kinematics without paying huge money to have a design firm come up with something for them. So, while this design may appear “pretty standard”, it works and works well. They are using a variation of the Horst Link/FSR design which works drastically different from something like Jamis has done. The chainstay pivot is the key and it allows for a great riding bike which is more important than a visually different design that doesn’t work very well.
    Transition is one of those brands that has a loyal following. They tend to build bikes that ride well and appeal to a level of core rider that may be looking to stand apart from mainstream brands while being on something that is well thought out and performs. So the arrival of a carbon version is a big thing for them and that is why I believe BikeRumor felt it newsworthy to post about it.

  3. @pedalPumper – and as such Transition has a pretty minor presence in Colorado. Or, like others around here you can put a 28 tooth front ring on. I’m with you though, nothing wrong with 2x.

  4. i don’t give a whit about carbon. just don’t care. and 2 x is virtually dead, i’m sure even in Colorado. here in BC most people climb steeps just fine on 1 x and gladly walk the ugly bits as needed. no shame in walking, i like hiking and feel no great pride in blowing my heart up on our sh*ttiest logging road climbs. on trails i prefer to hit them all and 28 x 42 on the 29er is enough. 26t is available for the very steepest terrain (Nelson, Whistler, etc)

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