Similar to the ever changing market, Transition is keeping up with the trends with their newly updated GiddyUp line. Their Patrol, Scout and Smuggler are getting with the times by adopting Boost spacing, metric shocks and, for some, Trunion mounted rear shocks.
Their all new Sentinel on the other hand, offers the full range of updates on a 29er base. Best of all, their new Speed Balanced Geometry is built right into each new bike’s DNA. Check out the benefits of their new geometry and all of the bikes after the break…
Transition SBG Geometry
All of the following bikes in the GiddyUp lineup are built around Transition’s new Speed Balanced Geometry (SBG). SBG focuses on centering the rider between the front and back wheels. They do so by extending the frame’s reach and slapping a 40-mm stem on it. Further, they lifted the seat tube more upright and slackened out the headtube to bring the rider forward. Capping off SBG uses a reduced fork offset which moves the front wheel inwards to counter act the increased head angle. By doing so the fork maintains an aggressive angle to absorb bumps, and the wheel is closer to the rider, claiming to improve handling. They find the SBG geometry offers maneuverability at slow speeds through technical sections, and stable characteristics at high speed. In the end, Transition claims that the rider’s new body position will help keep the front end weighted, preventing (or lessening) front end sliding wherever you go.
The Sentinel is one of Transition’s new bikes for 2018. Similar to many of its updated GiddyUp siblings, the Sentinel gets Boost dropouts and Trunion shock mounts. Further, it has rubber downtube and chainstay protectors, internal cable routing and room for a 29 x 2.5″ tire.
The aluminum frame is built with three editions including XO1 Eagle, GX Eagle and NX groupsets each with relative components. With 160-mm of travel up front and 140-mm in the back, the Sentinel offers enough cushion for its 29″ wheels to ride all mountain. Prices include $5,000 (XO1) : $4,000 (GX) : $3,000 (NX). There’s also a frameset option available that is spec’d with a Fox DPX2 Performance Elite shock for $2,000.
Updated for 2018, the 27.5″ Patrol features SBG, Boost, Trunion mounts AND it’s available in XS. Its aluminum frame is supported by 170-mm of suspension up front and 160-mm in the back. It also has downtube and chainstay guards, and it’ll fit up to a 27.5 x 2.8″ tire. It’s also available in three editions including XO1 Eagle, GX Eagle and NX options. Pricing is set at $5,000 (XO1) : $4,000 (GX) : $3,000 (NX). The Patrol is also available in a frame for $2,000 and includes the Fox DPX2 Performance Elite.
Another updated model is the Scout. It’s a 27.5″ aluminum frame setup with 150-mm of front travel and a metric sized rear shock providing 130mm of travel. Boost dropouts make room for up to 27.5 x 2.8″ tires, and the frame has enough space for a bottle cage inside the triangle. Also new from last year is the XS size offering. Build options include XO1 Eagle, GX Eagle, NX and frame only option. Pricing is set at $5,000 (XO1) : $4,000 (GX) : $3,000 (NX) : $2,000 (Frame).
The Smuggler is a shorter travel option that promises to be just as epic on the trails. Its Boost 29″ wheels come stock with 2.3″ tires. Downtube and Chainstay guards are standard, along with internal cable routing. The aluminum frame offers enough room to fit a bottle cage, and it gets a slightly longer seat tube. Just like the others, the Smuggler comes in three component groupsets including XO1 Eagle, GX Eagle and NX. Prices are also $5,000 (XO1) : $4,000 (GX) : $3,000 (NX).