Less weight, same strength. That’s the promise of the carbon fibre all-mountain bike- one that Transition promises to deliver on with their new Patrol Carbon. Providing a “crisp and responsive ride with excellent trail feel,” the new composite model uses the same GiddyUp four-bar suspension as its alloy forebearer but shaves 600g (1.3lb) for an impressive 6.5lb medium frame/shock weight.
In keeping with current trends, the 155mm frame is “long, low, and slack,” sporting a 583mm top tube (medium) and 65-degree head angle. (Unsagged, the bottom bracket sits at a low-but-manageable 339mm.) All-day and pack-shunning riders will appreciate the ability to Put A Bottle and Stuff in There- a capacity that’s increasingly overlooked on trail frames. For those about to get rad, Transition supports you, adding an ISCG05 chainguide mount to the mix.
Fully-lined Tube Inside Tube System (really, guys?) internal cable routing aims to keep rattles at bay and a BSA threaded bottom bracket is always welcome. A collet-type main pivot should help keep the front of the bike solidly connected to the rear while a 12x142mm Syntace rear axle means that no new wheels or chainrings are required. The bottom line is a bike that (hyperbole alert) “climbs like an e-bike, and descends like a downhill bike.”
The Patrol Carbon is a handsome bike for sure- and low-volume production means that there won’t many at the trailhead. UK pricing runs from £2,600 for a frame and Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock to £6,200 for a quite tasty Fox 36 / XX1/X01 / DT-hubbed build.
And then there’s the simple pleasure of being able to present you with this somewhat amusing video..
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