The new Transition Patrol gets new geometry, adjustable rear travel and a new haircut thanks to a mullet wheel combo!
How do you make a 27.5in bike even more capable? Simples, you whip out the front wheel, swap it to a 29er and update the geometry to suit the mismatched wheelset. At least that’s what Transition has done with the new Patrol and we’ve got to say, the new mullet haircut certainly suits it!
The Patrol being a big travel do it all frameset is only offered in alloy at the time of writing and we’re not sure if a carbon version of the bike will be offered. Following on from the Scout and Spur, the new Patrol follows the same low-standover, steeper seat angle and a slacker front end. Made of dependable 6061 aluminium, the Patrol comes in 4 sizes with small and medium bikes sharing the same 434mm chainstay and larger bikes getting a longer 440mm rear end.
Geometry tweaks are enabled via a flip-chip that adjusts the head angle from 63.5-degrees in the high setting to 63-degrees in low. The same 0.5-degrees is shaved off the effective seat tube angle too, and Transition lists each measurement across its range in the table below.
Giddy-up suspension on the Patrol gives the smaller rear wheel 160mm of travel from a 205 x 60 rear shock and thanks to the tuned kinematics the new frameset is happy with either air or coil shocks. Increase the rear shock stroke to 65 and you’ll add an extra 10mm of travel to the mullet machine. Other enhancements to the suspension include 24% progression and a change to Anti-Squat to improve pedalling performance.
Impressively for a hard-hitting frameset, Transition is offering a Lifetime Warranty on the new Patrol and along with the changes made above, the new bikes receives SRAM UDH rear mech hanger, external rear brake hose routing, Enduro Max sealed bearings, room for a bottle cage and even accessory bolts on the underside of the top tube.
The press release that Transition sent over didn’t include pricing but we’ve asked for it. Bikes should be available in the Summer.
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