Our first glimpse of the new Transition TR11 downhill bike was back in May when Tahnee Seagrave raced it in Fort William. She took it to the top step of the podium two months later in Leogang—not a bad start for an unreleased bike. Now that we’ve got the details, let’s take a look at what Transition’s baked into this already-successful gravity rig.
Designed For Going Down Mountains
Transition loves ball-breaking the industry’s never-ending categorization of riding, which is why they perhaps over simplistically state that the TR11 is “Designed for going down mountains.” Still, at least on paper it doesn’t look like it compromises much in the way of race-day capabilities. It has 195 millimeters of coil-sprung rear-wheel travel, 27.5 wheels, a 63-degree head angle and a 1257-millimeter wheelbase (size large).
The all-new frame is carbon aside from the aluminum rocker link, with external cable routing, a threaded BB and 12×157 millimeter rear-wheel spacing. It’s designed to run a 203-millimeter-travel fork.
Molded rubber protectors guard the chainstay and downtube from rock strikes, and Transition smartly uses the same derailleur hangar specced on all of its Giddy Up bikes—a minor detail that owners of multiple new Transitions will surely appreciate. Claimed frame weight is 9 pounds, including a shock and all hardware.
Pricing ranges from $3,200 for the frameset to $5,300 for the mid-spec GX DH option and $7,300 for the top-of-the-line X01 DH build. Full specs and details at transitionbikes.com.
Of course, no Transition bike launch is complete without a bit of comedy…