A Dream Bike Build
I was extremely lucky to be able to get my dirty little mitts on this bike. Not only was it built by pro bike builded extraordinaire Matthew Allingham (The Bicycle Service / MTB Cycle Exchange) but it also originally belonged to Pro MTB Downhill Legend/Athlete Tahnee Seagrave. You can check out her Redbull profile here.
This explains all the high-end parts and women’s saddle.
How is it to race?
This bike was not designed for racing enduro. Transition Bikes designed it as a trail bike that you can throw around like a 4x or jump bike. However, this didn’t stop me from racing it at both the Southern Enduro and Pedalhounds series in 2019.
It's Podium Spec
The bike performed really well and I managed to get multiple podiums at both Pedalhounds and Southern Enduro. I also manage to win the overall hardtail category for Pedalhounds and achieved second place at Southern.
So the answer is that this bike is great for racing however, I admit I did struggle at some of the steeper gnarlier events as the bike is quite short and steep in comparison to some of the more aggressive enduro hardtails popping up.
Does it shred?
This bike really does shred. My skills don’t even come close to the limits of this bikes potential. The bike is so light and nimble you barely notice that there is a bike there at all. It’s easy to keep up with people of a full enduro rig.
In the video opposite is an example of me following Double Drop team rider Tony Hillier on his Transition Bikes Carbon Patrol at QECP in Hampshire UK.
Want your own dream bike?
Cycle Exchange based in Kingston are not only Transition Bike dealers but are fantastic custom bike builders and have a full workshop. Matthew Allingham who is the go to guy for a custom bike build was also both Tahnee Seagrave’s and Matt Walker’s world cup downhill mechanic. So it goes without saying that he know’s his stuff.
You can find out more about Matt and Cycle Exchange here
My Bike Spec
|Product||Transition Throttle Frame|
|Sizes and Geometry||S, M, L, XL View Geometry|
|Wheel Size||27.5″ (650b)|
|Frame Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Frame Material Details||Carbon Fiber|
|Head Tube Diameter||Tapered, top: 44mm zero stack, bottom 56mm zero stack, not included|
|Bottom Bracket||73mm BSA threaded, not included|
|Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions||12mm 148mm, boost spacing|
|Front Derailleur Size||N/A|
|Max Tire Size||27.5″ x 2.6″|
|Bottle Cage Mounts||Yes|
|Warranty||3 full years for original owners from the date of purchase against material defect and manufacturing quality|
|Weight||3 lb 1.4 oz (1,400 g)|
|Miscellaneous||Model year 2018
Maximum chainring size: 36 tooth
Internal and external cable routing options
Maximum seatpost insertion: Small 245mm, Medium 245mm, Large 245mm, XL 245mm
|Handle Bars||PRO THARSIS 9.8 HANDLEBAR|
|Stem||PRO THARSIS TRAIL STEM|
|Brakes||Shimano XTR M9000|
|Grips||Ergon GD1 MTB Gravity Series|
|Forks||Fox 34 Elite 27.5|
|Wheels||DT Swiss XMC 1200 27.5 Boost|
|Saddle||Ergon SM Women MTB Series|
|Dropper Post||Fox Transfer|
|Tyres||Michelin Wild Enduro 27.5 Magi-X Front Gum-X Rear 2.4|