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Bike Check – Will’s Transition Throttle Carbon Hardtail

My Transition Throttle Hardtail

This is my Transition Throttle carbon hardtail mountain bike.

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
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Wheel Size 27.5″ (650b)
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details Carbon Fiber
Rear Travel Hardtail
Rear Shock N/A
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
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Max Tire Size 27.5″ x 2.6″
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Hot mustard
Race raw
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
Price $1,699
More Info ​
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

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