Transition Patrol – the review
It’s a surprise that Transition actually get any time to make bikes judging from the colourful antics on their homepage. Racing, road-trips and adventure, they have are hereditary two wheel to the core, too busy having a good time riding to be able to make bikes with any shape to them. But they do.
Located in the top left corner of the USA, Transition share the same woods and mountain that Kona pretty much made their own. But these are now Transition lands too, doing things similar but different. Transition fish for crabs and cool their beer in the river whilst Kona have far too many bikes to concentrate on to be doing such earthy things.
“Transition fish for crabs and cool their beer in the river”
That’s obviously not true of Kona; however, Transition are a brand of but twelve bikes in their range and a twelve year history masterminded by ten people running the show.
Its growing fast but they don’t forget to have fun whilst they go about their key task which is making good bikes – solid, fun, reliable bikes, of which the Transition Patrol is one of our favourites.
There’s a few tall lads designing these bikes too so don’t expect any under sizing here, or lack of, so prevalent with other companies. Consider that one of the longest trail/enduro bikes at the moment is a GT Sanction with 1246mm wheelbase and 488mm reach geometry numbers. The Transition Patrol is very close at 1240mm/483mm but with different seat tube angles for each size frame and super low bottom bracket making it calculated in the corners, weight hanging low, ripping, digging the edge of the tyres in to the turf.