Transition Bikes Announces New Bandit

Transition bikes has released some information of their newest offering, the 130mm Bandit, designed to fill the gap in their line-up for a shorter travel trail bike. The 130mm rear end is combined with all the features demanded by today’s mountain bikers; tapered headtube, hydroformed tubing, 31.6mm seat tube, and a decent 68-degree head angle with a 140mm fork. Transition have designed the bike with a slightly regressive suspension rate which they claim makes the bike feel “ like a long travel bike on the descents and a XC race bike going up”.A regressive shock means that the shock gets easier to compress as it moves through it’s travel, meaning that the bike will feel firm during pedaling and smaller hits but once it gets into the mid-range of it’s stroke will become more compliant. The natural ramping up of air shocks should kick in towards the end of the stroke reducing the chances of bottoming out. Given Transition’s stated goal of creating a trail bike “that is a treat to throw around corners, bunny hop and pull the front end up over obstacles” this is a bike that is bound to be a lot of fun to ride. More pictures, full details and a video of Kyle Young ripping on his bike and talking us through the details after the break.

Full Specifications

REAR TRAVEL: 130mm (5.1″) Rear Wheel Travel
REAR SHOCK: Fox RP23 7.5″ x 2″ (Forward Pin 15.75mm x 8mm, Rear Pin 15.75mm x 8mm)
FRAME MATERIAL: 6061 Custom Hydroformed Heat Treated Aluminum
SIZES: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
COLORS: Coming soon…
FRAME WEIGHT: 5.5 lbs (Size Medium Without Rear Shock)
COMPLETE WEIGHT: 25-30 lbs (Depends on Build)
WARRANTY: 1 year defect warranty, lifetime crash replacement.
SEATPOST/CLAMP: 31.6mm Seatpost/34.9mm Clamp
HEADTUBE: Tapered 1.5″ / 1-1/8″ (1.5″ 49.6mm ID Lower Cup / 1-1/8″ 44mm ID Upper Cup)
BOTTOM BRACKET: 73mm shell x 51mm chainline
REAR DROPOUT: 135mm x 10mm
FRONT DERAILLEUR: 34.9mm High-Clamp, Bottom-Pull
CHAINGUIDE: BB Mount Only

 

Comments

Gillis - 12/03/10 - 3:54pm

“The 130mm rear end is combined with all the features demanded by today’s mountain bikers; tapered headtube, hydroformed tubing, 31.6mm seat tube, and a decent 68-degree head angle with a 140mm fork.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but the only feature I “demand” out of any bike is that doesn’t fall apart. Certainly not tapered headtubes or hydroformed tubing.

el~rio - 12/04/10 - 1:46am

“all the features demanded by today’s mountain bikers”

What about a 142X12 rear axle?

The lifetime crash replacement sounds good.

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