Transition Bikes Rolls Out the Bandit 29

It seems like one of the main bottlenecks to building the ultimate all mountain 29r was sourcing the right fork for the job. Now that fox has unveiled the new 34mm 29r platform, it seems all 130mm 29rs are popping up all over the place to take advantage of the stiffer 140mm travel fork. The latest addition to the fray is Transitions Bike’s new Bandit 29.

The new Bandit 29 has all the bells and whistles you would expect from an AM bike, including use of the 142x12mm rear axle system, tapered head tube, direct mount front derailleur, Fox RP23 BV shock, and cable guides for a dropper seat post.

Other than that, there aren’t a whole lot of details out yet, but jump past the break for more close ups!

Like the Bandit 26, the Bandit 29 routes the rear derailleur cable through the chainstay. All other cable and housings are external.

 

A tapered head tube is pretty much a standard affair these days, but it sure looks good with the new Fox 34.

The Bandit 29 will come stock with the 142x12mm Shimano E Thru axle system, but will be adaptable to 135×10 if desired.

Comments

Tuck - 07/01/11 - 10:05am

Giving Fox credit for the progression of 29er frames… really? Pffft…

Nice design. Good job TRANSITION.

Varaxis - 07/02/11 - 5:48am

The lack of stiff good performing long travel forks that weren’t heavy really was/is a bottleneck. RockShox did well to get out their Reba 140 out and there’s the White Bros and Marz 140 (and maybe 150) forks, but a number of riders still want something along the lines of a Fox 36 or Lyrik and the Fox 34 is hyped up to deliver something along those lines.

It was either ride, pushing the limits of your bike’s fork, wrestling it to keep it pointing where you want to go, or…

Some people were suffering the weight of inverted dual crown forks, saying they were satisfied, but I bet they would be switching to the first 160 Fox 36 or Lyrik once they were released. Some are even machining the bridge on Fox 36 forks to fit 29er tires in ‘em. The WFO and some Lenz bikes were “ahead of their time” due to the lack of forks and people would speculate that those forks were coming due to their existence and geo numbers based on imaginary forks.

This Transition bike looks like a “me too” bike, after all the other bikes were announced, like the recent Kona. I like the cable routing in the chainstay, to say the least. I want to know more about Shimano’s version of the 142×12; always curious as to what their engineers cook up (hate how they make stuff proprietary, but can’t deny that they are well designed for the most part).

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