Recently we announced that Transition Bikes has released a bike called a Bandit 29. This bike has a 130mm travel rear end and is designed for the new Fox 34 forks at 140mm travel.
I have been a long time believer in longer travel suspension 29ers for trail riders of all types. The Transition has some really cool features that should please most aggressive trail riders. It is designed to be really playful and things like Bottom Bracket drop have been considered to capitalize on the larger diameter wheels descending confidence. Also slack angles and short chain stays are key design elements. My experience with bikes that have similiar geometry is that they are super fun bikes that really boost confidence and result in very playful bikes.
The Transition comes with a 68.5 degree head angle, shorter cock pit, 142 by 12mm rear axle and a tapered steer tube. It should be available for purchase in January of 2012 and is really reasonable compared to other small frame builders. The frame has a retail of $1599.00 and a complete bike with a Fox 34 and X7 build kit will retail for $3549.00
Enjoy the pictures and the cool video’s . We will start bugging Transition for a test model.