The Scout marks a new era for Transition Bikes, with a new suspension design and UK importer

Product Overview

Transition Scout X01

Pros:

  • Supple suspension, bomb-proof frame and slack/low geometry. RockShox Reverb gets full 150mm drop.

Cons:

  • Carrying a bit of extra weight, specced with an odd mix of components, Kore riser bar could do with being 20mm wider.

Product:

Transition Scout X01(2015) review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£3,899.95

Transition has made a couple of big changes for 2015. For starters, it has a couple of new 650b models; the Scout featured here is the short-travel trail bike. It also uses a four-bar suspension design called ‘Giddy-Up’. Previous bikes, like the Bandit, were all linkage-activated single-pivot designs and, while we didn’t have a problem with that, according to Transition the new layout makes the Scout’s 125mm rear suspension a lot more active, which means big improvements in grip and traction.

Need to know

  • 650b trail bike with 140mm Pike fork and 125mm rear travel
  • New ‘Giddy-Up’ four-bar suspension design
  • Two build kits: Shimano Deore £2,799.95 or SRAM X01 £3,899.95, frame-only option £1,399.95

Transition Scout action

In the UK, the Scout is available as a frame only or with two build kits, and it’s the more expensive Pro build featured here. There are four frame sizes, and when presented with this choice I usually go for a size large because it gives me a bit more reach to play with. Unfortunately, the UK distributor has sold out of large frames until the end of the year, so I couldn’t get one to test. I guess I’m not the only rider of average height that prefers a size large.

Internal cable routing keeps the lines clean

Internal cable routing keeps the lines clean

On the bike, I could definitely feel the improvements in the suspension and handling. The back end was incredibly supple but there’s still plenty of support in the mid-stroke to hold you up in corners. It also had that nice bottomless feel. Factor in the 140mm-travel Pike fork and aggressive geometry and the Scout felt like a bike with more than 125mm travel at the rear. Due to the smaller size, however, I was either too far over the front or hanging off the back when descending — but the low bottom bracket height and supple suspension meant the Scout absolutely railed corners.

'Giddy Up' The Scout gets a Horst link

‘Giddy Up’ The Scout gets a Horst link

The bike felt lively and unfazed in technical terrain and, despite being a bit porky, it didn’t hang about on the climbs either.

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On paper, the geometry looks great, but without seeing the size large in the flesh, the jury is out. In theory, if you’re in the market for an aggressive, short-travel trail bike, the Scout is up there with the Whyte T-130 and Specialized Camber Evo. The only thing that may put you off is the weight; at nearly 14kg with this top-end build, the Scout is the same weight as the £1,700 Scott Genius 750 I reviewed last month.

Details

Frame:6061 aluminium, 125mm travel
Shock:RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair
Fork:RockShox Pike Monarch RCT3, 140mm travel
Wheels:SRAM 716/ DT Swiss 370 hubs, Frequency team i23 TR rims, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35in tyres
Drivetrain:Race Face Turbine Cinch crankset, SRAM X01 shifter, r-mech
Brakes:Shimano XT, 180/160mm
Components:Kore Mega 760mm bar, Race Face Turbine 50mm stem, RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm seat post, ANVL Forge saddle
Sizes :S, M, L, XL
Weight:13.87kg (30.58lb)
Size Ridden:M
Rider Height :5 ft 10 in
Head Angle:66.6
Seat angle:75.5
BB Height:327mm
Chainstay:425mm
Front centre:720mm
Wheelbase:1,145mm
Top Tube:585mm
Reach:432mm
  • Danny Milner

    We asked for a large to test, but the distributor only had a medium demo bike.

  • Danny Milner

    We asked for a large, but the distributor only had a medium demo bike.

  • bollox

    Here’s an idea. When you test review bikes why don’t you get a bike at fits the bloody tester..or vice versa. Number of times I see reviews where tester has the wrong size bike is amazing. What’s the point?! How can you get an accurate review from it?!

  • bollox

    Here’s an idea. When you test review bikes why don’t you get a bike at fits the bloody tester..or vice versa. Number of times I see reviews where tester has the wrong size bike is amazing. What’s the point?! How can you get an accurate review from it?!