What have we got here then?
Meet the Transition Carbon Patrol. It made it into our Most Exciting Bikes of 2015 and with good reason, it maintains everything that was great about the aluminium Patrol but clocks in 600 grams lighter on the weighing scales thanks to a fully carbon frame.
Tell me about the frame
Its made using Transition’s Woven Tight Fibres (W.T.F) technology which Transition reckons is a space-age construction providing stiffness and lightness. It’s got a quoted weight of 6.5 lbs (2.94 kg) which the company also reckons makes it one of the lightest of its competitors, despite being half a pound (300 grams) heavier than a Yeti SB6c.
What features are carried over from the standard transition?
Pretty much everything to be honest. It comes with 650b wheels, the same geometry, and a 160mm fork combined with 155mm at the rear end. The four-bar Giddy Up suspension system will be aiming to keep all that travel in control in control and improve pedalling performance. You can read more about the design here.
It also has room for a water bottle thanks to the P.A.B.S.T (Put A Bottle and Stuff in There) design, a threaded 73mm bottom bracket, and internal cable routing using Transition’s Tubes in Tubes System (*sigh* T.I.T.S).
What sort of riding is it for?
With more than six inches of travel expect to see these bikes cropping up at your local enduro races, however, considering it has to pass Transition’s H.T.F, or Huck to Flat, test before it leaves the factory, we reckon that it can be ridden for general hooliganism and even downhill as well.
So how much will this set me back?
Well a bit of kit this gorgeous was always going to set you back a pretty penny. A frame only will cost £2,599.95 from UK distributor Windwave. There are also full builds that start at $5,199 (£3,520) and top out at $7,599 (£5,145).