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2012 Transition Covert 1 Bike

Average User Rating: (Outstanding)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    “2010 Transition Covert”

    The Good: Solid frame, great angles, solid spec

    The Bad: The paint chops too easily.

    Overall Review:

    The Covert has a single pivot linkage driven suspension that feels plush over the rough stuff and helps the bike remain steady at high speeds. I frequently ride this bike on "DH" trails at Sandy Ridge and Cold Creek Mountain Bike area and feel like I can go balls out over the steep, rocky and rooty terrain and am able to pedal through the flat sections.  The bike also pedals uphill pretty well.  It's no XC rocket but it feels comfortable and sure footed when it's time to start earning the turns.  3.5 mile climb to the top of the DH?  OK.  All day trail ride? Count me in.  Drops and jumps?  Yes, please.

    My bike came with a 36 TALAS RLC with Fit damper, RP23 shock, Transition Revolution 28 Wheels, DHF Minions front and rear, 750mm Kore bar, 60mm AKA stem,  Reverb Seat Post, Transition TOP saddle, AKA cranks, 9 speed X9 drive train, Transition Stepdown pedals, and Elixir CRs.

    The current build:

    Stan's Flow EX wheels, Trail Kings 2.4 F, 2.2 R,  780mm Answer Pro Taper bar, 45mm Gravity Light Stem, SLX cranks, 10 Spd XT drive Train, XT brakes w/ 180mm ice tech rotors F and R.  All other details are the same.

    “Affordable high quality AM bike!”

    The Good: Great riding bike with solid suspension. This bike can do anything and comes with a life time frame guarantee! Pretty hard to beat.

    The Bad: Slight bob on climbs but it's not that noticeable...it IS a trail bike so you will be giving up something to gain all of the other great features of this bike!

    Overall Review:

    I've used this bike for the past two years (this model replaced my '10 but it's basically the same) and ride it everyday. The weight is a non-factor for me since I do ride it everyday. Where the bike excels is when you point it down hill. Solid design from a cool small company out of Washington.

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


    Model Year 2012
    Riding Type Trail
    Sizes and Geometry

    S, M, L View Geometry

    Size S M L
    Top Tube Length 22 23 24.25
    Head Tube Angle 67° 67° 67°
    Head Tube Length 4.330 4.725 4.725
    Seat Tube Angle 73 73 73
    Seat Tube Length 16.5 18
    Bottom Bracket Height 13.95 13.95 13.95
    Chainstay Length 17 17 17
    Wheelbase 43.8 44.8 46.0
    Standover 28.48 29.62 30.82
    Reach 14.98 15.86 17.1
    Stack 23 23.4 23.4
    Frame Material 6061 Heat Treated Aluminum
    Rear Travel 150mm (5.9")
    Rear Shock Fox RP23 BV Kashima
    Fork Fox 36 Talas 160 RLC Kashima
    Fork Travel
    Head Tube Diameter Tapered 1.5" / 1-1/8" (1.5" Lower Cup 49.6mm ID / 1-1/8" Cane Creek Integrated Top)
    Headset FSA Gravity DX Pro
    Handlebar Easton Havoc Carbon
    Stem Easton Haven 55mm
    Grips ODI Cross Trainer X Lock-on
    Brakes Avid Elixr 9
    Brake Levers Avid Elixr 9
    Shifters SRAM XO
    Front Derailleur
    Rear Derailleur SRAM XO Medium Cage 10SPD
    ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
    Chainguide e.Thirteen LG1+ ISCG05 32-36
    Cranks The Hive XC Single 175/
    Chainrings 32t
    Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP 73mm
    Pedals Not Included
    Chain KMC X10.93
    Cassette SRAM PG-1070 10SPD 11-36
    Rims TBC Revolution 28
    Hubs TBC Revolution 28
    Tires Maxxis Minion DHF 2.35 Foldable
    Saddle TBC Park N Ride AM Split Logo
    Seatpost RockShox Reverb Adjustable Seatpost
    Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm
    Seatpost Clamp 34.9mm Clamp
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142mm x 12mm (Shimano e-thru) + 135mm x 10mm option
    Max. Tire Size
    Bottle Cage Mounts
    Colors Blue, White, Matte Black
    Warranty 2 year defect warranty, lifetime crash replacement.


    Price $4399.00
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    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry