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Transition TR250 Frame

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

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“Transition TR250: Ultimate Park Machine”

The Good: The transition TR250 is a park bike. It is a do it all freeride machine for somebody who wants a bike that will take them to the race, the jumps, or the back country. The geometry is designed explicitly for bike park riding and this gives it an incredible amount of versatility. The 250s link design allows it to float through the technical sections and take the big hits just as well. Its head tube angle makes it feel right at home and along with the chainstay length, the bike corners like its on rails, even in off camber situations. The frame has a way of feeling like its part of your body, making technical lines where line placement is key no trouble at all. Jumping on the bike is another strong point. The bike feels incredible comfortable in any sort of hip, drop, stepdown, kicker or speed jump. It feels so comfortable and with comfort comes confidence which is a huge resource to have on a ride.

The Bad: The frame itself is a bit heavier than many of the alternatives, this increase in weight can be detrimental for park riders who want trickability, yet that is a small margin of riders. I would have also liked to see a cheaper alternative, seeing as many buyers looking at frames are wanting to save money. Going along with the fact that the price is steep, it confuses me to see a coil shock on the bike. This is not their downhill race bike, so a shock like a Rock Shox vivid air or a Cane Creek DBair would seem to make more sense to me especially considering that price doesn't seem to be of much concern here. Being a park pike, I also would have loved to see the seat tube go a bit lower or maybe a raised bottom bracket. I don't feel that this would affect the cornering too much but for a freeride bike I think it is a logical step. The bike is also very hard to setup. Routing the brake into place through the linkage is a long and tedious process and could certainly have been simplified somehow.

Overall Review:

Overall this is the ultimate park bike. It will go where you want, do what you do, and kill it the whole way. The 250 is certianly one of the most versatile freeride bikes I have ever tried. This is truely a quality bike and it will prove that over and over and over if you give it the opportunity. If you like gravity, and want a bike to conquer it all, this is it.

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

Specifications

Riding Type Freeride, Downhill
Sizes and Geometry

S, M, L View Geometry

Size S M L
Top Tube Length 21.37 22.62 23.87
Head Tube Angle 64°, 64.5°, 65° Adjustable 64°, 64.5°, 65° Adjustable 64°, 64.5°, 65° Adjustable
Head Tube Length 4.33 4.33 4.33
Seat Tube Angle
Seat Tube Length 16 16 16
Bottom Bracket Height 13.75 13.75 13.75
Chainstay Length 16.9 16.9 16.9
Wheelbase 44 45.25 46.5
Standover
Reach 13.71 14.96 16.21
Stack 23.46 23.46 23.46
Frame Material 6061 Heat Treated Aluminum
Rear Travel 160mm (6") / 180mm (7") Adjustable Rear Wheel Travel
Rear Shock
Head Tube Diameter Tapered 1.5" / 1-1/8" (1.5" Lower Cup 49.6mm ID / 1-1/8" Flush Top Cup 44mm ID)
Bottom Bracket 83mm shell x 56mm chainline
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 150mm x 12mm
Front Derailleur Size
Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm Seatpost/34.9mm Clamp
Max Tire Size
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Bottle Cage Mounts
Colors Purple, Green, Raw
Warranty
Weight

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Miscellaneous
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More Info Transition website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry