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2012 Transition Blindside Bike (discontinued)

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Alright for the price

The Good:

The bike has decent geo and comes well spect.

The Bad:

Mega flexy rear end. The seat stays are not connected to each other or to the chain stays unlike many other free ride/dh bikes. This created a lose feeling rear end, witch did no go well with the brake jack on technical sections. I found that for steep and ruff trails i was underbiked.

Overall Review:

Great bike for free ride and smaller riders. Look elsewhere for a bike that can also handle DH.

Great bike

The Good:

The geometry of this bike its perfect for freeride and people who like to jump their bike, it also can handle any dh track you put in front of it. With short chainstays this bikes feels very nimble and playfull. I own the 2009 version with 8.1 travel and its awesome.

The Bad:

some brake jack at high DH speeds.

Overall Review:

This is one of those bikes that if its your first really DH/FREERIDE you will improve your riding skills and will make you a better rider without braking the bank.


Product Transition Blindside Bike
Model Year 2012
Riding Type Freeride / Bike Park, Downhill
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L View Geometry
Size S M L
Top Tube Length 21.5 22.5 23.5
Head Tube Angle 65° 65° 65°
Head Tube Length
Seat Tube Angle 72.5 72.5 72.5
Seat Tube Length
Bottom Bracket Height 14.2 14.2 14.2
Chainstay Length 17.15 17.15 17.15
Wheelbase 45 46 47
Reach 14.74 15.74 16.74
Stack 23.54 23.54 23.54
Wheel Size
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details 6061 Custom Formed Heat Treated Aluminum
Rear Travel
  • 180mm
  • 190mm
Rear Shock Fox DHX RC2
Fork Rockshox Domain RC CL 180 BLACK TAPER
Fork Travel
Head Tube Diameter Tapered 1.5" / 1-1/8" (1.5" Lower Cup 49.6mm ID / 1-1/8" Upper Cup 44mm ID)
Headset FSA Gravity DX Pro
Handlebar Kore Torsion 800x35mm
Stem TBC Temple Lite
Grips TBC Lock On
Brakes Avid Elixr 7
Brake Levers Avid Elixr 7
Shifters SRAM X7
Front Derailleur SRAM X7 HDM 2x10 38/36T DP
Chainguide e.Thirteen Heim 2 Dual Ring
Cranks Truvativ S1400 GXP 10S 170 BTBLK Am
Chainrings 36/22
Bottom Bracket 73mm shell x 51mm chainline
Pedals Not Included
Chain KMC X10.93
Cassette SRAM PG-1050 10SP 11-36
Rims TBC Revolution 32
Hubs TBC Revolution 32
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF 26 x 2.5 Foldable EXO
Saddle TBC Park N Ride AM Split Logo
Seatpost Truvativ Hussefelt DC
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp 34.9mm
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142mm x 12mm (Shimano e-thru) + 135mm x 10mm option
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts
Colors Green, Black, Raw
Warranty 2 year defect warranty, lifetime crash replacement.
Weight N/A
Price $3,199
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