2018 Transition Patrol NX Bike

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The Best 27.5 Bike On The Market

A confidence inspiring bike

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The Best 27.5 Bike On The Market
The Good:

SBG - Rear Linkage - Customer Service - 27.5 - Ride Quality

The Bad:

Weight: Just shy of 36 LBS (SIZE LARGE) - Rear Shock - Build Spec

Overall Review:

As a 16 year old, I haven't lived long enough to try and experience theevolvementof Mountain Bikes and be able to compare the ride characteristics to many other bikes, but I have enough to say about the 2018 Transition PatrolNXto write a competent andaccuratereview. To begin with, I would like to talk about the pros of this bike.First of all,SBG, a wonderful technology that Transition has implemented intotheir 2018 line of full suspension bikes.SBG(Speed Balanced Geometry) uses a shorter 37 mm offset 27.5 fork, a slacker64 degreeheadtubeangle, a shorter steam, increased reach, and lastly, a steeper seat tube angle. Before riding the bike, I doubtedSBGthinking it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick, but then, after riding the bike for 10 months Iam able toconfidently say theSBG

Overall Review:

As a 16 year old, I haven't lived long enough to try and experience theevolvement of Mountain Bikes and be able to compare the ride characteristics to many other bikes, but I have enough to say about the 2018 Transition Patrol NX to write a competent and accurate review. To begin with, I would like to talk about the pros of this bike. First of all, SBG, a wonderful technology that Transition has implemented into their 2018 line of full suspension bikes. SBG (Speed Balanced Geometry) uses a shorter 37 mm offset 27.5 fork, a slacker 64 degree headtube angle, a shorter steam, increased reach, and lastly, a steeper seat tube angle. Before riding the bike, I doubted SBG thinking it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick, but then, after riding the bike for 10 months I am able to confidently say the SBG drastically improves the ride characteristics and handling of the bike. While climbing up tight switchback it feels remarkably easy to turn and navigate for a 170/160 mm travel bike. While descending, the bike feels very stable yet very playful, encouraging the rider to pop off roots and rocks.

The next thing that I find amazing about the bike is the ride experience it produces which is thanks to SBG, geometry, and the frame. The frame is astonishingly stiff with no noticeable flex in the rear triangle creating a very pleasant ride experience going up or down. While descending the bike feels more like a very agile downhill bike giving the rider loads of confidence.

The next positive thing I would like to talk about is its rear linkage. The linkage feels so balanced and supportive easily absorbing the huge hits and G-Outs that might occur on the trail while still being relatively supple over smaller rocks and roots. The Transition Patrol uses 27.5 wheels which could be a pro or con depending on the person. Personally, I prefer the smaller wheel size as it creates a more fun and agile feeling bike. 

The last pro I would like to talk about is the quality of customer service I have received with Transition. A few months after owning my bike I noticed to be what looks like a crack in the linkage rocker but just turned out to be a harmless defect. At first I was worried and sent Transition an Email which they responded too very quickly. They offered to send a new rocker free of charge.

Moving on to the cons of the bike, I would like to start out with the weight. My Size Large bike weighs just under 36 LBS with pedals. This is a few pounds over the weight of many other similar bikes on the market and heavier than some downhill bikes. I happened to not notice the weight unless I was pedaling up a long uphill section. As long as you don't intend on climbing hills all day you won't mind the weight too much. The last con I would like to talk about is the build spec specifically the shock and the brakes. For $3000 retail you receive a Rockshox Yari RC and Deluxe RT, WTB rims, Sram Level T brakes, Maxxis rubber, Sram NX 1x11 drivetrain, and a Race Face cockpit and dropper. I think that for $3000 Transition could have at least upgraded the shock and brakes, the most disappointing parts on the bike. The Rockshox Deluxe RT shock feels out of place on Enduro bike as it struggles to keep up with the performance on the descents. Halfway down runs, the shocks tends to heat up due to the lack of a piggy back, creating a loss in damping performance especially in terms of rebound. If you aren't thinking about it you may start to land nose heavy off jumps since the increase in temperature speeds up the shock rebound. The 2 piston Sram Level T brakes also do not belong on an Enduro bike as they lack serious bite which forces you to brake sooner.

Lastly I would like to compare the Transition Patrol to the Yeti SB6. The Yeti SB6 takes a lot more muscle and effort to move it around even though it is much lighter the the Patrol. While the Patrol descends like a downhill bike the SB6 descends like a trail bike although they are similar in travel. The Patrol has a much better climbing position but is brought down by the weight. Although the climbing position is better on the Patrol, the SB6 is more comfortable on long stretches. Overall, the Patrol feels a lot more composed than the SB6 and in my opinion, a better bike. 

Specifications

Product Transition Patrol NX Bike
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
XS, S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size XS S M L XL
Top Tube Length 530mm 555mm 583mm 611mm 640mm
Head Tube Angle 64° 64° 64° 64° 64°
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 78.4° 77.8° 77.1° 76.6° 76.1°
Seat Tube Length 360mm 360mm 400mm 440mm 490mm
Bottom Bracket Height 15mm drop 15mm drop 15mm drop 15mm drop 15mm drop
Chainstay Length 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm
Wheelbase 1154mm 1179mm 1209mm 1238mm 1268mm
Standover 680mm 680mm 685mm 695mm 710mm
Reach 400mm 425mm 450mm 475mm 500mm
Stack 596mm 596mm 605mm 614mm 623mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details
Rear Travel 160mm
Rear Shock RockShox Deluxe RT, trunnion style metric shock
Fork RockShox Yari RC Solo Air
Fork Travel 170mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset FSA No.57SC, zero-stack
Handlebar Race Face Chester 35, 780mm width
Stem Race Face Aeffect R, 40mm length
Grips Velo Single Clamp
Brakes SRAM Level T calipers, SRAM Centerline 200mm front / 180mm rear rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Level T
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM NX, 11-Speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX, 11-Speed, clutch
ISCG Tabs ISCG05
Chainguide N/A
Cranks Race Face Aeffect, 170mm length
Chainrings Race Face 30 tooth
Bottom Bracket Threaded 73mm
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM PC-1110
Cassette SRAM PG-1130, 11-42 tooth
Rims WTB STPi29
Hubs Joytech D791SB-B15 | Joytech D462SB, XD driver for SRAM
Spokes
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF | Maxxis Minion DHR II, 27.5" x 2.3" EXO Dual
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost Race Face Aeffect Dropper
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard, single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 148mm
Max. Tire Size 27.5" x 2.8"
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Ponderosa Green
Storm Grey
Warranty 3 full years for original owners from the date of purchase against material defect and manufacturing quality
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Molded rubber chainstay and downtube protection
Rattle-free internal cable port covers
External rear brake cable routing
180mm rear brake post mount
Collet main pivot
Enduro Max sealed bearings
Price $2,999
More Info

www.transitionbikes.com

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