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2018 Transition Smuggler GX Bike (discontinued)

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Amazing Trail Bike

The Good:

Very stable, punches way above its weight, not afraid of anything, enormously fast on the straights, very smart build for the price

The Bad:

A bit heavy, cannot add more volume spacers in the rear shock

Overall Review:

Where it shines: Singletrack slayer. Very, very fast. Proficient at popping and pumping. Corners like a bobsled. Solid as a bank vault. Good climber, not as good as a virtual-pivot bike or a DW-link, but very competent. All-around party machine.

Where it lacks: It is a bit heavy feeling on steeper climbs, but honestly not bad. It has a tendency to make you forget you are on a 120mm trail bike and not on a destroyer-of-worlds war-chariot and that can get you into trouble, but that's more of a plus in my opinion.

*Update* I got a lot more saddle time and wanted to add some context and things I've learned. I came from an Intense Spider 275A, which has 10mm more travel in back and the same in front (I upped the fork), but with 27.5 wheels. The Spider, in summary, is a great climber and very nimble, but not very confident in the rough or on big hits. The Smuggler provides a lot more confidence when the rowdy factor goes up and simply rolls significantly faster. I can compare it to other similar bikes like the Evil Following and Yeti SB4.5 but I only demoed those and I am not a professional reviewer so I wouldn't have anything meaningful to say other than they were both rad bikes but I didn't want carbon. Since owning this bike I have tried a lot of new features and lines on my local trails that I always skipped before. I am just generally having a blast.


Product Transition Smuggler GX Bike
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 571mm 596mm 625mm 653mm
Head Tube Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Seat Tube Angle 77° 76.3° 75.8° 75.3°
Seat Tube Length 400mm 410mm 450mm 495mm
Bottom Bracket Height 35mm drop 35mm drop 35mm drop 35mm drop
Chainstay Length 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm
Wheelbase 1159mm 1184mm 1213mm 1242mm
Standover 688mm 695mm 705mm 720mm
Reach 425mm 450mm 475mm 500mm
Stack 615mm 615mm 624mm 633mm
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details
Rear Travel 120mm
Rear Shock FOX DPS Performance Elite, metric
Fork FOX 34 Float Grip Performance
Fork Travel 140mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset FSA No.57E, zero-stack
Handlebar Race Face Aeffect R 35, 780mm width
Stem Race Face Aeffect R, 40mm length
Grips Velo Single Clamp
Brakes SRAM Guide R calipers, SRAM Centerline 180mm rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Guide R
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, 12-Speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-Speed, clutch
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM Descendent 6K, 170mm length
Chainrings SRAM 30 tooth, narrow/wide
Bottom Bracket Threaded 73mm
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM GX Eagle
Cassette SRAM XG-1275, 10-50 tooth
Rims e*thirteen TRS
Hubs Joytech D791SB-B15 | Joytech D462SB, XD driver for SRAM
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF | Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29" x 2.3" EXO Dual
Saddle ANVL Forge Stealth Cromo
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard, single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 148mm
Max. Tire Size 29" x 2.4"
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Gunsmoke Blue
Bone 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 $3,999
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