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Transition 2017 Scout Frame (discontinued)

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Transition Scout Frame
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The Good:

Versatile geometry.
Short wheelbase.
Good weight.
Bottom bracket very low in stock configuration (may also be a negative).
Solid Syntace axle and frame hardware.

The Bad:

Poorly implemented cable routing.
Short bearing lifespan.
Bottom bracket very low in stock configuration (may also be a positive).

Overall Review:

The Scout is an incredibly versatile, fun and surprisingly capable bike. It can be built into a potent weapon for XC to Enduro and everything in between. With some tough tyres and a taller fork I’ve ridden at DH venues alongside DH bikes and the Scout has proven itself extremely capable.

The original stock builds came with a 140mm fork meaning the bottom bracket was pretty much on the floor. It’s easily remedied by using a taller fork and because the BB is so low you can happily run anything up to 160mm at the front which in turn will slacken out the head angle and provide more gravity ability - one of the reasons this bike is so versatile. 

The shorter travel and short wheelbase mean you don’t have to be riding at warp speed and/ or be Sam Hill to have fun on the Scout. Manuals come easily and it has a lot of pop which allows it to be flung around even off smaller features. It’s also very good at going sideways without leaving the ground. The Scout won’t have you scared for your life as slides are easily controlled and when things get a little wild the short wheelbase is easy to reign in. 

Having ridden the Scout I’m no longer interested in such things as long travel, long wheelbase, low, slack (insert buzzword here). There may be nothing wrong with those bikes but the Scout shows you don’t need a limo-like wheelbase to go fast and quite often embarrasses those stern and serious, race-bred machines as you hop, skip and cutty down the trail. There’s a lot to be said for agility that seems to have been forgotten lately. 

The internal cable routing and cheap bearings seem like an after thought but aren’t too difficult to fix with some good bearings and there are plenty of folks who’ve come up with clever solutions to the noisey cables. 

My personal Scout has become quite heavily modified but it started from stock and there’s no need to go to the lengths I have, I just like tinkering. The best all round setup is probably just to bang a 150mm fork on there and go out and overtake some enduro bikes :D


Product Transition 2017 Scout Frame
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 556mm 585mm 614mm 643mm
Head Tube Angle 67° 67° 67° 67°
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 76° 75.4° 74.9° 74.5°
Seat Tube Length 393mm 419mm 457mm 495mm
Bottom Bracket Height -20mm drop -20mm drop -20mm drop -20mm drop
Chainstay Length 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm
Wheelbase 1117mm 1147mm 1176mm 1205mm
Standover 671mm 680mm 691mm 706mm
Reach 406mm 432mm 457mm 483mm
Stack 588mm 597mm 606mm 616mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details Aluminum
Rear Travel 125mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair, 190mm x 51mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 44mm Zero Stack Top / 56mm Zero Stack Bottom
Bottom Bracket 73mm, BSA threaded
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 142mm
Front Derailleur Size N/A
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Max Tire Size 27.5" x 2.3"
ISCG Tabs ISCG05, 2.5mm offset
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Red Rum
Stealth Black
Warranty 2 years frame
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Integrated rubber chainstay protection
Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware
E2 low direct mount front derailleur support
Approximate Maximum Seatpost Insertion: Small 145mm, Medium 170mm, Large 210mm, XL 250mm
Max Chainring Size: 34 tooth 1x, 26/38 tooth 2x
Shock Tune: LL S 380 Debonair High Volume, 2 Bands
Price $1,799
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