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Introducing the All-New Transition Patrol

Date Jun 1, 2021

We've all been waiting a while now for the new Patrol from Transition, and it's finally here. While we'd normally hope to be adding to launch day with a mini review or a first look, unfortunately Covid delayed a lot of the pre-launch bikes. However, ours is on the way and we can't wait to get it dirty and let you all know how it rides. Stay tuned for that. Until then, all the details on the 2021 Transition Patrol are below, including a typically funny video from the TR crew, featuring Hannah Bergemann riding very fast and going very large over a gap that, frankly, would be scary to cross even on a zip line.


The mixed wheel Patrol has a new haircut, but is still down for anything and truly unapologetic when it comes to shredding trail. Being one of the longest standing bikes in our lineup, it was the obvious choice to mix it up. Updated geometry to accommodate the 29” front / 27.5" rear wheels and revised suspension tune might just make you ride all day, and then all night. Jibbing, jumping, pumping and hooting your way down the trail, the updated Patrol loves to party. From bike parks to your local trails, the Patrol isn't concerned with where you ride, but rather how much fun you are having.

Patrol complete bikes come equipped with suspension from Fox, RockShox or Marzocchi to take the biggest of hits. Powerful four piston brakes with big rotors front and rear help keep you in control. Schwalbe Magic Mary and Big Betty Super Trail tires offer you great cornering traction and braking performance in a variety of conditions. All build levels and sizes include 165mm cranks, a OneUp dropper post and a OneUp bash guide to ensure nothing holds you back

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The Patrol features a frame made from tough and dependable 6061 aluminum to strike the right balance of frame strength, durability and ride quality. All frames see protection on the downtube, chainstay, and seatstay, with an optional downtube shuttle guard included in the box. Small and medium sizes share 434mm chainstay lengths while large and x-large share 440mm chainstay lengths. All frames are equipped with a geo adjust chip at the lower shock mount for high and low geometry settings, and 56mm/56mm press in headset cups that are compatible with reach adjust headsets when used with a dual crown fork.

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With nearly 24% progression and the most current evolution of our GiddyUp suspension kinematic, the Patrol has an excellent balance of support and small bump sensitivity. Anti-squat is tuned to enhance pedaling performance and provides a platform to push against when pumping, without sacrificing a bottomless feel when needed.

The GiddyUp suspension layout is tuned to work correctly with both air and coil rear shocks. Riders are able to add or remove volume spacers in the rear air shock to suit their individual riding style, and there is plenty of bottom out control with air and coil shocks when things get rowdy. The Patrol has 160mm of rear wheel travel when used with the supplied 205mm x 60mm stroke shock. It is also possible to install a longer, 205mm x 65mm stroke shock to increase the rear wheel travel to 170mm if you are after a longer travel experience.

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A suggested sag range of 27 - 33% allows riders to tune the feel of the bike, from a firm and snappy jump and slash mode, to a more supple and active full on party mode. Wherever you end up, you can focus on the trail, without worrying about remotes, levers or knobs. Just grab your bike and GiddyUp.

Geometry

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Build Kits

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monsieurgage
+1 Velocipedestrian
Gage Wright  - June 1, 2021, 12:52 p.m.

So if I put the cascade link and a 29er fork on my 2020 patrol I have the new version but with 8mm shorter chainstays? 

Pros:

Every company making alu frames needs a raw version.  They look awesome and for bikers who are new or thrash there is no paint to destroy and no tears over a chip or scratch.  All in all very reasonable pricing especially the deore build which is refreshing in covid times.  Looking at the spec list the priorities are correct.  Top of the line suspension and brakes even on GX.  Oneup bash and dropper to support even more local companies.

Cons:

No recycling tires from front to back.  Chain slap is pretty thin but I guess there is the STFU system.  Not having coil stock makes it seem like the 2020 #oncoil was all marketing and not for function.  11% progression in 2020 patrol gets a coil (hey its the new thing for 2020 and not just a way to sell the 2019 frame while we work on the 2021 patrol) while the 2021 with 24% progression gets air.  You can tune air to whatever curve you have but it erks me when a company tries to appear above marketing hype for the sake of sales and contradicts themselves between years.  Remember when transition would advise you not put coils on their bikes because they were too linear?

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lev
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Lev  - June 2, 2021, 2:19 p.m.

Gage, things change.  I've never been let down by a Transition bike.  They always improve on what they built before.  I'm looking forward to their e-sentinel coming out later this week ;-)

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