Transition Bikes Covert 29 29er Full Suspension

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $2999.00

Product Description

The Covert is the most versatile bike we make in our lineup. Designed to not only excel in a multitude of riding styles, it dominates them. Our main goal with the Covert was to create a bike that you could ride almost anywhere with the least amount of compromising. New pivot placements and geometry make the Covert super comfortable and efficient to climb while the increased stroke shock and custom tuned suspension make the Covert destroy downhills and remain incredibly playful. That is why the Covert is our bike of choice for pro level enduro and avalanche style racing. You can pedal all day and then point it down almost any type of terrain with total confidence.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bulldozer27 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2013

Strengths:    Stout frame construction
Very stiff
Stable at speed
Plush suspension
Balanced front-to-rear when airborne
Inexpensive relative to comparable frames

Weaknesses:    Stout = heavy (7.75lbs for Medium frame)
Poorly designed cable routing

Bottom Line:   
I've spent the last 10 years riding MTBs from Specialized and Giant, the most recent being an Anthem X 29. A few months back I upgraded the Anthem's fork to a 140mm Fox 34 TALAS, and that eventually led to my first custom build.

The search for a frame suitable to the previously-mentioned TALAS fork took the most time when planning my build. Beyond 100mm of travel, the choices among 29ers are limited, and I was only able to demo the Yeti SB-95, SC Tallboy LTa, and Turner Burner (a proxy for the Sultan). While each had its strengths, none of them really won me over.

Then I wandered into the Transition forum here on MTBR and discovered the Covert 29. Without even a test ride I decided to order one from the nearest dealer as it just looked RIGHT. Illogical I know, but the gamble has since paid off big time Let me begin by saying that climbing was just OK, but only because of the weight, not because of any handling issues. My build is fairly high-end, but the complete bike still weighs 31.2 lbs. That's the price one pays for a 140mm 29er. The flip side of this is that all is forgotten once the trail heads downhill as I have never been this confident on descents with any bike previously. Speed and fun were clearly design parameters during the development of this frame.

Suspension designs are a favorite dead horse on this forum, but the Covert has a basic faux-bar single-pivot. My previous bikes all had ostensibly superior designs (FSR, Maestro), but I don't notice any deficiencies with the Covert. Seems to me the Fox CTD shock has a bigger impact on suspension performance than linkage design, and the CTD as valved for this frame is excellent.

After the first ride I had such a huge grin that, for the first time, I feel compelled to write a product review. If you're looking for a longer travel 29er, this one should be considered. Also, the frameset is hundreds of dollars less than the other ones mentioned, partially due to less name recognition, but probably more because of no licensing fee for a patented suspension design.

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Favorite Trail:   SJT

Similar Products Used:   Yeti SB-95
Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Aluminum
Turner Burner

Bike Setup:   Fox 34 TALAS 140 RLC
Easton Haven Al Wheelset / Kenda Nevegal DTC tires
Shimano XT / SRAM X0 drivetrain
Formula R1/RX brakes
Kind Shock LEV 125mm dropper post
Easton Haven carbon bar / aluminum stem

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Covert 29 drivetrain question

Hey I had a question about my crankset/shifter combo. I was running an XO double crankset w/XO 2x Gripshift before and everything shifted fine up front. I ended up swapping the crankset to another bike so I decided to use an old XT crankset for the Covert, it's setup with 24/38 rings. My shop got me ... Read More »

Covert 29 CTD Suspension Tuning

I have been underwhelmed with the lack of bottom-out resistance on the Fox CTD stuff on my Covert 29 (34 140 fork and CTD shock...both from the stock kit). In my quest to better handle my 240 lb riding weight without spanking the bottom of the stroke constantly here's what I've done: SHOCK: ... Read More »

Transition Covert 29 build

Transitions are kinda underrepresented here on the 29er forum so I figured I'd post this, my first custom build from a boutique manufacturer. As pictured it weighs 31.2 lbs, which is not bad for a 140mm AM 29er with an overbuilt frame. Also, the single-pivot suspension works great to me with the Fox ... Read More »

Covert 29, tallboy LT or WFO9?

Just after some opinions on how these bikes stack up against each other. I can test ride a covert and a tallboy. I think the tallboy pedals better without propedal engaged. The covert certainly relies on shock bob control more than the tallboy. I'm after a tough all mountain 29er, I have a dh bike a ... Read More »

Covert 29 vs Bandit 29?

Anybody ridden a pre2013 Bandit 29 and the new Covert 29? I was falling in love with the Bandit 29 last year and planning to buy one but bailed when I found out Transition changed it. looks like the Covert 29 replaces for more long travel 29 sexiness. anybody ridden both and what are your impres ... Read More »

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