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-er size question

I own a Bandit 29-er, and a TransAm 29-er both in size L. Now I'm actually thinking of getting a Covert 29-er too, but I'm a bit troubled about the size. The TransAm has a reach of 419mm/16.5", and an effective top tube length of 608mm/23.9". The Bandit has a reach of 436mm/17.1", and an effect ... Read More »

Anyone with a Covert 29

Anyone running a 2013 of 2014 Covert 29? How do you like it for an everyday do it all trail bike that can take some bigger technical trail hits but still ride fairly smooth trail? Does it climb fairly well? What bike did you move from? For reference I'm on a Bandit 29 and considering the ... Read More »

2014 Covert 29 questions and geo

I looking to potentially move my build over from a Bandit 29 to a 2014 Covert 29 as I'm thinking to Covert would do somewhat better on the downs and for bigger hits. I see the on the TBC website it lists the pivot placement as begin different now to improve climbing. How does the new covert 2 ... Read More »

BC Bike Race - Pugsley vs Covert 29?

Anyone here done the BC Bike Race? Based on your experience with that race and your Fat bike experience, if you had a choice between riding a Surly Pugsley vs a Transition Covert 29, which would you choose for that race and why?Read More »

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 »

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