The Bandit is a true to form lightweight trail bike designed to rip up and down the mountain. We pushed the envelope of tube design and machining of frame parts to create a bike that absolutely floats through singletrack. Careful attention to pivot placement and leverage curves make the Bandit feel like a long travel bike on the descents and a XC race bike going up. Our goal was to create a trail bike that combined the ultimate uphill pedaling feel along with a playful spirit on the downhill that is a treat to throw around corners, bunny hop and pull the front end up over obstacles.
Transition hit the sweet spot for trail bikes with the Bandit. The Bandit is best described as playful. Super poppy but which you can throw around. These are hardly characteristics that you’d associate with the 130mm rear suspension that is now considered to be short/medium travel. The Bandit’s downhill fun factor does not detract from its uphill ability and it is a competent climber. Couple these positive traits with a comparatively reasonable price and you have a high-value package for a rider that wants one bike to do it but with an uphill bias. Continue reading →
Weaknesses: Small Block 8s weren't up to the job I asked of them
My favorite bike by far until I rode a Yeti SB66. It's still my favorite bike, but not by far anymore. I blew out the side walls on the Kenda Small Block 8s that came with the build kit before I had a chance to upgrade them. But that was because I was asking cross country tires to do downhill duty. I swapped on the Nevegals and love the bike even more. It is extremely efficient and tons of fun downhill. Definitely the best bike for those of us that need to do a lot of pedaling to get up the hills. I also took it to the bike park at The Canyons last fall and handled what I launched off of. But I am kind of a wuss so that doesn't say much. However, for a bike that is marketed as a cross country it can handle pretty much everything to some degree.
Looking to buy a trailer for some backcountry touring for my Transition Bandit.
Anyone ran one of these before? I am guessing that the axle won't allow for a BOB style mount so I'd have to go seatpost mount?Read More »
Please delete, bike has been sold.
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I'm running a 3x9 setup on my '12 B29 and having problems dropping the chain from the middle ring on downhills. It falls all the way down and jams between the granny ring and the ISCG tabs.
[B]Can someone recommend a product for me to keep the chain in place, or at least from jamming? [/B]
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