Transition Bikes Bandit All Mountain Full Suspension

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00

Product Description

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 Bandit Pro Review

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 →

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tibetaneskimo a Weekend Warrior from Logan, UT

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2011

Strengths:    Rips up, flies down

Weaknesses:    Small Block 8s weren't up to the job I asked of them

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Spring Hollow

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   SpeedMountain

Similar Products Used:   Yeti 575, Trek Fuel EX8

Bike Setup:   Build Kit 1 plus Kenda Nevegal 2.35 front and rear

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Bandit 27.5 or Process 134

I have been riding a Transition TransAm 26" for awhile and need to switch to a FS bike to save my 55 year old body from the rigors of riding a hard tail. I am partial to Transition due to my success with the TransAm, but the Kona Process 134 has my interest. Should I go for a Bandit 27.5 or Proce ... Read More »

transition bandit 29 vs banshee phantom

I'm in the market for a playful 29er to serve as my primary trail bike. I'm looking for something that can be purchased as a frame only, so i can swap my existing components over. I've for the most part narrowed it down to these 2 due to their durability and playfulness, so I'm looking for some ins ... Read More »

2014 Bandit 27.5 - reverb hose routing

Hi all! I recently went from a B26 to a B275. I have a RS Reverb and I dont get how I supposed to route the hose. There is no guides on the top tube like on the B26 and I dont see any other obvious way to do it. I now have made some own solution but it does not feel 100 %. The frame has a hole i ... Read More »

Bandit 27.5 or 29er?

Looking to upgrade from my Bandit 26. I live on the Front Range in CO- lots of rocks, long climbs, techy descents...I'm 5'5", run my medium 26er with a 50mm stem. So, looking at either a 2014 Bandit 27.5 or Bandit 29er. I'm a way better descender than I am a climber. I've ridden a Bandit 27.5 and lo ... Read More »

Transition's new suspension platform: Bandit Enduro Prototype

Looks interesting enough. [url=,7729/Lars-Sternbergs-Prototype-Transition-Enduro-Race-Bike,79414/sspomer,2]Lars Sternberg's Prototype Transition Enduro Race Bike - PIT BITS - 2014 Enduro World Seri ... Read More »

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