Transition Bikes Blindside Downhill Full Suspension

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $3199.00

Product Description

We call the Blindside a Big All Mountain bike designed to be a versatile big travel bike. With a front derailleur setup to get you to the summit and up to 190mm of adjustable rear travel so you can take on any downhill. The Blindside's versatility is quite surprising as the bike can pedal extremely well, is nimble on singletrack and jumps and can eat up rough DH style trails. The suspension utilizes a large 2.75" stroke shock for low leverage and features a slightly progressive leverage rate curve that gives excellent consistent leverage throughout the travel allowing the natural progressiveness of the shock to ramp up perfectly. The frames features our own custom formed tubeset with internal gussets and a slimmed down rear triangle with internal cable routing for a clean look.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rideut

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2013

Strengths:    142x12 rear end stiffness
Climbs very well w/2x10 set up

Weaknesses:    I didn't get one sooner!

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2012 version w/142x12 rear, 2x10 drivetrain, &180/190 adjustable travel. Stock set up.
This is the most underrated bike in TBC's line up IMO. After one summer of use it is the only bike I ride/need (sold the others). I use it for xc/am & dh/fr. The bike begs to be jumped and is very balanced in the air. I know a lot of people say things like this but the bike has made me a better rider. I was immediately comfortable the first time I threw my leg over. TR has labeled bike "big all mountain" and they could not be more right. I thought to get a lighter set of wheels for xc/am but that has not been necessary.
Drops, jumps, rough stuff, cornering, manuals, climbing - does it all - very well I might add.
I am 6' 2" and the large fits perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   8 months

Purchased At:   Drop n Zone

Bike Setup:   Stock w/VAN RC2 fork & Deity pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zuk a Racer from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2012

Strengths:    Solid Suspension, smooth, awesome geo, strong welds, versatile!

Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
This bike is super versatile meaning it is excellent for anyone who is interested in doing countless laps in the bikepark to the gnarliest worldcup tracks. This bike pedals like a dream on the trails, and its geometry feels great. Although this bike is mainly aimed at the ride-it-all freerider it is still excellent to race on and win! The only downside of my blindside is the weight but with the right parts I'm sure you can get one under 35 lbs. If I were to buy another bike I would probably buy another Blindside and yes I would recommend this bike to a friend.

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Favorite Trail:   Steeps

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1650.00

Purchased At:   DNZ

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky, stab, Transition Bottlerocket, double, Morowood

Bike Setup:   Boxxer, RC4, all the other good stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by huh? a Weekend Warrior from ftc, colorado

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2011

Strengths:    Really, really fun bike. Can be built to serve very different ideas of what this bike can/should be. Should state that this is the new version for 2010-2011 (V4?)

Weaknesses:    Hmm. None, really. Frame not chased or faced, so burrs on rear cable route blew threw housing after a couple rides and had to replace. Paint sux my bawls thru my drawers. Heard they're having some problems getting large frames to people.

I find it kind of funny, but originally, I fell for Transition's marketing of this as 'big all-mountain.' Now the website says something like, 'while not really an all-mountain bike..' Don't really care about weight, and it dooo climb fairly well fer what it is, so not too pissed. But, she-it, make yer mind up.

Bottom Line:   
Really do like the bike, and functions really well w/a hammerschmidt. Light, strong wheelset, dissent 2.3 tubeless, and bike's roughly 35 lbs. A couple more component changes and it'll weight 33-34. Super fun, pops crazy, wicked balance and really stable in the air. Climbs better than it should, especially in the 6.5" travel position. Of course, there's some flex in the rear, but this isn't an air-sprung 5" bike. Just tune the RC4 and you can figure out some cool tricks with the low speed compression.

Should also say that I'm tall & skinny (160lbs), ride the large frame, and feel that I can slap this bike around on lighter components without effing myself up and blowing thru replacement parts. We'll see how long this optimism lasts..

Dunno. I really have a lot of good things to say about the bike. If you want a big, stable, long-travel, coil-sprung bike that can suit your moods, and you don't expect to go hammer 40 miles a day on it, but throw the occasional 20 mile all-mountain day, this may be your ticket.

I would probably give it 4.5 chilis on both, but a 4 and a 5 should suffice. 8-9 out of 10.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   None really. 2005 Coiler, 2008 Slayer SS. These bikes should be similar, but the blindside does everything its own way.

Bike Setup:   RC4, Talas, Charger pro, hammerschmidt am.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vic690 a Downhiller from Italy

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2010

Strengths:    Great handling and fun bike, i suggest to buy it with a high-end shock (rc4, elka, db) as it's very sensitive to different settings.
It's not a "eat it all" downhill machine, but if you're looking for a fun and playful bike, this is your choice.
It can change like a chamaleon, depending on how you assemble it, or on how you set it.

Weaknesses:    My version (V3) is no longer into production.

Bottom Line:   
Coming from a Bottlerocket i was at the beginning skeptical about a long travel (200 mm) fr bike.
First ride was not so happy, too plushness and lack of reactivity, thought that it was not the rig for me.
I started to work on shox adjustements, and find out my right spring rate (500 lbs, i'm 74 kgs); from then my world has changed upside-down.
My Blindside has become super fun and fast cornering, it takes you out from turns with light-speed and surprisingly rectiveness.
Jumps are no problems, it's well balanced and allows you to push the envelope.
200 mm travel forgives mistakes and save your health :) .. but is still super fun and reactive.
Definitely MY RIG ... !!!

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Favorite Trail:   Flying mozart - Wagrain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Importer - Frame onl

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky - Transition Bottlerocket

Bike Setup:   rc4 shox, boxxer race forks, hope wheels, juicy 7 brakes, sram, spank and answer components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wat03green a Downhiller from Sacramento, CA, United States

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2010

Strengths:    This bike has the snap crackle and pop. Perfect for everything you throw at it except for XC.....not gonna work LOL.

Weaknesses:    I took care of the weakness....I bought the floating brake...and vwalla!

Bottom Line:   
You should buy it! This bike is great for all kinds of riding. Built up the way that you want will still cost you a pretty penny like some other brands out there. But right out of the box is sick. I was able to build it up slowly to get it where I wanted it without braking my bank account at one time. You can pick one of these up for half the price as others....and it will stand up to all of them out there hands down. Catch me at Sea Otter this year when I'm standing on the podium with my swim trunks and my flippy floppys....thanks to my blindside :-)

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Favorite Trail:   Powder House

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Private Seller

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky, kona stab, Transition dirtbag, Demo 8.

Bike Setup:   08 Blinside w/dhx cinco punto cero, 08 fox 40oz w/2010 lowers, outlaws, Raceface cranks, minions, deity gangsta white bars/grips, Formula "the ones", ride sfo saddle, SRAM X9 drivetrain, MRP Mini G, transition floating brake.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by navypaul a Downhiller from durham england

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2010

Strengths:    so far everything
the blindside is a strong bike duilt for abuse and the ham fisted, it corners really well and is very confidence inspiring. it is very predictable in the air and quite chuckable despite its weight. it looks good too.

Weaknesses:    poor paint finish

Bottom Line:   
a good solid bike for all freeriders and DH ers excellent value for money will last a lifetime as transition do a lifetime crash replacement. awsome

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Favorite Trail:   lots

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   giant faith, demo 8, commencal supreme, IH yakuza,

Bike Setup:   blindside, totems, spank rims on nukeproof hubs, sunline accessories, hope V2s X9 drive.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darkness777 a Downhiller from Phoenix, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2010

Strengths:    great for riding pretty much any dh trail...havent ridden anything with big drops but cant wait to find some and try it. so far its astrong frame and great components, and setup... i love this rig

Weaknesses:    not very pedalable...but its a dh bike so who expects to pedal it...

Bottom Line:   
i would recommend this bike to anyone looking into a dh rig

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Favorite Trail:   Geronimo/ Wasabi

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Cactus Bikes, Ahwatu

Similar Products Used:   none yet

Bike Setup:   vivid 5.1(8.1in), domain 302 coil 160mm(soon to be 180mm), bb7 203 front and rear discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ElVenezuelan a Downhiller from Portland, OR. US

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2009

Strengths:    Very nice jumper, the rear suspension feels bottomless great bike, short wheel base great for berms and cornering again feels best in the air.

Weaknesses:    in high speed turns their is a little of rear flex

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price nothing, but nothing comes close for this price. The bikes feels good, in the jumps, drops or rock gardens.If you are looking at one of this, Get it you will not dissapointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Blackrock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Santiam Bycicles

Similar Products Used:   Transition Preston, HAro Magnum

Bike Setup:   Boxxer Team, DHX RC4, Funn, Truvativ, Avid Code, Sun Ringle, Atomlab, SDG, SRAM.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Da Peach a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2008

Strengths:    Looks awesome

Weaknesses:    None yet. (Low bottom bracket?)

Bottom Line:   
I tested Demo 7s and 8s a bunch, this has got the best bang for buck factor.

I've only had it a day so far, and taken it for one run, but this bike rails compared to my Kona. It's like riding a razor sharp lazy boy down a trail of buttered pillows. It's my first brand new bike, so it all feels awesome.

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Favorite Trail:   Goats Gully

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Velocity Cycles, Lan

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab Garbanzo

Bike Setup:   Boxxer Team
DHX 5.0
Elixir CRs
Floating brake adapter

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by don a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2008

Strengths:    Bloody good value for money! Pedals well, corners like a dream, bit f a sleeper bike really. Not sure why people are saying they are heavy? Got mine down to 38lbs and I’m 195lbs. I would say it is actually very well built, it’s just simple. Buy one!

Weaknesses:    None yet! But I am going to go from a 500 to a 550lbs spring. Bear this in mind when you buy one.

Bottom Line:   
I have a light,fast and soild down hill that did not brake the bank. infact due to the price i was able to spend more on better parts. I'm only a weekend smasher and to be honest i keep up with those on more well known brands.Oh it feels good in the air as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Fast one's, technical one's & steep one's

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Ride Central

Similar Products Used:   Giant team DH,Kona Stab,Giant glory,one of those Sunday things!

Bike Setup:   fox 40's,Spank rims,HopeHubs,IFly seat and post,Saint cranks, E13 Light Guide,Magura stoppers,Sunline Bars and stem,Maxxis 2.35 high rollers,DHX with Ti spring,X9 gears, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Summit a Downhiller from Columbus, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008

Strengths:    -Clean design
-Burly frame
-Decent standover height
-135mm hub spacing makes swapping hubs easy
-Love that you can run 10 or 12mm axle, with floating brake or w/o
-Customizable looks with stickers and add-on parts (bearing covers, bar end caps, chainguides, etc.)
-There is a nice drain hole in the bottom of the BB shell.

Weaknesses:    -A bit heavy, but not bad.
-Fit and finish is good but not great. Frame was not chased/faced (BB, headtube, ISCG mounts, dropouts, etc.).
-Paint scratches off if you breathe on it.
-Mud collects heavily at the bottom makes a bit of a trap.
-High leverage ratio requires a heavy spring rate.

Bottom Line:   
This bike rips. Add in the incredible price, and you have a no-brainer...and a clear reason as to why Blindsides are popping up all over the place.

As soon as I hopped on, it just felt super comfortable. As is the case with most of Transition's bikes, the geometry is just dialed perfectly. I normally dislike straight top tubes because I like tons of standover height (like my Demo 7 has) but the Blindside is low enough that the top tube is comfortably out of the way. I'm 5'10" and ride a Medium.

The travel is really plush (I'm 155lbs and running a 400# spring) initially, but I have yet to bottom out the suspension - it ramps up nicely. Feels glued to the ground but you can get the bike into the air very easily, unlike some bigger linkage DH bikes.

Super low bottom bracket takes some getting used to, but timing your pedal strokes around obstacles is a worthwhile tradeoff for the low-slung ride and resulting cornering ability.

I can't really complain about much at all in how this bike rides - it's just a champ. It feels like it hangs up a touch on square-edge hits, but nothing too bad. There are certainly more premium rides out there, but most of them will cost you double what the Blindside frame does, and you'll only get very small improvement in ride quality.

5 chilis for value, 4 for overall since there are some quality issues (paint, facing, etc.) and high-end bikes like Intense, Foes, etc...certainly do ride a little nicer.

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Favorite Trail:   Hazard/UPS/LPS/Porcupine

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Big Hit
Specialized Demo 7
Intense Uzzi
Yeti AS-X
Kona Stinky series
more I'm sure...

Bike Setup:   Floating Brake w/ 12mm thru-axle
Fox DHX 5
Marzocchi 888 ATA WC
Transition Revolution 32 wheelset
XT Brakes
XT Crankset (165mm)
XT Cassette
Easton Havoc Bars
SDG I-Beam post/saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam pinner a Weekend Warrior from bend, or

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2008

Strengths:    where's the beef? (right here baby) overbuilt
flies well, corners well, is overall tons of fun
uninterrupted seat tube, wheelies like a champ

Weaknesses:    heavy? but i dont care, because i am 6'2" and 200lbs
i break lots of stuff, hopefully not this bike though
odd rear thru axle situation

Bottom Line:   
i like it a lot
cant wait til spring so i can ride lots more
who should buy it? people who want a burly bike
who shouldn't? weight weenies

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Favorite Trail:   anything steep,challenging w/jumps/drops

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   gear peddler

Similar Products Used:   rocky mountain switch, rmx
kona stab
iron horse sunday

Bike Setup:   dhx coil, totem, avid code, fsa gravity cranks,
sram x9 groupo, thompson seatpost

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