Transition Bikes DirtBag Freeride Full Suspension

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The DirtBag stays true to its freeride roots by being extremely responsive on tight trails, able to climb up hills like a goat and overbuilt to handle the new evolution of freeride stunts and drops. As the progression of freeriding continues to get crazier, the DirtBag is engineered to meet those demands without sacrificing the bikes agility and ability to pedal to the trail heads.

User Reviews (43)

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Petti the Yeti   [May 30, 2014]
Strength:

Burly frame, Very bomb-proof, surprisingly plush suspension for 6.75 inches of travel

Weakness:

Strange seatpost size (30.0mm) makes finding dropper posts impossible without shimming a 27.2/27.8 post, Rear brake bounces like crazy when locking the tire up on grippier surfaces (especially pavement), very heavy when built up.

Using this mostly as an urban freeride bike, and it feels great when bombing down stairs and loading dock ledges. Geometry is very versatile; Climbs alright for a heavy bike, turns quick enough, but is still stable at speed, and feels good in the air. Very similar riding style to my old Banshee Chaparral, but able to take a hell of a lot more of a beating.

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5
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5
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Slowilly   Weekend Warrior [Aug 07, 2010]
Strength:

Balance is sweet. Begs to go faster. Launches with ease. Feels comfortable in the air. You can manhandle it down the gnarliest gnar and hit the jumps with confidence.

Weakness:

Heavy...but hey it is supposed to be. No other wekness found.

Like riding a hot marshmellow down a hot chocolatey graham cracker crust and it makes you want to go back up for s'more.

Similar Products Used: F-117 Stealth Fighter, Jeep Rubicon, Simmons BeautyRest
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5
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5
parkerbike   Downhiller [Mar 11, 2010]
Strength:

comfortable in the air, corners well

Weakness:

none so far.

this bike feels strong, it jumps well takes drops like a champ, and sticks to the ground while cornering. if your thinking about getting a sick freeride bike dont hesitate on this bike.

Similar Products Used: santa cruz bullit, giant reign
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5
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5
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Crashmaster58   Downhiller [Nov 07, 2009]
Strength:

insanely strong, all of the pivot points have cartridge bearings. 10mm rear through axle.

Weakness:

The stock Hayes 9's that came with the bike are junk, probably the only thing i will replace.

If you want a bike that climbs well and descends like a beast go for this. It climbs better than my bullit ever did even though it weight about 8 lbs more. Speaking of the weight, in stock form the way i have it right now its sitting at about 43 lbs. But im sure with some different tires rims and fork you could easily cut down on that.

Im really looking forward to taking it to Northstar once spring roles around.

Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz bullit
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5
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5
hotrodmarlin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2009]
Strength:

bombproof

Weakness:

paint colors: black, brown and alum? come on guys- give us some more choices...

Love it. The bike gives me confidence. Feels solid and stable on the ground or in the air. I'm not a real hardcore rider but I'm not afraid of an 8' drop either and this bike will take everything I can throw at it. NC mountains can be pretty knarly and rocky so single pivot isn't the best but so far I haven't ridden anything I would want to trade it for. I'm a big Transition fan after owning this bike.

Similar Products Used: Kona coil-air deluxe, Santa cruz Heckler
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5
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5
Brian_Pal   Cross Country Rider [Sep 13, 2008]
Strength:

This bike is a great all around rig, it climbs amazingly well for being a bike with 7 inches of suspension. Very burly frame, confidence inspiring.

Weakness:

The only thing is that it does suffer from a bit of brake jack, but i don't find this to be a huge deal, just have to brake at the right times.

This bike is not what i would call an 'all mountain' bike, but that said, i rode up 2,000 vertical feet yesterday, and 1800 the day before that. It was harder than the same climb on a cross country bike, but wasn't too bad at all. The key to this uncanny climbing ability is my bikes lightweight build (36.3 lbs). I had an 06 dirtbag with a swinger 4 way rear shock that weighed more like 45 lbs, and it was much more of a pig uphill.

Downhill, this bike screams. The Totem fork is amazingly plush.

Overall, a very solid bike from a solid company that is reasonably priced. Buy this bike if you want a solid freeride/downhill bike that can still be pedaled. If you are looking for an all around long travel trail bike this will work, but something like an intense 6.6 would be a better option.

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5
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5
Justin   Downhiller [Jun 11, 2008]
Strength:

THIS IS A FOLLOW UP REVIEW ON MY DIRTBAG. it's still as great as the first day i bought it. It turns well, and is very good at soaking up all the bumps. I went to a bike park, Northstar, last weekend and it worked great. Instead of riding over rocks like I did last year on a rental bike, this year i was bunny hopping over them! when you get this bike set up, it works great. It will save you!

Weakness:

The totem seals suck! i blew them at northstar and i am replacing them with better ones. The paint is still very bad, but whatever. "battle scars" right?

Great bike, i reccomend it to anyone. It may not be the best of the bikes (sunday world cup, v10, m6) but it will get the job done. Just because it only has 6.7in of rear travel does not mean it's not enough. You don't need anymore, and as soon as you have this bike dialed in, it's the greatest investment you'll ever make. Always make sure everything is running good, and your performance will improve so greatly. Even though my setup is around 42 pounds, it picks up off the ground so easily. i love this bike, and if you can't win a race on it, it's not the bike's fault.

Similar Products Used: used to ride a Iron Horse 7 point 3
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5
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5
Trace   Weekend Warrior [Sep 14, 2007]
Strength:

Burly, outstanding customer service, commonly available derailleur hanger (the Kona "H" hanger fits the Dirtbag and is readily available where there are no Transition dealers), clean and simple look, made for business not decorating a living room.

Weakness:

It ain't a lightweight, but for this kind of riding I don't want that. For me not a weakness, for others, maybe. As for the paint...it's a freeride bike, if you are using it for what it was made for it's going to get scratched no matter what you paint it with.

Simply put, this bike is built for trouble and looks the part. With a basic flat paint job and a proven no-nonsense suspension design, it isn't going to look good on your wall, it looks good covered in mud and dust and sweat after a hard rip down your favorite hill. I'm 230#, 6' 2" and the large fits me like a glove, with a perfect cockpit setup. I've had this frame since January, and all of my riding partners have commented on how much my riding has improved over when I was on my last Iron Horse. This isn't a function of the bike making me a better rider, but of showing how limiting the design of the Yakuza was (for the kind of riding I like to do) and of how confidence inspiring the Dirtbag is. A tight wheelbase makes for nimble handling in all conditions and very confident high speed cornering, and the Manitou Swinger 4-way helps make this bike easily capable of a medium grade fire road climb. It's tough to say what this rig shines on, because for Freeride it has done it all for me and kept aking for more: Vancouver's North Shore mountains, Oregon's Black Rock area, Whistler and any number of local secret freeride and downhill trails have passed beneath my wheels and the Dirtbag just works on everything. Plenty of maneuverability on skinnies, excellent stability in the air on drops and smooth handling on steep rock rolls.
Bottom line is, if you want a strong, no-nonsense freeride bike that doesn't break the bank but you can trust your life to, get it.

Similar Products Used: Iron Horse SGS and Yakuza Kumicho.
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5
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5
Chad   Weekend Warrior [Feb 13, 2007]
Strength:

Sleek Looks, great price point, crash replacement, great customer support, rides like a dream over any terrain. Get the DHX 5.0 it rides extremely well with the frame and compliments the geometry.

Weakness:

Back wheel is a tad bit loose feeling but I am used to a thru axel rear, once I put a through axel on it got much stiffer and was a beast

This bike is awesome, the guys who built it knew what they were doing from riding up at Whistler and all around the world. Although it is not an XC bike it pedals up hills like a dream and still soaks up 15 footers with ease. If you like freeriding and a bike that is bomb proof with a great warranty and don't want to get something as heavy as a Banshee then look no further. This bike is a god and all other bikes worship it.

Similar Products Used: Iron Horse SGS DH, Big Hit, Norco Atomik
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5
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5
cory W   Downhiller [Mar 21, 2006]
Strength:

Burly, Plush, Good looks, awesome company, did i mention burly???

Weakness:

None. Maybe if your a weight weenie, in which case dont read this

The best bike out there for longevity and a good ride. rides loads better than the 7 series and plus i was the first in AZ to have one. Absolutely great bike.

Best biking decision, no wait, best decision ever.

Get this bike!!!!

Where's the button for 6 chilis?

Similar Products Used: Kona stinky,
Ironhorse 7 Series
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5
VALUE
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5
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