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Thought I would start a build thread for the SBG Scouts since we have a thread for the OG Scout. I used that original thread to find out a lot of info. It helped me not only decide to buy one, but to also set it up correctly and tweak and tune it to be a great all around bike.

I mistakenly sold that 2015 Scout because I needed a longer travel bike and went with a different brand. The day I sold it I started to miss how much fun that Scout was. I'm happy to be back on a Transition this year. I am currently waiting on my new 2018 Scout GX to be shipped to me.

I wanted to let those of you who may not be familiar with the Crew at Transition that they seem to be a genuine bunch of guys. I have never met any of them in person but spoke with one of the guys today about my order. In the original Scout Build Thread I mentioned that these guys seem to be just a bunch of guys who ride mountain bikes, and build bikes how they want them to be......not what some mega conglomerate thinks they can make the most sales and profit from. I could be totally wrong in this statement....... but pick up the phone and call the factory one day and you will see what I mean. Their answering machine message will give you an indication of what kind of guys they are.

Watch a couple of videos from their website, call and talk with someone about ordering a bike, or call for tech help.......you'll get the idea.

So why am I even writing any of this down? If you are passionate about mountain biking.......shouldn't the company that your buying a bike from be passionate as well?

Anyway, as soon as I get my bike in and build it up I will get some pics up. It's not exactly riding season where I live but just the thought of my new Scout being 1/2 as fun as my OG Scout was I will be happy!

Inside I know it will be 3x as fun though! Configutron_Scout_4.jpg
 

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Thought I would start a build thread for the SBG Scouts since we have a thread for the OG Scout. I used that original thread to find out a lot of info. It helped me not only decide to buy one, but to also set it up correctly and tweak and tune it to be a great all around bike.

I mistakenly sold that 2015 Scout because I needed a longer travel bike and went with a different brand. The day I sold it I started to miss how much fun that Scout was. I'm happy to be back on a Transition this year. I am currently waiting on my new 2018 Scout GX to be shipped to me.

I wanted to let those of you who may not be familiar with the Crew at Transition that they seem to be a genuine bunch of guys. I have never met any of them in person but spoke with one of the guys today about my order. In the original Scout Build Thread I mentioned that these guys seem to be just a bunch of guys who ride mountain bikes, and build bikes how they want them to be......not what some mega conglomerate thinks they can make the most sales and profit from. I could be totally wrong in this statement....... but pick up the phone and call the factory one day and you will see what I mean. Their answering machine message will give you an indication of what kind of guys they are.

Watch a couple of videos from their website, call and talk with someone about ordering a bike, or call for tech help.......you'll get the idea.

So why am I even writing any of this down? If you are passionate about mountain biking.......shouldn't the company that your buying a bike from be passionate as well?

Anyway, as soon as I get my bike in and build it up I will get some pics up. It's not exactly riding season where I live but just the thought of my new Scout being 1/2 as fun as my OG Scout was I will be happy!

Inside I know it will be 3x as fun though! View attachment 1183751
Hello,
I'm very happy for you.
I own a 2015 Scout and I'm very happy with this bike.
I'm waiting to do a bike test of the Scout SBG 2018 and then buy it.
What size did you buy?
How tall are you?
 

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Hello,
I'm very happy for you.
I own a 2015 Scout and I'm very happy with this bike.
I'm waiting to do a bike test of the Scout SBG 2018 and then buy it.
What size did you buy?
How tall are you?
5 ft 10 inches and went with a large. The Transition website says the SBG have more overlap. My 2015 Scout was a large as well and fit perfect.

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One of the things I did not know when buying the bike online from Transitions website is the bike does not come assembled. When I spoke with Chris from Transition he asked if I knew how to put a bike together? So if you order from their website keep this in mind. Someone from Transition will call after you do your online order and ask.

I actually don't have a headset press so they are supposed to install the headset before it ships which is pretty good.

I ran across this video.....I was wondering why she was building the bike herself?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xxn0W7eIc8

The two bikes I bought online came nearly fully assembled. One from a large online retailer, one from the bike company itself. All you had to do was install the wheels, seat, and handlebar.
 

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One of the things I did not know when buying the bike online from Transitions website is the bike does not come assembled. When I spoke with Chris from Transition he asked if I knew how to put a bike together? So if you order from their website keep this in mind. Someone from Transition will call after you do your online order and ask.

I actually don't have a headset press so they are supposed to install the headset before it ships which is pretty good.

I ran across this video.....I was wondering why she was building the bike herself?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xxn0W7eIc8

The two bikes I bought online came nearly fully assembled. One from a large online retailer, one from the bike company itself. All you had to do was install the wheels, seat, and handlebar.

Hello, when you are driving the SBG Scout 2018 let us know how you are and how it goes. Your driving impressions.
Thanks so much
 

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Mine has been sitting in my garage on top of my work bench for weeks now. Unridden. Is that a word? Haven't ridden it yet. Cataract surgery a week before I got it and hand surgery next week. FML.

Anyway, I was thinking that for my local trails those Minions might be kind of heavy. Wondering on some good replacements if anyone has a recommendation. Hard pack. Dusty most of the year. Dry, wishing I was in the PNW.

FWIW, I'm 5'7" with about a 31" inseam to the ground and got a Medium. Feels perfect if my ride around the parking lot is good enough to judge on.
 

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Mine has been sitting in my garage on top of my work bench for weeks now. Unridden. Is that a word? Haven't ridden it yet. Cataract surgery a week before I got it and hand surgery next week. FML.
Just had my left wrist carpal tunnel surgery done, right will be next month. Tried to time it where I could snowmobile...little break....onto the MTB'ing. I live in NY/NE area so our season has awhile before the trails are remotely ready for riding. It takes a long time for them to dry up. Hoping to sneak in a ride before next month.....snow in the forecast for tomorrow, followed by a cool down.

Itching to ride!
 

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One of the things I did not know when buying the bike online from Transitions website is the bike does not come assembled. When I spoke with Chris from Transition he asked if I knew how to put a bike together? So if you order from their website keep this in mind. Someone from Transition will call after you do your online order and ask.
Mine showed up at the shop I used to hang at in the same manner every other bike did, drive train assembled, head set in with risers and stem attached. You only have to assemble the front wheel and front brake caliper, and then do your adjustments. Maybe it's different when shipped to a shop, but I doubt it.
 

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Mine showed up at the shop I used to hang at in the same manner every other bike did, drive train assembled, head set in with risers and stem attached. You only have to assemble the front wheel and front brake caliper, and then do your adjustments. Maybe it's different when shipped to a shop, but I doubt it.
Interesting. Where are you located? Wonder if it has to do with country?

Chris from Transition Bikes asked me if I had something to cut the steerer tube, a way to install the headset, and a GXP bottom bracket tool?
 

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Mine showed up at the shop I used to hang at in the same manner every other bike did, drive train assembled, head set in with risers and stem attached. You only have to assemble the front wheel and front brake caliper, and then do your adjustments. Maybe it's different when shipped to a shop, but I doubt it.

I saw this video of someone unboxing an SBG Patrol that was partially/near fully assembled.

https://youtu.be/hAkrFD2GgQ4

I know my invoice has two boxes listed on it, one labeled frame, the other labeled Scout GX 150 parts kit.

I actually don’t mind which way it comes in. I plan on throwing some 3m scotchgard on it to protect the paint a bit. If it comes in unassembled it will be easier to wrap it in 3m.

There are some in my riding group that struggle to change a flat.....a bike that needs assembly like this would put them off completely.

Hopefully we can get some clarification to this to help out the community.
 

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Interesting. Where are you located? Wonder if it has to do with country?

Chris from Transition Bikes asked me if I had something to cut the steerer tube, a way to install the headset, and a GXP bottom bracket tool?

I'm in the US. And sorry, I realize my earlier post was a little garbled. For clarification, mine was shipped to the shop where I did the final assembly, and I meant to say that maybe it's different if they ship to your *home*. But I cannot imagine why that would be.
 

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Hey folks -

A little clarification about how we ship our complete bikes; All of our NX models ship roughly 90% assembled in one full size bike box. You'll only need to install the handlebar, seat post, front wheel, and dial it in. Our GX and XO bikes ship in two boxes; a frameset in one and a disassembled parts kit in the other. The parts kit has tires and cassettes installed, but everything else requires a full assembly. This goes both for product sent to a dealer, or direct to customer. We made a special exception for BluePitch as he didn't have the ability to press his headset in.

There are pros and cons to each as BluePitch pointed out. Of course, if you're ever in doubt, we highly recommend seeking the advice of your local bike shop.

Enjoy!
 

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Hey folks -

A little clarification about how we ship our complete bikes; All of our NX models ship roughly 90% assembled in one full size bike box. You'll only need to install the handlebar, seat post, front wheel, and dial it in. Our GX and XO bikes ship in two boxes; a frameset in one and a disassembled parts kit in the other. The parts kit has tires and cassettes installed, but everything else requires a full assembly. This goes both for product sent to a dealer, or direct to customer. We made a special exception for BluePitch as he didn't have the ability to press his headset in.

There are pros and cons to each as BluePitch pointed out. Of course, if you're ever in doubt, we highly recommend seeking the advice of your local bike shop.

Enjoy!
Love the fact that you guys not only monitor this forum, but jump in and answer questions like you did. This is one of the reasons I bought another Scout. There is something about buying a bike from a company that actually cares about its end users like this and its certainly appreciated!!!!!!!!


Cant wait to get my Scout!
 

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FWIW, I'm 5'7" with about a 31" inseam to the ground and got a Medium. Feels perfect if my ride around the parking lot is good enough to judge on.
Rdawson808,

Can you do a ride report after you ride it some. I am 5’7” and I have been riding a Devinci Troy in a small and I love it. I am desperately waiting for a 2018 Scout NX to get to the lbs for me to try but I think they only ordered a small in. The only reason I haven’t bought the troy is I want to try the Scout.

Thanks!
 

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Rdawson808,

Can you do a ride report after you ride it some. I am 5’7” and I have been riding a Devinci Troy in a small and I love it. I am desperately waiting for a 2018 Scout NX to get to the lbs for me to try but I think they only ordered a small in. The only reason I haven’t bought the troy is I want to try the Scout.

Thanks!

I'm interested, I'll follow the conversation because I'm 5'65 'tall = 169 cm
and with the new geometries Scout 2018 I'm undecided between size S or M.
I own Scout 2015 size M and I am very satisfied, but with SBG I'm undecided about the choice.
 

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Buying from Transition Bikes

Just wanted to mention what great customer service I received from Transition Bikes yesterday.

My Scout GX showed up yesterday, so I played hooky from work and started the build. I ran into an issue with my GX shifter that more than likely was caused by myself. The barrel end of the cable got wedged in the shifter so that the shifter was inoperable. I called Transition looking for tech support but they had gone home for the day. I ended up speaking with my salesman and he immediately offered to help.

Within minutes we where diagnosing and troubleshooting the issue and came up with an alternative plan if I couldn’t fix it myself. I ended being able to fix it and everything worked out.

I think that it worth mentioning this for a couple of reasons.

First, do you think you would get this kind of help from one of the larger companies? Sure they have customer support lines but have you ever tried to call them? It takes minutes just to navigate the menu to find help, let alone speak with an actual person.

Second, I spoke with my salesman because tech support left for the day. He was just as knowledgeable as tech support!!!!

There are definite advantages to buying from companies like Transition Bikes......this scenario is one. When the people that work there are actually involved in their product, and know it front to back......makes you feel good about your purchase.
 
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