Transition adds two carbon models to its hardtail line

First look at the Throttle 27.5 and Vanquish 29

Transition Bikes is introducing a duo of carbon hardtails in 27.5 and 29er versions. While these new models might use a lightweight frame material, they're far from twitchy cross-country racers.

Transition Vanquish 29

The Transition Vanquish 29
The Transition Vanquish 29

According to Transition, the Vanquish 29 is the closest thing to an XC frame the company has made, though an emphasis is placed on the bike’s ability to “party in the woods.” To that end, the Vanquish is properly slack and designed around a 120mm suspension fork. 

The Vanquish 29 frame is available in medium, large and XL
The Vanquish 29 frame is available in medium, large and XL

The Transition Vanquish geometry
The Transition Vanquish geometry

Transition Throttle 27.5

The Transition Throttle 27.5
The Transition Throttle 27.5

The Throttle is more of an all-mountain oriented hardtail than its big-wheeled sibling. This 27.5in frame has ISCG-05 chainguide tabs and slacker geometry than its big-wheeled brother and is designed around a 140mm fork. 

The Throttle 27.5 frame is available in small, medium, large and XL
The Throttle 27.5 frame is available in small, medium, large and XL

The Transition Throttle geometry
The Transition Throttle geometry

Shared details

The Vanquish 29 and Throttle 27.5 share a number of frame features
The Vanquish 29 and Throttle 27.5 share a number of frame features

The Vanquish 29 and Throttle 27.5 feature internal cable routing for the shift cable and dropper seatpost, 148x12mm rear axle spacing and threaded bottom brackets.

The claimed frame weight for both models is 1,400g.

These frames retail for $1,600. The SRAM GX-equipped complete bikes retails for $3,699. (UK and Australian pricing have yet to be announced.)

Visit www.transitionbikes.com for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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