Transition Covert 2 review

Tough enduro bike

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £3,210.00 RRP
Transition Covert 2

Our review

It may feel slightly steady both up and downhill, but the Covert 2 is a good all-rounder
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Built to last and aided by some burly parts, the Covert 2 spreads its performance capabilities cleverly across all terrain. It isn’t the lightest or sprightliest bike, but Transition’s all-day machine has a well-established track record on the infamous Italian enduro scene.

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Ride & handling: DH stability with XC climbing characteristics

Those neutral numbers on the geometry sheet translate well to real life, all-round capabilities. The Lyric fork copes well with general trail usage, but suffers slightly when pushed closer to the wild side. We found its initial stiction disappeared as the seals loosened up, but it never lost its overly firm feeling even when running lower air pressures.

The 14.8kg (32.6lb) Covert doesn’t feel like a rocket ship in any situation, but it descends smoothly and climbs comfortably. That long wheelbase creates a stable platform, keeping you balanced down the roughest of descents, and even though it doesn’t inspire full throttle confidence the weighty build ensures it stays in one piece.

Tough (and heavy) own-brand wheels don’t encourage you to rip up climbs either, but lowering the Lyric improves climbing position and efficiency. 

In rough sections of trail under hard cornering the Covert suffers from rear end flex, which appears to stem mostly from the lower pivot nearest to the bottom bracket. This was most noticeable under our hard-hitting and heavyweight test riders. Maxxis Minion tyres at both ends make the Covert a predictable ride and aid grip in all conditions. 

The Covert is a well thought-out machine with trail-taming capability whether the wheels are pointing up or down. It’s lively enough on the descents to keep you grinning and efficient enough on the climbs to make this a one-for-all bike. It won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a proven all-mountain machine, so long as you’re happy to carry a little extra weight in payment for security.

Frame & equipment: Neutral angles and geometry for a flexible do-anything feel

The 2012 Covert benefits from an increased width 12x142mm rear axle to stiffen up the rear, though you can still use a 12x135mm wheelset if you change the dropouts. The other bouncy bits on the Covert aren’t lacking in credentials either – Transition lay it on thick with a Fox RP23 Factory Kashima shock controlling 150mm of rear travel, and a RockShox Lyric RC 160mm fork. It’s Dual Position, so can be dropped to make climbing easier.

A middle-ground 67-degree head angle offers a good compromise of stability and steering responsiveness on every type of trail, while the relatively steep seat angle (73 degrees) makes climbing comfortable.

SRAM X7 gearing offers reliable shifting, and Avid Elixir 7 brakes are well modulated and offer more than enough stopping power for even the biggest of riders.

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Covert 2 (12)
Brand Transition

Description S, M, L
Seat Angle 73
Front Wheel TBC Revolution 28 rim, 20mm axle
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHF, 2.35in
Wheelbase (in) 46
Top Tube (in) 24.3
Standover Height (in) 30.8
Seat Tube (in) 19.5
Chainstays (in) 17
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.9
Weight (lb) 32.6
Weight (kg) 14.8
Stem Truvativ AKA, 60mm
Shifters SRAM X7, 2x10
Seatpost Rockshox Reverb (125mm)
Saddle Fizik Gobi
Bottom Bracket SRAM
Rear Shock Fox RP23 Factory Series Kashima
Rear Derailleur SRAM X7
Headset Type FSA Gravity 1/DX Pro
Head Angle 67
Handlebar KORE Torsion Trail, 740mm, 35mm rise
Grips/Tape ODI Cross Trainer X, lock-on
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Frame Material 6061 series aluminium, tapered headtube
Fork RockShox Lyrik RC 2P, 20mm axle, 160mm
Cranks Truvativ S1400 GXP 175, 38/24T
Chain FSA Team Issue, 10spd
Cassette SRAM PG-1050, 11-36T, 10spd
Brakes Avid Elixir 7, 180/180mm rotors
Rear Wheel TBC Revolution 28 rim, 12x142mm axle