Bike Magazine Names the Smuggler 2 Complete Bike one of the top values of 2015

Here is Bike's take on the value of the Smuggler:

"2015 is year of big change at Transition Bicycles, which is unrolling four new models featuring their Giddy Up Link Suspension design—a twist on the Horst Link four-bar suspension system—the one that is no longer protected by a patent. That said, the new bikes are no Specialized clones. There are a lot of ways to skin the four-bar cat and this is an interesting one. The Smuggler is the aggressive 29er version, sporting slack angles, a sprawling top tube, short stem, 5 inches (130-millimeters) of travel up front and 4.5 inches (115-millimeters) of squish out back. But more to the point, the bike likes to be ridden hard and fast. It pedals briskly, but the slack angles and progressive rear suspension come into their own when you’re pushing the bike hard on technical descents. The Smuggler is available as a frame only ($1,800) and in two build kit options. This is the less expensive build kit, but you’d hardly know it by looking at it: the RockShox Pike RC fork, Monarch RT3 Debonair rear shock, WTB i23 wheelset and smart mix of Shimano Deore and SLX are all solid picks. The pairing of the 32-tooth Race Face Narrow-Wide ring with a conventional 11-36 cassette might intimidate some riders who must pedal big climbs on a daily basis, but the Smuggler 2 comes with a Hive Extended Range 42-tooth cog, which will help ratchet down the grunt level on just about any climb." - Bike Magazine

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