Patrol Carbon Nominated For Pinkbike Bike of the Year

Why it's nominated:

How the hell did Transition create a 155mm-travel all-mountain monster that, despite being designed to sit at 35-percent sag and be as capable as any rider would need a bike to be, doesn't feel like an intoxicated tractor with a flat tire when the trail isn't fast, steep, or rowdy? It might be the bike's smart geometry, or its killer suspension design, or even its 27lb weight, but it's actually all three of those things combined that create what could be the best mid-travel bike on the market.

 

The Patrol Carbon 1 is the bulldog that can win an agility contest; the Motorhead fan who secretly knows how to dance the salsa. Sure, the recipe to make a mid-travel bike that shines on rowdy descents is relatively straightforward these days, but few companies have figured out how to bake-in the kind of all-around versatility that Transition have given the Patrol without taking away from the bike's abilities when things get rowdy.

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Klunk N' Funk

The best way to describe the Klunker is genuinely a raging party in the woods. It's basic nature combined with it's built in Drift Mode brings inevitable disco vibes to your life and your outfit. Prepare for a foot tappin', turn slappin' good time with Josh Gleave and Disco Bob.

Klunk N' Funk from Transition Bikes on Vimeo.

Josh: "So a couple of weeks ago, Tommy C gave me the challenge of learning to ride a Klunker in preparation for the next film. At first I thought this idea really wouldn't end well seeing him stove himself head first into a tree, failing to figure out how the coaster brake worked. I took her home and immersed myself in the Klunker life."

"All of a sudden I ended up wearing these strange clothes and a man by the name of 'Disco Bob' started appearing at my riding spots. I changed the rear tyre for a worn out super slick at 60psi, and set the front Nevegal to borderline flat, perfect to get her jack knifed in the turns. Although this came with some consequence riding with only a coaster brake, steamed up goggles and Tommy telling me to go flat out, it was always going to be a recipe for some wild moments."

Fully sideways in the Autumn leaf litter here in the UK, with Disco bob just enjoying the vibes. You're allowed to pout when you look like that.

"I did take a bit of a beating on the bike, and so did the genitals, but I still couldn't wait to get back out on it. This bike gives you a whole different riding experience and I had to develop a completely new skill set in order to get rad. It's certainly hard to keep upright in the sloppy ruts but it takes things back to basics, very very basic infact. Think of a ham sandwich, that basic. Disco Bob kept the spirit alive and certainly delivered to party to the woods. If I want a wild day out guaranteed, I'll definitely be grabbing the Klunker."

 

Quite the majestic sight in some early evening hero light.

"An absolute time machine of a bike. This is what the founders of our sport rode and fair play to them for hooning around on one of these things. However the Transition spec interpretation is fixed with 31 inch moto wing bars, a slack 67 degree head angle and a big old wheelbase to get you ripping down any trail. Almost anyway, good luck on the steep stuff. That's when it gets dangerous."

This is exactly what the Klunker is amazing at. Stoving into corners at Mach 10 and holding on for dear life.

"Everyone loves an Ebay special, or two. This ain't no hipster gig, this is real deal. We ain't cruising to buy bad coffee here, we're railing ruts and trying the flex the living daylight out of the 32-pound beast."

We like to shake things up round these parts. Moped helmet and comedy motorcycle goggles.

"Hauling that 42x18 gear through the forest is like starting your car in 4th gear, but once you hit the power band, woah nelly you're in for a treat. The coaster brake is a mere passenger at that speed, you just gotta commit. It's certainly more of a push to the top of the hill bike too, unless your legs are feeling super torque-y. The arrangement of pedal position going into corners can also be an issue, when you want to drop your outside crank and you just can't, things get interesting. It really actually makes you think and concentrate quite a lot at the task in hand. Maybe that's why it's so fun."

#PanShotFriday, about to enter a horrible root filled rut. At this point you'd very appreciative of suspension.

Words to live by.

 

Klunk n' Funk 4 life. The Transition Klunker certainly ain't for sissies.

Video/Photo/Words: Caldwell Visuals

 

 

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11 year old Bodhi shreds his TR500

Always impressive to see young kids like Bodhi shredding a full size DH bike and making it look stylish.

Trail Learned - Bodhi Kuhn from Ryan Kuhn on Vimeo.

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