Transition’s Patrol 2 combines lovely clean lines with an almost languid character Transition’s latest long-travel trail bike is a ground-hugging flow rider. Its natural ride character is friendly and forgiving rather than smash-and-grab, but that doesn’t mean it’s slow when pointed downhill. Clean looks and solid kit
The Patrol follows the usual super-clean Transition template. The big double-curved down tube allows room for a piggyback shock and water bottle inside the frame, while the steeply sloped top tube gives masses of standover room.
Features include ISCG-05 tabs, a direct-mount front derailleur stub, a conventional threaded BB, internal dropper post routing and a 142x12mm screw-through axle. The ‘Giddy Up’ suspension is Transition’s take on the classic four-bar Horst link design, here providing 155mm (6.1in) of travel. Transition is one of several brands to capitalise on the lapsing of Specialized’s Horst link licence Collet pivot bearings and semi-internal gear and brake lines are easy to service. At around 3.6kg (7.9lb) for a medium it’s a chunky chassis.
The Patrol comes as a frame for or with one of four build kits, of which we’ve tested the second from top. It’s a solid selection of gear too, headed up by a RockShox Pike […]