The year of xc....

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Derkderkall, Jun 30, 2020 at 7:03 AM.



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  1. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
    So we saw the revel ranger last week...., Gg playing with ultra light trail pistol. New epic and scalpel models have also been getting a lot of praise.

    Now transition is joining in with the spur (makes me think a new smuggler is incoming)

    https://m.pinkbike.com/news/transition-spur-first-look-2020.html

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    And yeti brings a new 115.....

    https://m.pinkbike.com/news/first-look-2021-yeti-sb115.html
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    After a few years of media hype saying the genre was dying out, it seems to be coming back quite strong.
     
  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    The Transition really seems to have nailed it in every department - travel, geometry, appearance, kinematics - if it rides as good as it looks, that will be the bike to beat. I wouldn't call it an XC bike, since racing isn't its intention, but if XC to you means "ride everywhere" this category and this bike may need to be on your short list.

    The SB 115 is a mistake, IMO. Nothing new, just basically a new link. Geometry still lacking (on paper anyway). I'm waiting for the SB 123.6 myself.
     
  3. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
    I forgot, yt had the izzo as well.

    @herzalot I totally agree. Transition have nailed it.

    You're right, not gonna show up at world cup xco races. But I imagine they would be fantastic for something like the bc bike race.
     
  4. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Voodoo will somehow have a new downcountry rig before too long. There's just a lot of fun to be had on one of these. They pedal good, descend good, slice & dice and are easy to hoist over downed trees, gates and fences. So many nice rigs to choose from. Not at all interested in that Yeti. That transition spur is a frikkin beauty. The Ranger looks to be a great bike as well and I bet the rear suspension is dreamy. Heck as much as I'm not a fan of the big "S" company I gotta say that new epic evo is a damn nice looking bike too. No more brain and proprietary parts, just crazy expensive and insanely light. I'd own that epic evo pro proudly.
     
  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    The Epic still has the brain....they just updated it....still proprietary.
     
  6. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Yeah but at least they ditched it on the Evo.
     
  7. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    So good! Mfrs filling in the gaps, reducing compromises.
     
  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    You are correct....I missed that.
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    PV3 & FEX
    Is it me or are Transition bike frames starting to have a GG look to them?
     
  10. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
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    Name:
    Sharone
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  11. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2020 Specialized Fuse 29
    I like Bikemag's comments

    "What happens when you don't take xc seriously"
     
  12. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    That Transition does look sweet. Does anyone have experience with the current SID suspension? This is the second or 3rd bike I've seen spec'd with that recently.

    The Transition review mentions a Pinkbike field test review of 9 xc bikes coming up.
     
  13. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Angular for no apparent reason, check. The lines look like a Pedalhead, though.
     
  14. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    120-130 67° HTA? Not interested. :whistling:

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  15. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    New Sid has 35 mm stanchions. I’ve held one in my hot little hands. MUCH more robust looking than anything bearing that name in the past.
    well, except for the shock being vertical and out of the way on the Transition, and the internal cable routing, and carbon rear, and lack of pivots in the rear- but yeah, otherwise, hard to tell them apart!

    Ok, I know, smartass answer. Transition did move away from their curvy lines to straight lines for their 2021 models. So from that perspective they look a little more similar.
     
  16. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    No Lefty? :p
     
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  17. SS Barby

    SS Barby Member

    Location:
    Palmdale, CA
    Name:
    Barby
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS/ Niner Sir 9 SS
    Wow. as everyone else has said. The Transition looks great. Going to have to read about it.
     
  18. tick

    tick Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    Tick
    Current Bike:
    Process 111
    I’m not sure this is really about the rebirth of “xc” as it is just backfilling the trail category. The idea of a “trail” bike kind of went Full Enduro a few years back.

    Or maybe the increasing rowdiness of World Cup XC racing has influenced the local Cat 6 lycra crowd, and I’m just not paying attention.

    either way, Kona built this bike in 2014 and it’s taken people this long to realize how awesome they are.

    the SB 115 needs an XXL though.
     
  19. tick

    tick Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    Tick
    Current Bike:
    Process 111
    Transition is my new favorite brand, just because of the new ad.
     
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  20. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG The Smash, Ibis DV9
    Right? This is so good. Belongs in the "Music, I listened to some" thread as well. E-bike bit was perfectly executed.
     
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  21. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    GG The Smash, Ibis DV9
    So, I'm not really hip to mtb product cycles, but is this onslaught of same niche bikes from multiple manufacturers more or less simultaneously common? Similarly, it seems like most of these manufacturers are "releasing" these bikes, but then no one can actually get their hands on them for months. Common tactic to create demand/hype, or Covid supply chain phenomenon?
     
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  22. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    Yes. MTB niche customers have cash and intense FOMO.

    Supply chain is probably COVID related though.
     
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