After initial setup, we got right to ripping down our favorite trails in the Whistler bike park. The first thing that stood out to me from previous Transition DH bikes was how quiet and composed the new TR11 is. Besides the quiet freehub, all I could hear were tires on dirt, and that was good. I also found carrying speed a bit quicker than some of the other bikes I’d been riding at Whistler recently. It ended up costing me later, but it was worth it.
Transition’s changes to the suspension’s kinematics were quickly noted as well. The TR11’s longer shock stroke mated with bit more end of stroke ramp translated in an improved ride. The rear end was very quick to respond to small changes in terrain yet never felt overloaded when I sent a few jumps or drops a bit deeper than anticipated.
When I got the bike onto some proper DH tracks in the Garbanzo zone I was very pleased with how planted the bike remained. Even on the rootiest and steepest of trails I felt calm and composed. I was quite impressed with how well the bike blended downhill tracks with more jumpy, bike park trails like Dirt Merchant and A-Line. This is a big change from the last TR11, which I felt was more race oriented. The updated bike strikes a balance of fun and fast.