TRANSITION BIKES TR11
Words & Photos by Nic Hall
On a recent trip up to Whistler Bike Park, we stopped by Transition Bike’s mission control center. We’d heard about the new TR11 downhill bike and couldn’t wait to see one in person. After some high fives and fist bumps we were surprised to see a lone bike all set up and ready to rock! Turns out that Transition’s Lars Sternberg had managed to get us brand new TR11 to take with us. Before we could load the bike on our rack and head up to Whistler we had to get a little techy with Lars so we’d know just what expect once we hit the dirt.
The original TR11 was released two years ago as a full-on shred sled. A few updates have been made that may seem small but make for a big difference on the trail. The new TR11 still boasts 200mm of travel front and back and runs 27.5” wheels, however the changes begin pretty quickly after that.
Shock stroke has been lengthened and the spring rate has been slightly reduced to give the bike a better overall feel on the challenging DH tracks riders are tackling. Transition kept the 63-degree head tube angle and utilized a 1.5-inch head tube with their own offset headset cups. Reach has been lengthened to 456mm for the size large. Depending on your headset cup position riders have the ability to add or subtract 5mm with a zero stack headset cup. Other geometry changes include a 6mm higher bottom bracket height (5mm total drop) and 5mm longer chainstays (440mm).
Transition’s new TR11 carbon frame features a threaded bottom bracket and Enduro Max bearings. Molded downtube and chainstay protectors are well thought out and appreciated. Other appreciated touches include externally routed rear brake and shifter cables, which expedite maintenance or replacement. The TR11 is available as a GX build with a Rock Shox Boxxer or an X01 build with a Fox 40. Both builds weigh in right around 34lbs.