After a seven year hiatus, Transition has brought back its TransAm hardtail. Although it's available for just a limited period, the new bike gets updated geometry, a well-sorted build spec and two colourways. Here are all of the details.
Hardtails are perfect for winter riding, so Transition's reintroduction of the TransAm comes with excellent timing. In terms of frame features, it's all modern stuff as the frame gets a UDH, and adjustable sliding dropouts, allowing for a single-speed setup and it can run 29-inch wheels or a mullet setup. The TransAm uses a chromoly steel frame, which eschews Transition's now-standard carbon frame mindset.
2023 transition transam seat stay bridge.jpg, by Liam Mercer
The bike's geometry has been shaped to offer a hard-charging ride but one that rewards in terms of wise line choice. As such, it gets a 64-degree head tube angle, a 76.5-degree effective and actual seat tube angle, and a reach value of 485mm (large frame). It also gets super-short 425mm chainstays.
That aggressive geometry is complemented by a 150mm travel fork. However, if that's too much, or too little, the brand says that the frame can run a 140mm or 160mm fork.
While available mainly in frame-only guise, there's one full build available which features a Marzocchi Z2 fork, a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain and WTB ST i30 rims. Those wheels are shod with Maxxis rubber with an Assegai EXO+ 2.5in at the front and a Minion DHR II EXO+ 2.4 at the rear. There's a OneUp dropper post with travel ranging from 150mm on the small to 210mm on the large and extra-large frames. The bike is slowed thanks to a set of SRAM DB8 stoppers.
The new Transition TransAm is available in four sizes from S to XL and two colours – Chrome or TR Blue. As for pricing, a frame only will set you back $900 USD (about £742) and the full build is priced at $3,700 USD (around £3,050).
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