Bellingham’s Transition Bikes supports some of the greatest athletes in downhill racing, and the critical feedback from those talented folks is a key component in frame design and innovation. Their product team has made some refining touches to their dual crown gravity bikes, and in keeping with their love for the 1984 rock film This is Spinal Tap the frame will maintain its TR11 name, adding a V2 for this 2020 iteration.
For 2020, the TR11 V2 receives some helpful refinements to the suspension kinematics and overall geometry. The 200mm of travel now uses a longer shock stroke, which Transition says will “give riders a wider range of usable spring rates.” The new frame’s reach and chainstay measurements have both stretched, boosting its overall stability on rough and fast tracks. The chainstays grasshopper back an additional 5mm compared to the previous model. The reach on a size XL frame grew the most, with 17mm of additional space up front, 12mm on a size large, 7mm for the medium, and 2mm on the small frames.
A 5mm reach-adjustable headset drops into a 56mm straight headtube, allowing riders to dial in the frame’s fit and feel to their specific needs and descending styles.
The TR11 V2 maintains its 27.5″ wheel size, with 157mm axle spacing, pivoting around Enduro Max Sealed pivot bearings. The refined version loses a little weight, coming in at around 4 kilograms (8.8lbs) with the shock and hardware installed.
Interested buyers can pick up a new TR11 V2 at your local Transition dealer, or buy directly from the Transition webstore. The carbon frameset sells for $3,299, with a full SRAM GX build for $5,299, or with top-shelf SRAM XO components for $7,299.