Transition TR450 and Covert 2014!

Transition TR450 Prototype
Transition had a prototype version of their TR450 on display that featured several changes and refinements over the current version. A new hydroformed tubeset and forged links are being used on the revised bike, which gives it a more modern, swoopy look, and should shed around 400 grams off the overall frame weight. The new bike gains adjustable travel, allowing it to be set at either 180 or 200mm. The chainstay length can also be adjusted, and there is a flip chip at the top of the rear swing arm that can be used for even more geometry changes. Tentative geometry figures put the head angle at 63.5 or 63 degrees, and the chainstay length at 435 or 442mm. This level of adjustability lets the new TR450 be set up as everything from a mini-DH or park bike (a roll formerly held by the TR250, a bike Transition will not be producing for 2014), all the way to a full-on DH race bike. Plus, the new bike should be able to run 27.5″ wheels for riders who want to give the mid-sized wheels a try. Other frame changes include the addition of integrated bump stops along with internal cable routing. Colors: grey, green, orange.

The refined linkage has two mounting positions for the rear shock to change the amount of travel, and the suspension curve has been changed to make for a more consistent feeling throughout the entire shock stroke. The tapered headtube has a spot for internal cable routing, and integrated bump stops help protect the frame and fork from damage.

There were a number of Anvl components hanging off of the prototype Transition TR450, including a direct mount stem, flat pedals, and a complete wheelset. The ARC Direct Mount stem fits bars with a 35mm center diameter, and is claimed to weigh in at 110 grams with hardware. The 6061 aluminum ANVL tilt pedal is 14mm thick and is designed so that the foot sits evenly without being tilted up by the bearing bump that extremely thin pedals often have near the crankarm.

The Covert 27.5’s head angle is 66 degrees, almost a degree slacker than the 26″ version of the all-mountain machine. (The 26″ version will still be available). Chainstay length remains unchanged at 430mm, but the seat tube height has been lowered to better accommodate dropper posts. Plus, for the vertically gifted riders out there, an XL size has been added to the lineup.

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