Bike Magic Bike Magic – Mountain Bike News, Videos and Reviews. Keep up with the latest Biking Gear, Events and Trail Guides at BikeMagic. en Transition Bikes launches four new bikes for 2015 using 'Giddy Up Link Suspension' Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:10:45 +0000 Ali Todd Words: David Arthur Photos: Transition Bikes Bike_Frame_Patrol_1 American company Transition Bikes have launched four new bikes for 2015 and they all feature their amusingly titled ‘Giddy Up Link Suspension’. Transition say they developed the suspension platform with the aim to provide bikes that provided good pedalling performance but still retained the neutral and comfortable feel that they reckon their bikes are known for. They’ve opted for a four-bar configuration with a rocker activated shock that it says is “tuned with a moderate amount of chain growth which is highest at the sag point and decreasing deeper into the travel.” Bike_Detail_Smuggler_2 Says Transition: “The ride feel of our Giddy Up Link bikes will be familiar for any previous Transition rider, but with a big improvement in suspension performance. Our new models are designed to be active while climbing; increased compression damping or rear shock platforms are not required with the Giddy Up link. The suspension remains free to smooth out the trail, improve traction and control without sacrificing any efficiency. ”


So, the new bikes then. There are four of them, we first saw the new Patrol at Eurobike, a 155m travel bike with 27.5in wheels and using the new Giddy Up Link suspension, which is essentially a short rocker linkage pivoting off the seat tube and driving a vertically orientated shock. Bike_Main_Patrol_HighRes Geometry is described as ‘progressive, long, low and slack’ and in numbers that means a 65 degree head angle, 430mm chainstays and 1210mm wheelbase on the size large, with four sizes available including an XL. Frame weight for a medium with a rear shock is a claimed 7.85lb. Says Transition Bikes: “The all new Patrol gives you the control of a downhill bike perfectly balanced with a lively and jumpy personality for a comfortable, efficient and fun ride in almost any trail condition. ”


Showing they’re not entirely wed to the new wheelsize, the Suppressor roll son traditional (is it too soon to call them that?) 26in wheels, with the same 155mm travel as the Patrol courtesy of the same general frame design and suspension linkage. Bike_Main_Suppressor_HighRes The Suppressor also shares the same geometry as the Patrol, with a 65 degree head angle and 1210mm wheelbase on the size large frame. Again four sizes are offered. The frame features an E2 Low Direct Mount front derailleur and has ISCG05 chainguide mounts and takes a full size water bottle inside the front triangle, ideal if you don’t use a hydration pack. The all new Suppressor is the 26" brother of the Patrol and gives you the control of a downhill bike perfectly balanced with a lively and jumpy personality for a comfortable, efficient and fun ride in almost any trail condition.


Back to 27.5in wheels and the new Scout with its 125mm rear wheel travel and capacity for a 140mm fork, looks like a good match for the Trek Fuel or Santa Cruz 5010. Bike_Main_Scout_HighRes “The Scout has the character of a slopestyle bike blended with the comfort to pedal big mileage in any terrain,” says Transition Bikes. “Taking mid travel to all new places, the Scout is equally at home slashing turns deep on backcountry trails or cranking out laps on the local trails. The playful nature of the Scout begs the rider to play around with new lines on the trail.” So it uses a similar frame design to the longer travel Patrol with the same Giddy Up linkage and Collet Style main pivot hardware, with similar slack geometry. A 67 degree head angle and 1176mm wheelbase and 425mm chainstays on the size large sound good on paper. the company claims a 7.28lb frame weight with a low 29lb build possible. The frame uses a regular 73mm threaded bottom bracket, cables are internally routed and there’s a Syntace X12 142mm rear axle, ISCG05 chainguide points and a direct front mech mount.


The final addition to the company’s 2015 range is the 29in Smuggler. The frame packs 115mm rear travel and is designed for a 130mm fork up front, and uses the same general frame design, features and of course suspension platform as the other three bikes we’ve talked about already. Bike_Main_Smuggler_HighRes “The all new Smuggler takes the 29er in a new direction with a short travel platform that isn't short on versatility,” says Transition. Numbers look good, with a 67.5 degree head angle which is certainly very slack for a 29er, and with 435mm chainstays and a 1188mm wheelbase on the large size frame. More at Transition's website and importer Windwave's. ]]>
First Look: Scott Genius 700 Tuned Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:02:32 +0000 Ali Todd Words and photos: David Arthur  Scott Genius 700 Tuned - shock1 The Genius has been in the Scott line-up for many a year now but for 2014 the bike got aa significant update with 27.5in wheels and Fox suspension. This here is high-end Genius 700 Tuned, the 150mm travel sibling to the 170mm Genius LT. While the LT might look on paper to be the more suitable ‘enduro’ model of the two, the shorter travel Genius is in many ways a more tightly focused all-round trail bike for the majority of UK trail riding which generally involves plenty of climbs. The frame, all made from HMX carbon fibre, has the now familiar Genius look with the custom Fox Nude CTCD shock nestled under the top tube and driven by a short linkage pivoting off the seat tube. Yes, out goes the DT suspension of previous years and in comes a new custom tuned Fox setup. Scott’s unique TwinLoc handlebar remote controls both the rear shock and Fox 32 Float fork at the same time, offering three modes; Climb, Traction Control and Descend modes. The climb mode is nearly locked out, traction control reduces the air volume, and descend is your full fat full travel model. The remote is easy to use but does take a short period of acclimatisation. Scott Genius 700 Tuned - twinloc1 Not only have Scott worked hard on developing the suspension, they’ve also sweated the geometry details which on paper looks to gave the Genius a good shape. There’s a bit of adjustability built into the bike, the lower shock mounting hardware can be adjusted to alter the geometry by changing the chip between high or low settings. In low setting the head angle is 67.9 degrees, seat angle 74 degrees, the wheelbase is 1179.9mm, chainstays are 439mm and the top tube is 624.9mm. The Tuned in the name refers to the fact this is the top-of-the-range model and the suspension is been configured to be firmer than the other models, because it’s aimed at racers and trail riders who are very demanding. It’s akin to an AMG version of a regular Mercedes-Benz: faster, firmer and more fun. Scott Genius 700 Tuned - xx11 This model, which does cost £6.5k, is suitably well adorned with some very nice and light kit, including a SRAM XX1 drivetrain and Shimano XTR disc brakes. There’s carbon fibre in the Syncros rims and handlebar too, all helped to shed the weight. Tyres are a combination of Schwalbe Nobby Nic and Rocket Ron, ideal for the current dry trail conditions, and Syncros supply the carbon 720mm handlebar and 80mm stem.

First ride

First impressions based on a quick lunchtime ride are that it is a blistering fast ride with the sort of pace up the climbs and out of corners that we’d expect from a race bike, not a trail bike packing 150mm of travel at both ends. The shape and length on this size large feels good through the corners with good stability and poise when lining up through a succession of tight corners. Scott Genius 700 Tuned - ht1 It’s a stunning looking bike, aesthetics clearly something Scott have clearly worked hard on in recent years and it’s paid off, this is a very desirable looking bike. It’s a real head-turner out on the trail too, I’ve had people stop and ask me about the bike a couple of times too, which doesn’t normally happen on test bikes. The weight is sub-25lb or thereabouts with pedals and Reverb dropper post which for a bike packing 150mm of travel, is crazy really. That weight, well lack of weight, is something you notice straight away. Going from a 31lb Trance to the Scott revealed incredible acceleration, as you would expect. It’s cross-country race bike fast, you could race this bike I reckon. Yet that lack of weight doesn’t seem to have an adverse impact on the handling through high speed sections and techy stuff. Instead it lends the Genius a delicate poise, you can move it around underneath you with great precision. Riding a bike with this sort of travel, geometry and low weight is intoxicating, very addictive and a lot of fun. Scott Genius 700 Tuned - down1 All that performance comes at a price though, £6,499 to be precise, though SCot do offer a wide range of models so there are more affordable versions to choose from. Full review coming soon...

Here’s the full specification:

Frame: Genius Carbon Rear Shock: Fox Nude / SCOTT custom w. travel Fork: Fox 32 Float Factory CTD FIT Air Headset: Ritchey WCS Carbon Stem: Syncros TR1.0 Carbon 7050 Carbon wrapped Speed: 11 Front Mech: E13 XCX Chainguide / ISCG05 Mount Rear Mech: Sram XX1 Shifters: Sram XX1 Trigger right only multi adj. / with Carbon cap with matchmaker clamp Ti Chainset: Sram XX1 GXP PF Carbon crankarm / QF168 32T Bottom Bracket: Sram GXP PF integrated / shell 41x89.5mm Cassette: Sram XX1 / XG1199 10-42 T Chain: Sram PC XX1 Front Brake: Shimano XTR M987 Disc 180mm Rear Brake: Shimano XTR M987 Disc 180mm Rims: Syncros TR1.0 Carbon 28H / Carbon rim / Tubless ready Front Hub: Syncros TR1.0 CL / 15mm Rear Hub: Syncros TR1.0 CL / 12 x 142 RWS Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO 2.25 Front Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO 2.25 Rear Seatpost: DT Swiss Aero Comp More here. ]]>
Ruthin Race Report Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:49:22 +0000 Ali Todd Words: Matt Jones Photos: Rob Barker 10703555_810305605687651_3049621657104708400_n For the second time this year I headed off to Wales to do the Exposure Lights Big Night out event followed by the MTB Marathon the following day. Ruthin was the venue this time and the Marathon series finished with another cracker. After a pretty brutal experience at 24/12 I took things very easy for a few weeks afterwards before trying to ramp up the training again to build up to the final race before the upcoming World 24 Champs in October (WEMBO). I even managed to dig the turbo trainer out to do some intervals which has been a very rare occurrence this year with most of the miles I do ending up on the road between Bristol and Swindon. Heading up to North Wales with my buddy Rich I was expecting some big long climbs and wild, fast, flat out descents that have become the hallmark of the excellent marathon series. Ruthin didn't disappoint starting at 8pm sharp with the ELBNO. I started off pretty well, more or less at the sharp end of things. The fleeting attempts at some hill repeats in the last few months seems to have paid off with my usual backwards direction at the first sniff of a hill not materialising and actually keeping with the front runners up most of the first haul skyward. Ant White made a nice little gap with a charge off the front and held on to be first man back followed very closely by Roki Read, James Nixon and then Me. Nice to be up there and within three minutes of Ant which is as close as I've ever been. I felt strong throughout, pushing on and being able to sustain close to my limit. I just missed out on 3rd finisher with Roki Read absolutely smashing the mega final descent (fair play lad) to overtake me near the bottom and create a gap that I didn't have the legs/will to make up on the road time trial home, he also then passed James so must have been going some. Some of the descents were so fast that I could feel myself drifting sideways even on relatively gentle bends, big smiles. As per the Builth ELBNO I once again didn't quite realise how close we were to the end so missed out on a potential sprint off for the finish, hey ho. My lofty finishing position was partly due to someone else's misfortune, Phil Simcock took a tumble at the bottom of a grassy descent leaving him with a broken collar bone, Jason stopped with him but my duties to inform the next marshall didn't really slow me down at all. Heal up well soon Phil! 'Results' below. 1   The boys at Exposure had loaned me some new super shiny new lights, the Toro and Axis the latter of which came equipped with some pretty special new tech 'TAP'. TAP the light and it changes mode, nice! The Toro also runs the a new display at the back showing battery remaining in hours and minutes so you don't have to calculate how long you have left on the fly. After a finishing beer or two, chips, homemade pizza that Rich brought (awesome fodder) it was off to bed. I even managed a 20 second lap of the field warm down to try and help the recovery for the next day. Unfortunately for an unknown reason I couldn't get to sleep that night so awoke with that horrible feeling of "did I actually fall asleep at all?" uuuuhhh. Stuffing as much pre race re-fuelling in for breakfast as I dared, the weather was perfect and although slightly aware of some sore legs, I was looking forward to smashing some of the same descents we did the night before in the day light. True to form an epic firm climb sorted the pack out and I didn't make a concerted effort to stay at the sharp end but tried to stave off the cramp from the off which I could start feeling to build as soon as I started pushing. I road with Jason Miles and on a big rig that didn't seem to be slowing him up much on the climbs he eventually cracked on to a pretty respectable position. Looking around it was pretty easy to tell who had rode the night before, some tired looking faces for sure. Serial nutter Ant White showed his good form getting close to Phil Morris as 4th finisher and overall winner of the Rich Sanders ELBNO/Marthon double 'Bad Ass' category, he was even talking about doing the whole route again for training afterwards??!! I had an ok day, patchy feelings of goodness intermingled with some pretty horrible bouts of cramp at around 2 hours in. Once again some prolonged battling with a Clee Cycles rider, in this case Andy Jones took up the mid section of the race but he was able to pull away from me towards the end and despite his bottle being completely dry he didn't stop at the final food stop where I was in dire need sugar and water so never really got properly back on terms with him. The course once again was excellently painful. 'Proper' mountain biking and hardly any mud, unheard of year round in North Wales. 30mph+ down double track with the odd rocky outcrop is pretty hairy but fun was had all round. The linking road sections to make up the mileage didn't drag too much and with the steepness of the grassy ascents, were somewhat of a relief even if you were running out of gears to get up some of the steepest road sections. I finished 14th, pretty happy with that overall. A good benchmark for fitness levels and seeing myself go slowly climbing up the ranks throughout the year is a good indicator that I'm still figuring things out. Not allowing for turnout variations in the three 75k marathons I've come 30th, 21st, 14th...or if you like your stats 20%, 14% and 8% off the winning time respectively...getting there :) In some good excel skilling, Rich made the bad ass category for the 75k marathon of those doing the double, some quality endurance skills by the old guard showing us how it's done once again. ba Thanks to Exposure Lights for the loan of the Toro and Axis and to M Steel Cycles for their continued support. ]]>