The Binary crew is in Whistler this week and we happen to be renting a condo owned by Kevin Menard, one of the owners of Transition Bikes. We were gearing up for another day of riding this morning when a silver Raptor pulled up to deliver a new dishwasher, and who was inside but none other then Kevin and Chris Pascucci from Transition, with a carbon fiber Covert strapped to a rack on the back.
|The dudes in question|
I've talked to Kevin on the phone a number of times, but this was our first time meeting in person. He's always been nice and helpful and today was more of the same. They hung out and chatted with us for a while, and he gladly let us snap some shots of the Covert and give it a ride around.
There are a lot of different opinions out there about carbon. I've never been too worried about getting a carbon bike, but I've figured that one day we'll all be riding carbon whether we think it's the greatest or not.
The frame is a beauty. You can see that by checking out the pictures. But some of the details are really nice. The cable routing is awesome, and they've stepped up their bearing covers and graphics. The lines are a matter of opinion, I suppose. But i think it looks awesome.
|Matte black with matte graphics. Awesome.|
|rear linkage and new bearing covers.|
|notice the socked sandal in the background. Awesome again.|
As you can see, we didn't get to rally this thing on some trail, but we all gave it the classic parking lot test, which everyone knows is the most important test of a mountain bike, right? Of course the carbon was light, but just in general, the bike felt super stiff and very well balanced. I got the feeling that I could ride it on just about anything ("quiver killer" as they like to call it.).
We talked with Kevin for a bit about 26 vs. 29, since a couple of us are riding Bandit 29s, and at one pointed he hinted that if you like aggressive 29ers, there's some exciting stuff coming down the pipeline. Let the speculation fly!
A few of us have been riding Transition for a number of years. They keep upping their game with their bikes, while doing a great job of maintaining that rider-owned mentality and focus on customer service. Kevin and Chris took a bunch of time to let us check the bike out and answer our questions. It's hard to overstate how nice it is to deal with a company full of guys who see riding just like I do, like they could join our crew without anyone skipping a beat. I know there are a lot of factors that go into what bike to buy and I know there are a lot of great brands and bikes out there, but Transition is pretty rad.
|Dave testing the CF Covert's manually capabilities|
|Jarel giving her the flip-flop test|