Since 2001, the die hards over at Transition have been geeking out over bike construction. And with each new suspension design and bike iteration, the Bellingham, WA based crew seems to find a way to improve their machines. This year, Transition took a holistic approach and identified one area of bike designs they argue has been overlooked: steering.

In the last 5 years, mountain bikes have changed in many ways. Wheels have gotten bigger. Frames have gotten longer. Head tubes have gotten slacker. Suspension has improved. Stems have gotten shorter and bars have gotten wider. And you likely have a remote dropper seat post. Components have also improved so you can ride further, harder, more easily. Yet, there are some things that haven't been updated.


This is where SBG, or Speed Balanced Geometry, really comes into focus. In their pursuit of building devilishly fast bikes, Transition dug into steering and how to improve it. Over the last several years, bikes have essentially been "stretched and flattened," to put things simply. This negatively effects your steering due to the longer wheelbase. So how does SBG correct for this? By reducing the fork offset, your handlebars are now more closely centered over your front wheel than ever before, creating a more stable ride on rough or steep terrain. But what about that fabled "long, low and slack" geometry that makes Transition bikes so awesome?

SBG-equipped bikes still feature a longer reach, slacker head tube angle and shorter stem, but with a reduced fork offset and a steeper seat tube angle. This all equates to a fine balance of stability from the longer reach, better small pump compliance from the slack head angle and a more intuitive and natural riding position from the steep seat angle. Most importantly, the reduced offset means your wheel stays under the bike despite the longer reach, achieveing more direct handling at low speeds and while climbing.

With Speed Balanced Geometry, Transition is leading the charge of mountain bike evolution. Not only are these SBG bikes more intuitive to control, they also just make you more confident and capable on trail. More confidence. More control. More party. That's the name of the game, and that's precisely what SBG has achieved.

Following extensive back-to-back testing I can confidently say that Transition's SBG-equipped bikes will likely lead the next wave in the continued evolution of bicycle geometry. They provide such an intuitive and controlled experience that my riding game goes up a few notches. That's real progress. Looking the bike over, nearly every aspect of an already awesome frame has been updated, tweaked, or tuned for 2018. This is Transition 2.0, and it's awesome.
Brandon Turman
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