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The Transition Scout Carbon Custom

We have had the Transition Scout Carbon for a while now. Consequently, a wide variety of parts have been mounted on it. But today we want to show you how the frame from the 2017 model year is currently constructed.

Transition Scout Carbon

Allmountain bike from Transition

Transition's Scout Carbon can undoubtedly be placed in the category of all-mountain bikes, because that is exactly where it feels good. The Scout is extremely versatile and is ideal for everyday use. No matter if uphill or downhill, it is really fun.

The geometry of the Scout Carbon

Our frame size is XL and therefore has the following key data.

Seat angleSteering angleReachStackSeat tubeHead tubeChain stayWheelbaseBottom bracket-Drop
74,5°67°483mm616mm495mm130mm425mm1205mm20mm
Geometry of the Transition Scout Carbon 2017 (XL)

The impeller size is 27,5″. The chassis has 125mm rear suspension travel. In the front a fork with 140mm is recommended, but we currently have a Pike with 150mm installed.

Components installed on the Transition Scout

On the Transition Scout we have installed high quality components on which we have been relying for years. The individual parts are selected to ensure high reliability in everyday use.

  • Transition Scout Carbon XL grey
  • RockShox Monarch Mute
  • RockShox Pike
  • SRAM XX1 11-fold switching group
  • SRAM XX1 Cassette 10-42 teeth
  • SRAM XX1 crank, 32 tooth chainring
  • Shimano Saint 4-piston disc brake
  • Shimano Saint flat pedals
  • Syntace W35 wheelset
  • Syntace Cockpit (Megaforce 30 and Vector Carbon)
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Selle Italia SLR

How do we use the Scout?

The Transition Scout has proven to be a very versatile bike for everyday use. It offers a very good compromise between smooth running on fast root passages and agility in tight corners. Thus, every home trail, no matter how enduro-heavy, can be rocked. The steering angle is not as flat as on current models, but this is not really noticeable. If at all uphill, because the less back-heavy seat position makes the ride much more comfortable.

Also in the Bikepark it does not make a bad figure. With the right tuning, the suspension offers enough reserves for drops and jumps, even if it only has 125mm of travel at the rear. You might not be as fast as with a modern downhill racing car, but that's not the field of application. Besides, speed is primarily based on the rider's riding technique anyway, not on the limits of the bike. But here you can vary a lot by choosing the right tyres. Strongly profiled downhill tyres naturally influence touring performance quite differently than a narrow cross-country coat.

ScoutCarbon 8 edited
A wide handlebars and short stem on the cockpit usually bring more safety and control in tricky situations

This brings us directly to the next point. Even if not primarily designed for it, you don't have to be afraid to start at the next MTB marathon with the Transition Scout. Especially when you consider how the geometry of current XC race bikes has changed over the last few years. The current Specialized models Epic and Epic Evo have an almost identical steering angle of 67.5° and 66.5° respectively.

The damper, as well as the fork we currently use, each offer a lockout function or a CTD switch (Climb-Trail-Descent). So you can also do longer passages uphill not only easy but also fast. A few suitable tires and you have a more than ideal down country bike.

Conclusion on the Transition Scout Carbon

In summary, the Transition Scout, like so many other modern mountain bikes, is very versatile. Not only the frame, but also the rider and the setup of the parts it is built with decide on its purpose. Therefore, we produce a competent All-Mountain / Trail-Bike, which does not have to hide itself, especially downhill. With 4-piston brake calipers, Pike suspension fork and wide tyres, it is simply fun to ride this bike.

We would choose the Transition Scout Carbon again any time someone asked us. Would you make a different choice for the setup?

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