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    Transition Patrol vs. GG Megatrail

    Finally broke my 2008 Heckler (6" coil suspension). I'm a big guy (6'4" 225) and I prefer more down than up, but need to be able to pedal it also.

    I've ridden both versions of the Megatrail, but never the Patrol (or any Transition for that matter). Future support/warranty-wise, I have more faith in Transition.

    I'll stop tainting the conversation, what are your thoughts? Should I add the Pivot Mach 5.5 into the mix (not overly excited about carbon, I've ridden several)

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    I'd wait and ride the new Patrol with its new geometry. If you are rushed to buy one I'd bet you can get a 17' Patrol at a pretty good price. I've owned a Bottlerocket and and a Firebird, placed plenty of calls to Transition and Pivot, both are easy to work with and take time with you. GG are fairly new to the game but seem very positive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangtime View Post
    I'd wait and ride the new Patrol with its new geometry.
    Any word when those are available? I've read so much about them, I thought they already were...
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    I would add the Canfield Balance onto your short list, particularly if you like very short chainstays (420mm), and the CBF linkage works extremely well. I'm slightly biased, I own one.

    Between the Patrol, Megatrail, and Balance, you're really splitting hairs. The geometry is so similar (for good reason), they all pedal well, and they all have nice mildly-progressive leverage curves that will work well with a coil or air shock. It probably comes down to things like your rear spacing preference, stock shock options, build kits if you aren't doing frame-only, and whether you care about a water bottle.

    I think the M5.5 is worth considering, but you'd want to decide which sort of bike fits your needs better: a 160-165mm bike with a 65deg HTA that can accept a coil shock, or a 140mm rear travel with a 66.5deg HTA that is air-only. Depends on your needs. Not that either is wrong, just I wouldn't put the M5.5 in the same category as the others.

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    The balance is a good bike too, but is a bigger baby.

    GG Customer Service is good, and the guys are easy to work with. Helpful, and very knowledgeable. I haven't dealt with Transition but have heard only good things (about their bikes, no clue about their CS)

    I've been riding a GG for about 3 years now.
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    I ordered a 2018 Patrol, wonít see it until at least end of October. FYI, Transition doesnít have any 2017 XL Patrols left (unless your LBS does?)...

    Thanks for the help.

    (Side note, GG treated a local buddy of mine (thatís sold at least 5 bikes for them with his promoting of them) like crap when he broke his in half. Heís never blamed the bike, just their treatment of him...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996cc View Post
    I ordered a 2018 Patrol, wonít see it until at least end of October. FYI, Transition doesnít have any 2017 XL Patrols left (unless your LBS does?)...

    Thanks for the help.

    (Side note, GG treated a local buddy of mine (thatís sold at least 5 bikes for them with his promoting of them) like crap when he broke his in half. Heís never blamed the bike, just their treatment of him...
    Congradulatons! The transition patrol look like a sweet bike, it rode great when I had the chance to demo it.

    and huh that does not sound like the customer service I have experienced with GG. But that's just my experience. how long ago did he brake his frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996cc View Post
    (Side note, GG treated a local buddy of mine (thatís sold at least 5 bikes for them with his promoting of them) like crap when he broke his in half. Heís never blamed the bike, just their treatment of him...
    This is surprising (or there's more to the story). GG is an amazing company, run (and staffed) by some great guys.

    The MegaTrail V2 is a great bike
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Enjoy the new patrol!

    I cracked my 2015 suppressor (which is the same bike in any real sense) most likely because i would bottom it out on big hits. I stuck a couple volume reduction bands in the shock and it handles better and i've only bottomed it once. Otherwise it's an awesome bike once you accept that sometimes you're gonna have a pedal strike that's gonna wreck your technical climb. Incredible bike for a 2 bike quiver.

    I'm roughly your height and weight, and transition CS was easy and painless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2zmtnz View Post
    how long ago did he brake his frame?
    A few months.
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    I would look at two: the Canfield Balance and the GG megatrail for what you want.

    I bought a megatrail, and they went out of their way to make their XS so itís reasonable for someone like me who couldnít get over the small. Absolutely an amazing bike.

    If I didnít ride that, the Canfield balance was on my listóbut I couldnít get a leg over one for sizing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996cc View Post
    A few months.
    Weld it up while you're looking for a new bike. It'll be as good as new and have character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996cc View Post

    (Side note, GG treated a local buddy of mine (thatís sold at least 5 bikes for them with his promoting of them) like crap when he broke his in half. Heís never blamed the bike, just their treatment of him...
    What happened?
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