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    Transition XC bike?

    I know this may be seen as "Sacreligious" to some, but I don't think it would detract from the Transition brand, so how about a light, super fast, 3" or 4" travel pedaling demon. For example, like a Scott Spark. The Transition Seeker. XC racing, Endurance Riding and Racing, all day rides. I can see the doods in Bellingham building a mean xc weapon why not?

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    It's called the Scout? Not to label the brand, but a light weight 4" bike that is racer boy weight is not going to jump and rally like a dirt bike. It's gonna break and be dumb...
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    You're right - if you use it as a dirt jumper, or something like that - it probably would eventually break - and that's not intended purpose of a xc or endurance race bike anyway, is it?

    Sounds like you don't think Transition should produce a xc bike and you say "not to label the brand", but you kind of ARE labeling the brand. Even if it would allow increased sales and more profit for the brand, maybe the owners themselves wouldn't want to make a xc bike as it would water down the brand image.

    I'm just saying if you have a customer base where a good % of the riders are all around trail riders - maybe they own a Scout, Patrol or Smuggler and mostly do trail rides, and hit a bike park once in a while, throw on some pads, run flats there and work on their skills there - like me - then they have the perfect all around bike to have fun on. Let's also say, like me, they want to do some xc racing, maybe they had a little "success" xc racing and think it's fun and satisfying - or they want a 2nd bike to just go out and do epics - a bit shorter travel, lighter bike they can do that or race on - maybe just run water bottles, no pack.

    Well, if they already like the brand, and would buy another Transition - they won't get a Transition for that, they'll go elsewhere to buy a xc bike, because Transition doesn't make one. If it made business and marketing sense, and Transition offered that bike, then Transition could capture those sales as well. That's all I'm sayin.

    A lot of bike companies that have a strong Freeride and DH presence, also sell HT's and shorter travel, xc race bikes/endurance bikes - You know that as well as I do. RM, Kona, Norco, etc to name a few.
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    I've raced one of their bike designers, Darrin Seeds, quite a few times. He was a very solid CAT 1 XC racer back in the day, and he's hardly "old".

    If Transition thought they could market a bike like that, they would build it. They know their buyers, though, and stick to a formula.


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    They could make a nice xc racer, I agree. They'll just have to deal with people riding the bikes out of the intended purpose and wrecking them.

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    I would look at the Hei Hei 29

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    A carbon Smuggler would fit the bill surely?

    FWIW, I've been racing my aluminium Scout with Pikes in multi-day XC rides, 12 hour XCs and short 4/5 lap XC races. The weight is a bit of a penalty (my build is 14kg), but I imagine the carbon Scout with an XC build kit would be ~11.5kg. A carbon smuggler would be even better. I'm hoping to upgrade to a carbon Scout shortly and might get a second wheelset for XC racing as an option.

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    Dedicated XC race bike? Doubt it.

    However, I would gladly take a carbon Smuggler into an XC race if they made one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udyr View Post
    Dedicated XC race bike? Doubt it.

    However, I would gladly take a carbon Smuggler into an XC race WHEN they made one.
    Fixed that for you.

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