2018 Transition Smuggler
It may seem crazy to some of us, but there are still some people out there who need convincing that 29ers are amazing. So, okay, maybe early 29ers were a bit ponderous and cumbersome to ride, but once you jump on the Transition Smuggler, any memories from the mid-2000s of 29er experimentation will disappear and you will start looking for the gnarliest trail to tackle.
With 120mm rear travel and 140mm at the front, the Smuggler is a 29er designed to be able to handle the hard descents while still not being a bummer to get back up the hill. But if those travel numbers sound a little uninspiring to you, then you should take a little time to acquaint yourself with the wild and wonderful things the guys at Transition have been doing with the geometry of their frames. Revamping the Smuggler for 2018 with their Speed Balanced Geometry, of SBG, Transition have redefined the limits of what you can expect in terms of traction and control. With SBG, Transition have balanced the demand for an ultra-long reach along with a slack head angle but then did not ignore the need to be able to maneuver the bike over tight trails. Essentially, SBG lengthens the wheelbase while reducing the offset of the fork and shortening the stem. That combined with the steep seat tube angle means that the rider will be in a great position for climbing in addition to being able to descend like a demon. And with the GiddyUp 2.0 suspension design, you will swear that there is more than 120mm of travel back there.
There is no doubt that this is a very well-thought out frame. Maybe these days Boost dropout spacing is more or less expected, but the Smuggler sneaks in all sorts of great design perks like metric shock sizing, rattle-free internal cable routing for shifting and brakes in the front, while the rear has external routing for the brakes to keep any maintenance needs well within reach. Molded rubber protection for your downtube and chainstay will make sure that unexpected strikes or a bit of chain slap won’t leave unseemly marks. The 73mm threaded bottom bracket may not sound all that sexy, but will make maintenance much easier, and will free you from any BB squeak you might expect from press fit. Then the ISCG05 tabs will mean you can install a chain guide, though we hope you are in love with 1X since the Scout does not support a front derailleur mount.
This is a bike really where the party is in the details. With 180mm post mount disc brakes and 2.4 inch tires, you will be keeping your confidence and control over the steep pitches, but still confident enough to push yourself and the bike to the very edge. The Transition Smuggler comes in four sizes from SM to XL and will give you the sort of thrill that comes with a supremely well designed 29er: inviting you to the afterhours party and tempting you to be as bad as you dare.
Rear Triangle: Alloy
Suspension: GiddyUp 2.0
Rear Shock Size: 210mm x 50mm
Shock Option(s): Fox DPS Performance Elite
Rear Travel: 120mm
Shock SAG: 32-35%%
Fork Travel Range: 140mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 56mm
Headset Included: No
Bottom Bracket Type: 73mm | Mountain Threaded
ISCG Tabs: ISCG05
Cable Routing Brake: Internal front, external rear
Cable Routing Shifter: Internal
Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal
Front Derailleur Mount: N/A
Wheel Size: 29”
Max Tire Size: 2.4”
Brake Mount Type: Post mount, 180mm
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 148mm BOOST
Sizes: 15.7” SM | 16” MD | 17.7” LG | 19.5” XL |
Colors: Gunsmoke Blue, Bone Grey
Weight: 3990g | 8.8lbs