Tran­si­tion Pa­trol NX

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - BIKE OF THE YEAR 2018 -

Tran­si­tion’s ‘Speed Bal­anced Ge­om­e­try’. gives the lat­est Pa­trol an ex­tended reach (450mm on our medium), steeper seat an­gle (77 de­grees) and su­per-slack head an­gle (63.6 de­grees), de­signed to work with a shorter fork off­set (37mm). The NX build isn’t cheap, con­sid­er­ing the level of kit. Most of it works well enough, but the SRAM Level brakes are un­der­gunned and the Race Face bar and stem can feel quite un­yield­ing. The Pa­trol is ea­ger to get up to speed con­sid­er­ing its 15.4kg weight, and its ac­tive back end deals with the hits in a col­lected man­ner. As things get uglier, its easy­go­ing na­ture shines through. It’s more of a down­hill bomber than an all-rounder.

£2,999.95 www.wind­wave.co.uk

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