9
Aug
2010

Transition Blindside Updates

8/9/2010 : sicklines

The Blindside is one of Transition Bikes’ venerable models that has evolved over the years with small updates here and there. It is a versatile bike with a lot of offer a wide range of riders. Check inside to see what the newest Blindside has to offer.

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Transition Blindside Features:

Tapered headtube with what Transition calls “double smooth welding” for added strength. It uses a  1.5″ lower (deep cup compatible) and an 1 1/8″ Cane Creek Integrated compatible upper IS headset (drop in bearing).

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Adjustable travel – 170mm (6.5″) or 190mm (7.5″) with a FOX RC4 Coil 8.75″ x 2.75″ stroke.  The travel is adjusted by flipping the chips in the upper linkage for a pretty clean look.

The upper link was revised as is the seat stays.

Older Blindsides didn’t have the left and right seat stays connected together before connecting to the linkage.

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The old 2008 Blindside didn't have the seat stays connected together like the new ones

Transition revised the upper linkage and the left/right seat stay are now joined together helping to make for a stiffer rear end.  They also updated the bearing covers at each bearing position on the bike.

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The 2008 Blindside had partially  welded ISCG-03 tabs that was nowhere near as robust as their one piece ISCG-05 design on the new Blindisde.

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Old 2008 Blindisde ISCG-03 welded tabs

New one piece 73mm BB with integrated ISCG-05 tabs.

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A better one piece ISCG-05 interface to mount guides to (click to enlarge)

The straight seat tube means you can mount a front derailleur easily and gives the user full seat post insertion.  The cable routing was also revised on the Blindside from the 2008 version as it now runs along the down tube in a cleaner manner.  The floating brake mount option is also gone.

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Rear derailleur housing is routed through chainstay.  The rear dropouts are now fixed and accept a 135mm x 10mm wheel or 135mm qr wheel.

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For more information check out Transition’s website. You can also check out our previous project build and review on the Blindside to get an idea of what the Blindside was like before and the improvements Transition has made since then on this bike.

, Transition Blindside Updates

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, Transition Blindside Updates

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, Transition Blindside Updates

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[Transition Blindside Gallery] [Transition Bikes Website]


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