Transition Bikes have released an updated downhill bike in their lineup called the TR 500. Gone is the TR450 and the TR250 as this bike is designed to work for both of those riders. In addition to that, the bike can work with 26″ and 27.5/650b wheels. Read the details from Transition Bikes inside.
The TR500 represents the latest innovation and evolution of Transition Bikes’ downhill program. Starting from the huge success of the TR450, our goal was to create a lighter and stronger bike, improve the suspension kinematics, and update sizing options for modern trends. All this in a totally redesigned frame where no detail was overlooked. The result is a bike that sheds 1.2 lbs with increased strength in key areas, easier tuning and lighter spring weights, with a sexy new look.
To make your buying decision easier, we wanted to create two bikes in one. No more TR250 versus TR450 decision making. With simple and effective travel, geo and chainstay adjustments the TR500 can switch between a dual crown world cup racer to a single crown bike park-shredding machine in no time.
The TR500 uses all new suspension kinematics that have been updated to keep the rider higher in the travel for more available wheel travel all the time. Less progressive than the previous models with just the right amount of bottom out control. Riders can expect to use full travel without noticing any harsh bottom out. With an even more predictable suspension feel, you can make the most of the adjustment range in your rear shock for more tuning range. The TR500 is easy to setup, comfortable and familiar from the first ride.
The design goals of the TR500 were simple: make it stronger, lighter and sexier. This sounds simple, but a massive effort went into making these goals a reality. Every tube is custom hydroformed to achieve the clean aggressive lines. We pushed our manufacturing capabilities with details like a unified seattube/toptube gusset utilizing a series of extremely complicated processes.
Every part of the bike has been sculpted to achieve maximum strength and shave weight while creating a distinct design language throughout. Every yoke, rocker and upright has been forged allowing us to create more complex shapes and push the design further than with a typical CNC process. The internal cable routing is complimented by a custom cable entry point with a rubber integrated fork bumper. The result of all of these details is a perfect balance between form and function.
WHEEL SIZE: 26″ (27.5 Compatible)
REAR TRAVEL: 203mm – 180mm Rear Wheel Travel
REAR SHOCK: 9.5″ x 3″ (Forward Pin 22.2mm x 8mm, Rear Pin 22.2mm x 8mm)
FRAME MATERIAL: 6061 Heat Treated Aluminum
SIZES: Small, Medium, Large, XL
COLORS: Orange, Pearl Green, Raw
WARRANTY: 2 year defect warranty, lifetime crash replacement.
SEATPOST/CLAMP: 31.6mm Seatpost/34.9mm Clamp
HEADTUBE: 44mm Upper / 56mm Lower
BOTTOM BRACKET: 83mm BSA
REAR DROPOUT: 150mm x 12mm
CHAINGUIDE: ISCG 05 – 0mm Offset
Pricing: MSRP of $2,599 (Frameset with FOX RC4). Complete options also available.
The TR500 comes with the ability to adjust chainstay length, bottom bracket height, head angle, and travel from 200mm to 180mm. Simplified adjustments and easier access make trail side and course specific changes even easier. We encourage riders to play around with the adjustments to find their perfect settings. The TR500 was designed for 26″ wheels in any setting, or 27.5″ wheels in the low bottom bracket height and long chainstay settings.
SIZING AND GEO
The TR500 comes in 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL) to cover a broader range of rider heights and preferences. See the geometry here.