The TR250 is Transition’s new 2011 offering for the growing mini-DH segment. It joins rank with the Intense SS2, Morewood Kalula, and other mini-DH bikes which differentiate themselves from traditional freeride bikes by mirroring the configuration of a full DH bike but in a more compact package. These bikes are not generally friendly for pedaling uphill which explains their growing popularity with users of lift-served bike parks and shuttle trails. In place of versatility, mini-DH bikes typically offer geometry and suspension designs that excel at descending, particularly on modern jump trails and smooth DH courses.
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TR250 Video overview with Kevin Menard
The TR250 borrows heavily from the design of the TR450 in look and suspension design but is trimmed down for a lighter, snappier feel. In terms of adjustability, the TR250 has a variety of adjustments for the rider to choose from. Travel is adjustable at 160mm or 180 mm. Chainstay length is adjustable to 16.9″, 17.15″, and 17.4″ via a chip type system. Head tube and bottom bracket height vary as well between the internal chip adjustments in the main linkage. This all adds up to a tremendous number of setup options to suit a wide variety of styles and terrain. We have various settings and shocks lined up for our 250 to determine which settings work best and where they excell. While every adjustment will be fiddled with, most of base build part list will stay as is. Notably, we will be swapping the rear shock where we’ll gather impressions of the stock Fox RC4 vs. the Vivid Air R2C, and other shocks as applicable on this bike.
Stay tuned for the full review and be sure to checkout our photo gallery and full build details to see how we managed a sub 33lb build on this bike park ripper.
Cockpit includes Havoc carbon bars, Chromag’s HiFi stem, ESI grips, Formula The Ones, and yes that’s a 10 speed shifter on there.
The TR250’s tapered head tube with a Cane Creek 40 series headset.
Saint cranks, Straitline Silent Guide, Twenty6 pedals, and don’t miss that internal cable routing as it enters the swingarm.
Tire clearance looks good, these are 2.35 Schwalbes which are easily as large as most other 2.5’s on the market.
10 Speed X0 derailleur, SRAM RED cassette in 11-28 and another shot of that super-clean internal cable routing to the rear derailleur.
The linkage on this frame presents its self as art, Transition has come a long ways since the days of the Dirt Bag.
|Transition||TR250 Medium Frame Only||
|Transition||Rear Axle 150mm x 12mm||
|Transition||Seat Post Clamp 34.9||
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