We first heard that the Carbon Covert was being planned late last year, but we've now had a few more details through, in a press release from Transition
In answer to the first questions we're always asked
- Medium is due towards the end of the year (so let's reckon on Jan 2013) Others to follow/to be confirmed
- Pricing is also to be confirmed.
Personally, I think the whole cock and balls bit is more than a little naff, but that's up to them! A shameless copy & paste follows:
The 2013 Carbon Covert is Transition Bike’s first carbon frame offering. The 160mm travel Covert was the perfect candidate to bring to carbon as it allowed the bike to shed weight, improve strength, add new features, and update the look at the same time.
“In my mind, this bike really represents the ultimate no holds barred quiver killer. It's really everything I would want in a single do-everything type of bike and we've tried pretty hard to ensure all the right features are there without including things that don't really matter. A big goal of ours with this project was to develop something with very unique lines that you don't often see in bicycle frame design...and we feel we've really accomplished that. This was a long development effort so we're pretty pumped to finally unveil our first carbon frame.” Says Kyle Young, Transition Bikes owner.
Transition Bikes took the essence of the previous Covert but started from the ground up to produce something all new and extremely exciting. For design inspiration they looked outside the bike world towards Italian super cars. The carbon material allowed a no compromise design approach that allowed them to achieve exactly what they envisioned; powerful lines and a unique bold look. The frame uses some exciting new materials and an evolved suspension platform for the best possible performance on the trail.
The 2013 Carbon Covert is the first bike on the market to offer both C.O.C.K. and B.A.L.L.S. technology. The Completely Optimized Carbon Kinetics utilized in production of the carbon structure are an industry first; only available on Transition Bikes. The careful use of C.O.C.K. makes the Carbon Covert one of the strongest frames on the market today. The Basically Aligned Linear Leverage System suspension works with the shock making the suspension incredibly easy to tune; once again, only available on Transition Bikes. Our B.A.L.L.S. are only there to make sure you have fun on the trail. Unlike other suspension systems, our B.A.L.L.S. aren’t overly complicated, it’s just the right suspension technology to keep the ride smooth and predictable.
“When we first met in the lab to develop these new technologies, I didn’t realize just how big they would become. I am proud to see this bike released so everyone can experience the ultimate package.” Says Sam Burkhardt, Transition Bikes product manager.
Working in conjunction with the B.A.L.L.S. suspension system, the 2013 Carbon Covert features a longer 8.5” x 2.5” custom tuned Fox CTD Adjust rear shock. The longer shock helps contribute to improved suspension performance and easier shock setup for riders of any size. The rear travel has been increased from 150mm to 160mm further expanding the performance in gnarly terrain. For riders looking for ultimate downhill performance, an optional Fox RC4 coil shock is available as well. The B.A.L.L.S. suspension system uses a higher main pivot placement for improved pedaling performance with modern 2x10 and 1x10 drivetrain setups. An all new hardware system, with single allen key tightening, has been developed to keep the pivots tight. While the front triangle features full internal cable routing, including the Reverb Stealth routing for clean looks and integrated performance.
Carbon Front Triangle with Carbon Seatstay and Alloy Chainstay and Rocker
160mm Rear Travel
8.5” x 2.5” Fox CTD Adjust Custom Tuned Rear Shock
Optional Fox RC4 Coil Shock Available
All Front Triangle Cable Routing is Internal
Reverb Stealth Seat Post Routing
New Pivot Hardware System
12 x 142mm Dropouts (10 x 135mm Dropouts Sold Separately)
Press Fit 30 Bottom Bracket Shell
Frame Weight 6.75 lbs (Including Rear Shock and Rear Axle)
PRICE: To Be Announced
C.O.C.K & B.A.L.L.S Technology (Only Available From Transition Bikes)
Head Tube Angle: 66.5 Degree (Fox 36 160mm) / 67 Degree (Fox 34 160mm)
Chainstay Length: 430mm
Seatube Length: Sm 563, Md 593, Lg 623mm
Reach: Sm 378mm, Md 406mm, Lg 431mm
Wheelbase Length: Sm 1106mm, Md 1137mm, Lg 1169mm
Bottom Bracket Height: 349 mm
"This is definitely the most exciting bike we have ever done. It took much longer than we anticipated but when doing full suspension carbon you can't rush anything. Seeing carbon bikes being produced in person really makes you appreciate the massive amount of work that goes into each frame. I think there is a misconception that these bikes just pop out of molds and are good to go and that couldn't be further from the truth. Each frame is like a sculpted work of art.” Says Kevin Menard, owner of Transition Bikes.
The 2013 Carbon Covert will be available in three colors (Lemon Lime Metallic, Stealth Black & Matte White) with multiple build kit options to meet different rider preferences and price points.
Published Monday 2 July 2012