Bike Test – Transition Syren

Image Bike test on Transition’s female Specific bike, the Syren. 

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According to Transition’s website, the Transition Syren is a women’s specific freeride bike built to be a do-it-all package, versatile for whatever you want to throw at it. With an ultra-low standover, light frame and short wheel base, it certainly looks the part, but how does it ride? 

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Being on the taller side of average for most girls, the initial impression of this “medium” frame was that the bike was small and short, and maybe a bit twitchy in the steering department. With an effective top tube of 21.5″, the frame is only half an inch longer than my bmx and a good 1.5″ shorter than my dh bike and with a headangle of 67 degrees, also steeper than my DH bike.  The bars are a narrow 680mm number, very different to the 710s I?m used too. However, once I’d got it set up with the correct amount of air in forks and shock, had a sit and popped a wheelie, it became clear that I needed to keep an open mind. 

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I took the bike up to a local quarry for a bit of play time; hit up some berms and hips to see how it felt. I immediately forgot all about the idea that it was small, short or twitchy – the shorter frame and steeper angles were not noticeable – it just felt well proportioned. Even the width of the bars wasn’t noticeable and fitted well with the bike. It rails berms well and is really chuckable over hips and drops. You can pretty much make it do what you want. The bike feels well balanced in the air, the short back end lends itself to getting the front up in the air, and the lightweight Fox Float forks further enhance the experience. The Fox DHX 5.0 air shock keeps the back end weight down as well, so again, you can really make the bike move around in the air.

 

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Later on I took it for a bit of DH action. The track I chose was a steep technical affair, so an interesting challenge for this wee bike. The suspension is plush and takes the hits so all you need think about is the trail ahead. Despite its short wheelbase, I didn’t feel that the bike was out of place on steep technical stuff, and happily it’s light enough to push back the hill with more ease than a big DH bike. Whilst I’d still choose my DH bike for the super gnar rough stuff, this bike is really well suited to UK  DH, and definitely a bike I’d happily spend more time on.

 

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I reckon there’s a fair bit of truth in the idea that girls buy bikes and cars and most anything based on colour, so how’s it look? Well, I personally quite like the purple trim on the bearing caps, it gives the bike a little something extra that you don’t normally get. Most of the guys who’ve seen the bike seem to think that girls wouldn’t like the colour scheme, but actually I kinda do. It’s a bit of a pastelly number, but with the purple brightness of stickerage and bearing covers, I think it looks kinda good, and I’m not really that into purple. There are two other colour schemes available, a black with sparkles version, and a white with pink spattery sparkles, depending on your taste for slightly understated or totally out there. 

 

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If you’re the kind of girl who likes to push the boundaries a bit, then this is probably the bike for you. It’s not really going to be suited to riding on the flat or uphill ? it is too short for that, and a bit of overkill for trail centre riding with its 6? of travel either end, but for some playtime in a jumpy/slopestyle/bikepark type situation or some UK downhill it’s more than adequate. It’s easy to throw around, well proportioned and definitely wont hold you back.

Emily Horridge

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I know it?s a girl?s bike…. in fact, when I mentioned I had been riding it to the Transition guys from the US they looked at me quite strangely but it looked cool so that I took the Syren out to the Alps with me this year to give it a go. I was more keen on riding my  new Iron Horse Sunday at first ? that was until my boxers died inside….  

 

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So I took the Syren out around Portes Du Soleil for a few days riding a range of tracks.   I found it odd to start with, mainly down to how short the bike felt in both top tube and wheel base.  It did feel a little twitchy at speed but the suspension worked really well and I found it to be plusher than the bottle Rocket I was also testing.  The bike was a lot more at home on the tight single track but was able to take the bigger hits in its stride with the 6.6 inches of travel.  I did find myself bunched up on the bike, especially in berms which actually caused me to crash a few times, but ? in hindsight – the bike really was just too small for me.

 

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The syren we were sent through was tricked out with some great components some of which are transitions own and we will be talking about these more in other Transition reviews to come.  The overall finish of the bike seemed spot on, albeit the bearings which were quite open.  This may be ok in dusty conditions but im not too sure how well they would keep through a UK winter.  Putting a cap over the bearing would make the finish that little bit better.

 

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35.18lbs

Frame Specs:
FRAME FEATURES:
?  152.4mm (6.0″) Rear Wheel Travel
?  Fox DHX 5.0 Air 7.5″ x 2″
?  6000 Series Heat Treated Aluminum
?  1.5″ headtube
?  Compatible with up to 7″ single crown forks
?  10mm x 135mm bolt-on/QR dropouts
?  73mm bottom bracket spacing
?  Accepts up to 8″ Rear Disc Brake Rotors
?  Easily fits up to 2.7″ rear tire
?  e-type Front Derailleur Compatible (for best fit, use e.thirteen e-type backplate)
?  1 year defect warranty, Lifetime crash replacement

 

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Previously Transition were distributing their bikes directly to the customer with whatever specification the buyer was after, giving each bike a completely custom look furthered with the range of paint finishes and decals for you to choose from.  This has now changed as Surf Sales have taken over the title of UK distributer for the brand so exact specs that will be available in the UK are subject to change.

I really enjoyed riding the bike for a few days and would recommend it as a great short travel freeride/downhill bike what ever you want to call it.  Just be careful with the sizing as we had a medium and it seemed extremely short.

Rob

Visit Transitions Website here for more information on the Syren and other models

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Keep your eyes on the front page for more reviews on other transition models coming up including the famous Bottlerocket and the new Bank hardtail.

 

Words – Emily Horridge/Rob Lewis

 Photos – Tom Laws/Tom Rickhuss/Olly Hopkinson

 

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