Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

SOMBRIO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF 2008 APPAREL COLLECTION

March 27, 2008

SOURCE: SOMBRIO

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Sombrio Cartel announces the launch of the 2008 apparel collection, the all new 2008 website, and their 10 year milestone celebration.

North Vancouver, BC March 27, 2008 – Sombrio Cartel, celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary and launches it’s 2008 apparel collection with a refreshed website and several new product offerings. Check out the new website at http://www.sombriocartel.com

Highlights include the limited edition Decade Collection that celebrates their 10 year milestone, the new Raw Collection, designed for the eco-conscious riders, and the new Epik Collection featuring designs specific for long rides deep into the hills.

The 2008 Sombrio Girl collection receives a makeover with new styles, refreshed designs, colors, and an all new website to match. This new site also features the Sombrio Girl team, online shopping, and dealer information. View the new Sombrio Girl site at http://www.sombriogirl.com

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Sombrio also introduces a new standalone Happenings website where you can keep up to date with Sombrio news, photos, and team riders. The site features its own RSS feed so be sure to subscribe and receive all the latest info on Sombrio Cartel, Sombrio Girl, Team updates, news and events as they happen. Visit the new Sombrio Happenings site at http://www.sombriohappenings.com/blog

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About Sombrio:

The original rider-owned purveyor of world leading design and manufactured high performance apparel, outerwear and subversive street wear for core bike and mountain culture enthusiasts. Based out of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Sombrio was founded in 1998 and is led today by pioneering rider, Dave Watson.

Sombrio sponsored riders include: Geoff Gulevich, Jordie Lunn, Greg Watts, Ryan Berrecloth, Kamil Tatarkovic, Andreas Hestler, Steve Romaniuk, Claire Buchar and Kathy Pruitt. Sombrio clothing, gear and accessories are available in stores worldwide or online at:

www.sombriocartel.com
www.sombriogirl.com
www.sombriohappenings.com/blog

muddbunnies-mini-small-logo.JPGMuddbunnies Note: Watch for upcoming SombrioGirl clothing reviews by our fellow bunnies.

Check out the following Muddbunnies Riding Club sponsoring bike shops for SombrioGirl and Sombrio Apparel:

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MUDDUNNIES.COM INTERVIEWS THE NEW OWNER OF SHARPEYS CYCLES

March 4, 2008

Source: Ryan Petersen

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Recently, Sharpey’s Cycle in North Burnaby, BC, had been “taken over” by Jimi and Nicole Evans-Brockett, (and their son Rider). Some of you know that Michelle and I hold this bike shop very near and dear to our hearts as we were previous employees and had considered buying the shop ourselves.
When I walked into the store last summer I was thrilled to see that Jimi and Nicole had done everything Michelle and I had ever planned to do in terms of the ultimate “extreme shop makeover”. Speaking with Jimi for the first time last summer, I immediately sensed he understood the potential of the 30 year old shop. And if last weekends “Season Start-Up Party” was any indication of what’s to come, local riders are in for a treat!
Sharpey’s Cycle has been selected as the Muddbunnies Riding Club’s Burnaby sponsoring shop. Members will receive special discounts, (details to be released in the club newsletter) and now have a local shop to go to. Congratulations Jimi and Nicole!
Wanna know more about this dynamic duo? Read on!

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1. Can you give us a history of the shop?
Sharpey’s Cycles has been part of the Burnaby community for over 30 years. It started off as a lawnmower and bike shop back in the day but I’m guessing the need for the two combined items slowly died out and it became the thriving bike shop it is today.

2.Tell us about yourselves. What is you and your wife’s background in the bike industry? What is your personal history?
Ummm where do I start, Both my wife and I spent most of our prior working years in business managment and development in a variety of industries. Nicole and I met in Whistler where we were both taking a career break to enjoy our passions of snowboarding and biking and together always dreamed of the day we owned our own Bike shop…(and North Americas largest indoor bike park)….well we have accomplished one of these so far so watch out! We then had our son Ryder (now 4) who at 2 was asking for bike movies instead of cartoons and vowed to grow up to be Ryan Leech, we knew that our futures were going to be in the Bike industry. We all share a passion for Downhill, Freeride and Cross Country riding and are now learning a whole new set of skills with BMX and Road Racing. Watch for Ryder kickin’ it with some flatland BMX the next time you are in the store!

3.How and why did you take on such a huge project of completely refacing and renovating Sharpey’s?
Well to be real… there was no way we could run it the way it was. We saw the potential and thought, if we are going to do it lets do it right!. A good saying kept coming to us..”If you build it, they will come” lol Field of Dreams I think. We’ve both had an unwavering belief on the potential and thanks to the help of good friends we have been able to turn the shop around in a very short time. A special thank you to Jeremy, Phil and John….our bike Shop angels!

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4.Why did you pick Sharpey’s? What was special about this shop?
You know about four years ago we began talking about owning our own bike shop, initially this was when we were in Whistler which was unrealistic as the market was saturated and rents very high. After going to the UK for 12 months we moved to Vancouver and then settled in North Burnaby which immediately felt like home. We drove back and forth past Sharpey’s day after day and then when we saw the former owner advertising to sell we just knew right then that this was it, both our permanent home and business location.

The shop is in such a fantastic location right at the bottom of Burnaby Mountain, on a main traffic artery into Vancouver and just up the road from the Veledrome and new skills park that Jay Hoots is building with the city of Burnaby. It also has a great local community and very loyal customer base. We could see through the state of the older building and appearance of the shop and had a vision of what an amazing bike shop Sharpey’s could be. In fact before we purchased the shop we took a picture of the shop and then I drew my vision of what I pictured the shop could be, we placed those pictures on our wall at home and everyday worked towards reaching that goal and the result is the Sharpey’s Cycles of today.

5.What products do you sell and who do you cater to?
We range from a great selection of kids bikes, comfort bikes, road, hybrid, cruisers, trail, freeride, dirt jumpers, entry level mountain bike all the way up to high end DH and all mountain bikes like the Fluid LT. We also have a great selection of parts and accessories from hydration pack, fenders, grips seat posts basically everything you can imagine. If we don’t have it in, we get it in. We are here to give the customer exactly what they need.

We cater to the Sunday cruiser down by the beach, the hardworking commuter, the BMX and dirt jump crowd, the hardcore DH’er as well as the mom and pop’s who want to strap their child to the back of their bike and go for a ride.

6.How do you give back to your community? Are you involved with any trail associations and riding clubs?
Right now we are building relationships with Burnaby Mountain Bike Association (we are a sponsor) The Burnaby Veladrome (We are a sponsor), Muddbunnies of course and we are joining Obsession in their mission for Bikes for Tykes.

7.What does the year ahead look like at the shop?
Wow well if last weekend was anything to go by (when it was dry and sunny) I think it will be a fantastic year. We also have 1500 sq ft in the basement that we plan on developing into a bike service area and more retail space.

8.What makes your shop unique and why should we shop at your store?
I think we are unique in the fact that we took over the store because of the passion we have for biking and our fantastic customer service and that really show’s when you come in. We are a no pressure location and if all you want to do is come in and catch up on the latest info, fill your water bottle and watch some of the latest biking movies on one of our four flat screen TV’s then you are more than welcome. We are also a family run business that really listen to the needs of our customers and want to integrate ourselves into the community.

9. Last words?
I want to take this opportunity to thank a few key people in helping us achieve our dreams and goals. I want to personally thank Phil Mahoney for bugging me to go biking when all I was interested in was boarding, you sparked the fire mate. I want to thank my mate Clint for everything he has taught me and for guiding me when I needed it. Thank you from the bottom of my low skill level to Jeremy Smith, for all the late nights, sweat and laughter and all the hard work he’s put into the shop (thats a good friend) Thank you to Jeff Nyhaug (Our Norco rep). The support him and Norco have given Sharpey’s cycles is nothing short of amazing. I also want to thank all my other suppliers and our customers as without them we could not live the dream we are doing.

Most of all I want to thank Nicole my wife for putting up with the 16hr days, late nights. For looking after me and bringing me food, coffees and my wonderful son Ryder to see me when I least expect it. – Jimi

Don’t take my word for it, visit the shop yourself:

Tel: 604 298 9930
Direct 604 551 7959
www.sharpeyscycles.com
6661 Hasting St
Burnaby BC
V5B 1S1

MACE LAUNCHES 2008 PRODUCT

March 4, 2008

Source: Trisha Petrella, Norco Performance Bikes

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February 26th, 2008 ~ Mace Clothing & Armour is excited to announce that their 2008 line of gear is now in stores, and to celebrate, they’ve launched a brand new website in both a Flash and Static format. This year’s site features downloadable high-rez images , suggested Canadian and US prices, enhanced ‘Find a Dealer’ buttons, and bookmarkable product pages for easier reference.

About Mace:

Riding is about having fun on the most efficient versatile machine on the planet; “the bike”. It can take you up the mountains, along the streets, or throughout the parks, no matter where you ride your bike; Mace is there with you. Mace creates gear that makes you want to ride. On or off your bike, we have you covered with clothing for the active progressive rider. Riding a bike isn’t just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. All aspects of Mace Gear are designed to enhance your riding experience, and make every ride your best ride.

Enjoy Mace and enjoy the ride, and remember – two wheels will save the world.

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http://www.macegear.com/

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VISIT OUR SPONSORING SHOPS FOR 2008 MACE GEAR:

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FRO NECK PROTECT: SAVE YOUR SPINE

February 7, 2008

SOURCE: DESCENT WORLD

As a response to the multiple biking-related spinal injuries, FRO Systems has created some serious neck protection for serious riders. The protection looks functionally similar to the Leatt Brace that many downhillers will be sporting this year including Cedric Gracia to help reduce the chances of neck injury like many have suffered before (Tara Llanes, Vanessa Quinn, and more).

Descent World has done a great review of this product and can be viewed here.

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PINKBIKE REVIEWS THE NEW TREK REMEDY: PART TWO!

February 7, 2008

SOURCE: PINKBIKE
PHOTO: STERLING LAWRENCE

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Awhile back I got the opportunity to have a go on Treks new All-Mountain platform, the Remedy 9. Trek chose Mexico as the location and for good reason. Good weather, great food, and amazing trails! In part 1 you were introduced to Trek’s newest machine, the Remedy. I got technical on you and showed you what makes a Remedy a Remedy, told you how our first few rides went and you got to read about the Valley of the Monks.

This is not a bike test whatsoever, just an introduction to the new Remedy and a chance to put some miles in on it and form an early opinion. The days of entirely new suspension designs being thrown at us every year are gone and it looks like most manufacturers are staying with and refining systems that work well. That is good news for you as things will get lighter, work better and last even longer. That’s not to say that everything that can be thought of has, it just means that we’re past using designs that are new just because they are new. That is why I was excited to ride the new Remedy with the ABP system. When a succesful company like Trek rethinks and retools their full suspension bike line, I’m fairly confident that that means they are on to something.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

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PINKBIKE REVIEWS THE NEW TREK REMEDY: PART ONE!

February 7, 2008

SOURCE: PINKBIKE
PHOTO: STERLING LAWRENCE

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Leaving the rain and gloom behind to spend three days in Mexico on Trek’s latest all-mountain steed seemed like a good way to close down 2007 in style. Ok, so it was actually a few months ago now but the sun and singletrack is still fresh in my mind. Actually, I think getting to ride the new Remedy 9 with Shandro may have been my last dry ride!

For a lot of riders in a lot of places around the world “all mountain” bikes make the most sense. I know that I no longer have any interest in racing anyone up a hill, but what I am interested in is pinning the downhill that I just earned. Sure you can do that on any bike but it is a whole lot more fun on something with a bit more travel, some bigger tires and handling somewhere in between a twitchy xc bike and a dh big rig. There are a lot of variations on the “all mountain” theme so I was pretty pumped when Trek invited me to Mexico to spend three days riding their version of an all mountain bike, the 2008 Remedy.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

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2007 SOMBRIOGIRL CLOUD 9 JERSEY – A REVIEW BY JERUSHA MILLAR

November 13, 2007

SOURCE: Jerusha Millar/Muddbunnies

SombrioGirl Cloud 9 – 3/4 FRD Jersey

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Sombrio has outdone themselves again with their Womens Cloud 9 Freeride Jersey. What’s so great about it? Well the first thing is that it’s a jersey designed specifically for women and, more importantly, it’s designed for women who like to ride hard. The Chitosanté fabric treatment allows for excellent breathability, durability and un-restricted movement while the 3/4 sleeve design provides warmth so it’s great for hectic rides and for mellow rides. Plus, the jersey is tailored for womens’ torsos and has a very cool print pattern because it’s not only important that jerseys be practical but they should make you look good too! As an added bonus the jersey is made from an MEC recycleable fabric so you’re also helping out good ol’ mother earth.

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Here is the technical version of the ChitoSanté story:
ChitoSante® 145 gsm Interlock
ChitoSante® is a new environmentally friendly treatment that is made from a natural biomass called chitosan. Chitosan is made from crab and/or shrimp shells. It is created when chitosan is combined with textile fibers during the dyeing and/or finishing process. Since Chitosan binds very easily it can be combined with a variety of different fibers and creates a fabric with many benefits. ChitoSanté is absorbent, breathable, durable, fast drying, soft, static-free, wrinkle proof, pilling resistant and easy to handle. Along with these benefits, Chitosante has natural and durable antibacterial properties. ChitoSanté strongly inhibits the growth of bacteria meaning fabrics stay fresh, hygienic and odor resistant.

ChitoSanté is the only anti-bacterial bio-agent in the world that is certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency. It has also received approval by authorities in Britain, China, Japan and Switzerland.

For more information on this product or other SombrioGirl products click SombrioGirl

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SOMBRIO GIRL HAS STYLE: A PRODUCT REVIEW BY AIMEE DUNN

November 11, 2007

SOURCE: AIMEE DUNN

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Known in my riding circles as having a bit of a patch it together kind of style I must admit this reputation does have some substance behind it. I do have some…okay, a lot of outdated pieces in my collection of swag. This is partly based on my dislike of malls and shopping. Having a beautiful Sombrio Girl jersey handed to me for review by Ryan and Michelle was a treat. For once I was a bit on the hip side.

The jersey is called Thirteen. I had on a size small.
It is a long sleeved style made of 100% Polyester.
Washing Instructions: Hand Wash or Delicate Cycle with Mild Soap. Hang Dry.

Colour and Style:
Well, I think we all know now that brown is the new black in the world of fashion. This jersey has a vibrant shade of brown that is not only attractive but practical as brown is the most common shade of filth that ends up splattered on my clothing. With the recent arrival of fall conditions it is only a matter of time before you are covered.
I also love green. The sleeves are lively with the pale mint green and and psychedelic white pattern; adding some fun to the brown basic layer. The layered look I like with the green sleeves as the accent to the v-neck brown base. The base provides the athletic and flattering fit with the colour and patten of the sleeves providing the fun; giving the jersey some added punch and vibrance. The colours are earthy and fun; making them stylish…. perfect combo.

Fit:
Well, like most of you my first jerseys were large, really large; hand me downs from the brother in law. The colours were dull and lacking in shape, style and any feeling of femininity. I think riding with the guys you almost forgot that it was still possible to look like a girl. Perhaps this is why there were less female spottings on the trails…we just blended right in with the armour, full face and all.

This jersey was the first that I have put on and felt my curves were visible. However, more importantly how it shaped my body leaves you with no concern of baggy sleeves and excess material catching on the bike, (yes, this can happen). The brown v-neck base layer provides great support for the chest area and in a flattering manner. I also like the fact that it has a good amount of length to it as well as riding shorts are often cut low. You don’t want your jersey riding up from your waist so I was pleased with the athletic function and form fitting shape. Win-Win!

Arm Armour fits nicely over this jersey however chest armour underneath would be a challenge.
I do not know for a fact as I did not try chest armour on with it but based on the fit you would have to go up a size presumably to make it work. In my opinion this isn’t the jersey for that. It has too many other fabulous attributes to get stretched out and mishaped.

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Function
I wore this jersey in several different conditions all in a matter of a week. That is the beauty of where we live, sun, cool air, rain…in 24 hours!

On a cold and rainy day I wore it with a rain jacket on top and a thin base layer to add some warmth. I like the fact that it is somewhat stretchy so it would shape to a thin base layer or additional layers can be added on top. The layers worked well together, however on a hard ride the jersey and a rain shell would have been sufficient.

On a milder, but still rainy day we all come to expect at this time of year I wore it alone and found it surprisingly warm. My body temperature was comfortable with the lack of moisture on my skin. It does a great job of wicking away the sweat and keeping your skin dry and comfortable. Also when wet the jersey does not get heavy and sloppy maintaining it shape and keeping you comfortable.

I also wore the jersey on a sunny but crisp cool day (especially at the higher elevations). I added an extra layer to ensure I would be warm and the combo worked well. I usually heat up after I start riding but I didn’t overheat and didn’t really notice any discomfort in my temperature.

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Layering your clothing is crucial in our conditions. The weather patterns change sometimes on a moments notice so having pieces in your collection like this jersey that you can work with is worth its weight in gold.

Note:I also experienced a bit of a nasty wipeout in this jersey on rocky rough landing. The jersey came out of it unscathed….unlike me!

I could wear and did wear this jersey hiking and cross country riding and know it would be great as a stylish sport piece for post activity apres. I like this aspect. Having to buy different pieces of clothing for each activity is not only expensive but also a bit much to manage…especially for simpletons in fashion like me.

Pros:
-Stylish look
-Flattering fit
-Easy to wash
-Multi functional
-Good Layering piece

Cons:
-Not a jersey for wearing body armour underneath
-May clash with all of your black riding clothes

Overall I really loved this jersey and know that it would be a piece in my athletic wardrobe that would serve many purposes. I think now I need to update the rest of my collection ignorance has been bliss…. now I know what I have been missing!

Thank you Ryan and Michelle and the Sombrio team for allowing me the pleasure of testing one of your products!!

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TRANSITION SYREN DEMO @ NORTH SHORE BIKE SHOP

November 6, 2007

Ladies and light gentlemen,

Please feel free to borrow my bike for a day/evening/weekend ride.

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We are not booking demos over the phone, it’s first come first served so come on down and take it for a spin around the block or a lap on the mountain.

It will be here for at least two weeks and we’re taking preorders right now for early February frame arrivals. It is a size medium.

Matt
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North Shore Bike Shop

134 16th St W.
North Vancouver, BC
V7M 1T4

604-929-6727

info@northshorebikeshop.com

Monday – Thursday 2 pm – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

TRANSITION SYREN: BIKE REVIEW BY SHARON BADER

October 30, 2007

SOURCE: Muddbunnies/Sharon Bader

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TRANSITION SYREN: BIKE REVIEW BY SHARON BADER

Transition Bikes is a small bike company out of Ferndale Washington. They are very popular amoungst the downhill freeride crowd and now they are trying to create a bike specific for Women. The swayed top tube allows for smaller riders as well as some changes in suspension design and geometry. The shorter wheelbase and weight lower down and in the back made rearing the front end wanna make you shout Hi Ho Silver AWAY!

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Frame
I ride an 18inch frame which puts on a Large Syren. The swayed top tube made for generous standover for my 5’9″ frame.The squared seat and chain stays were super beafy, the joined top and down tubes would add to the strength of this frame. At 40lbs the bike was tough and built to push through the chunder. Transition’s Temple 50mm, 6degree riser stem added to the slack geometry and put this bike more into the hucking catagory. I measured the chain stay to be 16.5 inches, the theoretical top tube at 22.5inches. The bike is a SLACK 67o. The frame easily accommodated the 2.5 Minion DH tires. This bike also came with only a middle ring.
For me this is a slack short bike.

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Front and rear end
This bike came with the 115-160mm Coil U-turn Rock Shox Domain 318 (6.5lbs) with the Motion Control which allows for adjusting the fork platform to allow better climbing. 35mm stantions and the 20mm Maxel made the front end pretty stiff. The Fox DHX Coil shock was great and I never had an issue with bottoming out or too much rebound. One issue is the air cap on the cartridge is under the suspension linkage so I’m not sure how you would be able to adjust the air.

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The guys at Transition decided to mount this shock vertically with the seat stay attached to the shock plate. I’ll let the suspension experts weigh in on the rationale for this. The rear triangle looks a lot like the one on the BottleRocket with the seat stay attached to the shock plate lower on the bike. This lowering of the center of gravity of the bike should provide more stability and shift the main weight of the bike back to provide more stability and make it easier to manipulate the front of the bike. The rear wheel was bolted on. I guess the guys at transition figured the girls wouldn’t mind this since they don’t fix their flats anyway! If they are going to on the trail, they’ll need to carry an extra wrench to get the rear tire off. The saddle I think is not a women’s specific one and was pretty hard for my child bearing hips. I would definately put on a more comfortable saddle.

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About Sharon:
I am 5’9″, weigh 150lbs. I have been riding since 1991 mostly on the North Shore. I also ride in Whistler – Bike Park and Muni trails, Squamish as well we do a lot of road trips to the BC Interior, Washington, Utah and a few trips to California. As mentioned above I come from an XC hardtail background but have moved with technology and ride a Titus RacerX for XC, a Turner 6 pack for DH and Shore riding and a Norco Team Ti set up for more freeriding/shore/technical XC riding. My Bikes!

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Performance
The Shore:
As an old schooler my preference is to ride up. So I like a bike that is comfortable to climb unfortunately this is one area where this bike is lacking. The short cockpit and slackness made longer flat rides or climbs arduous. A granny gear would have facilitated some of the longer climbs. This was compensated for during technical and fast descents where the bike tracked easily and when I had to slow down to negotiate a more technical section the bike reacted effortlessly and predictably. The Domain was really stiff and predictable offering a confident focussed ride. The bike was quiet on the descents, this could be attributed to the single middle ring and the more ‘single pivot’ suspension.

My first ride was down Dirty Diapers/Neds/Bottletop. These Mt. Seymour trails give you a good variety of terrain. Right away I was comfortable on the bike – except for the seat which I had to adjust… The structures on Dirty Diapers were handled with ease. The steep rooty pitches were nothing on this bike. The short uphill climbs were pretty effortless. This frame fit me well and I really enjoyed the stiffness of the Domain having ridden with the Fox 36 TALAS on my Turner 6 pack, and also having used the Rock Shox Lyric on another bike. As I got more comfortable with the bike I was able to let it fly off the hucks on Neds I usually avoid. As an old school shore rider, hucking is not my forte, but on this bike it was begging for it so I had to let it huck. It was fun. Almost too easy.

Transition’s Temple stem really allowed me to get off the back of this bike to make the steeps and jumps effortless. Once at speed this bike just flicked over and around roots like it knew where to go. It tracked well and moved where I wanted it to. It was truly confidence building.

The Avid Juicy 7’s are fantastic reliable brakes! They modulated really well and I could very comfortably use one finger breaking.

Pemberton Rock Face Riding:
Pemberton offers different riding conditions and challenges then the technical trails on the North Shore. You can open it up on these trails which are punctuated by steeper rock faces that can be aired or rolled. The Syren was really comfortable opening up and would soak up pretty much everything I pointed it down! This bike will make any trail flowy. We did four shuttle runs in Pemberton. We stuck mostly to the rock face trails that were interspersed with loose rocky, dusty sections. This bike made these trails almost too easy! I didn’t need to stop, I just kept going and going.

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Summary

Pros:
– Very responsive and quick bike
– Burly frame and welds
– Bike handles quick on tight technical trails and is stable on fast loose rocky descents

Cons:
– Flat riding and climbs were compromised by the slack geometry and short cockpit
– Domain was too stiff for most women and added extra weight
– Bolt on rear wheel necessitates carrying an extra tool

Overall Impression:
This would be a great bike for shuttling and bike park riding. It’s quick, predictable and confidence inspiring. This bike will take you to the next level of technical skill. It would not classify as an all mountain bike since it is not that comfortable to climb or ‘ride’. This could be compensated for with a longer stem and lighter components, but then you wouldn’t have the bike that take you there on the steep and deeps!

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Detailed Specifications
http://www.transitionbikes.com/2007/Syren.cfm

FRAME FEATURES: 152.4mm (6.0″) Rear Wheel Travel
– Fox DHX 5.0 Air 7.5″ x 2″ or DHX 5.0 Coil 7.5″ x 2″
– 6000 Series Heat Treated Aluminum
– Sizes: Small (15″), Medium (15.5″), Large (16″)
– Colors: Black Glitter, Satin White, Baby Blue
– Decals: Decal kit with 4 sets of decals in White, Magenta, Baby Blue, Purple
– Frame Weight: 7.1 lbs (without rear shock)
– Complete Bike Weight Range: 33-38 lbs (Depending on Rear Shock and Fork)
– 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
– Frame Weight (without rear shock): 7.4 lbs
– 1 year defect warranty, Lifetime crash replacement

BUILD SPECS:
Shock Specs: 7.5″ eye-to-eye x 2″ stroke, Top Pin 22.2mm x 8mm, Bottom Pin 22.2mm x 8mm
– Front Derailleur: Shimano e-type, top pull top swing
– Bottom Bracket: 73mm x 118mm
– Headset: 1.5″ (deep cup compatible)
– Seatpost: 31.6mm
– Seat Clamp: 34.9mm
– Rear Dropout Spacing: 135mm x 10mm QR/Thru compatible
– Disc Brake Mount: International Standard
– Standard ISCG Mounting Tabs

Suggested Retail of the frame is $1,322 USD with the Fox DHX 5.0 Coil or $1,390 USD Fox DHX 5.0 AIR

The Shock selection and pricing:
$765 USD Fox 36 Vanilla R
$803 USD Fox 36 Float R
$958 USD Rockshox Totem Coil 1.5
$726 USD Marzocchi 55 ETA
$915 USD Marzocchi 66RC-3

Parts Kits Kit:
$1,218 USD Freeride – Single Ring
$1,274 USD Freeride – Dual Ring
$1,223 USD All Mountain

Geometry for the Syren is as follows:

Small
Top Tube (Effective) 20.44″/519.25mm
Seat Tube (center to top) 15″/381mm
Head Tube Angle 67°
ChainStay Length 16.75″/425.5mm
Bottom Bracket Height 13.8″/351mm
Standover 27.5″
Wheelbase 42.27″/1073.76mm
Head Tube Length 4.527″/115mm
Max Rear Tire Clearance 26″ x 2.7″
Rear Hub Spacing 135mm
Rear Dropout Axle Size 10mm
Head Tube 1.5″
BB Shell Width 73mm

Medium
Top Tube (Effective) 21.5″/546.1mm
Seat Tube (center to top) 15.5″/393.7mm
Head Tube Angle 67°
Seat Tube Angle Actual/Effective 72° / 74°
ChainStay Length 16.75″/425.5mm
Bottom Bracket Height 13.8″/351mm
Standover 27.5″
Wheelbase 43.3″/1100.75mm
Head Tube Length 4.527″/115mm
Max Rear Tire Clearance 26″ x 2.7″
Rear Hub Spacing 135mm
Rear Dropout Axle Size 10mm
Head Tube 1.5″
BB Shell Width 73mm

Large
Top Tube (Effective) 22.5″/571.5mm
Seat Tube (center to top) 16″/406.4mm
Head Tube Angle 67°
Seat Tube Angle Actual/Effective 72° / 74°
ChainStay Length 16.75″/425.5mm
Bottom Bracket Height 13.8″/351mm
Standover 27.5″
Wheelbase 44.3″/1126.15mm
Head Tube Length 4.527″/115mm
Max Rear Tire Clearance 26″ x 2.7″
Rear Hub Spacing 135mm
Rear Dropout Axle Size 10mm
Head Tube 1.5″
BB Shell Width 73mm

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muddbunnies-mini-small-logo.JPGMuddbunnies Note:
The Transition Syren bike review was based on a size large prototype frame. The production model will have slightly steeper angles to improve climbing. Transition Bikes allows their customers to pick their rear shock and fork configurations so you can choose a pure air setup to change the feel of the ride dramatically. Transition expects most women to opt for a DHX 5.0 Air rather than the Domain fork which was used merely for testing at Whistler and for specific travel adjustment to examine various head angles. The bike tested is not an out of the box model that you have to choose. For spec details/options please see end of article.

Many thanks to Sharon Bader for an excellent article!