A bicycle like the Scout must be adaptable. It is anything but a crosscountry bicycle, or even a lightweight trail bicycle. But on the other hand it is anything but an enduro racer. It must be in the vicinity, however fit for edging into lighter-or heavier-obligation use. It won’t be as productive or most likely as quick as it would be with greater wheels, so it must be cheerful, yet in addition genuine for riders who get it as a mid-travel hucker. A few brands address these clashing requests with a flip chip that enables the rider to make the bicycle somewhat good-for-nothing or somewhat more extreme to suit their wants. Change didn’t do that. It had a superior arrangement.
The in-betweener Scout is at present the main grown-up off-road bicycle that Transition just ideas in aluminum, however it has a similar outline as the Patrol, Sentinel and Smuggler. It additionally offers Transition’s variant of Horst-connect back suspension, which the brand amusingly alludes to as “GiddyUp 2.0HH.” The father jokes are solid with these ones. The Scout’s 27.5 wheels are supported up by invert mullet suspension: 150 millimeters in advance, and 130 out back. Given its back movement, its head edge is bounty slack at 65 degrees, and at 6-foot 1-inch I found the 475-millimeter reach on the size huge to be completely agreeable. The 425-millimeter backside is fittingly short, and, at any rate on paper, the 75-degree seat cylinder point seems soak enough.
Underneath Transition’s nonchalant mentality is a brand that really thinks profoundly about execution, which drove them to begin testing forks with shorter counterbalances. We’ve squandered enough words on balanced, yet to aggregate it up, a shorter counterbalance draws the front wheel nearer to the rider. Nonsensically, this moderates directing reaction, yet in addition builds front-wheel footing, since the pivot is nearer to the rider’s weight.
In principle, this enables brands to construct loafer bicycles and jettison a portion of the additional length and the trouble of weighting the front wheel that typically goes with slackness. Huge bicycle feel, little-bicycle mobility. Progress wasn’t the first to fiddle with shorter balances—they got the thought from Nicolai and Mondraker structure advisor Chris Porter, who likely got it from another person, and they’re a long way from the main brand offering bicycles with short-balance forks. Be that as it may, they were instrumental in persuading Fox and RockShox to stray from the regular numbers.
Change says the Scout can fit up to a 2.8-inch-wide 27.5 tire.
Riding the Scout
The Scout isn’t a vigorous climber, and it can’t do the float bicycle move through roots and shakes, however it’s noble from the seat. It bounces a touch of during standing endeavors, however less that it shielded me from getting up off the seat. It grasps tirelessly on rocks and roots both wet and dry, and the main thing that keeps down its mobility is its low base section. On the off chance that your pedal planning is on, the Scout will bounce and weave however much you might want. In case you’re off, soon you steer into the rocks.
The Scout tends to drop somewhat more remote into its mid-stroke than I’d like on trips, something that made me pine for that missing Open-mode low-speed pressure modify on the DPX2—and a more extreme seat cylinder edge. Everything considered, however, the Scout is an agreeable and sensibly productive climber, never debilitating me from picking in on another lap.
The GX assemble accompanies a close total GX drivetrain, hindered distinctly by the Stylo Dub crankset.
That is in part because of the Scout’s manner on plunges, which makes it difficult to disapprove of more miles. Its exhibition radiates from its long, low and slack shape, which makes a certain vibe. In the meantime, its short backside supports manuals and flies off of everything in reach, and makes it simple to slice the bicycle into corners. The fashionable person tan Scout likes to pull out all the stops and accordingly handles best at speed, which is anything but difficult to keep up gratitude to its natural controlling. A slight weight move was required on free, unsupported corners, yet nothing on the request of what greater bicycles like the Mondraker Foxy or Yeti SB150 request.
As on the trips, the Scout’s back suspension is a blended pack on the plunges. It feels pleasantly adjusted and steady off the top, however flounders a little in the mid-stroke on fair size drops and huge compressions from rocks and roots. While it opposed over the top bottoming, the Horst-connect suspension is constantly anxious to spend its millimeters, even on the lower side of Transition’s recommended droop run. I was slanted to have a go at expanding the stun’s incline with a bigger spacer, yet the stock .6 inch spacer is the biggest one that can be securely utilized, as indicated by Fox. I know a couple of scofflaws who are running bigger spacers in their Scouts—and pulling off it—however I chose to shading inside the lines with the end goal of this audit.
The DPX2 is as yet an incredible stun without the low-speed pressure alter, however I figure the Scout would profit by that additional movability.
Beside the slight flounder, however, the suspension performs splendidly. It’s receptive off the top and tracks the trail with the closeness of a greater bicycle. That richness costs the Scout somewhat pop; it doesn’t rush to turn or leave the ground as the Thunderbolt BC Edition I tried a year ago. Yet, the Scout is a fun loving machine in any case—and it can play on greater highlights.
A lot of that energy can be credited to its geometry. The short backside and low base section help, certainly. In any case, with a 65-degree head point, I don’t figure the Scout would be so engaging on mellower areas of trail without its short-counterbalance fork. It gets control over what might somehow or another be a more extended, crippled wheelbase, and turns the level, tight corners that may some way or another be errands into play areas.
The GX Build
The $4,000 GX Scout fabricate I tried is the more costly of two investment opportunities, the other coming in at $3,000. It merits spending the additional fantastic. It gets you Fox suspenders that can really stay aware of the Scout’s expectations, including the amazing Fox GRIP 36 and DPX2 Performance, however I was frustrated to find that the OEM DPX2 on the Scout does not have the low-speed pressure change that went ahead the earlier year’s model. In any case, the main genuine depressed spot of the assemble is the to some degree under-fueled SRAM Guide R brakes. Everything else, from the Minion DHF and DHR tires, right to the Anvl seat and ODI grasps, is deserving of long haul use.
How can it Compare?
The most clear examination is to the Rocky Thunderbolt BC Edition I tried the previous spring. I rode the two bicycles on huge numbers of similar trails. The Scout is hands-down an increasingly competent descender. It’s bum and more and its suspension is plusher. Furthermore, for all it gains on the plunges, it doesn’t surrender much on level, moving landscape, on account of the taking care of attributes of the shorter-counterbalance fork. The Thunderbolt is a progressively proficient pedaler, however, and faster on the ascensions.
Trek’s Remedy, Specialized’s 27.5 Stumpjumper, and Santa Cruz’s Bronson are additionally close peers to the Scout. I tried each of the three at the latest Bible of Bike Tests, on altogether different territory from the New England trails where I rode the Scout. I’m almost certain that the more steady inclination Scout would beat the Remedy on a declining, however gives minimal away in cornering execution because of the short-counterbalance fork. It’d be significantly nearer between the Scout, Stumpy and Bronson, and I think I’d need to ride them consecutive to truly suss out the distinctions.
The entire bundle is convincing, however the enchantment is in the counterbalanced.
I like to think about the Scout as a cutting edge freeride bicycle. Without a doubt, the word ‘freeride’ for the most part invokes clasps of riders hucking bluffs to level in full-face protective caps, however for a large portion of us, freeride is a mix of endeavoring fraud on low-outcome trail highlights, and sporadically folding into something that pushes our breaking points. I found that the Scout is reliably up for whatever: precarious shake rolls, crude drops, unwarranted manuals, log jibs, abubacas on lush banks and, obviously, simply normal riding. No flip chip required.