Released February 16
Full / 130mm rear, 140mm front
Like the reliable tool you grab for every job, the Smuggler is the go-to bike for any trail pointed up, down, and all around.
With dual 29 inch wheels, 130mm rear travel and 140mm front, the Smuggler may just be the most versatile bike in our lineup. A highly progressive leverage curve and comfortable, confidence-inspiring geo make it eager to keep going mile after mile while remaining surefooted in even the most technical terrain. Sitting squarely between the Spur and Sentinel in travel, geometry, and capability, it shares qualities of both. Inspiring and rewarding to hammer on your favorite singletrack, while never holding you back when the trail gets steep, the Smuggler will make sure you enjoy it all.
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The highs and lows of this model family
|Weight||34.5 lbs||31.1 lbs|
|Fork||Marzocchi Bomber Z2||Fox Performance Float 34||Fox Performance Elite Float 34||Fox Factory Float 34|
|Groupset||NX Eagle, Truvativ Stylo||GX Eagle, NX Eagle||GX Eagle AXS||X01 Eagle AXS, SRAM|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12||1 × 12||Electronic||1 × 12 Electronic|
|Where to Buy|
Based on build material and quality level of the frame, fork, wheelset, groupset, suspension system, and more. Learn more →
|Top Tube Length||547||580||609||637||662|
|Seat Tube Length||375||390||430||460||490|
|Seat Tube Angle||79.3||78.6||78.1||77.6||77.3|
|Head Tube Length||100||110||120||130||140|
|Head Tube Angle||65.0||65.0||65.0||65.0||65.0|
🐐 Measurements listed in millimeters and degrees
Feb 16, 2023
The 2023 Transition Smuggler rises from the ashes as a 130/140mm travel 29" trail bike with aggressive geometry in carbon and alloy options
We went into the Smuggler project with the intention of creating a bike that had the quick and high-energy feel of the Spur, but with a bit more travel front and rear. What we ended up with was a perfect blend of the Spur and Sentinel in geometry, travel, capability, and weight. It's not all downhill in the PNW; there's plenty of singletrack, technical trail, and meandering connective routes. The Smuggler is perfect for a day when your path comes across all of the above.
The kinematics are similar to the Spur with a little over 27% progression. This provides a bottomless feel in a mid-travel package. Paired with the Fox Float X shock, the Smuggler can be set up to suit any rider's preference. Looking to increase rear travel? Simply remove the travel reducer in the shock to bump the travel up to 140mm. Looking for a bit more progression? Just add a larger volume spacer. All of this equates to a super lively, active, and forgiving rear suspension feel in any terrain.
The Smuggler exhibits a few frame design features that further our push to have clean aesthetics while remaining easy to service. The most notable is the headtube area that provides better functionality and serviceability. The new headtube has integrated bearing cups and no longer needs headset cups pressed into the frame. This allows the frame to have super clean cable ports at the front of the headtube with fully guided internal cable routing from the headtube to the port above the bottom bracket shell. From there, cables cleanly enter the rear triangle hidden from view.
We want to make it as easy as possible to experience great rear suspension performance. The GiddyUp suspension system is designed to behave intuitively across a broad range of setup. Because, we get it, sometimes you just want to grab your bike and GiddyUp, without checking your setup. When you do, it will always feel good.
With 27% of progression and a consistent linear rate of change, the Smuggler has an excellent balance of support and small bump sensitivity. Anti-squat is tuned to enhance pedaling performance and acceleration but doesn't get in the way of the suspension working when it's needed.
A wide usable sag range of 25 - 35% allows the rider to tune the feel of the bike; from firm and snappy, to more supple and active. Wherever you end up, you can focus on the trail without remotes, levers or knobs. Just grab your bike and GiddyUp.