BEST DESCENDING LONG TRAVEL 29ER?!?! 2018 Transition Sentinel – Bike Check and Review

BEST DESCENDING LONG TRAVEL 29ER?!?! 2018 Transition Sentinel – Bike Check and Review


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  • Adam Fernandez Reply

    Good stuff man. Well done. Pointing my friends to your channel…

    November 3, 2018 at 11:27 am
  • V S Reply

    I think the Sentinel climbs phenomenally. Bike mag and a few others have put it up their with the SB5.5 as well. I bought my sentinel because of how well it climbed, compared to a commencal meta, giant reign, and other enduro bikes. And I’m not in the greatest shape either. When standing and mashing, the sentinel doesnt pedal amazingly, but when sitting and spinning through steep tech, I preferred the Sentinel even over the Hightower LT.

    I have not tried the Evil bike yet though. If that climbs much better, I’d like to try it.

    November 3, 2018 at 11:33 am
  • anonymos Reply

    I absolutly love this bike but why has it only 140mm travel in the rear?

    November 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm
  • colt hawkins Reply

    You should see if you can demo a carbon Sentinel with a 11-6 shock

    November 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm
  • keehotee Reply

    I completely disagree – I just did 20 miles, 3100' at Galby on this bike (carbon XO1 actually) and I thought it climbs great. Kept the suspension in full open all day and had very good climb times.

    November 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm
  • Ro Man Reply

    I rode it last weekend. I found it to be a better climbing bike than my Banshee Spitfire. Not fast, but pretty steady. I'm slow on the up-hills anyway ^^

    It is a weird bike – it doesn't feel as agile as my Spitfire but I was still able to corner better. And man, it is fast. It doesn't want to stop. Still not entirely sure if I should try the Patrol or just go with the Sentinel and have a lot of fun on the trails 🙂

    I'm 5'7 so in between S and M. Transition recommended me a size M but yeah, it requires a different riding style to what I'm used at the moment. Keep up the awesome reviews … very informative and easy to listen to 🙂

    November 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm
  • Curtis Newkirk Reply

    I find it interesting that you came to the lift access specific conclusion on this bike. I have heard that for what it is on paper, with the pedal mode on, it isn't a bad climber. Did you ride it with the DPX2 fully open the whole time?

    November 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm
  • Mario Despatie Reply

    Good review! Good job!
    Is the problem of the Sentinel to climb is a matter of weight? The problem should be solved with the carbon model that weight 2.5lbs less … What do you think?

    November 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm
  • Bikes, Buds & Brews Reply

    I'd love to demo the carbon version with an 11.6. I also demo'd the aluminum version and didn't think it was that bad on the climbs but it definitely needed the climb switch which kills the traction and get's the rear wheel caught up. I think an 11.6 with this bike would unlock a whole new level of shredding. I did find the bike did not like to bunny hop or wheelie as easily as the wreckoning.

    November 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Hey Josh, Great reviewer skills. After watching your in-depth, informative review on the Sentinel, and reading many of the comments from your viewers, all of my questions have now been answered. I know that this is the bike for me.
    It has exactly what I'm looking for, 29er, slack forks (64), steep seat tube (76.3), short seat tube, threaded bottom bracket and it's one of the few remaining companies that still makes aluminum frames. Unbelievable bike.
    I'm 5'8" and I chose the Large size. I prefer short seat tubes so I believe I will be cutting down the 17-3/8" seat tube
    down to 16-1/2". I love the X01 build kit. Keep up the great work.

    November 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Bishop Kalliko Reply

    Had the Rocky Moutain Instinct in my cross hairs but think having more than just 140 front/rear will be appreciated.
    What are your thoughts between this Sentinel compared to the Santa Cruz Hightower LT or the Specialized Enduro Elite 29er? Wanting as much help as possible with filtering through those as I anxiously await demo season in my area. Thanks

    November 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm
  • Cameron Hooper Reply

    I have some shimano deore brakes that I love but should change to guides, my friend has them and they feel really nice

    November 3, 2018 at 4:44 pm
  • Max D Reply

    You should definitely demo a Smuggler. Perfect for Galby in my opinion.

    November 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm
  • Wilson Ong Reply

    For ur demo bike have a silver 50t cog which is XO and not a GX

    November 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm
  • Matt Payne Reply

    Gotta get a guerrilla gravity smash in the demo lineup

    November 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm
  • Reyes Escamilla IV Reply

    Hi how are you? Well I've got the best of three worlds a road bike, a 29er hard tail and a full suspension 27.5 plus. I've been riding 26ers most of my life (53yoa) and raced roadies. I'm an experienced certified bike mechanic at work for our local police Department bike patrol team and we ride 29ers. This year I added to my collection a full suspension MTB in 27.5 plus. I can't get used to it. Ever since I started with it I've been experiencing lots of neck and headache pains. I'm the kind of guy who will not get rid of my bikes. After an expensive upgrades from the bottom up I bought it a shorter handle bar with a nice high rise and cut it down to about 720. Problem solved. I still don't like it. I've been riding my 29er more than the fs and I love it. Lots of hilly single tracks here in Laredo Texas and where the fs should do a better job of it like lots of friends say I sorry to say no. Now my question to you the plushness of the fs which I am not used to would it be safe to invest on a fs 29er? I climb lots better with the hard tail where my fs does not have a rear lockout. Lockout? Could it be I need a replaceable upgrade? Don't want to get rid of it. The bike was a little over $1,500.00 and with all the upgrades it has is well over $2,700.00. Love your live show you posted and kept up with all of it's comments. Kudos! Keep on riding bro!

    November 3, 2018 at 6:50 pm
  • Lionel Job Reply

    I've had the bike for 6 weeks.  I haven't found climbing to be a problem, and I also feel I can take the bike on a 30 m Cascades mtb back country ride also -unless I have to carry it.  (32lbs and long). I expected the bike to be more challenging on steep rooty twisty uphill terrain.  But it's actually an improvement over my old Pivot Mach 6.  The front wheel stays on the ground in steep twisty turns, traction is good.  Good for steady long steep climbs, but not for quick accelerations.  Descending,  it feels exceptionally planted on the ground, it is a monster truck of a bike. I have to learn how to wheelie and bunny hop properly though.  It's different.  It is not a subtle bike.  It requires some muscle.  Is it fun?  Absolutely.  Is it fast? Oh yes.

    November 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm
  • mapotufu Reply

    Glad to find this channel and support local MTB community! Any reviews or recommendations for Bellingham guided MTB tours?

    November 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm
  • yoad granat Reply

    The best and only review I've seen of the sentinel

    November 3, 2018 at 8:07 pm

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