Cascade Components Sentinel/Patrol link

The Patrol LT link converts the Transition Patrol into the freeride machine it wants to be, without compromising on liveliness. By increasing the progression from 11% to 24%, it provides much better small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and bottom out resistance. This creates more traction and mid-stroke support, while giving the bike substantially more bottom out resistance. As a result, you get a more confidence-inspiring ride that lets you smash through berms even harder and boost any jump without concern for how many roots or rocks might be in the way!

With 24% progression, the Patrol LT link will work well with air shocks as well as coils. If you are feeling like something needs to change with the shock, this link just might change your mind on that even. Without any retuning or modifications, the increase in performance with the stock shock is substantial! For those looking to run a coil on the Patrol, this link is without a doubt the way to go. It will allow the bike to not be over-sprung while having good bottom out resistance. The changes to the kinematics improve handling beyond what custom shock tunes and volume spacers can accomplish.

Along with the much improved leverage curve, the Patrol LT link also increases the Patrol’s travel to 168 mm. This increase is a byproduct of the increased progression, but for park and shuttle days it’s a much welcomed change. The increase in travel doesn’t compromise the bike’s ability to climb either.

Patrol Leverage Curve Comparison
  • 168 mm of travel
  • Progression increases from 11% with stock link to 24% with our link
  • Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
  • 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Colors: black and silver
  • Carbon frame not compatible with: RS Super Deluxe, DVO Jade, EXT Storia, Cane Creek DB shocks

Setup FAQs

No change to the shock is necessary. Even with the completely stock shock the improvements will be very noticeable.

Both can work well with this link. We prefer the coil for rougher trails with lots of roots and rocks and air for trails that are smoother but with big hits. If you already have something installed on your bike and don’t feel like replacing it there certainly isn’t any reason to.

This link delivers substantially more bottom out resistance than the stock link. Using 30% sag should be your starting point. If you feel you need a little more first try adding a few clicks of damping to account for the change in leverage curve. If you still want even more you can try going up 25-50 lbs in spring rate or 10-20 psi in pressure.

At 30% sag this link will also deliver much better small bump sensitivity so start there. If you still feel like you’d like a little more try running less damping. The link makes it so the suspension doesn’t rely on damping as much to avoid bottom outs so running less isn’t an issue.

The link doesn’t change the static geometry of the bike. The only geometry affected is wheel position at full bottom out.

Installing this link does not void your frame’s warranty. Thank you Transition for being open minded to these kinds of alterations.

The stock shock is a 205×65 so there isn’t a longer readily available shock. The clearance between the seatstay bridge and the seat tube is tight so you wouldn’t want a shorter compressed length anyway.

Recommended Spring Rates

Recommended sag at the shock is 17-20 mm. This equates to 27.5-32.5% sag at the wheel. Note that because the link is more progressive it sags a larger percent at the wheel than it does at the shock. It is not advised to run more sag than this because the bike will sit in a region of its travel where anti-squat is lower. This link does not require excess amounts of sag to achieve small bump sensitivity. Please set your sag at around 18.5 mm at the shock and let the link do its work. The spring rates below should get you close to the right sag but you might have to deviate from them here and there.

Rider WeightSpring RatePreload
120 lbs (54.4 kg)350 lbs1 turn
140 lbs (63.5 kg)400 lbs 1 turn
160 lbs (72.6 kg)450 lbs 1 turn
180 lbs (81.8 kg)500 lbs 1 turn
200 lbs (90.7 kg)550 lbs 1 turn
220 lbs (99.8 kg)600 lbs 1 turn