This was my last bike test of the day and it was a good one. Transition has changed from a single pivot design with a seatstay pivot to a Horst Link design now that the Horst Link patent has expired.
Climbing - 3 stars
The Patrol is a solid climbing bike, if not necessarily the best climber around. It's good enough that I wouldn't have any complaints about its climbing if this were my personal bike.
Descending - 5 stars
Transition bikes have a great handling balance and the Patrol is no exception. The Patrol has an eager, get up and go personality. Yet this does not compromise descending stability. It was really a fun feeling bike.
Cornering - 5 stars
The Patrol felt eager but stable in corners. I cannot overemphasize how fun this bike felt.
Summary: The Patrol was my second favorite bike of the day, lagging the Devinci Troy only in climbing ability. Fun feeling bikes are always nice to ride and the Patrol has fun in spades.
5 stars - Absolutely outstanding
3 stars - Solid performance, meets expectations
1 star - Misses expectations by a wide margin