need some schooling, best bang for the buck?
I ve got 2 bikes in my sights, for the money which one is the best bang for the buck? I know they are different styles but they both interest me for various reasons. I see some similar parts in the build kits, and it seems like there are some nicer parts on the TRANSAM I assume the fork is nicer on the TRANSAM as well. I guess what I am asking is the Transition work the extra $$$ over the Santa Cruz?
TRANSAM 29 $2299
Fox 32 Float 120 CTD FIT
Truvativ AKA Stem (60mm, 1.125, Black)
Kore Durox Handlebar (740x35mm, 31.8mm, Black)
FSA Orbit ITA Headset (ZS44/EC44, Tapered Fork)
X5 Crankset w/ Bashguard (175mm, 38/24t, 73mm GXP, BTBLK)
Elixir 3 Brakeset 180mm
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2.25 (Performance)
Stylo T20 DC Seatpost (30.9mm, 400mm)
Transition Park n Ride AM
Transition Logo Lock On
SRAM PG 1030 Cassette (10sp, 11-36)
Revolution 25 - Black/Black (15mm Front, 142mm Rear)
X5 Rear Shifter (10sp, BLK, w/ Clamp)
X5 Front Shifter (2sp, Black, w/ Clamp)
X7 Rear Derailleur (Medium Cage, Aluminum, 10sp, STGRY)
X5 High Clamp 31.8mm Front Derailleur (2X10, Dual Pull, BLK)
FSA Team Issue 10spd
SantaCruz Highball $1500
REAR DER: SRAM X7 Long Cage
FRONT DER: SRAM X5
SHIFTERS: SRAM X5
CRANKSET: SRAM X5 22/33/44
BOTTOM BRACKET: Included w/ crankset
CASSETTE: SRAM PG1030 11-36
CHAIN: KMC X10 10spd
BRAKES: Avid Elixir 1 w/ 160mm rotors
BARS: Raceface RIde low riser 685mm
STEM: Raceface Ride 70mm or 90mm
GRIPS: Lizard Skin "494"
HEADSET: Cane Creek 10
SEAT POST: Raceface Ride 30.9x375mm
SADDLE: WTB Volt Sport
WHEELS: WTB i19 TCS rims laced to Shimano M525 front hub and M525 or M678 rear hub w/ DT 14 gauge spokes, brass nipples
2007'ish Heckler and 2006 Chameleon
If anyone needs the help of a prototype/custom machinist let me know.
I'd step up to the Highball RXC29 kit for $2199 and get the mix of XT/SLX personally if it's between those two models and use the extra $100 to see if the shop will let you upgrade to SLX or XT brakes
Originally Posted by keith13
$1300.00 Jamis Dragon Sport
More bang for the buck.
I know this doesn't answer your original question but I agree with Two Tone. To me, if you have the money then get the most bike you can get for that money. Either spend the $2299 and get the Trans Am or upgrade the Santa Cruz to the RXC29 build kit and go wild with the $100 you saved.
One thing to note is that Transition has a two year defect warranty and lifetime crash replacement (that is to say- they'll send you the section of the frame you damaged at a "nominal charge". The Santa Cruz offers three additional years with their five year frame warranty, plus a lifetime frame bearing warranty (which Transition doesn't offer) in addition to their lifetime crash replacement (same nominal charge deal as Transition).
Good luck with your decision!
Not everyone is into the retro steel frames. 31lbs for a HT?
Originally Posted by Premo
The TRANSAM 29 that keith13 is considering is a retro steel frame, 30 lbs. Correct? Not everyone is into plastic and aluminum either. Steel frames are the most comfortable frames made today.
Originally Posted by TwoTone
I have last year's Highball D. This year's D is nicer (I'd much rather have Raceface Ride than Easton EA30,) but I still ended up replacing almost everything on it. In the end, I spent about as much as if I had bought a Highball R. I guess it depends on whether or not you want to pay the price difference all at once, or in increments. The components worked fine, but they weighed a ton.
I personally would choose the Transam but not because of the components on either but because it is the kind of bike I like to ride. In fact I ride a Banshee Paradox which has similar geometry. I don't see how you can compare the two. The Transam is essentially an aggressive trail bike. It has a slack head angle of 68½º and a 120mm. fork. The Highball geometry is like a race bike with a 70½º head tube and has a 100mm. fork. They are going to feel very different.
The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.