I really liked the Transition GranMal. I took the liberty of doing a quick Photoslop hack of what I think the GranMal should look like. Here's what I've done and why:
Slackened the seat tube and placed in forward to allow for adjustable chainstay lengths without hitting it with the tire under full compression. Also a good way to go for Service road climbing to some sweet DH. Inspired by Knolly bikes.
I took design hints from Intense and Santa Cruz with the traingulated rear end. It should provide more strength and stiffness for a given weight. It also makes the bike look cooler. IMO, Intense and Santa Cruz sell most of their bikes based on how cool they look!
This model of Gran Mal also has the adjustable geometry with the added bonus of adjustable chain stay which makes for a better "do it all" bike.
On top of all this I would also shorten the travel and raise the seat tube up for climbing. I'm thinking more along the lines of Turner Highline geo.
Suspension still remains a single pivot, with future possibility of a DW like design.
What do you guys think? I will send this to Transition and see what they think too, but after a better Photoslop job and maybe a 3D CAD model. If they don't make it, then I just might have to start making my own frames! (I have a propane torch and some sauder, for the ultimate in build strength!)
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