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    Is it time for a new Transition thread?

    Hi all...I'm just showing off. I purchased a 2005 Preston FR frame from the guys at Transition a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to build up a burly all mountain frame that would handle my huge bulk. The weather has been too cold and snowy to ride (although the powder skiing was amazing this weekend), so I haven't got a proper ride report, but I did want to show off the newest arrow in the quiver:
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    I agree

    cool Bike,

    I just found out my bike should be here this week. I ordered a transition Preston FR frame with a Romic shock. and a FR build kit from adrenaline Bikes. I hope others will keep the thread going. I want to know about people's experience with the Preston FR. Are you going to ride it in 4" or 5" position? What type of riding do you do?

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    I ride mostly aggressive XC...

    ...so I'll probably do most of my riding in the 4" position. I'm taking the bike to Bootleg Canyon in Nevada over the President's Day weekend, and I'm going to experiment with the 5" position there. For most of my everyday riding, though, it'll be in the 4" position. I'm pretty heavy, so I needed a beefy frame...that's what made me choose the Preston. I can't wait to get some real rides on it, but it's still skiing weather around here!

    Quote Originally Posted by dougj
    cool Bike,

    I just found out my bike should be here this week. I ordered a transition Preston FR frame with a Romic shock. and a FR build kit from adrenaline Bikes. I hope others will keep the thread going. I want to know about people's experience with the Preston FR. Are you going to ride it in 4" or 5" position? What type of riding do you do?
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    So are you running a 130mm or 150mm fork? I ordered mine with a 150mm Marzocchi Z1 . I do technical trail riding also but like to hit every jump and drop I can find. I weigh 210 so I got an 800 lb spring on mine. It should arrive tomorrow. cant't wait.

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    I'm running a Marzocchi AM1 on mine...

    ...in the 150 mm position. I also have the 800 pound spring on the Romic. I need to get out and spend some time tuning it, but I can't drag myself off the slopes just yet. The skiing has been amazing here for the past couple of weeks!

    Quote Originally Posted by dougj
    So are you running a 130mm or 150mm fork? I ordered mine with a 150mm Marzocchi Z1 . I do technical trail riding also but like to hit every jump and drop I can find. I weigh 210 so I got an 800 lb spring on mine. It should arrive tomorrow. cant't wait.
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    Got my new bike

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker62
    ...in the 150 mm position. I also have the 800 pound spring on the Romic. I need to get out and spend some time tuning it, but I can't drag myself off the slopes just yet. The skiing has been amazing here for the past couple of weeks!
    I have a Marzocchi Z1Fr3, 150mm. I finally got my bike Thursday and took it to the trails today. It was a blast. It flew down hills and tackled small jumps like it was a curb. I am very pleased. BTW. My setup is mostly freeride so that I can do drops and jumps.
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    Looks great!

    Have lots of fun!!

    Quote Originally Posted by dougj
    I have a Marzocchi Z1Fr3, 150mm. I finally got my bike Thursday and took it to the trails today. It was a blast. It flew down hills and tackled small jumps like it was a curb. I am very pleased. BTW. My setup is mostly freeride so that I can do drops and jumps.
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    Hey mtnbiker62, If you don't mind me asking, what do you weigh? If you are running the 800# spring, you are probably around my size. I Ask because I am a bigger guy and am inquiring about this bike and my size in regards to drops in this thread:

    Transition Preston w/ 220lb Rider and 5ft drops?

    If you do any drops, can you give me your opinions on my concerns about my size and bottoming either here or the thread I posted above?

    Could you and dougJ post your complete build weights and if they are med or large frames?

    Also, since you guys are bigger like myself, what are your views on how this bike climbs for light XC or all day All-mtn riding?

    Thanks

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    i am currently interested in a preston fr as a trail bike. are the 2005 models still available? i noticed they slackened out the head angle for 2006. does this kill it's climbing and/or trail bike abilities? i want to run an rp3 and pike, set at full travel front and back. any reason an rp3 would be bad for this bike? i'm 5'4.5" ~120lbs and i plan to have the shock PUSHed. i'm looking at the small and medium frames. do you think the small would be too cramped for all day riding?

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    I got my bike about 4 weeks ago...

    ...and at that time, they still had a few 2005 models available. I believe I got the last black small 2005 frame, but they had gold ones still available then.

    As far as your choice of shock, I really couldn't answer. I'd email the Transition guys, and ask them. They are really good to answer questions. I think the issue would be finding a shock short enough to fit the frame. I asked them about that, and as I recall, it was 6.5" eye-to-eye. I'm drooling over the Marzocchi Roco, but it isn't made in a short enough length to fit the Preston. I know Transition J (UK distributor...posts on this board) has successfully retrofitted his Preston with another air shock, and maybe he could answer your questions about the RP3.

    I also wanted the 2005 model as a trailbike because of the steeper head angle. I'm 5'7" tall w/ a 29" inseam, and the small fits me just fine. I'm running a 100 mm stem and 26" wide bars. I haven't actually taken it on any trails yet; the snow is still too deep in the mountains. I can give you a better idea of fit after the snow melts, but for just banging around town, it's been perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by gukachu
    i am currently interested in a preston fr as a trail bike. are the 2005 models still available? i noticed they slackened out the head angle for 2006. does this kill it's climbing and/or trail bike abilities? i want to run an rp3 and pike, set at full travel front and back. any reason an rp3 would be bad for this bike? i'm 5'4.5" ~120lbs and i plan to have the shock PUSHed. i'm looking at the small and medium frames. do you think the small would be too cramped for all day riding?
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    Hi

    The RP3 is iseal for the preston and you'll have nothing but good things to say about it.

    The 2006 bikes still peddle really well and you could always tighten things up by fitting a shorter forks, something like a Zocchi AM or the White Brothers Fluid like I am running.

    I used to run the Pike and it is great because you can adjust the height and travel of that fork, which made a huge difference on trail riding and up hill!

    Go for it, you'll love it, but if you need anymore help just ask me or email Kyle or Kevin in the US...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer2003
    Hey mtnbiker62, If you don't mind me asking, what do you weigh? If you are running the 800# spring, you are probably around my size. I Ask because I am a bigger guy and am inquiring about this bike and my size in regards to drops in this thread:

    Transition Preston w/ 220lb Rider and 5ft drops?

    If you do any drops, can you give me your opinions on my concerns about my size and bottoming either here or the thread I posted above?

    Could you and dougJ post your complete build weights and if they are med or large frames?

    Also, since you guys are bigger like myself, what are your views on how this bike climbs for light XC or all day All-mtn riding?

    Thanks
    I take my bike cross country but climbing can be difficult,especially if the hills are short and steep. It does great over obstacles and large roots. I really have not been able to ride much because of the rain here. With regards to drops, I have not done any drops over 2 ft to flat yet. I did take it off some jumps. My build is more free ride, so it probably weighs over 36 lbs. I do not know the exact weight. The bike handles great going down hill. BTW my frame is the large with a Romic shock.

    For more XC riding , you probably need to go with smaller tires than I have(2.3" Tioga Factory DH). Maybe 2" or less XC tires. The large downhill tires I have make it difficult to pedal all day. Also you would probably need a 130mm fork, I have a 150mm Marzocchi Z1 FR. Anyway that's my two cents worth.

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    I find the Panaracer Cinder 2.25" suit the Preston really well, also Hutchinson Spiders for more XC work...

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    Complete build list with weight

    Okay, slayer2003 asked about the weight of my bike, but I didn't have a final build configuration when he asked. I have fooled around with the build a little since then, and I think I'm pretty close to a final configuration. I may fool around with stem length a little more, and I'm not really crazy about the handlebars (came from my spare parts box), but here is the final tally (at least for now):

    Frame: 2005 Preston FR, size small
    Fork: 2005 Marzocchi AM-1
    Shock: Romic Double Adjust Coil, 800# spring
    Headset: Cane Creek S-2
    Handlebar: Koski Stronghold
    Stem Race Face Prodigy, 5 deg., 100 mm

    Brake Levers: Hayes HFX 9
    Grips: Lizard Skins Logo Lock-ons
    Brakes: Hayes HFX 9
    Rotors: Hayes V Cut, 203 mm

    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
    Cables/Housing: Avid Straight Jacket

    Chain: SRAM PC99
    Cassette: SRAM PC970, 11-34

    Botttom Bracket: Race Face Evolve FR
    Crankset/Rings: Race Face Evolve DH Triple, 22-32-44

    Hubs: Shimano Deore XT
    Rims: Mavic XM321
    Spokes: DT Stainless
    Tubes: Quality 26x 2.1-2.3, presta
    Tires: WTB Weirwolf 2.3

    Seatpost: Thomson 30.0 x 410 mm
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Race
    Seat Clamp: Transition, 35 mm

    Pedals: Shimano M545

    Total Weight: 36.25 lbs.

    The bike ended up being a little heavier than I had hoped, but if I were really worried about weight, I'd lose some of the 80 or so pounds of lard I'm packing around! Actually, I hope to do just that this summer! Here's a new pic of the bike in it's current configuration.
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    Newly Built 06 Dirtbag

    Only 1 ride on it so far. Took it to some rock quarries in N. florida (Ocala area) and tossed it around. So far, it has performed flawlessly. I still need to identify my sweet spot when it comes to my suspension tuning, but it will be fun getting there I have adjusted the oil level in the 66RC to get a good feel to the travel. But, man - it has so far a thrill to ride and to LOOK at!
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    At the local trailhhead...

    I will have some action shots soon.
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    hey dirtman..

    that is a nice ride! what's the weight on it? Have you done much climbing on it? How does this thing pedal up hill? I know it's a stretch, but could you tackle a 2500' hill on something this beefy?

    i'm torn between the Preston and the Dirtbag.. i'm pretty big 6'3"/225 with gear, and i'm looking for something that'll stand up to whatever damage i choose to inflict.

    cheers mate!

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    ... and if we just ... Thank you Blender....

    hey dirtman..

    that is a nice ride! what's the weight on it? Have you done much climbing on it? How does this thing pedal up hill? I know it's a stretch, but could you tackle a 2500' hill on something this beefy?

    i'm torn between the Preston and the Dirtbag.. i'm pretty big 6'3"/225 with gear, and i'm looking for something that'll stand up to whatever damage i choose to inflict.

    cheers mate!


    Blender it weighs in at 40lbs even! Icertainly does not pedal like a 40lb bike (when compared to my 31lb all mtn bike) I have not tackled any long accents as you have mentioned YET! I plan to be in Tennessee in a couple of weeks with some decent hills to climb - but more importantly, some LONG DOWNHILLS to relish in!!! So I will get my first real taste of climbing the Dirtbag very soon. I will post my results.

    As far as I can tell, the Preston is VERY POPULAR and can take quite a lot of punishment! As evident in the owner/rider videos on the Transition website. But I wanted the extra cush for coverage of a broader range when it comes to the REAL ROUGH STUFF. I weigh 175 lbs, and taking in consideration your weight - if you plan to do a lot of drops and death defying arial assaults, I would probably take the DIRTBAG.
    BUT!!!
    Not saying that the Preston can not handle it - Just a matter of preference and riding style. I am extremely happy with my selection!

    Either way I do not think you can make a wrong choice between the 2! Happy riding!
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    Preston Love

    So I have decided to jump over to this thread to show off the new Preston I got two weeks ago:

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    I have put two rides and probably 35 miles on it so far and I can say without a doubt that it is one solid, tough-ass bike. Unless you are hucking 25 footers or weigh 300 lbs, it would be tough to break. It feels so solid and balanced on the trail, on drops and in the nasty rock garden decents. It definitely inspires confidence.

    That said, I have no plans on taking this on drops higher than 5'. That is my current limit. My riding consists of XC, all mountain and light Freeride and I think the Preston fits me great. The Dirtbag would just be too much bike to keep up with my XC friends and not collapse.

    The Preston takes downhills way better than any "all mountain" bike I have looked at. Bikes like the Giant Reign and the Trek Remedy would quiver over some of the downhills that I was just slamming on the Preston last weekend. I had it in 5" mode and never wished for more travel (though the Manitou Swinger 4 way Air did take quite a bit of tuning to get set up). If you weigh 225 lbs and want a Preston, I would definitely stick with a coil shock, probably the Romic). I weight about 185 lbs with gear and I have the Swinger Air running pretty much at its upper limit to keep from bottoming on 5' drops.

    The other thing I would keep in mind is your height. At 6'3" you are going to be cramped on the large Preston. I am not sure how the Dirtbag runs but the Preston seems to run a little small. I ride a large and I am only 6' tall.

    In terms of climbing, the Preston is pretty darn good with the SPV shock. It takes some cranking but I can get up most long climbs without collapsing. Its no XC bike but if you are not trying to win an uphill race, it does the job.

    My Preston weighs in at approximately 34 lbs with bullitproof components and a Marzocchi All Mountain 1 fork. In my mind that is just about the right weight for a beefy all mountain/light freeride bike.

    But as Dirtman said, you can't go wrong with a Transition...

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    thanks a lot for the input guys.. good food for thought..

    dirtman.. please report back after your riding in Tennessee. I'd love to hear how the Dirbag does on climbing.. and i'm sure we'd all love some action shots as well..

    cheers

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    alright.. i did it
    just got off the phone with Kyle at Transition

    a Large Green '06 Dirtbag with DHX 5.0 Coil + Marz 66 lightETA + Revolution 36 wheelset
    are gonna be arriving in 2-3 weeks or so.

    I'm super stoked, expect build pics shortly after that time period.
    Thanks to all that chimed in with the tips.

    cheers.

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    excellent

    Hey blender, welcome to the family.

    You won't be disappointed. The Dirtbag rips.

    You'll have to let me know how the 66 light rides. I have been thinking about scoring one of those myself...

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    Sweet! Seeing your size and weight I would've recommended the Dirtbag for more headroom on the suspension and fit side of things. I had the Dirtbag/Preston dilema a few months back and was really on the fence between the two but ended up going with the Preston since I am a huge 5'2 130# and figured i'd be able to wrangle a Preston around a little better, although my 39# Preston is no light weight. It's on the heavy side but it tracks straight and true through the baby heads.

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    goodbye sc bullit...

    hello tbc preston fr!

    ordered a large slate grey preston with a romic today...

    this will be replacing my bullit as my new jack of all trades rig.

    will post some pics in a few weeks after the beast is built

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    so, on the preston, Romic shock or Swinger coil/air??? what's the preference, i'm looking at ordering mine very soon now and need to work out some of the details...

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    Rear Shock

    I have a Swinger 4 Way Air on my Preston right now and I like it quite a bit. It climbs exceptionally and feels very plush for an air shock. It was a bit of a pain to get set up correctly though. I had to try a number of different air pressures to get the ride I wanted.
    I also have a Romic for my Preston although I have yet to mount it. I will be taking my Preston to a freeride park in 3 weeks so I may put the Romic on for that weekend. We'll see.

    One point about the Swinger Air is that it has a very linear feel. While most air shocks feel more linear than coil shocks, the Preston suspension is specifically made to feel very linear (from Kyle at Transition). A linear air shock and linear suspension give the real end an interesting feel. The SPV really holds the shock well when pedaling and does a fine job on small bumps but when you hit a big bump or drop, the bike just plunges into the suspension and uses every millimeter of travel. Its not what I was used to but I kind of like it. It makes the Preston feel like it has a lot more than 5" of travel.

    Hope that helps.

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    i went with the romic as i have had good luck with this shock in the past and because it is simple to setup and dial in to your riding style. i am also 200lbs and ride in an area that is very rocky with a decent amount of 3-5 foot drops to hardpack or rock and i thought the romic would be up for the abuse. i am not a fan of air shocks but know a lot of people who swear by them for am/fr bikes. my bullit had a 5th element and i didn't like having to adjust the air pressure in addition to all my other bike maintenance tasks. anyway, phone transition as they are helpful and will ensure you get what you want/need.
    good luck

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    straight from the horse's mouth

    from "the other" transition thread

    Response from Transition:
    "As for shock options, here is what we have available right now. The romic double, the manitou swinger coil 4-way, and the manitou swinger air 4-way. Of these, usually we recommend the Romic to heavier riders (riders weighing more) as that shock can accommodate much heavier spring weights to suit heavier riders. Also, I feel that the romic is the perfect balance between pedalling platform and small bump (high speed) sensitivity. The manitou swinger coil is a great choice for lighter riders (anyone under 200lbs or so) and the pedalling platform is the best of the three we offer. The swinger air shock is a great shock and will save you some weight (about a pound or so) and has good pedalling platform and is fairly progressive in its compression stroke. I usually steer people toward the swinger air if they intend on doing more all-mountain style riding and don't plan on just hucking their bike a lot as in my mind the air shocks have a tendency to be not as durable for really heavy duty use. I have had a lot of people use and abuse those swinger air shocks and they don't have issues but typically a coil is going to be the more durable option. Choosing between the romic and the manitou swinger coil is a tough one though...here's a couple more things to consider if choosing between those two.
    -romic tends to have more bushing/pin problems. Their DU bushings wear out much quicker and result in "slop" in the main mounting pin (it is a really annoying little rattling in the main pivot on the shock and can result in a broken or bent shock bolt). Romic has a fix for this and they handle any of those issues directly. The manitou on the other hand doesn't have this issue and the bushings last way longer.
    -the manitou tends to have a bit more of a "sticky" feel too it. The pedalling platform is superior but it adds a sticky feeling (not a bad sticky, just a different sticky). The sticky feeling is mainly in the high speed cornering and small bump type terrains (this is indeed part of the platform as it will basically work to balance the shock out so your bike doesn't dive in corners, etc.)."

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    I went with the Swinger 4-way coil and am very happy with it. I was set on getting the air but as I was ordering I changed my mind cuz I wanted something with a little less maintenance and one less adjustment air adjustment. That said I could've easily gotten away with the air at my weight but i've been progressing to bigger and bigger stuff so I decided to play it safe at the sacrifice of a little weight. I could actually see being happy with any of their shocks which is what makes the decision hard. It would be cool to try the Romic just to see the difference in feel since it's supposed to have a little better small bump compliance.

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    my preston arrived friday and was built up saturday. i swapped most of the parts from my 03 bullit and installed a new drivetrain. the frame looks indestructible in person and is well constructed with some sweet unique touches. i left the house this morning at 6:30 and decided to properly break in my new ride with a 6 hour epic. i climbed every type of fireroad and three steep and technical singletrack trails. for the downs it was rocks, steeps, and high speed singletrack. this bike killed it everywhere. i found the frame to be near perfect for the variety of riding i do in socal. this bike wants to be ridden fast, is very responsive, and will easily lift off with the least effort. i also thought that this was one of the most stable frames i have ever ridden as i seemed to be much more nimble than on my bullit. i dropped a few 3-4 foot boulders and the travel was ample. the preston climbs like a champ, i never felt the front wheel wander or lift up. overall, i was extremely impressed. this frame reacts like a hardtail yet feels as though it has 7-8 inches of squish when you need it. thanks to all those that posted regarding the preston as i relied heavily on the feedback while deciding on a frame.

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    Here is a shot of my 04 Dirtbag...I run it in 5" mode and if feels amazing. I am a clyde (260lbs) and so far it has stood up to my abuse and overal hackery (that should be a word) and then screamed for more...LOVE IT!


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    I'm going to cry if I don't get one of these soon....

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    Oh it's on now!!

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    sorry for the crap pic..
    better pics after the rest of the parts and the build.

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    Preston Mini Review

    I have had my 06 Preston for about two months now and ridden the crap out of it. I would have to say that I have never been so impressed with a bike. It climbs, it decends, it hucks... There isn't much it can't do, well maybe not win an XC race. It is a little beefy at 35 lbs, but its a small price to pay for such a tough frame.

    I took it to the Diablo Freeride Park last weekend to test its downhill/freeride prowess. While I did feel I could have used a little more travel for some of the evil, rocky downhills, the bike performed terrifically. Its incredibly stable at speed and can just hammer burms. It jumps well and lands very smoothly. It feels nice and balanced on skinnies and holds it own with the big bikes on drops. Now if I can only get rid of that whole rider error thing ...

    These Transition threads are what convinced me to buy my Preston so I am thinking I will give back and throw a little more praise on the pile. Read the Preston description on the Transition website. It performs as advertised.

    Work less, ride more.

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    06 Dirtbag initial impressions

    well as i promised here are the pictures of the final build.
    (i apologize in advance for a long-ish post)
    Big thanks to Kyle at Transition for hooking me up with the frame and other goodies, and to John at Bikecology in Marina Del Rey for putting this sucker together.

    Frame: 06 Large Dirtbag w/Fox DHX 5.0
    Fork: 06 Zoke 66Light ETA
    Headset: RaceFace Deus
    Brakes: 06 Juicy 7's with 7/7 rotors
    Wheelset: TBC Revolution 36mm
    Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.5 front, 2.35 rear
    Cranks: Saint 22/32 with RaceFace bash
    Rear Der: Sram X.9
    Front Der: Sram X-Gen
    Shifters: Sram X.9
    Chain, Casette: Sram
    Bars: RaceFace Diabolus
    Stem: Thomson 70mm
    Seatpost: RaceFace Diabolus
    Seat: WTB speed V
    Grips: Lizard Skins Lock ons
    ----------------------------------------------
    Weight: 42.5 lbs

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    Today was the first ride, and i thought i'd write up my initial impressions, though the bike will need to stand the test of time and abuse for me to judge it seriously.

    At 42.5 pounds the rig came out quite porky. I am used to light and snappy feel of hardtails, so i was seriously concerned with how this bike would climb and pedal. Well, out of our group of 4 riders today (3 others rode a Turner 6pack, a Kona Blast hardtail and a GF Sugar 3), i was the first one to the top of every hill, and at the end of the day when my friend's Stylo cranks decided to sieze, i ended up towing all 280 pounds of him (rider + gear + Turner 6pack) uphill to the car. I ain't gonna win any cross-country races on it, but all my concerns about how this bike would pedal were shattered completely. I prefer a shorter TT, as I don't like to be too stretched out on the bike. I'm 6'3", and the cockpit on the large Dirtbag felt compact but quite comfy. I was able to pedal uphill without tensing up in the upper body or lower back, just a sit'n'spin kinda feeling. The 66 is a heavy fork, which actually worked to my advantage on the climbs, with ETA engaged the front wheel stayed firmly planted on the ground rather than jumping around hunting for traction.

    The Dirtbag is total beef! The thing is so massive that i could not get any flex out of the rear, no matter what i hit. The 66 up front is no slouch in the stiffness department, so it ballanced the rear perfectly, giving me one solid ride. The long wheelbase really kept me super stable on any steep downhill, and the overall feeling of confidence the bike gave is truly hard to describe.

    In conclusion.. this thing simply blew me away, it ate up everything i pointed it at. If I walked a gnar section, it was all due to lack of skill and cajones, NOT the bike. The Dirtbag begs for far more serious abuse than I was able to inflict today, so I can't wait to take it on more tech local runs, as well as to lift/shuttle assisted territory.

    Ride on fellas, thanks for all the useful info and pointers that led me to purchasing this bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blender
    Ride on fellas, thanks for all the useful info and pointers that led me to purchasing this bike!

    Blender, Great Build! Looks good. You'll have years of joy abusing this beast. I recently took mine to Windrock Downhill course in TN (Wicked place) I was very aprehensive about some of the gaps and bulkhead drop - but I chose to just do it!!!!!! You are totally right, it creates enormous confidence! I hit everything in my path. I almost got the Army Green but they were out of stock at the time and I just could not wait!

    Again very nice build! Enjoy!
    Dirtman

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    Adding to the family

    Iím just testing the site.

    Here is my current project:
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    Blender's new Dirtbag is my dream bike. Next year, I'm in for sure. Damn that thing looks hot. The Transition wheels look extra burly too.

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    Hey All,

    First off thanks to you all for the thread. I had all but decided on getting a 2006 Heckler and then started doing some research ont eh Preston FR. I saw a review on http://nsmb.com and it sounded like exactly what I was looking for in a bike. I then read just about all of this forum, as well as a few in the UK and was sold...I ordered one the next morning.

    In the end I bought one from Dropnzone in Ferndale (thanks again Allen) and have been very happy with it ever since. I went from a 2002 Norco Shore with an 03 Super T to this, and I must say, I loved the shore, but this bike kicks ass. I actually enjoy riding way more now, even though I do a few (ok a lot) less drops.

    Cheers' all (yo mudpuppy)

    Here is me baby...
    (I have since changed out the brakes, bars, levers, etc)

    Greg Bird, VIMB webmaster, Freerider.

    "A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you in the cell saying, "Damn...that was fun!"

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    Good to seeya here G....get some photos of the new brake levers man.

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    Here is my 06 Preston(waiting for a new front wheel) and my 05 Dirtbag!!! Love em both!
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    noice!!

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    Anyone selling their ride? If yes I'm looking for a medium!!!!

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    anyone try a vagrant with a breakout yet?

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    here's mine...havent' logged near enough ride time on it yet b/c I broke my nose last weekend...grrrr. Just a sesh at the DJ's and it rawked. But it'll get some trail time this week for sure






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    i think i've already said this in the DH forum... this Vagrand is sweet!! love the color

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    TBC Stepdowns'

    Sorry to hijack...

    Does anyone have any riding experience on the Stepdown pedals? They seem real strong from the info given on the site! What about the Revolution 32 wheelset? 36? What would you guys compare those to?

    Cheers,
    Laurence.

    BTW, I hope this thread and/or the other Transition thread (up to 10 pages now!) never die.

    Long live Transition threads!!

    Also, Can you guys give me some general ride info on the Preston FR? also your builds (although it seems like you guys have already posted that).

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    don't have experience with Stepdown pedals.. though they seem very similar to any other sealed bearing flattie.

    the Rev. wheelsets are nearly identical to Azonic Outlaws.. which is a strong wheelset with nice high quality rims, and "good bang for your buck" hubs

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    I've had the stepdown pedals for a few months now. They grip well and I love the shape and thinness of them compared to the Kona DJ pedals I had before. My only issue with them is there is and has been about an 1/8 in of play between the pedal and the shaft on my right side one and less but still noticeble on the left one. when I first got them i noticed the play on the right side one but could not feel it when riding so I never ended up calling up Transition to find out if this is a common problem. Knowing their service I bet they would've taken care of it then, but I never followed up on it. Now I can actually notice the play when I ride and it makes noise. Like I said, I love the pedals and may end up buying another set but this time i'll have them check them before they send them out. If the play is inherent to these pedals then I'll go with something else.

    On another subject what's the weight like on the Revolution wheelset compared to other similar type wheels from other companies like Mavic? I'd like to get new wheels but with my Preston currently at 39.6 pounds I want something that is no heavier than my current Sun Ditch Witch wheels with Marzocchi 20 mm front hub and a crappy ass Shimano rear hub.

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    Any more build/riding pics?

    Does anyone have some more pics they can share of thier Transitions'??

    I'm addicted to Transition for some reason. Must. See. Pics!

    Cheers.

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