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    I have the stock cranks which should be:
    SRAM S1400 Crankset (175mm, 38/24t, 73mm GXP, BTBLK)

    The clearance is pretty tight (a few millimeters maybe), but when the cable is routed properly (unlike mine originally), it is pretty secure and keeps enough distance between the cable and the big ring.

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    How do you like the new covert? Would be nice with a small review.
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    Here is a (not so) quick review. For starters, I am 5'11" and weigh about 165 fully geared up riding a medium 2013 Covert. I am coming off of a medium 2010 BottleRocket, and I have always ridden stiff suspension. I have been on 4 rides with the Covert so far.

    I have basically been using my BottleRocket as an all around bike for the last 2 years. I absolutely love the way that thing rides, but I find myself riding fewer big jump trails and more single track. It is a difficult bike to pedal because it has a single ring up front, super low seat tube, and DH tires. That is why I bought the Covert.

    First impressions with the Covert are great. My first 2 rides were with flat pedals and riding a mix of XC and jump trails. This bike loves taking to the air and is easy to move around. Small bump isn't as good as my BottleRocket, but this probably due to both air suspension and new seals in the fork/shock that haven't broken in yet. Small bump is not a big concern of mine anyways.

    I love the feel of the fork. I have gotten all but the last 3/4" of travel out of it and it feels really good. I forget the exact pressure, but I mainly keep in T2 mode - the middle trail compression setting. The descend dives a little too much for me at the current pressure, but I am still messing around with it to find the right balance. In the rear, I am running 180 PSI and constantly going through all of the travel, even in the stiffest trail setting (T3). That said, I have never once felt a harsh bottom out, I can just tell because the o-ring has been knocked off multiple times. I will definitely be playing with the shock settings more.

    The rest of the parts are great so far. Although I did have to change the cable routing on my bike to match what it should have been when adding on my new KS Lev - not a big deal, but it cost me $20 in derailleur housing to do (original was too short to reuse). Also, I do have a deviation from the spec'd build on their website. I have a pair of Schwalbe Dirty Dans on mine instead of Hans Dampfs - again, not a big deal since it is nice to have a fast rolling tire for a change.

    I bought this bike because it had the most bang for the buck in parts, in addition to really liking all of my past encounters with Transition. Transition Bikes spec's top end suspension even on their lower priced bikes, which is a HUGE selling point for me. Specialized for example, you need to get the bikes that cost upwards of $6k for similar suspension. I would rather have nicer, more adjustable suspension than a nicer drivetrain because they don't seem to last that long in the PNW anyways...

    This bike is also my first venture into clipless pedals and dropper posts, so that is quite a change. It looks like this bike might be replacing my BottleRocket - I just haven't decided for sure yet because the BR is just too much fun.

    Feel free to ask questions - I do tend to ramble and get off topic though, so you have been warned.

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    Nice to hear. I have a yellow medium frame on order (Im 5'10''). Hopefully I will get it within a few weeks time. Will use it as a do it all bike from trailriding to liftassited riding on bigger mountains.

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    Just finished assembling my Covert. As I promised yesterday, here's picture of RD cable routing. Before I started to put the cable under chainstay, I decided to check out the clearance when using inner routing. The clearance was pretty small. But I've binded cable to chainstay with plastic clamp. Now there is about 1mm of clearance when suspension is fully extended. The clearance's going bigger when suspension is compressed.


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    Draculoff, you seem to have a bit less clearance than I do now (after properly re routing all my cables). But the zip tie should take care of it.

    Haakan, I am using my bike for the same things as you and so far it is a great ride. I take very good care of my bikes, but also ride them really hard, so we will see how everything holds up. I think I will be happy owning another Transition.

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    Here are bettet pix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by draculoff View Post
    Just finished assembling my Covert. As I promised yesterday, here's picture of RD cable routing. Before I started to put the cable under chainstay, I decided to check out the clearance when using inner routing. The clearance was pretty small. But I've binded cable to chainstay with plastic clamp. Now there is about 1mm of clearance when suspension is fully extended. The clearance's going bigger when suspension is compressed.

    I am confused by the photo Draculoff...

    I see a front derailleur cage, but I see only one ring visible in the picture. What size ring(s) are you using? and this appears to be a triple XT crankset which has a narrower chainline than a double crankset.

    Stock builds are 2x10 with 24/38 rings, but you will also have clearance for a triple with 22/32/42 rings. However... if you are running a triple crankset with a ring larger than 32 teeth in the middle position the clearance goes away rapidly.

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    Hi! Yes you're right, this is a triple chainset. There are 22t stock ring and 36t ring which I've put to replace stock 32t. I have about 1mm of clearance when not on bike and it's getting bigger as the suspension compresses.
    Since I have modded my chainset, I have no pretensions to frame, of course. I really love it. I like cable routing, dropouts. I like whole design and especially I like how it looks in Large size; it doesn't look huge or high, just beautiful. Unfortunately, I can't say how it rides because the weather in Moscow very very bad. I hope that Covert will become a good friend of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Stock builds are 2x10 with 24/38 rings, but you will also have clearance for a triple with 22/32/42 rings. However... if you are running a triple crankset with a ring larger than 32 teeth in the middle position the clearance goes away rapidly.
    Yeah, that was my problem. I just bought a dedicated 2x 38-26 crankset and it's alright now.

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    Here some pic of my 2013 26 covert

    some action
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    Nice! As I noticed after some riding, Covert reeeeeally likes jumping! Every moment on trail Covert's ready to be launched in the air like a rocket.

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    The bike is a blast. It can go uphill like my HT and it's amazing on the downhill. Can't wait to get the KS LEV, tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krt View Post

    The bike is a blast. It can go uphill like my HT and it's amazing on the downhill. Can't wait to get the KS LEV, tho.
    I put a KS Lev 150 on mine and it has worked great through the first five or so rides. After the first ride, it developed a little bit of play, but hasn't gotten worse since. Once summer rolls around, I will really put it through its paces - riding hard 4+ times per week. That said, I'm not selling off the stock post quite yet just in case the Lev poops out on me.

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    How much sag do you run on the V3? It's seems it need more sag than the V2 to feel right.
    The V2 was set and forget, first setup on them was also the last. On the V3 4 months already and can't find the sweet spot.
    I'm on the stock RP23 CTD.

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    Just built up. Feels very nice.

    2013 Covert photos/videos-_dsf4006copy.jpg2013 Covert photos/videos-_dsf4011_copy.jpg

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    My new whip!

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    The Covert is one of my fave-looking bikes. I wish the Bandit looked like the Covert as the Bandit is more suited for the terrain I'd ride regularly... The black Covert looks AWESOME!

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    I'm surprised no one's posted this vid yet. Kelend shredding the Covert on a trail of his own creation. I'll just say the blind rock huck/stepdown is absolutely crazy in person.

    The Limit.

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    Does anyone know if Transition is selling the green aluminum frame to the public?
    This video " The Limit " plus I have seen numerous pictures of the green frame and I love that color. I am looking to purchase a complete build and this green color in my opinion is better looking than the other 3 colors. Anyone know ???

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    Here is my large, I'm 5'11" with 35" inseam. I put a 50mm diety cavity stem on it. Front shock is Rockshox lyrik RC2L which i think is perfect for this bike.
    I love it!


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    Re: 2013 Covert photos/videos

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    sick bike! i'm considering getting a black carbon covert. What size tire are u running at the back?
    Let's ride...

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