2013 Covert photos/videos

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  • 01-14-2013
    krt
    2013 Covert photos/videos
    Post your 2013 Coverts, any model (26'' or 29'', carbon or alu).
  • 01-26-2013
    krt
    I finally got my frame yesterday and I've built it up with the current parts I have. Some are new, some are old and some are just temporary till I get the parts I'm planning to put on the bike.

    Anyway, here are some pics: Custom 2013 Transition Covert - Imgur
  • 01-27-2013
    landii60
    Nice Man. These are few & far between still. Thanks for putting up photos.
  • 01-27-2013
    gunt pimp
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by krt View Post
    I finally got my frame yesterday and I've built it up with the current parts I have. Some are new, some are old and some are just temporary till I get the parts I'm planning to put on the bike.

    Anyway, here are some pics: Custom 2013 Transition Covert - Imgur

    Nice bike. Why did you run your rear shifter cable that way?
  • 01-27-2013
    draculoff
    Very nice bike! I'm currently waiting for my frame in pewter. The color looks much better on your photos than on Transition website.
  • 01-28-2013
    krt
    @gunt pimp: I was hoping I could use my old Shimano m770 3x crankset that I used as a 2x on the Covert, but the chainline on those is to small. I currently run a 36T chainring on the cranks and they barely clear the chainstay. I'm going to get the m785 2x specific cranks.

    @draculoff
    Agreed. Evan the brown looks better then on the site.
  • 01-28-2013
    draculoff
    @krt

    I also have m770 cranks in 2x mod with 36T chainring. Bad news for me
  • 01-29-2013
    The Dude
    Here is mine!

  • 01-30-2013
    krt
    Nice, Dude.
  • 01-30-2013
    drapeado
    Great looking bikes, love the grey color in the pics, congrats krt !
  • 01-31-2013
    gsom111
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Here is mine!

    Very nice build man! Looking at 2013 Coverts, I'm willing to replace my oldie with new one more and more.
    I might be mistaken by foto, but don't the brakes hit the upper tube?
  • 02-01-2013
    dr_orlick
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    The new with the old.
  • 02-01-2013
    drapeado
    Oh, small frames, just what i needed, i`ll give you 100 for the green one, my last offer....(kidding mate)

    As i said the grey looks fab, the small size is ideal for me, your pic just showed me how my possible future bike would look like, so thx man. Now go ride that thing ;)
  • 02-01-2013
    bikeboardorblade
    Love the raw and blue combo. Looks incredible.
  • 02-02-2013
    dr_orlick
    Thanx guys, will post better pix when I'll have time to take them. Riding it for 2 months and love every minute on it.
  • 03-14-2013
    curtiso
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    Riding new '13 covert in Moab Utah ( Live in Reno, NV )
  • 03-17-2013
    dklopp
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    Here is my 2013 medium Covert. Such an awesome bike. And it will only get better when I put on the KS Lev 150 dropper that is coming my way!

    I have been waiting since November for this bad boy! It was a long winter, but it was worth it.

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  • 03-17-2013
    krt
    Sweet ride, dklopp! I'm also planning to get the KS LEV 150 for my L Covert ASAP.
  • 03-19-2013
    dklopp
    Currently, my front derailleur is run as a top pull, but this requires the cable to use the dropper post cable guides on the top tube (my bike is the only one I have seen in pictures run this way).

    I am trying to reroute the FD cable, but can't tell from any pictures how it is supposed to be. How is the bottom pull feature of the FD used? Can anyone post pictures of their FD cable set up near the BB?

    Thanks,

    Derek
  • 03-19-2013
    draculoff
    Hi Derek, I'm going to build my Covert this week. I'll post some pics when done.

    But I thought frame already has separate cable routing for dropper post. Surprised.
  • 03-19-2013
    dklopp
    I think I figured it out. It looks like the FD routes on the drive side of the down tube, under the BB and into a housing stop so it pulls the FD from the bottom.

    I should have posted a picture, but my bike came with the FD routed using the dedicated dropper post guides (thus using the top pull setting of the FD). Now I will need a longer housing to finish my reroute.



    On another note, I got my Lev installed! I will post a few pictures later, but here are my first impressions:
    -definitely install the in-line adjuster, it only takes an extra minute to do but is worth it for adjustments
    -definitely install a brake noodle after the lever. this positions the housing to not rub the frame so much and it makes for a super clean look. I used an Avid noodle and used electrical tape to snug up my connections
    -very smooth when new (lots of fresh grease in there - lets see what the PNW does to that)
    -slight side to side play, but it doesn't bother me like I thought it would
    -very very slight compression when weighted heavily (definitely no more than a millimeter - I weigh 160 lbs and was bouncing on it to feel that with my hand)
    -if not fully extended, the seat will lift when pulled up on and spring back down when released. I read that this will not cause problems like with the CB Joplin.
    -remote is a PITA to adjust on the bars because it has an odd shape for the ODI clamps (which I am currently not running)....it feels like it sticks to the bar and I almost have to pry it off to adjust the position.
    -I am most worried about longevity of all droppers (especially non-mechanical/locking ones), but wanted to give this one a shot. I will definitely keep the stock post just in case.

    Wow that sounded pretty negative, but I am super excited to get out and ride it.
  • 03-20-2013
    draculoff
    I have a question. What cranks do you use? How much clearance do you have between your chainrings and RD cable where it goes into chainstay? I heard of problems with it.
  • 03-20-2013
    krt
    @dklopp Yeah, that's the correct way to route the FD cable. Didn't you get a card from Transition that explains the routing? BTW, post some pics of the LEV :)

    @draculoff You could have trouble if you run 3x cranks. I ran my old m770 cranks as a 1x setup with a 36T ring and putting a RD cable hpusing in the chainstay was near impossible.
    How I temporarily routed the RD cable http://i.imgur.com/1cnFIQ7.jpg

    I recently got the m785 2x dedicated cranks and I don't have a problem with RD cable routing anymore. The spacing of the chainrings is a little different on 2x then on 3x cranks.
  • 03-20-2013
    draculoff
    Hi krt, I've seen your Covert before, and I believe there is a better way to route RD cable externally. As I have exactly same cranks and chainrings, I decided to put the cable on the lower chainstay and cover it with neoprene protection. Just don't want to spent additional money on new cranks.
  • 03-20-2013
    krt
    @draculoff Nice...snap a picture of your routing method. Maybe it'll help someone.
  • 03-20-2013
    dklopp
    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.
  • 03-20-2013
    haakan
    How do you like the new covert? Would be nice with a small review.
  • 03-20-2013
    dklopp
    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.
  • 03-21-2013
    haakan
    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.
  • 03-21-2013
    draculoff
    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.

  • 03-21-2013
    dklopp
    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.
  • 04-01-2013
    dr_orlick
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    Here are bettet pix.
  • 04-01-2013
    Transition Bikes
    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.
  • 04-01-2013
    draculoff
    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.
  • 04-02-2013
    krt
    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.
  • 04-11-2013
    draculoff
  • 04-17-2013
    yarondot
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    Here some pic of my 2013 26 covert
    some action
  • 04-17-2013
    draculoff
    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.
  • 04-18-2013
    krt


    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.
  • 04-20-2013
    dklopp
    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.
  • 05-05-2013
    dr_orlick
    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.
  • 05-11-2013
    haakan
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    Just built up. Feels very nice.

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  • 06-19-2013
    yinyang
    My new whip!
  • 06-20-2013
    bitewerks
    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!
  • 06-20-2013
    ebxtreme
    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.
  • 06-20-2013
    afp3
    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 ???
  • 06-21-2013
    Dirk77
    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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  • 06-21-2013
    Dirk77
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    Re: 2013 Covert photos/videos
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  • 06-21-2013
    neonstz
  • 07-28-2013
    cycad
    sick bike! i'm considering getting a black carbon covert. What size tire are u running at the back?