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    28mm external isn't giving the tire a shot and is what is getting the tire to fit.

    You're probably 22-23mm internal width. I tried a Blunt35 (30mm internal) and the clearance was tight.

    I think I measured the chainstay clearance at ~73-75 mm where the casing is the widest.
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    btw: The TA is a great package of bike!

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    I won´t jump into rim width discussion as there are too many different riders out there and nobody is differing in their feedbacks about their riding styles. I mentioned what I wanted to achieve and for this task a small rim does not have any negative effects. But it is for sure good to know, that on wider rims the TA will get a problem with this tire.

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    Which is why I mentioned it

    Glad to see you're stoked with your TA!

    BTW: I really wanted to keep mine, but the rear chainstay clearance is what killed it for me. I really wanted the option to run a proper B+ rear wheel/tire and was hoping to gain an improvement in tire clearance over my old Diamondback Mason... the TA29 was actually the opposite, with tire clearance (for B+ use, mind you) being tighter than the Mason.

    I had both frames at the same time, so I was able to do a back-to-back fit test.

    For 29er tires, the TA29 did offer more knob clearance than my old DB Mason.

    Again, to reiterate, it was the casing width (on a 30mm internal rim) on a Blunt35 that had me concerned. The tightest spot was the drive side, where the chainstay 'gusset' is welded to the chainstay tube. That junction was right with the widest spot in the WTB 2.8 casing.

    I really wanted to keep the TA... I even debated clearancing the frame with a DIY tube pinch, but there was nothing I could do where that drive side chainstay weld was.

    So I ended up selling my Mason and my TA... thinking I might have to bite the Boost148 bullet to have the flexibility that I seek.
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06HokieMTB View Post
    So I ended up selling my Mason and my TA... thinking I might have to bite the Boost148 bullet to have the flexibility that I seek.
    I think I would rather suffer the cost of an EPO (142 with pics showing a b+ tire), go custom or look into a Honzo than catch that bullet with my teeth. I'll shoot you some measurements once I get my 2016.

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    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-bike2016_frame_transam29_2.jpg

    So im currently looking to start a TransAM build. They have blue and this gunmetal for the images...but it says orange and black are the only colors. I would like to get my hands on the gunmetal...are these old colors or new for the 2016 models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beer_coffee_water View Post
    I think I would rather suffer the cost of an EPO (142 with pics showing a b+ tire), go custom or look into a Honzo than catch that bullet with my teeth. I'll shoot you some measurements once I get my 2016.
    I hear you. It's not really what I wanted to do.. but it does seem to be the way the market is heading.

    I demo'd a Salsa Pony Rustler last week and the frame clearance with 3.0" WTB Bridgers was amazing. Keep in mind the Pony Rustler has the EXACT same rear triangle as the Horsethief.

    EDIT: BTW - the gun metal is sexy in person
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Images in Transition TA29 web pages don't look like 2015 frames or colors.

    If you look closer, you'll notie that 2015 frame had a bend in seat tube. Bend is quite close to BB, but it clearly is there. In 2016 frame pictures there are no notch there. I'm just wondering, how rear tyre will fit. Surely they have done their design work, but still. The gap between seat tube and rear tyre is small when dropout are set to shortest chain stay.

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    Hi guys, I'm looking forward to receive my TransAM XL frame in the next 2 months. What do you think about installing an angle set to slacken the head angle for another 1 degree together with a 130 mm or 140 mm fork? There is a EC44/EC44 type headset available made from Works Components in UK. EC type headset will raise the front for about 13 mm. Head angle will be 66 degrees with 130 mm fork (unsagged) and 65,6 degrees with 140 mm fork. Your opinion is appreciated! Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiggySawdust View Post
    I'm kind of highjacking this post, but does anyone know where I can buy the new 2015 neon frame 27.5 (size small) online? No dealers close to me at all.

    Thanks
    If you haven't found one yet Merlin is blowing out small and medium neon green 2015 27.5 frames for $446.66 shipped to the US free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigdog View Post
    If you haven't found one yet Merlin is blowing out small and medium neon green 2015 27.5 frames for $446.66 shipped to the US free.

    Transition TransAM 27.5 Mountain Bike Frame | Mountain Bike Frames | Merlin Cycles
    Just ordered a medium Dark Gray, setting it up single speed. Going for 21.5-22 lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by troh View Post
    ...2015 frame had a bend in seat tube. ... In 2016 frame pictures there are no notch there.
    Just received a Large 2016 TA29 in blue. Seat tube is bent 6" or so above the BB shell. It's heavy @ 7lbs 4oz for a large (including dropouts & hardware); the rear end is beefy with large dia. tubing stays. Tire clearance is excellent everywhere but the DS stay plate. It's not terrible there: I have a Rampage 2.35(ish) on ArchEX (23mm i.w.) rim, and there's ~12mm of clearance at three spots, and about 6mm of clearance to the side of the knobs at the plate.

    FrameSaver is drying as we speak. Hope to get it mocked up for a test ride tomorrow. Looking forward to giving this thing a proper thrashing.
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    Really excited with my new 2016 build

    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-151031-1151_dsc_3643.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigdog View Post
    If you haven't found one yet Merlin is blowing out small and medium neon green 2015 27.5 frames for $446.66 shipped to the US free.

    Transition TransAM 27.5 Mountain Bike Frame | Mountain Bike Frames | Merlin Cycles
    I just received my frame and had to pay 30 bucks broker fee to UPS, that sucked I had no idea about that!! Should have it built up soon!

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    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-11377758_575534479282366_1759381853_n.jpg

    I just built up one of the last merlin medium 275 frames. Super happy with it so far although it's so muddy around here it's difficult to compare strava times with my old cotic 26.

    Feels really confident descending and I've failed a couple of muddy corners that have made me smile.

    Gotta love transitions!

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    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-12224525_515756148584785_1644270459_n.jpg

    Just built pic, now has a reverb and bonty xr4 2.35 tyres which have acres of grip it seems

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    1st ride on Medium 29er single speed, built up with pedals at 24.78lbs. Very impressed with this bike, the pike on the front with Derby 35mm rim and Bontrager 2.30 xr4 tire and Maxxis Icon 2.35 rear great combo. People need to know about the Bont. tires from xr2, xr3 and xr4 all great tires, light, great sidewalls. Must get the team issue not the expert.

    This bike really goes where you point it, climbs great, goes through rock gardens. The downs it's almost as fast as my FS bike, realyy glad I bought it, perfect geometry !!
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    Just had my first ride on a 2016 Large, up in the hills of Oakland, California (that's SF and the famed Mt. Tamalpais in the background).
    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-20151126_081104.jpg

    Built it up with a 120mm Pike, 1x10 (30t x 11-40) drivetrain, Reverb post, Arch EX hoops, and 800g knobbage. It's a bit heavier than my last bike (Yelli Screamy) at 29lbs, but the geometry & fit is far better for me - pedals uphill better while seated, feels a bit kinder when jumping to flat. The geo differences (longer reach & WB, steeper STA) equate to a great handling, comfortable, air-friendly rig despite being nearly 2" longer from axle to axle. I'm not a huge fan of adjustable drop outs because I don't foresee taking advantage of the adjustability. But the 142TA & hardware was rock solid, stiff, and thankfully silent.

    Went this route after considering a Honzo AL frame. Honzo is a bit cheaper and lighter, but due to being Boost specific, I'd have needed a new rear wheel, crankset, BB and a 34.9mm seat post (or get a thickass shim made). With the TA29, I only needed to get the axle kit from Hadley to use my wheel set. Going to give this thing several good months of use to get familiar with the geo, see if it continues to grow on me. Eventually I want to get something custom built, and it just might be based on the TA29 geometry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw7000 View Post
    1st ride on Medium 29er single speed, built up with pedals at 24.78lbs. Very impressed with this bike, the pike on the front with Derby 35mm rim and Bontrager 2.30 xr4 tire and Maxxis Icon 2.35 rear great combo. People need to know about the Bont. tires from xr2, xr3 and xr4 all great tires, light, great sidewalls. Must get the team issue not the expert.

    This bike really goes where you point it, climbs great, goes through rock gardens. The downs it's almost as fast as my FS bike, realyy glad I bought it, perfect geometry !!

    how tall are you and what is your inseam ? bike looks sweet !

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    I'm 5'9.5, I could be in a large on this frame. May try a 50mm stem I have a 35mm on now. I let a few friends try this bike all of them say how solid and tight this bike is.

    Building up a large soon for a friend he's 5'11. This bike really has great traction also, I just pulled the trigger on a Evil The following.

    Anyone looking for a great hardtail that doesn't break the bank that is playfull and kills the downs this is the bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw7000 View Post
    I'm 5'9.5, I could be in a large on this frame. May try a 50mm stem I have a 35mm on now. I let a few friends try this bike all of them say how solid and tight this bike is.

    Building up a large soon for a friend he's 5'11. This bike really has great traction also, I just pulled the trigger on a Evil The following.

    Anyone looking for a great hardtail that doesn't break the bank that is playfull and kills the downs this is the bike!!
    Thanks for advice. I'm looking to build one for my brother..he's 6'1 that would put him between a L and XL according to their chart.

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    Guys im thinking about pulling the Trigger on a Green 27.5. My only question is, is the sliding dropouts a deal Breaker? Not sure I want to go into a corner and have my wheel come out of alignment.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by othomas View Post
    Guys im thinking about pulling the Trigger on a Green 27.5. My only question is, is the sliding dropouts a deal Breaker? Not sure I want to go into a corner and have my wheel come out of alignment.

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    I had this problem only at the beginning before I didn't know how to use the dropouts. Unfortunately I still don't know the correct torque specifications for the bolts.
    If you are riding with a rear derailleur, rotate the drop-out all of the way forward to minimize the chain stay length. In single speed mode, tensioning is accomplished with a tiny threaded grub screw inside the rear dropout area.
    The idea is good, but I think building frame and dropouts with high precision is quite difficult.
    My frame is not equally build left and right. I have to use the tiny threaded grub in geared mode, too. At the left side my dropout is all the way forward, at the right side i have to push it a few mm back to keep the wheel centered. Next thing is, the left dropout is not 100% vertical, so it is not possible to align the rear break pads with the disc (I have Shimano's, with SRAM brakes it is possible to correct this with a 3D movement of the caliper).

    In my opinion the sliding dropouts are not a deal breaker, they are better then a quick release axle but if I have the choice, I take a frame with a fixed dropout.

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    Thanks for the Reply I think I may think twice, Price seems right though.

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    It's a really fun bike! My frame is lined up ok with gears and screws all the way forward in the slots.

    I lost one screw on a ride and didn't notice until the wheel went out of alignment. Didn't cause a crash though. I just make sure I check the screws every ride now. They've never needed tightening since that one time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobiwan View Post
    Very cool Video even if I would never ride a SS - probably because I am not strong enough.

    So guys, short review from my first ride - nothing more than just AMAZING!!!

    Attachment 974600

    I am 5 feet 10 inches and the L-frame fits perfectly in combination with a 35mm steem. Weight is 29,7 pounds.

    That´s it - have to go for a ride again
    Do you normally ride large?? I normally ride medium and my bike shop says I should get a large because they run small. I'm 5-9''

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    For the last 2 Years I ride L frames Witz short steam. Reach somewhere at 445 and thats mich better than the shorter m-frames I rode before. Better climbing, better control and still very playful To ride.

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    Finally got my TransAM can't wait to get home and unbox it.

    Anyone put some big 26 tires on a 27.5 TransAM. Curios how much room there is outback for a bigger 26 tire. Seems that's the way Chromag is going with the new rootdown.

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    Here is my TransAM 27,5"

    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-petertransa.jpg

    Since the riding picture I have destoryed the rear wheel and built a new one with a DT Swiss FR570 DH rim. I also had to change the cockpit to lower the bar. It is a little strange how high the stack is on the frames. In the first picture there is a Renthal Fatbar Lite 740 mm wide with 30 mm rise, runing a 70 mm steam -17 deg. The new setup is Answer ProTaper DH cut to 760 mm with running a 50 mm stem. The shorter/wider cockpit feels a lot better on the bike.

    2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-transan.jpg

    I just need a new dropper for the bike since the reverb is on my fully these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dystopism View Post
    Here is my TransAM 27,5"



    Since the riding picture I have destoryed the rear wheel and built a new one with a DT Swiss FR570 DH rim. I also had to change the cockpit to lower the bar. It is a little strange how high the stack is on the frames. In the first picture there is a Renthal Fatbar Lite 740 mm wide with 30 mm rise, runing a 70 mm steam -17 deg. The new setup is Answer ProTaper DH cut to 760 mm with running a 50 mm stem. The shorter/wider cockpit feels a lot better on the bike.


    I just need a new dropper for the bike since the reverb is on my fully these days.
    nice ride !!

    I don't own a trans am ,yet. but I ride the same way , short stem , wide bars and slammed.

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    Thanks! I was so suprised at how high the stack was on the bike when i built it. I took the parts from a Banshee Spitfire that I snapped and it was impossible to get the cockpit right due to the bars having to much rise. I had never considered that the Banshee Spitfire with a 160 mm fork would have significatnly lower stack that a TransAM with a 130 mm fork.

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    It needs shorter tapered head tubes. I had considered it but the stack dropped it out of contention for me.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    It needs shorter tapered head tubes. I had considered it but the stack dropped it out of contention for me.
    wide, flat bars are wonderful. I'm running a Niner RDO 780 bar and had to add spacers to my steel HT (with an EC44 lower cup).
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Stack is no issue for me (130mm fork)

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    My current stack is fine for me too. I just had to buy a bar with less rise. It however seems a bit excessive to have such a tall head tube and an external cup . I always thought that slammed stems was for people who shave their legs.

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    My medium Warden has a 105mm internal head tube and 587mm of stack with a 160mm fork. Medium 27.5 Transam has a 115mm head tube and 618mm is stack with a 130mm fork. +31mm of stack and -30mm of fork is a lot, medium to medium hard tail or not. I understand that a hardtail will not sag at the back which will compensate a bit but that is still a lot of stack.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    It is but the front end doesn't feel high when you ride it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack_steel View Post
    Really excited with my new 2016 build

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    sick bike but youre killing me with mismatched brand tires!!
    2016 Trek Fuel 9.8 27.5
    2017 Trek Domane SL6 Pro

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    Just spoke with the folks at Transition last week and put in an order for an XL 27.5. Can't wait to get it in and get it built. Just have to wait until mid-February for it to come in on their end.

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    I'll confirm that a 150 fork on the 27.5 is too much...the chopper effect was in full force. I built it up as that's what was here and I don't have any reducers for the fork. Fox has a new retrofit kit for the fork, I'm just going to swap out the air spring with a 2015 version already set at 130

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    Had my new TransAM out last night and really had a Blast. Was my first time out since pulling it out of the box. Few things to tinker with but alot of fun. Can't wait for things to fry out a bit more.

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    Edit- sorry, posted in wrong thread!

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    Extremely excited; today I got a call from Transition during my lunch. My back ordered Hot Rod Orange XL 27.5 frame is in and now so is payment! Just waiting for the email with my shipping details before I pee a little, lol!

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    Picking up my new XL TA29 frame today. Transition was sold out of the grey, so I ended up with the blue. Headset being pressed in as I type; build to commence thereafter. Should get to ride it by next week, hopefully.

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    2016 xl ta 29

    My brand spanking new 2016 XL TA 29. Borrowed the brakes, handlebar and front wheel from my Vassago VerHauen, re-used the old drivetrain from my WFO, repurposed the fork and grips from my Chinese carbon hardtail, pilfered the front tire from my wife's bike, and scrounged the garage and ebay for the rest. About 28.5 lbs. Needs a dropper (KS Lev Integra, likely) and beefier meat in the back, but as it stands I think it should be a good ride. I had a Banshee Paradox for a while, so I'm interested in seeing how this compares.

    2016 XL frame
    130mm Reba RLT Ti
    XT 1x10 with the 42 wolf tooth conversion
    SLX cranks, 30t front ring (we have long steep climbs here)
    Sun Ringle Black Flag pro front wheel w/ Specialized Purgatory 2.3
    King/Arch rear wheel with Specialized Ground Countrol 2.1 (way too small!)
    XT brakes 180/160
    Niner Flat top alloy bar cut to 740
    Spank Spike 50mm stem

    Feels short-ish on the top tube, but should be playful. (I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and need all the seatpost length I can get.) First ride later today. 2015 Trans Am 29...and 27.5-0301161403.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig View Post
    My brand spanking new 2016 XL TA 29. Parted out my Vassago VerHauen, stole the fork off another bike, and scrounged the garage for the rest. About 28.5 lbs. Needs a dropper (KS Lev Integra, likely) and beefier meat in the back, but as it stands I think it should be a good ride. I had a Banshee Paradox for a while, so I'm interested in seeing how this compares.

    2016 XL frame
    130mm Reba RLT Ti
    XT 1x10 with the 42 wolf tooth conversion
    SLX cranks, 30t front ring (we have long steep climbs here)
    Sun Ringle Black Flag pro front wheel w/ Specialized Purgatory 2.3
    King/Arch rear wheel with Specialized Ground Countrol 2.1 (way too small!)
    XT brakes 180/160
    Niner Flat top alloy bar cut to 740
    Spank Spike 50mm stem

    Feels short-ish on the top tube, but should be playful. (I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and need all the seatpost length I can get.) First ride later today. Click image for larger version. 

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    sweet ! enjoy

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    Considering moving the white saddle and blue Spank Oozy bar off my WFO, merely for aesthetic reasons of course. 150mm drop LEV Integra post is now on order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig View Post
    150mm drop LEV Integra post is now on order.
    Best investment on a bike like this, hands down. Game changer. Bring an extra set of drawers because you're gonna shite yourself first ride.
    Great prices - some sweet vintage stuff: http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showprod...product=101010

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig View Post
    Considering moving the white saddle and blue Spank Oozy bar off my WFO, merely for aesthetic reasons of course. 150mm drop LEV Integra post is now on order.
    I may sell my WFO now that I have the TransAM!!

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    I kinda figure most bikes these days are designed with the thought that the rider will add a dropper, especially bikes like the Trans Am. I added one to my Jet 9 RDO for shites and giggles and it made the bike SOOOO much more fun downhill. (However, that's the one I would consider eliminating in lieu of the Trans AM.)

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