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    Shameless promo here: I've got a Bandit 29 (size L, F34, Hadley's, Flow's, full XTR Trail 2x10, MRP 2x, King HS, Blacklight Dropper, Chromag stem/bars, etc) that I'm looking to trade for a TR450. Anybody need a killer trail bike?
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    Works Components Headcups.

    anyone know what size I need for the bandit 29?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShralpSauce View Post
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    anyone know what size I need for the bandit 29?
    Call the guys at Transition and they will help you narrow it down. They told me that it needs to be a zero stack headset that uses a 44mm upper and a 56mm lower.
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    The headtube is 44mm top and 56mm bottom. You can run EC or ZS but it just effects the height of things.

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    Are you guys setting up the B29 2013 for reverb stealth routing like the covert cf? Can you say clean and logical?!

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    Those of you with XLs - how tall are you? The XL sizing looks a bit smaller than the big bikes I'm use to. I'm coming off an XL ENduro and I'm 6'4" with about a 35" inseam. Wish I could find one to try.

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    I'm 6'3 on an XL with straight up seat post and 70mm stem, I would consider the bandit a smaller XL anyways, with the right angles in the components you can't go wrong!

    I wouldn't worry too much about not having one to try, it's the kind of bike that everyone enjoys.
    Pivot mach 6!

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    Thanks Joel, good to know.

    On that note, and sense I've called all over looking for one - anyone know a shop/online retailer that has an XL in stock? Haven't been able to locate one after numerous calls/emails.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    We 3 different 29 platforms for 2013 and they are all sick. More details around Eurobike including photos and full specs.
    Hang tight!
    OK, with eurobike only days away can we get the photos and full specs?

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    I bet one of them will be 6" 29er fs

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    Any possibility of a CARBON B29??????

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    A carbon covert 29er would be the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintortree View Post
    A carbon covert 29er would be the best.
    I have been thinking about a Covert Two9 also. I would be stoked to see it available in carbon and AL.

    One last thing TB: please somehow cajole a fork maker to supply a proper 150-165mm travel, 20mm TA fork that will roll a Krampus 29+ sized tire.

    Mmmm, a Covert Two9 with a 29+ up front...

    It never hurts to ask, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Well... we did think "The Cash Money" would be a good name at first... but realized later that some people might not get the joke. LOL

    Seriously though, a few people here were skeptics and a few people wanted something like this badly. Compared to 26 bikes, the 29 really does attack aggressive terrain well. On a pumpy jumpy trail the 26 wins without question, but in the tech and gnar the big wheels definitely help you pick aggressive lines and come out of sections with more speed.

    We were initially pretty tight lipped about this project, but once everyone realized how much fun the bike was going to production was a no brainer.

    Keep an open mind and give it a shot. Maybe it's for you, maybe it isn't...
    Picked mine up (black/white) from York Cycleworks 10 days ago and right now I can't ride it enough.

    Having had some 20 odd MTB's in my 65 years I know the difference between "new bike syndrome" and something that is genuinely different. Everything you say above is correct, it's a no brainer when it comes to techy terrain.

    Not sure which terrain you had in mind when you designed this but from where I am sitting I doubt you could have built a bike that better suits my riding requirment which is predominately trail centres and the NYM (North Yorkshire Moors) here in the UK.

    Not had a bike spice my life up so much since I switched from a rigid bike to a Giant Boulder HT all those years go. THIS BIKE IS CLASS.

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    An in-depth rider review of one hell of a good bike... total mountain tamer

    And here is a short edit I put together to show that the Bandito loves to get down with roots, rocks, and rhythm.
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/48561604" width="500" height="275" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/48561604">Ladies Only, Mt. Fromme on a Transition Bandit 29</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11239154">shredlightly</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Here's to the big wheeled shred sleds! Cheers!
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    Absolutely sick scenery!! How long is that whole track on Mt. Fromme? So jealous.

    And definitely an interesting POV from the downtube mount vs. the standard helmet mount videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Absolutely sick scenery!! How long is that whole track on Mt. Fromme? So jealous.

    And definitely an interesting POV from the downtube mount vs. the standard helmet mount videos.
    Thanks eurospek! Glad you liked it. Ladies Only is only a few miles long. I threw in a little segment of the trail below ladies only (practically a continuation) which I can't remember the name of, something stupid, (about .5-.75 mile) and the video finished with "Skull" which is a couple miles long.

    All told, the total ride took me, on my virgin ride with scouting stunts and a few tumbles, about 30 minutes top to bottom.

    One of the best rides of a 3+ week biking road trip through BC. Goooood stuff

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    If any of you Bandit owners are looking for a Monarch Plus RC3 with the Push Factory Tuning kit, your prayers have been answered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey View Post
    An in-depth rider review of one hell of a good bike... total mountain tamer

    And here is a short edit I put together to show that the Bandito loves to get down with roots, rocks, and rhythm.
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/48561604" width="500" height="275" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/48561604">Ladies Only, Mt. Fromme on a Transition Bandit 29</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11239154">shredlightly</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Here's to the big wheeled shred sleds! Cheers!
    That is a really impressive run on Ladies Only for what i assume was your first time down the trail! It took me quite a few laps before I was riding it that well. My Bandit 29 also loves Ladies! Erm the trail. I'm a little faster on the TR250 but the Bandit is totally capable on the gnar!

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    My build is finally complete...

    I was a little disappointed with the weight even though I'm not a weight weenie by any means. Pretty much a full XTR build with the exception of the cranks. I'm guessing the bulk of the weight is coming from the wheels. Those tires are 2.4's front and rear.
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    Has anyone put a Cane Creek DBair on a bandit 29?

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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    I was a little disappointed with the weight even though I'm not a weight weenie by any means. Pretty much a full XTR build with the exception of the cranks. I'm guessing the bulk of the weight is coming from the wheels. Those tires are 2.4's front and rear.
    How heavy?
    My Bandit 26 with x9 build with Revolution 25s, Reverb, Havoc stem and Spank bars comes in at a touch over 30lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoka Hey View Post
    How heavy?
    My Bandit 26 with x9 build with Revolution 25s, Reverb, Havoc stem and Spank bars comes in at a touch over 30lbs
    Like I said...I'm not a weight weenie. My build ended up at just under 30lbs. I was really hoping it would turn out closer to 28lbs. Still, I guess for a FS 29er it's not bad.
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    FWIW the build looks great and I'm sure the ride matches

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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    Like I said...I'm not a weight weenie. My build ended up at just under 30lbs. I was really hoping it would turn out closer to 28lbs. Still, I guess for a FS 29er it's not bad.
    Those 2.4 purgatory's are definitely a stout tire. That said, I really like mine on my TA 29'er.

    I see "just under 30 lbs." for a really capable trailbike and think that's just about right!

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    I'm sure I'll appreciate the beefyness when I'm rolling downhill with those knarly tires.
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    If anyone is interested, my raw medium Bandit 29 is for sale in the classifieds section:
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHANguyen View Post
    If anyone is interested, my raw medium Bandit 29 is for sale in the classifieds section:
    Transition Bandit 29 - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories

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    If you don't mind me asking, why are you selling it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    I was a little disappointed with the weight even though I'm not a weight weenie by any means. Pretty much a full XTR build with the exception of the cranks. I'm guessing the bulk of the weight is coming from the wheels. Those tires are 2.4's front and rear.
    Are u so loving the xtr brakes!

    I love mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowball View Post
    Are u so loving the xtr brakes!

    I love mine!
    This weekend will be my first trail ride since my accident and my first on my new build. I'm so excited I can hardly close my eyes without thinking of being on the trails.

    I'll report back on Sunday when I get home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    That is a really impressive run on Ladies Only for what i assume was your first time down the trail! It took me quite a few laps before I was riding it that well. My Bandit 29 also loves Ladies! Erm the trail. I'm a little faster on the TR250 but the Bandit is totally capable on the gnar!
    Thanks! Coming from a local that means a lot! We spent 2.5 weeks in BC and the North Shore was the highlight by far. Only time I wanted smaller wheels was on the airy lines. But then I woulda wanted more travel too so, for the bulk of the trails we rode, the Bandit29 was the bee's knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    I was a little disappointed with the weight even though I'm not a weight weenie by any means. Pretty much a full XTR build with the exception of the cranks. I'm guessing the bulk of the weight is coming from the wheels. Those tires are 2.4's front and rear.
    Beautiful build. As others have stated, 30# for such a capable and versatile steed is a great balance.

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    Does a triple ring setup work on the Bandit 29? Will tire clearance be a problem with the FD? Any difference in this regard between the 2012 / 2013 models?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    Does a triple ring setup work on the Bandit 29? Will tire clearance be a problem with the FD? Any difference in this regard between the 2012 / 2013 models?
    I just went from a 2x9 to 3x9 setup on my 2012 Bandit with no FD clearance issues.

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    Cool, thanks for the feedback. I called TBC the other day and they said it should be fine but the swingarm *may* contact the FD cage under full compression. It would be pretty rare to bottom out while in the granny ring though, so i doubt it will be an issue.

    I'm picking up my leftover new 2012 bandit 29 frame tomorrow. I'm excited! Now out to the garage to start tearing down my current bike...
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    Looks like my FD will rub the chainstay a bit at full compression but it's not TOO bad. I've got an old innertube wrapped around the stay which should protect it. The FD cage is pushed just a bit by the stay, but not enough to hurt anything i don't think. It contacts in the small and middle rings, doesn't quite touch when on the big ring (I never use the big ring).

    Looks like tire clearance will be reduced though. I'm waiting on the 135QR dropouts before i can get my wheel in there to check.



    Something i noticed while checking that clearance is that there is a lot of friction in the suspension movement as a result of there not being any kind of bushings at the shock mounts! Seems silly to put kashima coat on a shock to reduce stiction when there is a bunch of friction in the pivots. Can we put in some teflon shims or something to free up the movement a bit?

    TBC guys, seems like kind of a poor design to me. Am i missing something?
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    Got my dropouts in the mail today and got the bike together and on the trail! Feels pretty sweet. It was a risk buying a bike without ever even sitting on one but from what i read about others' impressions, and what i guessed based on the geo, it seemed like I'd like it. I got lucky! Fits like a glove and rides like i was hoping it would! (at least based on 5 miles of trail behind my house, hopefully i still feel the same after more time in the saddle... i think i will)

    First impressions:
    1) It wheelies really easy.
    2) It stoppies really easy, that is, the front feels really stiff. Doesn't flex like my last bike. That Fox 34 is probably a big part of that.
    3) Suddenly, my handlebars feel narrow. They're the same bars that felt wide on my last bike (XL S.C. Superlight29 with 60mm stem). The bars are about 710mm on a size L Bandit29 with 80mm stem.
    4) Steers more slowly but more stable than the Superlight (to be expected).
    5) Feels like it will be a fantastic all-around bike!

    I'm excited to get more miles on it. Here's a couple pictures.


    Brand new model... Bandit 29-img_0349-large-.jpg

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    Hmm

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    Got to flog it a bit in Santa Cruz recently and loved it! That fork is fantastic, very stiff and enough travel to save me when i make mistakes. Very happy with the way the bike climbs and handles. Coming from an XC background i was concerned that this bike would be too much of a DH rig. That was silly, it isn't at all. Just a great all-around trail bike. Total blast on Braille Trail!

    Gotta watch out though, a lot of the jumps around Demo and Campus in S.C. have flat or even slightly uphill landings. Not ideal and i avoided them for the most part. I suppose a full on FR or DH bike wouldn't mind those, but it seems strange to build jumps with flat landings.

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    anyone tried a cane creek dbair on the bandit?

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    Brand new model... Bandit 29

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    anyone tried a cane creek dbair on the bandit?
    Yeah I've got one but still tuning it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdbronco View Post
    Yeah I've got one but still tuning it
    great! are there any clearance issues? care to post a photo of it?

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    Brand new model... Bandit 29

    No clearance issue at all. Large frame.

    Brand new model... Bandit 29-imageuploadedbytapatalk1374030182.395305.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdbronco View Post
    No clearance issue at all. Large frame.

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    that bike looks great. thank for sharing! will wait for the release of the dbair cs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdbronco View Post
    No clearance issue at all. Large frame.

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    Nice! You've the same suspension setup at me. I got back and forth between a Monarch RC3 and CCDB air on the rear. The CCDB air wins in high speed bigger hit performance but doesn't have the same peppiness as the Monarch. The CCDB air feels like a DH shock on this bike which is probably more related to tuning than anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Nice! You've the same suspension setup at me. I got back and forth between a Monarch RC3 and CCDB air on the rear. The CCDB air wins in high speed bigger hit performance but doesn't have the same peppiness as the Monarch. The CCDB air feels like a DH shock on this bike which is probably more related to tuning than anything.
    care to share a pic of your bike?

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    Not the best pic but all I have at the moment.

    Brand new model... Bandit 29-img_20130425_184939_865.jpg

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    Not too many pics for the 2013's...what gives? Did everyone get a different Tranny and post up in other forums?

    Does anyone have vids with their Bandit 29's?
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    Bandit 2013 29 pics

    My contribution. This bike is just plain ole fun.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/livetomtb/8980400359/" title="IMG_4455 by , on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/8980400359_8c9edd705e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="IMG_4455"></a>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/livetomtb/8981588296/" title="IMG_4444 by , on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3684/8981588296_78f4ea16a4_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="IMG_4444"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/livetomtb/9369431047/" title="IMG_4660 by , on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/9369431047_cf783b507f_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="IMG_4660"></a>

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    Where are you riding? Nevada? Utah? Could be anywhere i guess.

    How do you like the Flow EX? I pretty much destroyed the DT Swiss X470 rims on my bandit, have some white flow exs on order. I'm thinking the huge increase in rim width is going to be nice, along with better durability.
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