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    Two shorter but intense rides on my new medium pewter B29. This is a truly amazing bike that far surpasses my expectations. I had been a 29er doubter (having ridden 29ers with steeper geometry) until I took a demo bike out - it blew my mind and I knew that I wanted one of these. This bike has changed my view of what's possible on big wheels. I went for the Talas on this bike and really should have listened to the feedback presented previously: while the 2013 Talas 34 feels great, I really don't see a need to use the reduced travel, even for steep climbs. The bike is very balanced.

    Having owned a previous generation Blindside, I have owned and loved Transition bikes, but the overall capability of the Bandit 29 really shines. Awesome job on this one, Transition!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    FWIW I ordered a tuned Monarch Plus RC3 from Push a few days back for my XL Bandit 29 that is on preorder.

    Due to frequent reports of poor quality/performance from Fox of late I'm avoiding their products at the moment.

    hey! i'm planning on purchasing the monarch plus also. just got my 26 bandit medium recently.

    how does it fit with the frame? do you have any issues with the clearance between the frame and shock?

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    If you get 2013 CTD with the frame, i would think twice before replacing it.

    Nice shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franz15 View Post
    hey! i'm planning on purchasing the monarch plus also. just got my 26 bandit medium recently.

    how does it fit with the frame? do you have any issues with the clearance between the frame and shock?
    The Monarch RC3+ fits the Btwo9 just fine. It's res makes access to the water bottle a little bit more complicated on my XL frame.

    From what I understand Push is not selling or tuning the shock anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sakucee View Post
    If you get 2013 CTD with the frame, i would think twice before replacing it.

    Nice shock.
    got the 2013 ctd. i just want to try out the monarch rc3 plus for an alternative and out of curiosity been reading a lot of good reviews from that shock.

    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    The Monarch RC3+ fits the Btwo9 just fine. It's res makes access to the water bottle a little bit more complicated on my XL frame.

    From what I understand Push is not selling or tuning the shock anymore.
    Thanks for the input. why is that? i was browsing their site and the rc3 plus is not in the list anymore. still waiting for the reply of push.

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    PUSH isn't offering any services on Monarch's that were not purchased from PUSH (oem) (due to part's availability). They are still selling the Monarch, but only the inventory that they have in stock. I do believe they have 7.5x2.0 in all the RT/RT-AM/RT3, and RC3+ shocks in stock. Call us up to place an order, as we've removed the online ordering for the Monarchs due to low inventory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nixgame22 View Post
    PUSH isn't offering any services on Monarch's that were not purchased from PUSH (oem) (due to part's availability). They are still selling the Monarch, but only the inventory that they have in stock. I do believe they have 7.5x2.0 in all the RT/RT-AM/RT3, and RC3+ shocks in stock. Call us up to place an order, as we've removed the online ordering for the Monarchs due to low inventory.

    Noted nixgame22. thank you for the heads up.

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    Hey Lee, how about some head to head comparisons between the B29 and other bikes you have been testing, Tallboy, Lunchbox, Norco, etc... Would be nice to see what bikes do better things than others and why from someone who is putting a lot of time on them. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by confused View Post
    Hey Lee, how about some head to head comparisons between the B29 and other bikes you have been testing, Tallboy, Lunchbox, Norco, etc... Would be nice to see what bikes do better things than others and why from someone who is putting a lot of time on them. Thanks!
    The article comments has a section where people have asked that question. Ask something specific there and I'll answer but I always disliked the MBA shootout format and am not comfortable going there in generalities
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    Anyone looking for a large new Bandit?

    *NEW* 2012 TRANSITION BANDIT 29er SIZE LARGE | eBay
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    Okay, so all bandits have been sold out... Time to talk 2013?!

    Anybody got some leads on changes/colours for 2013 through the grapevine?

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    Hopefully it will be carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintortree View Post
    Hopefully it will be carbon.
    Alllright....would be tops

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    Quote Originally Posted by bettes View Post
    Okay, so all bandits have been sold out... Time to talk 2013?!

    Anybody got some leads on changes/colours for 2013 through the grapevine?
    I would also like to know when they are going to be available.

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    October time for you guys, 120mm front and rear with a slightly steeper headangle, think it was 69 degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunzl View Post
    October time for you guys, 120mm front and rear with a slightly steeper headangle, think it was 69 degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintortree View Post
    Hopefully it will be carbon.
    not this time around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunzl View Post
    October time for you guys, 120mm front and rear with a slightly steeper headangle, think it was 69 degree.
    Less travel and a steeper headangle? Is it April fools day?

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    Nope, it won't be the only 29er in the range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunzl View Post
    Nope, it won't be the only 29er in the range.
    You're killin"me. So are we going to see a Covert 29 with 140-150mm travel, and 67.5-68 degree HT angle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    You're killin"me. So are we going to see a Covert 29 with 140-150mm travel, and 67.5-68 degree HT angle?
    I don't know the details with regard to the big wheeler but i was led to believe there will be a Covert 29 by someone over here in the UK that should know. There's probably a limit on travel length to avoid having a silly long chainstay due to wheel size. It will be interesting to see what they come up with, just wish they'd hurry up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunzl View Post
    Nope, it won't be the only 29er in the range.
    We 3 different 29 platforms for 2013 and they are all sick. More details around Eurobike including photos and full specs.

    None of our 2013 lineup is released until that time, and availability begins around October and beyond...

    Hang tight!

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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.

    None of our 2013 lineup is released until that time, and availability begins around October and beyond...

    Hang tight!
    Thanks for jumping in to the 29er fray guys.

    I bet at least half of current Btwo9 owners will pony up for one or both of the new models. I will probably be one of those.

    Hoping for a Covert 29er or burlier. Hmm, where will the bigger fork come from?...

    With 3 29ers in the lineup will Lars relent and take a spin on one?
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    I'm guessing current b29 stays as it is, but there will be,

    1) More donwhill stuff than traill stuff version and..
    2) More XC than AM version.

    Keeping the b29 as a happy medium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakucee View Post
    I'm guessing current b29 stays as it is, but there will be,

    1) More donwhill stuff than traill stuff version and..
    2) More XC than AM version.

    Keeping the b29 as a happy medium?
    That is possible..However, given Transition's DH/ freeride background, plus the fact that the current Btwo9 can serve XC duty really well with a light build, I'm going to guess that both of the new 29ers will be heavier duty than the Bandit. Given a yet undisclosed burly 150-160mm 29er single crown fork, two bikes could be built:

    One for the rapidly expanding numbers of lift served flow park riders.

    The second guess, and really succulent possibility, would be a 29er version of the new Carbon Covert that just showed up on the Transition website. A true AM 29er!
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    My LBS offered me a 90m travel rocky mtn 29er race platform for a 70k xc point to point race last weekend, I accepted and It placed me very well.

    I had a fairly good fit and bike setup, but It was the roughest bike to ride ever! The 110mm stem and 680mm flat bars made it a horror to control through off camber rough terrain, not to mention the maxxis aspen tires!

    I was so pleased to ride my bandit again after that and has really made me appreciate the bike and the setup a lot more!
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    Personally, 140/130 is the minimum travel range i look for on these types of 29ers, if travel is less than 130 on rear i just lose interest immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    That is possible..However, given Transition's DH/ freeride background, plus the fact that the current Btwo9 can serve XC duty really well with a light build, I'm going to guess that both of the new 29ers will be heavier duty than the Bandit. Given a yet undisclosed burly 150-160mm 29er single crown fork, two bikes could be built:

    One for the rapidly expanding numbers of lift served flow park riders.

    The second guess, and really succulent possibility, would be a 29er version of the new Carbon Covert that just showed up on the Transition website. A true AM 29er!
    You can run the 34 float at 150mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    That is possible..However, given Transition's DH/ freeride background, plus the fact that the current Btwo9 can serve XC duty really well with a light build, I'm going to guess that both of the new 29ers will be heavier duty than the Bandit. Given a yet undisclosed burly 150-160mm 29er single crown fork, two bikes could be built:

    One for the rapidly expanding numbers of lift served flow park riders.

    The second guess, and really succulent possibility, would be a 29er version of the new Carbon Covert that just showed up on the Transition website. A true AM 29er!
    I'd hate to see other people missing out the 2012 geo and spec, the frame is plain awesome with the 2013 CTD shock.

    It is my #1 choice for my riding at the moment, pedals really well, light-ish with real usable components, i can still do small drops to flat (about 1m) with few mm reserve left on the shock, really easy to wheeliedrop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitejumping View Post
    You can run the 34 float at 150mm.
    Interesting, was it designed to be run at that travel?

    I'm actually hoping that there will be a 29er fork with bigger stanchions than the Fox 34 that goes to at least 160mm travel.

    A rumor went about a while back that the upcoming 29er White Brothers fork would have 165mm of squish. They admit to working on a burlier 29er fork but no firm numbers yet. They said 2014 at the earliest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sakucee View Post
    I'd hate to see other people missing out the 2012 geo and spec, the frame is plain awesome with the 2013 CTD shock.

    It is my #1 choice for my riding at the moment, pedals really well, light-ish with real usable components, i can still do small drops to flat (about 1m) with few mm reserve left on the shock, really easy to wheeliedrop.
    Agreed the current Btwo9 is an amazing bike all around. I'm running a Pushed Monarch RC3+ rear shock and it is sweet. So I'm hoping for minor changes if any.

    But look what they did with the Carbon Covert: 10mm more rear travel and a pound less of frame heft vs the AL model.. So a Carbon Btwo9 with 140mm rear and a from-the-factory Fox F34 with 150mm of travel is looking very possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    Interesting, was it designed to be run at that travel?

    I'm actually hoping that there will be a 29er fork with bigger stanchions than the Fox 34 that goes to at least 160mm travel.

    A rumor went about a while back that the upcoming 29er White Brothers fork would have 165mm of squish. They admit to working on a burlier 29er fork but no firm numbers yet. They said 2014 at the earliest.
    Not sure, but the damper has enough travel for it as does every other part of the fork. Based on the references to it as a 140/150 fork on the fox service site I think it is probably fine. It sure feels better at that setting on my WFO.

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    Modifying CTD forks for more travel involves a dremel and a lot of blue rubber dust.

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    Yeah, mine was a 2012 before the CTD stuff. I don't know about those ones but the 2012 was pretty simple.

    WFO Weigh In?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    Agreed the current Btwo9 is an amazing bike all around. I'm running a Pushed Monarch RC3+ rear shock and it is sweet. So I'm hoping for minor changes if any.

    But look what they did with the Carbon Covert: 10mm more rear travel and a pound less of frame heft vs the AL model.. So a Carbon Btwo9 with 140mm rear and a from-the-factory Fox F34 with 150mm of travel is looking very possible.
    Thing is, I've tried really _really_ hard to OTB B29 and still trying, heh.

    So good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitejumping View Post
    Not sure, but the damper has enough travel for it as does every other part of the fork. Based on the references to it as a 140/150 fork on the fox service site I think it is probably fine. It sure feels better at that setting on my WFO.
    The new upcoming Foes Shaver 29er is coming spec'd with a 150mm Fox Float 34.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    The new upcoming Foes Shaver 29er is coming spec'd with a 150mm Fox Float 34.
    Curious why you ended up selling your B29 before even riding it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nixgame22 View Post
    Curious why you ended up selling your B29 before even riding it?
    I never owned a Bandit 29er.
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    Transition Bikes, can you tell us anything about the other 2 29r's? is there a lighter trail bike coming out. I am guessing the answer is no wait till eurobike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    I never owned a Bandit 29er.
    My apologies man, I jumped to the conclusion that you were selling yours based on the eBay link you provided earlier in this thread, and not that you were just trying to help out.
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    They already have the Bandit and Transam so just one more to come i presume.

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    good point

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunzl View Post
    They already have the Bandit and Transam so just one more to come i presume.
    So my guess would be more of a DH/Freeride type of rig then. Like others have said.
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    Anyone try putting an angle set on the bandit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHANguyen View Post
    Anyone try putting an angle set on the bandit?
    I've got a 0.5 degree reducer angleset on my b29 so it's down to 68 degree. I bought the bike second-hand and it was already installed so I can't compare to the stock setup but the bike rides great as-is. My riding is mostly technical xc/trail with an equal amount of climbing and descending...stoked to get the bike over to some gravity-fed trails!
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    hello i am aldo from 'Italy,you have news about 2013 colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdotrider View Post
    I've got a 0.5 degree reducer angleset on my b29 so it's down to 68 degree. I bought the bike second-hand and it was already installed so I can't compare to the stock setup but the bike rides great as-is. My riding is mostly technical xc/trail with an equal amount of climbing and descending...stoked to get the bike over to some gravity-fed trails!
    Yea I run a 1.5 degree angle set in mine. Really set the bike off. Just feels right for me being slacker. I don't notice it climbing because I have talas forks. But decending it's way better. Would recomend it to anyone who is using there bandit 29 as AM bike. You can push a lot harder and the bike feels a lot stabiler at speed.

    Anyone running a coil. Was thinking about getting one but don't know what spring weight I should run.

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    Anyone else managed to buzz seat-tube on a g-out yet?

    I did today.

    I think i need to put some tape on the seat tube now so i wont strip all the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakucee View Post
    Anyone else managed to buzz seat-tube on a g-out yet?

    I did today.

    I think i need to put some tape on the seat tube now so i wont strip all the paint.
    Wow! What tire and rim are you running? What rear shock? Anything strang about your build? Like offset shock reducers, etc?

    I am running a 2.35 Schwalbe on our Rev 28 wheelset and I have not marks on my seat tube with the o-ring blown of the shock (full bottom out). If you do a static check (no air in shock) there should be a lot of clearance for the bottom out bumper to do it's thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Wow! What tire and rim are you running? What rear shock? Anything strang about your build? Like offset shock reducers, etc?

    I am running a 2.35 Schwalbe on our Rev 28 wheelset and I have not marks on my seat tube with the o-ring blown of the shock (full bottom out). If you do a static check (no air in shock) there should be a lot of clearance for the bottom out bumper to do it's thing.
    Stock CTD shock that came with frame, Stans Flows, 2.4 ardent, no offsets or stuff like that, 2012 F34 float on front, running 10-11mm of sag in rear.

    I do admit there is mud there, also some of the scratching is covered by the mud on lower left which i noticed after i washed the bike.

    And pics or GTFO right?


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    Transitionbikes, can you tell us is there going to be any changes to the B29 for 2013? If you have to say no comment I understand. You guys are sorta new to model years so are you changing the colors of all the bikes for 2013? Will you guys be using the new SRAM type 2 RD's across the line.
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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
    Works Components Headcups.

    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.
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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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    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.

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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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