Can I interest you in a swap?
I have a proposal for you my fellow TR shreder. I would like to swap (temporarily or permanently) my 2012 B29 LG for a 2011-2012 B26 MED or LG.
Reason being, I have been on wagon wheels since 2003, exclusively. I know the Bandit 29 is a bike that eats gnarly terrain for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and then asks for seconds. I have loved my time on the B29 and it has allowed me to push myself to limits as a rider. As such, I find myself spending a lot more time airborne and am getting to the point where I want to steeze it out a bit. We (local trail advocacy group, COPMOBA) are building some new "flow" trails with nice intermediate sized hips, step-ups, step-downs, doubles, and senders that I want to play with this next year. I know the B29 can handle it but the 26 is easier to maneuver in the air and as a budding high-flier, I want to learn on the baby before I start manhandling the big fella.
My frame as been well-loved. Over the past year It has seen trail time in GJ, Fruita, Moab, Sedona, Bellingham, Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish, Nelson, Rossland and has such, has a few scratches. No dents or dings and the frame, fork, and shock are still in perfect working order. I am not worried about any additional scratches to my frame and hope that the swap candidate is in the same boat as I can guarantee I'll add a few.
I prefer to just swap frame, fork, wheels so that both parties can keep their preferred components.
I will have my mechanic overhaul the frame with fresh bearings and overhaul the fork and shock with fresh seals, o-rings, and oil before shipping it off. I will also include a fresh wheel build with *new* Transition Revolution 28 rims, Revolution hubs, DT comp spokes, and DT alloy nips.
I am open to either a permanent straight across swap, or a temporary swap, with reasonable terms.
I know this concept is a little un-conventional but I am betting that there are at least a few curious Bandit 26 riders out there that want to see what changes the bigger sibling can do to their riding and trails.
Hit me with a response on this thread or a PM.