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    Covert 2012 vs 2011

    So I am probably going to get a Transition Covert soon, and I found a deal on a 2011 frame, but it doesn't have the new Transition Drop outs, so I can't run a thruaxle on it. Does the thruaxle make a big difference on the rear end of this bike? like a 350 dollar difference? I suppose since I don't have a thruaxle wheel right now I could just keep the QR and then get a new rear triangle when the time comes to get a new wheel? thoughts?
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    Transition Covert 2012

    Hi,

    There 3 differences between 2011 and 2012:
    - Rear thruaxle (142/12 but also 135/10 is optional)
    - New float RP23 Adaptive Logic Kashima rear shock
    - Graphics and colors...

    I think that 142/12 will definitely make a difference in terms of stiffens but it's also depends on your riding style and weight in order to feel a real difference. From what your saying it's not
    only $350 (I would pay this amount for the 2012 frame) but you'll also need a new set of wheels that can bring you to a total of more than $1k... if this is the case I would stick with the 2011 deal. Same great bike that also support 135/10 wheels (and QR) so you can always later upgrade your wheelset that support 135/10.

    I'm getting mine today... took the 2012 frame with full XO kit, I9 Enduro wheels, RaceFace Turbine 60mm stem, Answer Protapper AM Carbon 720mm bar and RS Reverb seatpost (moving from my current Tracer).

    Looks sweet, can't wait riding it...
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    What rear hub do you have? Can it be converted to a 10mm thru-axle or thru-bolt? That might be the happy medium for you. I ran my '10 Covert with a King rear hub with Fun Bolts. Stiff enough for me, but a I suppose a true 12mm axle is going to be that much stiffer.

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    My hub cant be converted, I think I'll go with the 2012 and order replacement dropouts, mainly for the new shock
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    My new bike (not a Covert, but in this category) has the 142 x 12 rear end and I do notice the stiffness vs. a QR on my other/older rig. That said, a 135 x 10 through axle probably isn't much difference.

    The one other thing I like about the 142 x 12 setup is how the hub sits in the dropouts to line up the axle. It's just a convenience item, but it is nice.

    EB

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    Transition Covert 2012

    My rear hub is Industry Nine 142/12. Can be converted to 135/10 with an axle kit ($70).
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