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    Loving the bike, fast agile and surprisingly easy to pedal. I'm finding that it's making me a much better rider. Hit the park last night and was doing jumps in the trails that normally I just roll.

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    Took the Tranny out with the new CCDBA CS and Pike DP 150mm yesterday. Rode Centennial Cone (technically easy, but long) and it was basically a new bike. Small bumps were gone. In fact, the small little square-edged rocks that would've hung me up before were rolled right over. I had to check my rear wheel air-pressure because the sensation was akin to riding with not enough air.

    Both shocks also feel much, much more progressive than the Fox's.

    When it came to climbing it was another big win. Switch the CS on and drop the fork to 120mm and it's a XC bike!

    Seriously, transformational!!!
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    I always felt the susp was well balanced with the Revelation 140 I had on the bike before, but since I put the Pike on the rear susp has felt a little overwhelmed at times. I thought maybe I still needed to dial in the fork to match the rear but now I think it's due to the Pike being more progressive. Might need to have the rear shock tuned to match the Pike??

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    Here are a few pics of the latest (and hopefully final) build. She tips the scales at a portly 34.5 lbs, but it's a small price to pay for a bomb-proof rig.





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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Covert 29 owners - how are you liking the bike?

    What bike did you more from?

    How does it climb? Is it really a good do it all bike? Trail and light park riding?
    I love my Covert 29, especially (only?) with the Pike 150. Mine is pictured above. Never mind the downhill performance, which is way above average - I'm simply amazed at how well this bike climbs. No fancy, schmancy suspension design, weighs a good 32 lbs, yet it climbs like an XC bike (no lie. I'm not prone to hyperbole.) It feels a bit "long" at times (that's what she said) when the going gets tight and twisty, but since the trails locally are more of the wide open, go-as-fast-as-you-dare, try to break 35 mph sort, the Covert is awesome.

    Similar bikes I had previously were the Bandit 29 (1st generation) and a RIP 9 (third generation, 2012 model.) The Bandit was always felt just a bit too big (XL frame; I'm a shade over 6' tall) and the RIP never felt "right." The Bandit also had a lower BB, which resulted in more than a few pedal strikes. The Covert just feels "right" for a 29'er with 140mm of travel. I also ride a second generation Jet 9 RDO on a regular basis, and I'd say that the Covert 29, while a totally different kind of bike, is every bit its equal in the fun department at a FAR lower price point.

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    jmontroy- so you had the fox shock tuned and still didn't like it?, what didn't you like about it?? I'm trying to decide if I should get the mine tuned or try something diff like a Rock shox Monarch to match the Pike.

    This bike is a ton of fun I agree, best full travel play bike I've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tickle View Post
    jmontroy- so you had the fox shock tuned and still didn't like it?, what didn't you like about it?? I'm trying to decide if I should get the mine tuned or try something diff like a Rock shox Monarch to match the Pike.

    This bike is a ton of fun I agree, best full travel play bike I've owned.
    Take a look at the SSD upgrade from Avalanche racing for that CTD. It will make that rear shock sing. I had the CTD from my Bandit done and it was awesome. The CTD on my Covert 29 is off to Craig in a few days for the mod.

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    X01 1x11 update

    I know, this is an old thread about a discontinued bike with a suspension system that has since been abandoned by Transition. Whatever, I still love this bike, so I updated it with SRAM X01 drivetrain and X0 Trail brakes. Finally free of any Shimano components.


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    I grabbed a XL Stealth Black from from Pricepoint this morning with the 15% off and free shipping for about $985. Looking forward to building it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X View Post
    I grabbed a XL Stealth Black from from Pricepoint this morning with the 15% off and free shipping for about $985. Looking forward to building it up.
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    Great bike, still loving mine but want a carbon alternative for racing that can still take 160 up front that isn't a tallboy? Suggestions?

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    Update

    Hey Bulldozer27, nice update

    I still love my Covert too, so I've just made a couple of updates. Fox 36 Float 150mm up front, Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS in the back. Can't wait for that first proper ride....

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    I'm curious to hear how that CCDB works out

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    I've been keeping a close eye on the huge sale PricePoint has been having, as I have been wanting to pick up either a Transition Bandit 29 frame or a Covert 29 frame. I've been on the fence since the bikes are different animals. One has 120mm travel and the other 140mm. They were both going for $1099. Yesterday PricePoint raised the price of the Bandit to $1199. Today they LOWERED the price of the Covert to $899!!!!!

    I figured they won't last long at that price and that was all the motivation I needed to pull the trigger! I just ordered my new Covert frame! Should have it built up in a couple weeks! Can't wait!

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    Yeah they're discounting them over here too as the newmodels are out but are all short travel and I think they're missing a trick

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    Good job! CCDB Air CS

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    I'm curious to hear how that CCDB works out
    Only two rides in, but this shock makes an amazing difference to the bike. I bought mine from TF Tuned, who set the shock up to suit my weight and riding style. It's a pretty good attempt, I'm happy with the setup, except that I might add a little LSC. Anyway, the shock! The Float CTD feels like a toy by comparison. My initial thought was, "This feels like a coil shock".later thought was that it feels like the Covert has somehow gained another 20mm rear travel. Very controlled, plus I've stopped having that shouldn't-be-riding-this-hard-on-a-140mm-bike feeling. On rocky downhills, it really felt like the CCDB Coils I've run on a couple of my bikes. Bottomless, controlled....fast.

    As for the Climb Switch, it works a treat. I rode the same circuit twice, once with the CS off, once with it on. The route starts with a 6km rocky climb, so a good place to test this. With the CS off, climbing was ok, but felt like it was riding a little low in the travel, hence my "more LSC" comment. I also had quite a few (6-7) pedal strikes, which is unusual for the Covert. With the CS on, the bike felt buoyed-up in it's travel, but the suspension was definitely still doing it's thing - it was a pleasure to climb in this setting. In comparison to the the Float CTD in "C" setting, it's something of a revelation. I never bothered using the "C" setting on the Fox, because it felt so bad, it just hampered climbing on anything but fireroads. Pedal strikes - only one this time, entirely my fault.

    Summary - I'd say do it!

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    Thanks for the detailed summary!

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    One of the last Covert 29ers? Recently built up my frame that I got from Pricepoint.com. I absolutely love this bike! Built it up with a Fox TALAS just to have the option of switching the travel down for extended climbs. Necessary? Not really. But still nice to have the option. She's truly a quiver killer for me with this set up.

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    I'm not super fond of the mess of cables up front. Dropper post remote and fork remote are added to the usual mess. But, function over form any day and it's not like I'm entering her in any beauty contests.
    I hope you have a big trunk... 'cuz I'm puttin' my bike in it.

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