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    Quote Originally Posted by freeride333
    Don't hesitate to show us pictures once you'll done it.

    I have a question : I'd like to transform my TransAM in singlespeed for winter rides, but how do you manage to put the rear wheel correctly, without tuggnut? Thanks for advices.
    Scrub should just go to a 10mm thru-axle instead if he can. That way you don't have to fight the axle into there and it's more stiff and durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    Scrub should just go to a 10mm thru-axle instead if he can. That way you don't have to fight the axle into there and it's more stiff and durable.
    nah, that would require more time and money. a dremel is easy, plus i already have one.

    it's not really an issue for me anyhow. i don't tend to remove my rear wheel much, unless i flat, and with the tires i run i don't do that a tone anyhow. i'm only running the driveside bit, so only have to remove the nut/skewer enough to get that side out. no biggie.

    Pics from today at Miller's Pond in Durham, CT. With the same head angle as the cracked frame the TransAM replaced, but roughly an inch lower front end/bar height due to the integrated headset, the thing freakin' ripped all the tight and twisty corners in the place. Tight and twisty techy trail interspersed with lots of bits to play on. Most of the locals call it "cross stuntry" riding. Only issue at all was a (slightly) rear wheel cased drop, where I didn't go in with enough speed. Bike recovered just fine.









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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    eh, it's a non-issue. using a 27.2mm post with a shim works fine. IMO, it's more of a pain going with an oddball size seat tube clamp.

    several dropper posts are available in a 27.2mm format, and it sounds like some of the other major makers of them are working on them in that size.
    There's a few posts out in 27.2 but I didn't see any with any setback to the clamp, something I am looking for. Perhaps I missed one?

    A lot of the current dropper posts look or sound somewhat marginal to begin with. Hopefully we will see more and better selection in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    Single in the rear and HS in the front.
    that's actually not a bad idea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    On the other hand, think about how sick it would be to make a twin speed bike? Single in the rear and HS in the front. Now that would be pretty sick for people who want to climb but still have the fun and silence of single speed.

    That would be my only motivation to spend money on one. Less weight in the rear, no chain noises, instant shifting, more reliable, less handle bar crap, and the list goes on.

    There's no way I could do single speed for my riding, but dual speed sound like it could work. It would one hell of an expensive experiment though.

    let us know how it goes if you buy one. Also remember that the fit and finish is not perfect on these frames, so you may have to grind down you ISCG tabs a lot to get them flush.
    The weight you'd gain from the HS more than offsets what you'd lose by ditching the rear gear setup and single ring crank, unless you're running super burly stuff already. Even the lighter version is pretty hefty. Granted, it would put the weight in a different spot.

    IMO, the way the ratio is setup, it wouldn't be much good unless you live somewhere where you have long steep climbs and long descents. I'd rather stick with a 1x9 setup.

    And the thing isn't quiet by any stretch. Has a fair bit of drag as well.
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    Just an update to an earlier discussion in this thread...if anybody cares.

    I've been running a Hadley 10x135 solid axle on the TA for a while now. I removed the non-drive-side spacer. I also removed the aluminum washer that came with the axle to allow more of the axle to thread into the notched nut. The drive-side spacer provides plenty of platform for the axle head to press against. I've had no issues at all with this setup. It's been completely solid with no slippage so far.

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    right now im very happy with SS setup on my trans am..... the HS must wait , need an fork upgrade, here some pics of last sunday
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    sroman - Very nice! Any idea of the weight of that puppy?

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    in the trees - thanks....14,5 Kg....think is arround 32 lbs....loving it

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    OK Mine is in the mail, but I've got a couple of questions:

    Manhattanprjkt83: Did you paint that Fox Fork yourself??

    Also, Transition's website says the seat collar for the TransAM is 32.8mm, will those 32mm Salsa collars work? I'm trying to get a little bling on an otherwise cheapish build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigiugueto
    OK Mine is in the mail, but I've got a couple of questions:

    Manhattanprjkt83: Did you paint that Fox Fork yourself??

    Also, Transition's website says the seat collar for the TransAM is 32.8mm, will those 32mm Salsa collars work? I'm trying to get a little bling on an otherwise cheapish build!
    that fox is actually the first gen (second year) talas, in the **** brown color, it actually matches the rest of the bike really well.

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    On the note of TransAM forks.

    Go with the Lyrik U-turn if you can. Seems like every TransAM owner I've met wished they went with the Lyrik 160-115mm fork instead of the Pike or any of the Fox forks. Being able to fine tune the fork height is better than being stuck with 3 travel settings in the TALAS system. What's the point of having the TALAS system if you keep it in one setting all the time?

    BTW, Lyrik U-turn is on sale at JensonUSA.com for really cheap. Mine has been flawless for the 2 years I've been thrashing it in crappy weather.

    $679
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    in the trees - thanks....14,5 Kg....think is arround 32 lbs....loving it
    Looks good! Was hoping to see it weigh less, especially being SS. I'll be building mine up soon and was hoping for around 28lbs with gears. Possible?

    EDIT - Just saw salmansp's bike at 24.5lbs. Guess I should be able to get close to my goal.
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    Thanks for the tip. Thing is, muy build will be the one I've been using (and upgrading) for the past two years. Even though my next upgrade will probably be a fork or wheelset, lord know when that'll be because I've got to pay a couple of dues.

    Anyway, I'll be leaving you guys my build to see if you guys have got any opinions or tips.

    TransAM, Medium, Orange.
    Fox 32 Float RL
    TBC Headset
    Easton Vice 80mm stem
    Sunline V1 745mm
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    07 Shimano XT shifters
    Hayes HFX 9 W/ 7in rotors front and rear
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    Shimano LX Crankset (22-34-BG)
    Blackspire Stinger
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    Mavic XM317's laced to Shimano hubs and WTB Spokes (really cheap, but bombproof)
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    IRC Mountaincross Vclaw 2.35

    So, what do you think?
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    thanks jo pawn.... the RS lyric is the is fork i want for my TA and the one im savin ($$$) for. hope there is some lyrics for that price when i have the money (hope soon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27
    Looks good! Was hoping to see it weigh less, especially being SS. I'll be building mine up soon and was hoping for around 28lbs with gears. Possible?

    EDIT - Just saw salmansp's bike at 24.5lbs. Guess I should be able to get close to my goal.
    im not entirely confident in his posted weight

    My bike is built with VERY comparable parts and it comes in a full pound heavier. Many of my parts are actually lighter.

    I have a large trans am with an 09 revelation (lowered to 120mm), XTR 960 cranks shaved Jeff Jones style (damn light) and a stans flow rim laced to a Pauls Word hub and a shimano FW. An 8spd chain. The front wheel is currently an I9 20mm enduro wheel. Tires are Fast Trak 2.2's and the brakes are forula Oro Puros. Once I get a matching front wheel (the gold i9 has to go!) it will actually lose more weight. Around a quarter of a pound. Still doesnt bring me below 25. A new bar stem and post MIGHT get me below 25 since they arent anythything too light.

    I have a 24lb stumpjumper with gears that has been collecting dust for a while. I also have a 32lb enduro thats bling to bloody hell and its in pieces lol I love this bike!!

    I work for a specialized dealer and I can keep myself from riding this bike!

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    has anyone ran a hammerschmidt with a single speed set-up yet?

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    TA upgrade

    now it feels way better, upgraded fork , saddle, i still see a Lyric in the future.
    looooove my TA
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    now it feels way better, upgraded fork , saddle, i still see a Lyric in the future.
    looooove my TA
    Hey sroman, do you need that e13 on there when on SS? Just wondering...

    Looks sick!
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    thanks a lot.... i think i need it
    this happened when i hit a log (was 2x9), i think the guard saved the 32t ring so replaced it for a FSA guard
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    thanks a lot.... i think i need it
    this happened when i hit a log (was 2x9), i think the guard saved the 32t ring so replaced it for a FSA guard
    I get the visual...makes perfect sense.
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    To all the haters..haha

    2.35 front 2.1 rear and she still weighs under 25! (no pedals) Pedals and 2.2's 25.2lbs. Frame has no ISCG Tabs. put 2.0 tires and different grips, ceramic bb, and had it to 23.8 just to see how low it could go with current setup. I like it at 24-26 lbs. Best bike I have ever owned...Says ALOT... I own a shop and have ridden tons of bikes.



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    For you guys with your TransAM's setup single-speed are you using chain tugs and if so which type?
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    Good question. Even with through axle in the rear and washers with aggressive teeth I sometimes shift the rear wheel in the dropouts on hard hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    Good question. Even with through axle in the rear and washers with aggressive teeth I sometimes shift the rear wheel in the dropouts on hard hits.
    I asked TBC yesterday about it and they said "We are currently working on a chain tensioner device for that frame."

    I picked up a Surly that I'm going to try but it's kinda bulky looking, but it does come with a beer bottle opener.
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    Here's my final build:

    Frame - Med Blk TransAM
    Headset - TBC
    Fork - RS Lyrik SoloAir 160mm (may add spacers later)
    Brakes - R1's 180/160 combo
    Handlebar - TBC T30's
    Stem - Thomson X4 50mm
    Grips - Odi X-Trainers
    Cranks/Pedals - Stylo OCT-175mm / CB Mallets
    Chain - Shimano 8-speed
    Cog - Surly 18t
    Seat/seatpost - Devo / Thomson 410mm
    Wheels - TBC hubs, Mavic 321 hoops, Competitions, DTSwiss RWS thru-bolt
    Tires - Maxxis Minions DHF/DHR 2.5's
    Tug- Surly (not working)

    On order: Surly cog and Salsa Seatpost Clamp



    I want to thank the all the guys at Transition, Dropzone, many PM's to MTBR members, and my wheel building specialist & photographer extraordinaire for helping me with my build.

    Can't wait to get my 1st ride in...more than likely next week. This is my 1st attempt @ SS but I wanted a build that would be more aggressive, less XC, and the ability to change if necessary. I think I've succeeded and well see how it goes. But I'll I can say is that I'm stoked about the build and hope it will be a great match for my riding style and make me a better/stronger rider overall.
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    Hi,
    I am thinking about a new bike and I want something really simple. So TransAM is maybe an ideal bike for me
    But I am not sure about frame seize, because I am really tall, so I am afraid that Large seize will be still too small for me. I have 6'6". It will be ok with 350mm seatpost? Because it is already problematic to get some setpost with that atypical diameter and there are probably not existing these seatposts 400mm long.
    And, that's a question especially for Lowball, there are no problems with DT Swiss RWS thru-bolt system on the rear? No sliding?
    Thanks a lot and please forgive my terrible English

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    Thomson makes a 410mm seatpost. Someone else might, but when I looked they were one of the few companies that makes that size post. I don't think anyone else makes that long of a post in that size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd4e1
    Hi,
    I am thinking about a new bike and I want something really simple. So TransAM is maybe an ideal bike for me
    But I am not sure about frame seize, because I am really tall, so I am afraid that Large seize will be still too small for me. I have 6'6". It will be ok with 350mm seatpost? Because it is already problematic to get some setpost with that atypical diameter and there are probably not existing these seatposts 400mm long.
    And, that's a question especially for Lowball, there are no problems with DT Swiss RWS thru-bolt system on the rear? No sliding?
    Thanks a lot and please forgive my terrible English
    bd4e - I have the 410mm post 30.0 - Thompson on mine. I thought when I purchased it the guy said it was a 350 but when it came I was glad it was the longer one...so not sure about the large with a 350...I would tend to lean toward the 410 though.

    On the DTSwiss RWS...1st ride in the street I was able to get it to move in the frame...but I didn't tighten it myself...so after putting some muscle into it it seemed much tighter...but again I picked up the frame tug just in case. Haven't tested it out or installed it yet.
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    I wouldn't think that RWS would cut it but you could be a whole lot smoother than I am.

    If you end up trying the surley tensioner let us know how it works. I could use an extra bottle opener I suppose...

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    Lowball...that is a sick , awsome built!!!
    my TA SS is making me a better, stronger, happier rider

    think im going to try flat pedals.....any sugestions?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    Lowball...that is a sick , awsome built!!!
    my TA SS is making me a better, stronger, happier rider

    think im going to try flat pedals.....any sugestions?


    sroman
    I've only used the CB 5050xx's (558g/pair) on my Nomad and V10...this is what I would also use on the TA; not the lightest but durable. Other ones that I like by look are the TBC, Straightline, and Twenty6.
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    Nice lowball. Looks good man. So Salsa makes the appropriate sized seatpost clamp??

    A buddy uses the Surly tensioners and they work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Nice lowball. Looks good man. So Salsa makes the appropriate sized seatpost clamp??

    A buddy uses the Surly tensioners and they work fine.

    EB
    Thanks much!

    No, Salsa had a 32mm that I'm gonna try and make work...actual size needed was a 32.8 if I remember correctly. Hoping I can stretch the 32 to a 32.8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowball
    Thanks much!

    No, Salsa had a 32mm that I'm gonna try and make work...actual size needed was a 32.8 if I remember correctly. Hoping I can stretch the 32 to a 32.8
    Cool lemme know how that works. I've wanted to do the same with a Hope clamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    A buddy uses the Surly tensioners and they work fine.

    EB
    Thanks EB.

    Ordered a Lyrik for my TransAM. Can't wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Cool lemme know how that works. I've wanted to do the same with a Hope clamp.

    EB
    I got a Salsa to work just fine with mine - spread it open a bit by threading the bolt in from the other side, with a coin inside the slot to stop it and spread things a touch - just enough to get the thing over the seat tube.

    Hasn't slipped or made any creaking noises yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    I got a Salsa to work just fine with mine - spread it open a bit by threading the bolt in from the other side, with a coin inside the slot to stop it and spread things a touch - just enough to get the thing over the seat tube.

    Hasn't slipped or made any creaking noises yet...
    Good to know, Scrub. Thanks!

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    ...TransAM work in progress


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    New fork. Pretty excited about this. Feels very good on a short ride up the street. Pictured in front of a new workbench my wife and I constructed last week.



    Need a shorter stem now, and I'll probably end up losing some spacers.

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    Hey guys...how tight should the chain really be when you have it set up for SS?

    Should it be so tight that it doesn't deflect up or down or is a little deflection okay as long as the thing isn't falling off and it's lined up correctly???

    Sorry guys, found some stuff on sheldon browns site...should be all good.
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    ...TransAM...............still.............work in progress






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    Quote Originally Posted by Gianpaolo#34
    ...TransAM...............still.............work in progress
    I love the way the TBC T-30's feel!!!!
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    very nice color combo Gianpaolo keep us posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowball
    I love the way the TBC T-30's feel!!!!
    Yeah, I've got 'em on 3 bikes now. Same with my wife.

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    looks very good !!!! Gianpaolo, keep going

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    Fork For Trans AM

    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    On the note of TransAM forks.

    Go with the Lyrik U-turn if you can. Seems like every TransAM owner I've met wished they went with the Lyrik 160-115mm fork instead of the Pike or any of the Fox forks. Being able to fine tune the fork height is better than being stuck with 3 travel settings in the TALAS system. What's the point of having the TALAS system if you keep it in one setting all the time?

    BTW, Lyrik U-turn is on sale at JensonUSA.com for really cheap. Mine has been flawless for the 2 years I've been thrashing it in crappy weather.

    $679
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    The Trans AM takes a 1 1/8 non tapered fork correct? I've seen quite a few running a Fox Float 36 on the TA. I'm curious how folks like that fork on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmosnow
    The Trans AM takes a 1 1/8 non tapered fork correct? I've seen quite a few running a Fox Float 36 on the TA. I'm curious how folks like that fork on this.
    Mine is with a Lyrik, not a 36, but similar in height. IMO, shorter is doable, but depending on your trails, may lead to more pedal and crank strikes. I'd really not go shorter than 140mm up front unless you ride smoooooove stuff. Plus, IMO, the 160mm fork gives the bike the best head angle for it's "intended" usage.

    Granted, YMMV.
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    Question for you Trans Am owners: would a MRP One chain device still fit even if the new model Trans Am has ISCG tabs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoro
    Question for you Trans Am owners: would a MRP One chain device still fit even if the new model Trans Am has ISCG tabs?

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    It *should* fit. It just sits between the frame/BB cup. Looking at my TransAM frame, it appears there would be plenty of room for one. I can't see why it wouldn't fit.

    If, by some chance it doesn't fit, use the chainguide part and rig it up with a seat tube mounted front road derailleur clamp or something. E-13 is supposedly working on a seat tube mounted variation of a similar upper guide, but I don't think it's out yet.

    IMO, something like the MRP gives a cleaner look, function wise, not sure which will work better.
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    mrp should have a tube mounted one as well out soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by noremedy
    mrp should have a tube mounted one as well out soon
    A Paul device, then, would be a wiser choice I guess. Thanks for the answers!


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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    Mine is with a Lyrik, not a 36, but similar in height. IMO, shorter is doable, but depending on your trails, may lead to more pedal and crank strikes. I'd really not go shorter than 140mm up front unless you ride smoooooove stuff. Plus, IMO, the 160mm fork gives the bike the best head angle for it's "intended" usage.

    Granted, YMMV.
    Agreed.

    I don't like how it feels below 150mm and love it at 160mm

    BTW guys, Lyrik Uturn is on sale at JensonUSA.com for $670. I would jump all over that fork for the TransAM. Much better fit than any Fox or Zoke, mainly due to the Uturn ability to fine tune the head angle. Also a very reliable fork.

    I want to upgrade my Lyrik to the new dual flow damper. Should be sick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokeONE
    Picked it up yesterday
    Large? If so where did you get it?

    Nice bike btw

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    Just in time for a snow ride!

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    A couple from today's ride.





    This was my 1st real ride on this thing and 1st time trying SS. This trail is an out&back about 3.5 miles in each direction. Had to do some hiking due to running out of gas, steepness of the climbs, and being totally out of riding shape! But it was a blast and it ripped on the DH sections...never even thought about being front suspension only. And the DH tires are sweet...no worry about line or pinch flat

    I can't decide if I really need a longer stem or not...anyone have and determining factors I should consider on that? I could tell I was sitting more upright...don't know if that's bad or good for SS. I could see going to maybe a 70mm and also moving my seat a bit more forward to maybe put me over the peddles more as apposed to set back a bit...But I always seem to set my bikes up back from being directly over the BB for some reason...
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    Hey Lowball,

    Looks good. For the stem, I've got a temple light on mine as well and rode Cameron's (both are size small's) with a 70mm stem and really liked it. I like the descending with the shorter stem, but might swap to a 70 just to see how that helps my climbing. Should be interesting to see how they compare back to back.

    As for the seat position, that's up to you. I'm so rarely seated on my TA that I don't think I'd even know the difference!

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    FedEx decided not to deliver yesterday because my driveway was snowy. You better believe I went out today and shoveled my heart out.

    Mmm, sparkles.


    Frame looks good but is going to need a lot of prep work. As you see, the disc tab isn't drilled through and the BB threads look really nasty. Once I get that taken care of, it will be build time!
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    Just picked up a M black frame yesterday. Hope to have it built by next weekend. Pics to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmx
    Just picked up a M black frame yesterday. Hope to have it built by next weekend. Pics to follow.
    where did you buy it from?

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    My build is coming along nicely. I forgot to get cable housing though, so I need to wait until tomorrow to finish it. I also cannibalized my Vagrant's wheels, bars and stem until I know what I want. The saddle is also temporary.



    Next to its rim. Just need to buy a set of blue Hope hubs so I can give the Vagrant its wheels back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeride333
    Don't hesitate to show us pictures once you'll done it.

    I have a question : I'd like to transform my TransAM in singlespeed for winter rides, but how do you manage to put the rear wheel correctly, without tuggnut? Thanks for advices.
    Beautiful QR's where did u get them?

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    Ran my TA geared for over a year. I went single speed a few months ago, plus converted my Talas 36 to a float and internally set it to 140. Perfect! The fork is a lot plusher now, and way more reliable.

    I need some advice on SS chains and links. I'm having trouble finding good half links. I'm running 32x20, which is nice for a couple of our winter spots with steeper fire roads. This summer I'll go to 32x18 and won't need the half link.

    The last couple 1/8" half links for the SRAM PC-1 chain I'm running have rivets that stick out a bit and occassionally hook on my bash ring. I need something thats a bit more flush like pretty much every chain. I could go either 1/8" or 3/32" - good chains are easy to find. I should prob ask this question in the singlespeed forum, but I'm kind of scared to venture over that way

    Thanks!

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    Great year for winter riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news

    Great year for winter riding.
    bad news-
    how's that longer stem (what size) working with the lyrik?
    i'm running a 50mm now but was still looking to move to a 70mm and at least try it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowball
    bad news-
    how's that longer stem (what size) working with the lyrik?
    i'm running a 50mm now but was still looking to move to a 70mm and at least try it out.
    Sory about the slow reply.

    That's actually a 90. It feels about right to me, but I have always been into sizing my mountain bike like a mountain bike and not a BMX bike. I'm 6 foot with a fairly short inseam so my bikes end up a little long anyway. I have a 70 that I might give a try as well. Although the little 50mm stems look cool I'd have the bars in my lap and with the longer fork the stem helps keep some weight on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    Sory about the slow reply.

    That's actually a 90. It feels about right to me, but I have always been into sizing my mountain bike like a mountain bike and not a BMX bike. I'm 6 foot with a fairly short inseam so my bikes end up a little long anyway. I have a 70 that I might give a try as well. Although the little 50mm stems look cool I'd have the bars in my lap and with the longer fork the stem helps keep some weight on the front.
    No worries...and understood. I was climbing this one section on our local trail called "Connector" and there was one spot where I did have to lean a bit forward to keep the front wheel on the ground...but other than that it was fine...still want to try a long stem though...and I still haven't taken it off any sweet jumps yet
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    Here's mine; finally dialed. The only thing not showing is the white MRP G2 mini chain guide. Looks tyte!






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    Quote Originally Posted by FlippinSweet
    Here's mine; finally dialed. The only thing not showing is the white MRP G2 mini chain guide. Looks tyte!
    How many zip-ties on the chain/seat stays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlippinSweet
    Here's mine; finally dialed. The only thing not showing is the white MRP G2 mini chain guide. Looks tyte!





    what is that thing protecting the chainstay tube?

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    It looks to me to be a large number of zipties haha. I like it.

    No bash guard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    It looks to me to be a large number of zipties haha. I like it.

    No bash guard?
    Think he said bash guard not shown
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlippinSweet
    Here's mine; finally dialed. The only thing not showing is the white MRP G2 mini chain guide. Looks tyte!
    Very well played!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowball
    Think he said bash guard not show
    Oh, duurrrr

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    Week End

    some pics last weekend, no ugrades (yet)...just ridin, so much fun....lovin mi TA, very nices bikes you ve posted
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    snicker's bar would hit the spot right now! nice ride! is that a 2.35 back there or larger?

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    thanks 53119 ! rear tire is larger ..maxxis minion 2.5, up front maxxis advantage 2.4, next rear tire will be 2.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27
    My build is coming along nicely. I forgot to get cable housing though, so I need to wait until tomorrow to finish it. I also cannibalized my Vagrant's wheels, bars and stem until I know what I want. The saddle is also temporary.


    Nice!!!

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    It's always nice to see someone else running as much stem as I am

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    Got an update myself. Finished the wheels this weekend and mounted them up. Figured I'd take some pictures before I get it too dirty. Our main trail won't open until May though.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    It's always nice to see someone else running as much stem as I am


    80mm stem, 70 was not long enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeride333

    80mm stem, 70 was not long enough!
    Mines bigger.

    I was looking for a large frame, but couldn't find one and went with a medium. With a 90mm stem it feels pretty good, but we will see once the trails open up.
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    Right on. I'm not sure how these dudes who are pushing six foot are riding around on mediums with 40mm stems. I'm going to try the 70 I have for comparison but we'll see.

    I will say that it feels like it could use wider bars than my 27.5". Perhaps with some wider bars my opinion will change.

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    Anyone using a headset other than the Transition one? They're out of the 2 colors I would want, so I need some more ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox402
    Anyone using a headset other than the Transition one? They're out of the 2 colors I would want, so I need some more ideas.
    What colors? You could also try Cane Creek for options as I think they offer some headset models in colors in addition to black and silver. And I think Stolen has models that will work with the frame specs.

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    Is anyone running their TransAM with a Van 36 or Float 36?

    I have a RM Slayer SXC with a Van 36 and I was looking at getting a simpler bike so I can ride more and maintain less. I would definitely want to transfer the fork over though, since it was big bucks. I just wanted to see how people like this bike with the taller fork.

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    I run a six inch older marzocchi all mtn and it works great. The frame is designed for a 6 to 7 inch travel fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squads
    Is anyone running their TransAM with a Van 36 or Float 36?

    I have a RM Slayer SXC with a Van 36 and I was looking at getting a simpler bike so I can ride more and maintain less. I would definitely want to transfer the fork over though, since it was big bucks. I just wanted to see how people like this bike with the taller fork.
    I built mine with a Pike and later swapped on a Lyrik. The big fork is the way to go. Bike rides great.

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    ...restyling my TransAM :-)




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    SS Gearing

    I was just wondering...of the guys riding the TA as a SS...what gearing are you using?

    I'm on a 32/18 and for me it difficult on climbs...now granted, I'm a once a week rider and suck at climbing...so don't know if it's just a fitness thing or a gearing thing for me. Most of the time I don't power up bigger gears on my geared FF...just spin up climbs saving energy for the downs

    I talked with one of the guys at Transition and he was saying he uses a 34/20 which is just slightly less gear inches than the 32/18 and he feels it climbs easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Guy
    34/20 and 32/18 are numerically the same but feel and pedal much differently. I like the torque with the 34 / 20 for mashing steep climbs and it is a bit easier.
    So just looking for some input from the TA crew
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowball
    I was just wondering...of the guys riding the TA as a SS...what gearing are you using?
    32x20 might be worth a try, but everyone is different. Just go buy a cheap $4 cog 20T and try that. If you like it, buy a quality cog with the same amount of teeth.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...nglespeed.aspx

    19T cheap, stamped cogs are a bit harder to find, but it's possible. Try a 20T. If the 20T is too low, buy a quality 19T.
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    I'm running 32-20 for local techy riding. I started with 32-18 and there was steam coming out my ears at the top of the kind of short steep hills we have a lot of around here.

    I would pay a good bit of money for a bomb-proof 3 or 4 speed internal hub setup. Say 32, 20, 18 or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    I'm running 32-20 for local techy riding. I started with 32-18 and there was steam coming out my ears at the top of the kind of short steep hills we have a lot of around here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27
    32x20 might be worth a try, but everyone is different. Just go buy a cheap $4 cog 20T and try that. If you like it, buy a quality cog with the same amount of teeth.
    So basically throw that whole 2:1 concept out the window and ride what works best for me and the area I ride.

    Thanks for the help guys and I'll be tracking down a cheep 20t locally. Sounds like it will suck on the long flat type rides but I don't do many of those...
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    Yea all that 2:1 and other stuff is ********. Like you said, gotta run what works for you.

    What I found in going from 18 to 20 isn't that my speed decreased, it's that my cadence increased and it took the stress off my joints. You're only gonna go as fast as you're gonna go I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    Yea all that 2:1 and other stuff is ********. Like you said, gotta run what works for you.

    What I found in going from 18 to 20 isn't that my speed decreased, it's that my cadence increased and it took the stress off my joints. You're only gonna go as fast as you're gonna go I guess.
    So I found a 20 @ a LBS installed it tonight...only thing is I couldn't get the chain the "correct" length to work with the rear brake. When you pull the wheel all the way back in the horiz-"dropout" it's close to the end...and when you do that the brake caliper hit the rotor.

    Screwed around that that for like an hour and then finally put about three washers under the rear screw for the brake caliper to lift it up and clear the rotor...but I don't think this is how it should be installed...maybe its fine and I can just get some more spacers later to even it out a bit...seems to be working okay.

    And another thing is that I still can't get a fricking "tug" to work at all I've tried 3 different ones...one I have may work with a long set screw though...
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    My apologies, I should have mentioned. I needed to use a half link to get the chain the correct link to work with 32-20. The half link should only be a few dollars at a local shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    My apologies, I should have mentioned. I needed to use a half link to get the chain the correct link to work with 32-20. The half link should only be a few dollars at a local shop.

    Thanks...I'll look into that
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    By the way, if you find some chain tugs that work and aren't the $30 each Surly pieces please let us know. I'm on the hunt for the same thing.

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