drifter136 - Currently, I have my TA set-up SS as well. I used a small washer/spacer (2or 3mm) between the caliper and brake adapter to get the necessary spacing and caliper spacing once I set the chain tension in the dropouts. No issues. I believe others have done the same, and you can see other pics of the set-up within this thread.
+1 on this...did the same thing.
It always varied depending on what gearing I was running...but with the spacers I can run whatever gearing and chain length with the tensioner and no issues, and plenty of pad to rotor contact.
Any sneak peeks of the 2012 TA and the new frame changes and colors?
I've seen a cool looking deep cherry red TransAM frame over in the TransAM 29er frame. Sweet color IMO.
As for my TransAM, I've toyed with building a 29er HT still for this season but going to hold off until I see what 2012 offers, especially the TransAM 29er and updated Banshee Paradox, but slowly started to buy parts anyway lol.
So in the meantime, I bought a few changes for the 26er. Raceface Atlas FR bars to try something else than the Sunline V1s, new Raceface Atlas Light bashguard, downsized front rotor to 180mm, new WTB Deva SLT saddle, 70mm Thomson X4 stem, and probably going to service my 36 Float real soon, drop it to 150mm and throw on new SFK seals. I'll post some pics when it's all installed.
I just keep having a 29er HT build in the back of my head seeing its advantages over my current TransAM but every time I pack the bike back from a ride, I still enjoy shredding on the 26er.
I guess the TransAM 26er has become old news on this forum, but I am really enjoying mine. Built it up with an old 130mm dual coil Z-1 and it rides great. This is the bike I'll be riding thru winter and will keep around for a long time.
It used to be Campy, lust like most BMX frames. Transition was selling a good one, works just fine for me.
As far as I understand it is now 44mm. All major headset makers should have a 44mm model (like Cane Creek ZS44/EC44). Big advantage of 44mm is that you can run a tapered fork with an appropriate low cup. Or even a full 1.5" steerer. And a traditional one. And with external or zero stack low cup to fine tune ride height. And possibly a version of an angleset (not sure if 44 low is available).
I just ordered a 90mm Thomson X4 stem to try out this season, as I'm still feeling a bit cramped with a 70mm stem on there before I jump ship and build a 29er AMHT.
70 to 90 depending on how I'm feeling or what I intend to ride that day...but currently a 90...I switched to the 90 for xc racing just to give me a little more room...I can still hit the DH and jump of course...but those things feel better with the 70.
I'm pretty sure my friend Larry w/the red TA is on a 90 or 100.
I was pleasantly surprised the first time I rode it like this. The area I live in (W. Michigan) is not really the ideal terrain where I could use the bike to it's full potential with 140mm of travel, but I bought it because I wanted something I could take to our local freeride park and still be able to do some XC riding with it too. I was coming off a rigid 29er anyway, and I also owned a Redline monocog 69er a couple years ago so I knew that I liked the rigid/69er concept from the start.
It rides actually really well with the bigger wheel on the front. It floats over things a lot better now (obviously) and seems to roll a lot faster than it used to. The fork I'm using is a 440mm A-to-C 29er fork, which if I calculated my math correctly, should leave my handlebar position at about the same height as it was when I had the suspension fork and little wheel on it. I can tell it doesn't take the tight twisty trails as quickly as it used to, but I expected that to happen, and it's not bad (or slow) by any means. The biggest difference was the weight of the front end. I lost like 3 pounds off the bike and all of it was in the fork and front wheel (duh). It gives it the feeling like it wants to wheelie out of corners (which is a blast). Overall, I'm really happy with it like this, simply for the fact that it confirms the reason that I bought this bike, to have a bike that I can ride almost everywhere.
Try it out, see what you think
"I don't believe in brakes, all they do is slow you down"