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    What's in question? I'm not understanding the issue.

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    I was thinking about the weakness of such system...

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeride333
    I was thinking about the weakness of such system...
    Of the cut out?

    Why bother with the cutout? The non-drive side spacer is unnecessary.

    Are we talking about the same thing?

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    Yes, about the cut out. But if you say that the non-drive one is unnecessary, it's useless. I'm going to test that! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeride333
    Yes, about the cut out. But if you say that the non-drive one is unnecessary, it's useless. I'm going to test that! Thanks.
    I see what you're saying. I haven't had any issues so far, and I tossed the non-drive side spacer into the parts bin the day I got it. It may be worth a call to the guys at Transition. I suppose a solid axle might have enough leverage that if the spacer-less side slipped it could torque the dropout to the point that it bent the alignment tabs. However, a solid axle 'grips' much better than a QR, and I haven't had wheel slippage issues w/ a QR on this bike nor on my old Chameleon....FWIW.

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    53119, how did you replace the stickers from the fork?

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    I'm not sure what you mean. I just peeled off the RKSHX ones and used the extra that Tr. sends with the frameset. Although, maybe some frames may not get sent out with extras. Tr. does offer sticker packs for each model. Cheap way to get that "new" bike feel, too.

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    In fact, I wanted to know how you peel off the stickers from the fork...hum, have to improve my english if I want to visit Morewood in August...

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    New build.. 24.5 lbs

    TransAm 24.6 lbs 2010 Fox Float RC2 15QR DT Swiss EX1750 Wheels Truvativ Noir Crankset Avid Elixer CR Brakes Thomson post and stem Gravity Carbon riser bar Kenda rubber

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    WOW dude ! You are prabobly sleeping on the money. 2 bikes ....
    You can give one to me if theres to many in Your garage
    both look super nice. and the V2 Covert looks killer

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    I'm about ready to pull the trigger on an orange one. Can anyone explain why transition went with an integrated headset?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by salmansp
    New build.. 24.5 lbs

    TransAm 24.6 lbs 2010 Fox Float RC2 15QR DT Swiss EX1750 Wheels Truvativ Noir Crankset Avid Elixer CR Brakes Thomson post and stem Gravity Carbon riser bar Kenda rubber
    and plastic pedals

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagtagley
    I see what you're saying. I haven't had any issues so far, and I tossed the non-drive side spacer into the parts bin the day I got it. It may be worth a call to the guys at Transition. I suppose a solid axle might have enough leverage that if the spacer-less side slipped it could torque the dropout to the point that it bent the alignment tabs. However, a solid axle 'grips' much better than a QR, and I haven't had wheel slippage issues w/ a QR on this bike nor on my old Chameleon....FWIW.

    I tested it this WE : it works, great!

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    French build! Next step : new front tire...

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    Has anyone with a a TransAm also had a Vagrant? Able to compare at all?
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    Well, I just got back from my first ride on a hardtail in 12 years! I'm coming off a Preston and was initially thinking I'd have to slow it down a bit to get used to my new ride. Lucky me. That did not happen! It was actually quite the opposite. I had an absolute blast riding this bike. The TransAM will remain in my stable for a very long time.

    I built this bike up with mostly parts from my Preston. Lyrik U-Turn, Hone cranks, 32 Revs, Elixir CR, X9. On the bathroom scale she averages 35.8Lbs. WooHoo!!... That's over 5lbs. lighter than my Preston!




    I was stoked to see that the frame now has ISCG tabs. Hmmm... do I see a HS in my future??


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    Really nice!
    And I like the shiny stickers too...

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    im very close to getting one of these,when i can get through to transition to have a chat about a few things,im in england .anyone know the best time and number to talk to someone

    when i build it up i think i want to build it how the guys who designed it intended it to be built,so in most pics ive seen they seem to use a 50mm stem which looks cool,and great for when your in play mode or pointing down ,but what about when climbing in ss mode,

    i already ride ss alot but with a 90mm stem or a rigid fork,so i want to know how it handles a 160mm fork and short stem on climbs,i might use a 18 at the back to instead of a 16

    i cant get enough pics and info and ride reports on this bike so keep it coming guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony [email
    berlin71@hotmail.com[/email]]im very close to getting one of these,when i can get through to transition to have a chat about a few things,im in england .anyone know the best time and number to talk to someone

    when i build it up i think i want to build it how the guys who designed it intended it to be built,so in most pics ive seen they seem to use a 50mm stem which looks cool,and great for when your in play mode or pointing down ,but what about when climbing in ss mode,

    i already ride ss alot but with a 90mm stem or a rigid fork,so i want to know how it handles a 160mm fork and short stem on climbs,i might use a 18 at the back to instead of a 16

    i cant get enough pics and info and ride reports on this bike so keep it coming guys
    A lot of guys use the 50mm stem that comes with it.

    From the TransAMs I've tried, it's better to run a slightly longer stem and running the fork longer. Seems like people prefer 140mm travel with 50mm stem. I've been liking my TransAM with a 60mm NO RISE (important) stem and find it better at 150-160mm.

    With the 60mm no rise stem mounted as low as possible, and the fork at 150mm, there doesn't seem to be much holding this bike back from stupid steep climbs. I more often than not run out of traction before the bike starts to wheelie.

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    how many pounds does this frame weigh with the ISCG tabs and medium size (17.5-18'')?

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    My Trans-am arrived friday

    Size large with ISCG mounts and QR seat clamp weighs in at 6lb 5oz's (drop out pieces not included in weight)

    The drop out pieces have been revised. No more screws. Just a simple dropout piece on both sides that help keep the axle in place. Ill try and post pics soon.

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    you guys with the large TransAMs....how tall are you?

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    Anyone running a TransAm with an adjustable fork? How does it feel @ 100, or 120mm?

    Geo still too slack for racing SS XC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillindrdude
    you guys with the large TransAMs....how tall are you?
    just shy of 6' 2"
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    I can't really say anything about it for XC racing because I'm coming from freeride bikes so it doesn't seem slack to me at all, but I've been running an SS TransAm with 100mm fork. I like it. Check out this video if you want to see how it looks in flight

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHANguyen
    Anyone running a TransAm with an adjustable fork? How does it feel @ 100, or 120mm?

    Geo still too slack for racing SS XC?
    I run a lyrik uturn that goes from 160mm down to 100mm. For some reason mine goes down more than others.

    Anyways, I would never ride this bike at 100mm unless going uphill. It puts the seat tube way too vertical for riding on flat ground. It feels like you can endo just sitting there.

    For XC, I've been riding it at 130mm. It puts my weight perfectly balanced font and year.

    I run a 60mm no rise stem.

    Also, this is a stiff and relatively heavy frame for XC, so putting a weak fork on there may not do it justice. For XC racing, this is clearly NOT the ideal bike, unless you weigh 250+ lbs.

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    I'm going to be building up a bike in the next year or so and I'm looking at the TransAM and the new Evil Soveriegn. I'm somewhat new to Mtn. Biking though, how do these two compare? Geo and stuff like that.

    Also, I've heard mention above in a few post the Santa Cruz Chameleon. This bike has always appealed to me in the style of riding it was meant for but don't want a aluminum bike and prefer steel. Are some of you saying that the TA compares to the Chameleon? Or how does it compare? Geo? Riding style?

    The only thing that really concerns me about the TA from reading this thread is the quality issues some of you are having. The 'dent' in a brand new frame. The 'paint' not being applied well or just over-running into the tubes. Seems like if I'm going to spend around 700 bucks for a new frame ONLY, it needs to be damn near perfect. But I'm not one to buy a new bike every year or two and when I build my new bike I'll probably be riding it for the next 10 years or more, or so I say as I've heard building bikes can be addicting. So as I'm looking for durability, I'm also looking for quality as well (I don't wanna end up with a half stripped paint TA in a year and a half). Maybe I need to be looking at a price range of a few hundred more dollars, I dunno.

    Thanx. Sorry for the slight rant.

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    here is the writeup i did on mine:

    Transition Bikes – Trans AM – All Mountain



    Ok so I wanted to write up a real honest review of my new Transition Trans AM biked I picked up a few months back. I have been working with transition on builds for quite some time and don’t have enough good things to say about the company.

    Let me start this off with a bit of a discussion about wheels size. I built up a single speed 29’er this past winter as a simple bike I could just grab and ride. I was new to single speed, 29” wheels and a rigid fork. In the end I loved the bike it was simple and maintenance free but it just didn’t do it for me. My riding style does not fit that of a 29’er they just aren’t flick’able to me. I am 5’10 tops, ride standing up so I can hop over, on or around anything that comes my way.

    I landed on the Trans AM because the general spirit of this bike was exactly what I was looking for, simple, clean, and reliable. Transition’s website puts it out there on the description of the bike ‘The TransAM hard tail brings back the basics of what true all mountain trail riding is all about.’ – where do I sign? When I pulled it out of the box it was so clean, the internal headset is a great hint taken from bmx that adds a level of smooth to the frame that is best appreciated in person.

    I chose a pretty solid build for this bike with a fox 36 talas fork, all Thompson, XTR Cranks, large but light casing tires, and some trick Brown i9 Wheels Converted to singlespeed (brown is an ew colorway for them)The whole thing took me about 2 hours to build if you don’t count the chain setup issues I had. The bmx half link chain at 88 half links was to short for my build so I had to work up a solution, but I ordered a second chain and it is all good now.

    On the trail the bike is ridiculous, it is COMPLETELY silent. I hate any noise, clunk, chatter, thump whatever it just makes me feel like I am going slower and drives me mentally insane. So to have such a silent machine is a god send, the steel really deadens trail noise and makes for a solid platform in any situation. With a 70mm Thompson stem and the overbuilt fork, the bike descends amazingly, the minute I jumped on it there was the feeling of ‘my bike’, it was just that comfortable. On the climbs it does damn well, I am running a 32t/18t combo, which is a good setup for the quick ups and downs of our east coast terrain.

    Ahhhh...my fox 36 talas, I bought this fork about 3 years ago for a build I was doing on a Transition BottleRocket and in that time it has been on numerous bikes. An EVIL Soveirgn, Transition Bottlerocket, Transition Blindside, Tonic Fabrications Howie, and a Santa Cruz Heckler. With only 1 rebuild in that time frame it is an incredible testimate to fox and why they are the best. It hasn’t let me down from east coast xc races, to trail rides in Moab and even on the greasy steeps of Vancouver’s North Shore. It is right at home on this bike sitting nice and low at 110 mm.

    In technical situations I couldn’t ask for more I can jump in and out of turns with ease making quick work of my old 29’er. I am running a set of Titec Flat tracker bars which are aimed at the single speed crowd, but turn them upwards for a trials like feel and a slight rise which makes the bike that much more stable in the techy stuff.

    In conclusion, I am going to make the statement that this is the most fun mountain bike I have owned (and that is a long list). Every time I ride this bike it reminds me of exactly why I love riding mountain bikes. The bike disappears under me and lets me do what I like doing and that is ripping trails. Thanks to the guys at Scholl’s Bicycle Centers, Cam @ Transition Bikes, and Brandi @ i9 for the strange wheel configuration.

    If anyone is interested in picking one of these up MSRP on the frame is a cool $569.00 (Not bad for a steel frame of this quality).

    Complete Spec:
    Frame: Transition Trans-AM (white) 16.5
    Fork: 2004 Fox 36 Talas 110mm Travel
    Headset: Eastern Internal
    Hubs: Industry Nine
    Rims: Industry Nine
    Chain: KHE Hollow Pin Half Link 3/32"
    Tires: F/Maxxis Advantage 2.4 Kevlar R/Kenda Small Block 8 2.3
    Cranks: Shimano XTR 175mm 32t ti-carbon ring
    Pedals: Crank Brother Candy SL
    Seat post: Thompson elite
    Seat: WTB Silverado
    Brakes: Avid BB7 160mm rotors
    Levers: XTR
    Stem: Thompson 70mm
    Bars: Titec Flat Tracker-sweep turned up
    Grips: ODI Ruffian (dremeled for extra sticky & soft)
    Weight: don’t have it yet.











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    Quote Originally Posted by manhattanprjkt83
    here is the writeup i did on mine:

    Transition Bikes – Trans AM – All Mountain



    Ok so I wanted to write up a real honest review of my new Transition Trans AM biked I picked up a few months back.

    In conclusion, I am going to make the statement that this is the most fun mountain bike I have owned (and that is a long list). Every time I ride this bike it reminds me of exactly why I love riding mountain bikes. The bike disappears under me and lets me do what I like doing and that is ripping trails. Thanks to the guys at Scholl’s Bicycle Centers, Cam @ Transition Bikes, and Brandi @ i9 for the strange wheel configuration.





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    Quote Originally Posted by manhattanprjkt83
    An EVIL Soveirgn, Transition Bottlerocket, Transition Blindside, Tonic Fabrications Howie, and a Santa Cruz Heckler.
    how's the T/A's ride compare to the Sovereign's ride?

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    ...just ordered a up a small, in black...

    My beloved Peyto frame (that just had one large and one small hairline crack repaired and was freshly PC'd) just had the small hairline crack...uh, well, re-crack. I guess considering I paid $450 for it near seven years ago, it's served pretty damn well, considering.


    The small TransAM, when run with the fork setup I have now will give me near identical geometry, about a half pound more weight, and no worry in the back of my head about when the crack is going to go all the way when riding...

    You can sorta' see it here.

    Only thing that won't swap over is the headset, so have one of the TBC units coming as well, in red, to match the rest of the swapped over stuff.



    Going to have to see about if I can get a re-weld from a frame builder that will hold...right on a weld in the chainstay bend just back of the BB area on the drive-side. It's not a bent tube, but a couple bits brazed together with a reinforcing plate on the inside. The crack is right on the top of the stay. May be fine to ride, may not, but the back of my head is getting nervous about it, so will just ride other bikes until the new frame shows up.
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    Peyto looks goood.

    Here's my TransAm


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    curious as to the weight of some of these.

    I got a 31lb FS all mountain rig and a 24lb XC hardtail. I want this thing to weigh closer to my XC bike. Im guessing the way Ill have it set up it should be around 25-26lb's. Ive already got the frame (large black), but Im still collecting parts.

    Some of your builds are similar to mine in many ways. Wanted the info for comparison.

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    Seeing all this makes me want to try one too. I've had SC Camels before and loved them but well,... I'd like to try a steel frame. Anyone has experience on both the Chameleon and the TA ? And : is it a good idea to to run it with Hammerschmidt, now that the frame has ISCG tabs ?

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    updated



    A few months ago I was able to get a Float 36 for a good price on ebay. I dropped the fork down to 140 after a couple of rides. The handling at 160 just didn't work for me. Earlier in the summer I had also picked up a set of SLX cranks and swapped outthe 22t ring for a 24t and the bash for a Gamut one.
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    very nice bikes, love the trans am, heres mine just converted to singlespeed, think is the first trans am here in colombia


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    why is it not working at 150mm,

    anyone got any pics with the seat down in downhill mode cheers

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    TransAM small frame. 5# 15oz. Roughly a pound heavier than its long-serving, well loved, and now cracked predecessor.


    Finished swapping the parts over at 11:40P.M. this evening. Hope to get some pedal time in the next couple days...


    30# 4oz.
    No lightweight by any stretch, but four cracked/broken hardtails (two of them pretty burly) over the years has me not having any issue with that.

    Static numbers as measured on my somewhat uneven garage floor, with the Lyrik at 160mm:

    BB height: 13.25"
    head angle somewhere between 67-68*
    wheelbase 42.5"


    The Lyrik knobs clear just fine, with the stock headset. Me likey the simple and sano headset dealio. Will leave the fork at 160mm for a bit, then if things feel too slack, go down by 10mm at a time until the sweet spot is hit. I think with the BB height where it is and the head angle as is, paired with the chunky rocks out here, it'll likely stay at 160mm though.

    I managed to get my Salsa 31.8mm seat clamp to work rather than the sorta' cheapo stock 32.8mm size (oddball size, that) - thread the bolt in from the other direction with a penny for it to butt up against - thus spreading it just enough to slip over the seat-tube. The Gravity Dropper post/shim combo to fit the 30.0mm seat-tube is just peachy - no slippage or binding AFAIKT.

    I may do some Dremel tool work on the dropout sliders/keepers and open up the backsides so that rear skewer removal isn't needed to get the wheel out. The forward tabs on the bits ought to work just fine on their own, as everything is kept nicely in place otherwise with the wheel clamped in the frame. That said, the hanger is nice and beefy. I ordered up a couple spares with the frame, but may not need on for a while...

    A bit of paint overspray on the headset area/seattube/BB threads. Easily fixed, and something that I'm not concerned with on a frame at this pricepoint. The very front of the headtube at the top had a slight ding on the outer bearing seat bits. Bearing was a tight fit, but a bit of grease and things popped right in. Nice and smooth, no binding on the bearings or cover after. No bottle braze on on the down-tube is something I may remedy, but is no deal breaker. More for long hot rides in summer when the extra 20oz. is nice.
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    looks good Scrub.

    no bashguard with New England rocks and trees?

    i'm looking forward to building up my T/A....

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    Nice! Very nice build - keep us updated. Ya, I agree that bottle cage mounts would be a nice luxury on that frame. I'd like to see Hammershcmidt cable guides and a standardized (30.9 or 31.6) seat post size. Maybe in future versions. Although, it may ruin some "clean" lines of the frame.

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    To tell you the truth my major annoyance with my TransAM is that the steatpost is a stupid ****ing size. I have no idea why they didn't make it something you could have more options with adjustable posts without shims, etc with.

    Lots of good looking transam's in this thread that all weigh less than mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees
    Nice! Very nice build - keep us updated. Ya, I agree that bottle cage mounts would be a nice luxury on that frame. I'd like to see Hammershcmidt cable guides and a standardized (30.9 or 31.6) seat post size. Maybe in future versions. Although, it may ruin some "clean" lines of the frame.
    No worries there. The Peyto was a 30.0mm size, so the same shim I'd used in there for years is now on the Tranny.

    Bashring? Yes, mounted in the middle spot. The ring is a 28T mounted on the granny spot, with a JumpStop inside. I'm a spinner more than a masher, so that low of a front ring works just fine for me here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    very nice bikes, love the trans am, heres mine just converted to singlespeed, think is the first trans am here in colombia


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    I'm loving the black and white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news
    To tell you the truth my major annoyance with my TransAM is that the steatpost is a stupid ****ing size. I have no idea why they didn't make it something you could have more options with adjustable posts without shims, etc with.

    Lots of good looking transam's in this thread that all weigh less than mine
    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.

    lotsa tire room




    clean looking front end


    nice seat cluster


    new hanger. nice and beefy. will likely dremel it open so skewer removal is not required.




    it's fun
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    super nice buids you have there, is there any trans am pic w hammerschmidt?


    a pic of last sunday
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    super nice buids you have there, is there any trans am pic w hammerschmidt?


    a pic of last sunday
    I was going to buy one but realized it would not help me much and actually be detrimental.

    If you ride up and down terrain where you shift the front every couple hundred feet, then it is an advantage. Otherwise it has gear drag and is not in an ideal chain line for BOTH 11 tooth and 34 tooth rear rings. A dual ring setup will always be more efficient and have better chain lines if you use the 22-34 and 34-11 gearing.

    I do a lot of riding for a long time up followed be long downs.

    You do gain BB clearance through, which is nice.

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    thanks yopawn , usefull info.... my trans am was in the dual ring set up and went siglespeed, loving it but in case of going back to gears ill be back on the previous set up (22-34 front, 34-11 rear ring)
    was thinkin´on buy the HS

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    Quote Originally Posted by sroman
    thanks yopawn , usefull info.... my trans am was in the dual ring set up and went siglespeed, loving it but in case of going back to gears ill be back on the previous set up (22-34 front, 34-11 rear ring)
    was thinkin´on buy the HS
    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.

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    Idea! mmmmm

    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.

    mmmmmm... sounds goood....il think about it.....it would be sick!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    new hanger. nice and beefy. will likely dremel it open so skewer removal is not required.

    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.

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