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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)
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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?

    Pics of the said guide:
    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.
    Last edited by scrublover; 01-28-2010 at 02:38 AM.
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