• 12-23-2008
    pspwesty
    It has arrived - TransAM (pics)
    Santa dropped off my christmas present to myself today.













    I'll build it up tonight after work or tomorrow during the day and the shakedown ride will be on christmas afternoon.
  • 12-23-2008
    Glynis27
    :)

    Opening up a new frame and seeing it for the first time in person is awesome, isn't it?
  • 12-23-2008
    FM
    Nice! 6.07lbs is good news. I was fearing the production frames would be closer to 7lbs for a medium.
  • 12-23-2008
    lorenz0
    Looks really good, weight is not that bad... but I'm still not totally convinced about those dropouts :confused:
  • 12-23-2008
    ebxtreme
    Nice dude.....looks really sweet.

    I'm hoping to pick mine up next week (along with some pit bike action in the snow).:thumbsup:

    Cheers,
    EB
  • 12-23-2008
    wookie freeride
    Looks Tight
    Cant wait to see it built and ripped. Enjoy..
  • 12-23-2008
    sodak
    Sweet! I am excited to see the build. What are the specs your going with? Fork?
  • 12-23-2008
    pspwesty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FM
    Nice! 6.07lbs is good news. I was fearing the production frames would be closer to 7lbs for a medium.

    That included the seat collar and the dropout inserts. Those items weighed 53 grams so bare frame weight is 2704 grams. Not a big deal but put it out there for informational purposes.
  • 12-23-2008
    pspwesty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lorenz0
    Looks really good, weight is not that bad... but I'm still not totally convinced about those dropouts :confused:

    I was just playing with them. It is actually a clever design. Lightweight and seems like it will hold well once clamped around a wheel. I'll snap another close up of that area after dinner.
  • 12-23-2008
    pspwesty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sodak06
    Sweet! I am excited to see the build. What are the specs your going with? Fork?

    Stem and bar: syncros
    Post: Easton vice
    triggers and RD: X9
    FD: SLX two ring specific
    Cranks: Stylo w/ Gamut bash (borrowed off my covert)
    Fork: Vanilla RLC (again borrowed from covert)
    Wheels: I9 Enduro
  • 12-23-2008
    FM
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    I'm hoping to pick mine up next week (along with some pit bike action in the snow).:thumbsup:

    Cool, yer gettin one?!
    You getting a small? A full bike or stealing parts off something else?
  • 12-23-2008
    pspwesty
    Dropout pics




  • 12-23-2008
    lorenz0
    Great pics; I reckon it's a smart solution since it involves just a few parts and, probably, removing the QR lever from the hub is not a great issue. A "plus" is the fact that you can replace the derailleur hanger while in most steel frames it's included in the dropouts (steel usually doesn't snap, but it can bend). But, IMHO, the most effective solution for singlespeedability (?) is using Paragon sliding dropouts ;)
  • 12-24-2008
    euroford
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lorenz0
    But, IMHO, the most effective solution for singlespeedability (?) is using Paragon sliding dropouts ;)

    noooooo yuk! i hate the paragon sliding dropouts!! i really dig transitions solution.

    either that, or go with EVIL sliding dropouts.
  • 12-24-2008
    ebxtreme
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FM
    Cool, yer gettin one?!
    You getting a small? A full bike or stealing parts off something else?

    Yeah, not sure which size yet. I'll give a couple sizes a ride before deciding.

    Most parts will be a new build. Likely gonna run it as a singlespeed for my winter bike......hoping to get in better shape.

    EB
  • 12-24-2008
    AW_
    Looks sweet!

    I like how they added the third cable guide on the top tube. About time someone figured that out!
  • 12-24-2008
    juice
    I've got a BRIGHT orange Large one sitting in my shop right now. 6.3 lbs with dropouts - not bad! Nice paint job - metal flake in there. It's bright. I usually go for understaed colors, bit figured, WFT, might as well go day-glo. Besides, now those drunk russian hunters won't shoot me :)

    But here's the dealeo - I never knew building up a frame could be so hard. The parts are fine, just swapping my old crap over from my busted Azonic. But jeezus, the sticker options are making my head spin! I can't figure it out - maybe my non-biking wife needs to come down to the basement and provide some consulting.
  • 12-24-2008
    ebxtreme
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice
    I've got a BRIGHT orange Large one sitting in my shop right now. 6.3 lbs with dropouts - not bad! Nice paint job - metal flake in there. It's bright. I usually go for understaed colors, bit figured, WFT, might as well go day-glo. Besides, now those drunk russian hunters won't shoot me :)
    .


    Ummmm.......Helloooooooo..............Pics???
  • 12-24-2008
    FM
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice
    I've got a BRIGHT orange Large one sitting in my shop right now. But jeezus, the sticker options are making my head spin!

    I'd throw the blue stickers on.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Likely gonna run it as a singlespeed for my winter bike......hoping to get in better shape.
    EB

    Cool! You gonna shave your chest? :ihih:

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by euroford
    noooooo yuk! i hate the paragon sliding dropouts!! i really dig transitions solution.

    Just out of curiousity, what don't you like about the paragons?
    They provide adjustable chainstay length which seems like a good thing.
    Plus, your disc brake tabs are guaranteed to be aligned with your drop-out, and can be replaced if the threads get stripped.

    Let's see those pics Juice!
    Happy holidays.
  • 12-24-2008
    juice
    I had to spend most of the day cleaning and cooking up a cassoulet since we're having fam over tomorrow.

    But here she is. All ready to ride, just needs stickers. The only thing I really need is a longer stem, poached the 40mm off my big sled, and I think I'll run 55 on this rig - you know, super long since it's my "xc" bike.


    I really like the way the bike looks, all clean and stealth. I think I"ll go super low-profile with the stickers. We'll see.

    Since this is whay my yard looked like last night, and it's supposed to be super sloppy snow-rain mix for the next week, it might be a while before I get a virgin ride.
  • 12-24-2008
    pspwesty
    Teaser Pics
    I didn't get to finish my build today as I hoped. Daughter, cleaning, and cooking for the next two days of family and friends took precedence. Here are some teaser shots until friday or saturday when I get a chance to finish.





  • 12-25-2008
    lorenz0
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice

    Looks nice in large size too ;)

    I was thinking to Chromag for a "all-duties" hardtail, but this bike is really tempting me. Probably the fact I don't like those dropouts won't be a great issue :D

    BTW... merry Christmas!
  • 12-25-2008
    ebxtreme
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FM
    Cool! You gonna shave your chest? :ihih:

    Definitely.......just got a new high powered razor courtesy of Santa and my mother-in-law! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Note my X-mas sweater!

  • 12-25-2008
    ebxtreme
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by juice
    I had to spend most of the day cleaning and cooking up a cassoulet since we're having fam over tomorrow.

    But here she is. All ready to ride, just needs stickers. The only thing I really need is a longer stem, poached the 40mm off my big sled, and I think I'll run 55 on this rig - you know, super long since it's my "xc" bike.

    Awesome JVP. Stoked for ya! I've yet to see the orange in person, but Kevin was describing it and says it's got a silver undercoat that looks killer.

    EB
  • 12-25-2008
    FM
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Definitely.......just got a new high powered razor courtesy of Santa and my mother-in-law! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Note my X-mas sweater!

    Thats awesome dude! :D
  • 12-26-2008
    dagmz6s
    So my frame arrived but its got a non-quick release seat collar. did either of you guys get a QR seatpost collar with your frames? Overall Im quite impressed by the frame, I have to retap the non-driveside bolt location for the geared setup but its not going anywhere on its own anyway. I'll post pics tomorrow of it fully built, I got a white frame in small.
  • 12-26-2008
    Dr Phil mmkay
    TBC ships all their frames with bolt-on seat-collars.
  • 12-26-2008
    dagmz6s
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dr Phil mmkay
    TBC ships all their frames with bolt-on seat-collars.

    My BR came with a QR collar and the website shows the production frames all with QR collars. If its that simple then its great but Im not 100% convinced yet. I emailed the guys, I'll see what they say.
  • 12-26-2008
    Dr Phil mmkay
    Oops, you're right, I was thinking of the older generation bikes, looks like they do have their own QR collars now (BS, Covert, Syren, BR).
  • 12-26-2008
    pspwesty
    First Ride
    and let me say, this bike is fun! It almost begs to be thrown into corners, not leaned, probably the first flickable bike I have ridden that has actually been flickable. Problem is right now the trail conditions are either covered w/ dry leaves, covered w/ wet leaves, or icy. The bike climbed decently,but it shines when the trail is flat or pointed downhill. It was super stable both in slow technical rock sections and on the downhills. I am going to drop the bars down a few spacers too. The front end is super easy to get up during normal riding, which was fun, but it wanted to pop up on the climbs. Lowering the bars should help with that. A few other minor tweaks are necessary, but I forgot the repack the multi-tool so that I could do them trailside.

    Side

    3/4

    She's a Dirty Girl!
  • 12-26-2008
    terrible1one3
    I will have one of these!
  • 12-26-2008
    snowskilz
    whats the standover?
  • 12-26-2008
    mtb_biker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pspwesty
    and let me say, this bike is fun! It almost begs to be thrown into corners, not leaned, probably the first flickable bike I have ridden that has actually been flickable. Problem is right now the trail conditions are either covered w/ dry leaves, covered w/ wet leaves, or icy. The bike climbed decently,but it shines when the trail is flat or pointed downhill. It was super stable both in slow technical rock sections and on the downhills. I am going to drop the bars down a few spacers too. The front end is super easy to get up during normal riding, which was fun, but it wanted to pop up on the climbs. Lowering the bars should help with that. A few other minor tweaks are necessary, but I forgot the repack the multi-tool so that I could do them trailside.

    Side

    3/4

    She's a Dirty Girl!

    That place looks real familiar... I think i've been there. Where are those pics taken?
  • 12-26-2008
    euroford
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FM
    Just out of curiousity, what don't you like about the paragons?
    They provide adjustable chainstay length which seems like a good thing.
    Plus, your disc brake tabs are guaranteed to be aligned with your drop-out, and can be replaced if the threads get stripped.

    i totally dig the idea of sliding dropouts, i just don't think paragons are a very good solution.
  • 12-26-2008
    ghashmi
    Brown are you out there???
    Oh egahds...single speed low bb goodness from the saviors up north...about as exciting as the fat costco dry-rub ribs I just fired for the clan this evening! Brown Sugar...are you listening???
  • 12-26-2008
    ghashmi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Definitely.......just got a new high powered razor courtesy of Santa and my mother-in-law! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Note my X-mas sweater!


    Eeeegahds...Winter time Avatar now this??? If you can keep that thing running longer than two weeks post up fo sure...until then please leave that Knappy Dearborn Street, Basement Garge, Exucese for a Doo Rag At Home...might be time to freshen that lid with something from momba-sock.
  • 12-26-2008
    2_wheels
    Is the Trans Am a new model? I'm about to be transitionized I do believe.

    What did you guys come in at on the built weight? both of you have similar builds, it will be interesting to see.
    Thanks, post more pics.
  • 12-27-2008
    dagmz6s
    OK so yours came with a regular clamp too. I guess the 31.8mm qr clamp I have should work, time to try!
  • 12-27-2008
    dumbaSS
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dagmz6s
    OK so yours came with a regular clamp too. I guess the 31.8mm qr clamp I have should work, time to try!

    A seat clamp is a seat clamp... as long as it's the right size for the frame. ;)
  • 12-27-2008
    pspwesty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtb_biker
    That place looks real familiar... I think i've been there. Where are those pics taken?

    Rocky Ridge York, PA
  • 12-27-2008
    pspwesty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dagmz6s
    OK so yours came with a regular clamp too. I guess the 31.8mm qr clamp I have should work, time to try!

    Yep, regular clamp. A QR would have been nice, but it's not a deal breaker. The bike is still great.
  • 12-27-2008
    euroford
    bummed that it didn't come with iscg tabs. if i built one, i'd probably go 1x9 with an lg1 on it. or... it would be a GREAT bike for a hammerschmidt.
  • 12-27-2008
    dagmz6s
    OK, well here's my TransAM. Regarding the ISCG comment, I was really upset about that too but I figured that a BB mount for a hardtail like this isnt that bad.

    Frame - Small white TransAM
    Headset - Cane Creek IS-2
    Fork - RS Pike 454 Air
    Brakes - Avid Juicy 5, 185/160 (OEM off a 2009 Trek Fuel)
    Shifter/Derailleur - SRAM X9 (short cage)
    Handlebar - Blk Mrkt Bada Bing
    Stem - Thomson X4 50mm
    Grips - Sunline thin logo
    Cranks/Pedals - Shimano XT, 170mm/Shimano DX
    Chainguide/ring - Gamut P20 w/ 32t
    Chain - Shimano DuraAce w/ wipperman link
    Cassette - SRAM 970 12-27
    Seat/seatpost - SDG I-beam BelAir/SDG Micro I-Beam
    Wheels - Hope Pro II (20mm/10mm) on Sun Equalizer 31 with DT Swiss RWS thrubolt
    Tires - Kenda Nevegal 2.35/2.10



  • 12-27-2008
    snowskilz
    Whats the standover on your small?
  • 12-27-2008
    geolover
    I saw one tonight at the bar with a white Fox fork on it. I think it was Sam's from Transition (he was in the bar at the time with some other scrubs).

    It looks good. Would make a good winter rig I think.

    PS - I'm drunk.

    and naked. :D
  • 12-28-2008
    Truckee Trash
    Updated build. . . just waiting on the stem and the MRP2

    Fork : Rockshox Lyric IS U-Turn Black* (on order)
    Stem : THOMSON 70mm Black* (on order)
    Handlebar : T-BAR 30* (in stock)
    Headset : N/A* (in stock)
    Cranket / BB : XT
    Front Brake : Avid Juicy 7 8"* (on order)
    Rear Brake : Avid Juicy 7 6"* (on order)
    Tire Front : Maxxis Advantage 26x2.4* (on order)
    Tire Rear : Maxxis Advantage 26x2.4* (on order)
    Seatpost : Thompson Elite Black* (in stock)
    Saddle : TBC Park n' Ride AM in WHITE!!!* (in stock)
    Grips : ODI Ruffians White* (on order)
    Cassette : SRAM PG970 11-34* (in stock)
    Wheelset : TBC Revolution 32 (White w/ Red Hubs)* (in stock)
    Rear Shifer : Sram X9* (in stock)
    Rear Derailleur : Sram X9 SHORT Cage* (in stock)
    Chainguide : MRP G2 mini 3?T* (on order)
  • 12-29-2008
    dagmz6s
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by snowskilz
    Whats the standover on your small?

    Roughly 28" give or take a .25" depending on where you measure. That is with a Pike set at 140mm.

    I had my first ride on it today, didnt get to ride that long but loved every minute of it. That could have been all bike or the fact that due to the weather I havent ridden in a month. The bike handles incredibly well and it is quite flickable.
  • 12-31-2008
    mikael_nr1
    Lyrik is a wonderful fork but I think you will be happier with a pike on this bike, I have them both and wouldn't want to put the 160mm Lyrik on my HT. You'll save cash and get a lighter bike with the PIKE.
  • 12-31-2008
    Truckee Trash
    I think Im gonna stick with the Lyric for riding purposes, travel adjust, and a future on another bike.

    Build's getting Blingy, can't wait to post some pics.
  • 12-31-2008
    juice
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikael_nr1
    Lyrik is a wonderful fork but I think you will be happier with a pike on this bike, I have them both and wouldn't want to put the 160mm Lyrik on my HT. You'll save cash and get a lighter bike with the PIKE.

    If you ride lots of tech, ride fast on the DH, or hit plenty 'o jumpage, a 160 fork seems pretty good on this bike. This is a fairly burly frame that'll be able to handle lots of abuse (hey, it's a Transition), and works great just a little bit more slacked out - and still only has a 12.6" BB with a typical 160mm fork.

    68.5 degrees just seems too steep for my type of riding, so I'll be using my Talas 36 in 160mm mode on everything except climbs. Horses for courses.