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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk View Post
    I assume a 44 RC3 Ti going on the front?
    i'm running this fork (150mm) on a Covert '10, the perfect Fork for an trailbike like the Bandit.
    If im changing to a Bandit it would definitely move to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowbike View Post
    i'm running this fork (150mm) on a Covert '10, the perfect Fork for an trailbike like the Bandit.
    If im changing to a Bandit it would definitely move to it.
    I've heard nothing but amazing things about this fork. Trying to track down a 2011 one cheap for my next trail bike. Really like the grey over the new white. I have an aversion to white bike parts, try to avoid them at all costs.

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    i've seen some cheap 2010 models recently. i think the 140mm would also be nice as Transition is also using 140 forks in their builds.
    Here is a photo of a bandit with a 2010 44 RC3
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    Does anyone have input as to how the Bandit climbs compared to the Titus Moto-Lite?
    I'm ready to upgrade from my ML-1 and I'm down to the Bandit and the Pivot Mach 5.7. From what I have been reading, the Bandit sounds like it's a little more "fun" to ride than the 5.7 but I'm looking for an upgrade in climbing from my Titus.

    Any input is appreciated - thanks.

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    The 5.7 will definitely be the best upgrade if you want to improve your climbing but I had a demo ride of a bandit and was impressed by the pedal platform with propedal on.. both really cool bikes. I would be more interested which bike is more playful and suspension performance for downhills

    edit: im pretty sure the bandit is alot cheaper too
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    I've ridden both the Pivot Mach 5.7 and the Bandit. Bandits a better downhill bike even with the smaller travel. The Pivots a better climber. Ridden the Bandit mostly around NV/Whistler and the Mach 5.7 in OR and BC
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    Thanks for the input guys - I wish I had a way to demo these bikes but there are no Transition dealers in the whole state of Michigan and my local Pivot dealer only gets 29er's to demo.
    Joel - you are right on about cost, I'd be lying if I said that hasn't been one of the big factors in my frame search.

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    The bandit build begins!
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    How does a bandit with a 160 on the front ride? Let me know. Thanks

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    @Wolfboy. Where are the built up pics? You were ripping on it Sunday enough to lose some bark. Bring with the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    I've ridden both the Pivot Mach 5.7 and the Bandit. Bandits a better downhill bike even with the smaller travel. The Pivots a better climber. Ridden the Bandit mostly around NV/Whistler and the Mach 5.7 in OR and BC
    I got more than a few PMs about that so thought I should clarify

    The Bandit is most definitely a do-it-all trail bike that has way more downhill ability than a bike with its travel should have. It has (no surprises here) the Transition feel of playfullness and downhill ability. I contrasted it with the 5.7 for uphill only because I was asked. To be clear the 5.7 is an exceptional climber but I didn't think it was close to being as good on the downhill as the Bandit despite having more travel. The Bandit is still a very good climber; certainly better than average. So you'd have trade-offs
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    All built up, just done the one ride so far and wow it rips.
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    Looks light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Looks light.
    Comes in at 12.4kgs, 27.4 pounds. Not bad i reckon. Will be a little more when i put a reverb on it though.

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    How well/efficent are you guys finding the Bandit climbs?
    I live on the East Coast and am considering the complete 2012 Bandit 1 but not sure how a single pivot will climb some of the medium length but steep rooty climbs that seem to be the norm here.
    Was thinking I could leave the RP23 in the #2 compression setting and all would ve good. Anyone do that?
    Thanks

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    getting closer to being done, depending on tire choice it should end up within a 1/2lb of this weight


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    Here it is, my bandit, waited on the updated 142mm spacing to pop up, when it did I ordered this guy. The bandit replaces my old covert which was a bit much for the local terrain (and I now own a tr250 for DH/FR). I wrestled with myself on going with the 29íer but settled on the 26 for my riding style. Really amazing bike up close, the parts spec is pretty much exactly what I like with a few exceptions:

    - 10spd at some point but had the 9spd stuff around
    - Tires are 2.2 Wetscreams for the bad conditions right now, in the summer Iíll probably run a Highroller/Larson 2.3 combo
    - Lace up the i9 wheels to some ENVE rims later this year
    - Depending on location I will most likely swap the fork for a dropped 36 float

    Big plans for this bike over the coming year(s) doing some fairly epic trips in Northern Canada (Yukon), PNW road trip with some riding in Oregon, Washington, North Shore, Whistler, Pemby...Working on some other trips for the coming year but nothing is set in stone. Really psyched to clock some serious miles on this bike.

    My finely calibrated hand puts this bike right around 26 lbs. But I really have no idea on exacts.










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    Titec Flat Tracker bars, 700mm?

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    indeed i really like the low flat feel of the flats, been running them for a while.

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    Nice Bandit. How about another shot of the Audi?

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    All built up, still working out tire choices and it'll likely get a front derailleur on it soon but I'm pretty happy with the looks of it. Time to get it dirty!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 661lee View Post
    Nice Bandit. How about another shot of the Audi?
    Never mind the Audi! How about that fooken unicycle!


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    First impressions on the bike is oh my. I got 3 rides in this past week here in the northeast one was a mixed bag of smooth and tech in the dark so it was tough to really get the setup dialed but after that ride I was able to more closely dial in the rear shock.

    The second ride was a sloppy as hell technical ish singletrack ride, thank god for those wet screams with the conditions we are having. I was noticing some pedal strikes on my 170mm cranks which isnít normal for me and realized I was probably sagging a bit much so pumped it up a bit and problem solved.

    3rd ride was the most technical rock area in the region, area filled with glacial mine fields, chest height log overs, and big mossy rock roll ins. I rode my covert here regularly and didnít really miss it. The bandit was an absolute terror in the rock esp with a set of soft high roller 2.3ís. You can absolutely feel the 142 spacing when it gets nasty. I typically like my suspension setup stiff so I was going back and forth between pro pedal and not. I think I am going to put a few more lbs of pressure in the back and leave the pro pedal off which should be the sweet spot. The bike isnt a freeride bike but you can really push the limits with good line choices...

    Fork wise I have been riding that revelation for a while, I think the attitude of this bike really asks for a 34mm or 36mm (dropped to 150) to really shine in the rough. I will probably make an adjustment in the near future. For smoother terrain the 32ís will be just fine. Thatís it for now but Iíll try to post back every now and then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by davet View Post
    All built up, still working out tire choices and it'll likely get a front derailleur on it soon but I'm pretty happy with the looks of it. Time to get it dirty!

    This one is beautiful except for brake rotors. You definately should try some more pedal-friendly tires also. I use Conti RQ on my Covert, pretty grippy and roll good.

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    got a couple more rides in on the bandit since I last posted, still fiddeling with the rear shock a bit what are you guys running for preasure in the rear? I am about 180 all geared up on the bike and finding it a bit soft with pro pedal off...feedback?

    Also really finding i would benefit from a 50mm stem on the bike to bring out even more playfullness, 70mm now...What is everyone running? I am 5'9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manhattanprjkt83 View Post
    got a couple more rides in on the bandit since I last posted, still fiddeling with the rear shock a bit what are you guys running for preasure in the rear? I am about 180 all geared up on the bike and finding it a bit soft with pro pedal off...feedback?

    Also really finding i would benefit from a 50mm stem on the bike to bring out even more playfullness, 70mm now...What is everyone running? I am 5'9.
    I'm running 25% sag and it feels pretty good. If you think it's soft with the propedal off, you can adjust the level of "off" with the dial on the propedal lever. At #1 I find it a bit soft, but #2 firms it up just right.

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    here's a self shot photo of the Bandit in it's native habitat


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsom111 View Post
    This one is beautiful except for brake rotors. You definately should try some more pedal-friendly tires also. I use Conti RQ on my Covert, pretty grippy and roll good.
    what's with the rotor hate? They work great, and are light. What more can you ask for.

    Minions are great for the trails around here at this time of the year. I'll put something a bit faster rolling when things start drying out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davet View Post
    what's with the rotor hate? They work great, and are light. What more can you ask for.
    Rotors look nice, but stock ones should work better because of larger contact surface with brake pads.

    Minions are great for the trails around here at this time of the year. I'll put something a bit faster rolling when things start drying out.
    Man, Minions are heavy downhill tyres, they just can't roll good due to weight and sticky compound. I bet you'll just fly on your bike when you change them for something more XC-ish .

    Nice photo, btw, wish my local trails looked like that now. But it's only snow everywhere and about a month to wait till it melts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsom111 View Post
    Rotors look nice, but stock ones should work better because of larger contact surface with brake pads.


    Man, Minions are heavy downhill tyres, they just can't roll good due to weight and sticky compound. I bet you'll just fly on your bike when you change them for something more XC-ish .

    Nice photo, btw, wish my local trails looked like that now. But it's only snow everywhere and about a month to wait till it melts.
    They are actually give better bite than stock rotors, if they didn't I wouldn't use them. I started using them on my dh bike a few years back as an experiment and have stuck with them every since.

    Those are single ply Minions, around 800g and I run them tubeless. Our terrain is wet, rocky and rooty, pure xc tires are pretty much useless unless it's dry.

    Different strokes for different folks I guess, every riding area has it's own needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfboy View Post
    All built up, just done the one ride so far and wow it rips.
    Not the best quality vid, but here is a short one of Wolfboy on one of his Bandits first rides. I am following him on my Tracer.


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    Any Trans Am riders out there that switched to a Bandit? What are your impressions on the ride and geo of the Bandit? I love the slack geo on my Trans Am w/ a talas 160. I'm not sure if I want to give up the hard tail yet.
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    Here's a picture of me on my 2011 Bandit in my first bike race ever: the True Grit Epic: 50 miles, 6000+ feet climbing in Utah this past weekend. Out of 200+ racers, I'm pretty sure I was the only person riding flat-pedals and one of very few people on 26" wheels. I managed to finish in the top half of the field, so I'm very happy with how my Bandit performed--can't say enough good things about this bike. This was actually a surprisingly technical course in places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel-addict View Post
    Here's a picture of me on my 2011 Bandit in my first bike race ever: the True Grit Epic: 50 miles, 6000+ feet climbing in Utah this past weekend. Out of 200+ racers, I'm pretty sure I was the only person riding flat-pedals and one of very few people on 26" wheels. I managed to finish in the top half of the field, so I'm very happy with how my Bandit performed--can't say enough good things about this bike. This was actually a surprisingly technical course in places.
    Congratulations on your finish, that's great to finish in the top half in your first race!
    Nice picture too, you look like you are having a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhshuttlemonkey View Post
    Any Trans Am riders out there that switched to a Bandit? What are your impressions on the ride and geo of the Bandit? I love the slack geo on my Trans Am w/ a talas 160. I'm not sure if I want to give up the hard tail yet.
    I just went from a TA to a bandit. No regrets. It has all the things I loved about the TA : its nimble, responsive, and super playful on the downhills. But now I have 5 inches of travel in the rear which makes it even more fun! For where I ride (The front range of Colorado) and how I ride the bandit is perfect.

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    Hey, just picked up a bandit frame, what travel are you guys running on the front? im on a bit of a budget and just ordered a 2012 dual coil sektor 150mm, my local lbs threw in some revolution 28 wheels which run a 20mm axle so had to go 20mm maxle, hopefully the build wont be too heavy with these as i allready have a 250 for downhill, any feedback be great thanks!

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    Scratch that! Canceeled the coil sektor, went with air revelation.

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    First Ride

    First time a bike is better than I am. Super poppy off the jumps... had to actually slow down since I was flying a bit too far. Had time to think about where the landing went while in the air.
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    mine.

    having trouble with play in my rear linkage seems the bushing wear out quick.

    but love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by meattray View Post



    having trouble with play in my rear linkage seems the bushing wear out quick.

    but love it
    mine came loose after a few rides. I just tightened it up and it's been fine since. When I felt the play I checked the pivot bolts and they were tight, but after loosening them off and retightening them, all the play disappeared. It's good practice to check all the fasteners on your bike after a few initial rides.

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    Did all that. Then called transition they said replace the bushings

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    I pulled the trigger on Bandit yesterday. Thanks to the guys at Drop N Zone.
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    Picked up my bandit yesterday. Medium Frame, Green

    6.90 lbs with rear axle and headset cups. Can't wait to get this baby built up. pics and details to follow

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    Have one on the way, size Medium.

    Planning on running with 150mm Revs. I had presumed this would be absolutley fine.
    I notice the kit builds are all 140mm, - even the option with Revelations is at 140mm.

    Anyone with any issues running 150mm forks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manhattanprjkt83 View Post
    got a couple more rides in on the bandit since I last posted, still fiddeling with the rear shock a bit what are you guys running for preasure in the rear? I am about 180 all geared up on the bike and finding it a bit soft with pro pedal off...feedback?

    Also really finding i would benefit from a 50mm stem on the bike to bring out even more playfullness, 70mm now...What is everyone running? I am 5'9.
    I'm about your weight with gear and I run 155 psi in the shock and generally keep the shock in the open position in the "1" setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aroche View Post
    Have one on the way, size Medium.

    Planning on running with 150mm Revs. I had presumed this would be absolutley fine.
    I notice the kit builds are all 140mm, - even the option with Revelations is at 140mm.

    Anyone with any issues running 150mm forks?
    I run a Sektor coil u-turn 150mm on mine with blackbox dampers and haven't had any issues with it since November. I run an angleset tho too so my head angle is probably around 66.5-67 deg. BB height is ~12.75".

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    Quote Originally Posted by meattray View Post
    Did all that. Then called transition they said replace the bushings
    Where are the bushings? I thought the bandit had cartridge bearing pivots.

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    2012 Bandit

    Here's my Bandit Fully Built
    Bandit Green Frame Medium
    Rock Shox Revelation Dual Position
    XO Cranks
    X9 Drivetrain
    Sunline Flat Bars
    Hope Stem
    Hope 819 wheels
    Minion 2.35 Front
    Specialized Eskar 2.35 Rear
    Specialized Blacklite command post

    Total Weight 30.01 Lbs

    Going to move the rear to tubelss to shave off another lb.
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