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    Here's mine...30.5 lbs of FUN. Just stole the lyrik from my other bike today. I had a coil sektor on it but felt like that was the weakest link. Felt great on a short ride today. First real test tomorrow.

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    ^^^ Nice - Gold bars look so pimp with the green of the Bandit
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    What was it about the sektor that you thought was the weakest link, was it performance or flex from the 32 stantions? i'm thinking of building a bandit with a coil sektor, however, i upgraded the rebound to dual flow black box from a rev and its pretty sweet fork got it on a meta 4x just now and i love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyninja View Post
    What was it about the sektor that you thought was the weakest link, was it performance or flex from the 32 stantions? i'm thinking of building a bandit with a coil sektor, however, i upgraded the rebound to dual flow black box from a rev and its pretty sweet fork got it on a meta 4x just now and i love it.
    i have a sektor on my bike(not bandit) and think the fork works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyninja View Post
    What was it about the sektor that you thought was the weakest link, was it performance or flex from the 32 stantions? i'm thinking of building a bandit with a coil sektor, however, i upgraded the rebound to dual flow black box from a rev and its pretty sweet fork got it on a meta 4x just now and i love it.
    I ride it with a Sektor Coil RL (20mm) and love it. Intresting tweek. I might try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marti163 View Post
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    Here's mine...30.5 lbs of FUN. Just stole the lyrik from my other bike today. I had a coil sektor on it but felt like that was the weakest link. Felt great on a short ride today. First real test tomorrow.
    Very nice! Do you have an angleset or is it just the picture? It does look slack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyninja View Post
    What was it about the sektor that you thought was the weakest link, was it performance or flex from the 32 stantions? i'm thinking of building a bandit with a coil sektor, however, i upgraded the rebound to dual flow black box from a rev and its pretty sweet fork got it on a meta 4x just now and i love it.
    I upgraded my sektor with blackbox motion control and rebound. I really like the fork and it will go back on my hardtail now. It always felt good over rough stuff in a straight line but in really hard corners and while braking I felt like it was twisting a bit. It's also not light so I figured the lyrik would not be much of a sacrifice in that regard. I took it on a proper ride on yesterday and loved it with the lyrik. I was way more confident in the corners and everything felt very stiff. I converted my coil 170 to a coil u-turn and set the travel at about 145mm. I do have a 1.5 deg angleset on there as well which puts the HA about 66.

    I rode the bike from November to now with the sektor and I have loved it. The desire to change to the lyrik was mostly due to the fact that I ride the bandit almost exclusively now and want it to be able to handle some of the steeper rockier trails that I got used to riding fast on my reignx. The bandit climbs so much better and is just more fun overall that I rarely even want to ride my other bikes. I do think the sektor (coil) is a good fit for the bike but a soloair lyrik is almost the same weight (2000g ish) and the coil uturn is about a pound more. For me at least after one ride, the extra pound is worth it. I am tempted to try a lyrik soloair and see if I can get the best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haakan View Post
    Very nice! Do you have an angleset or is it just the picture? It does look slack.
    Yes I do have an angleset on there. Pain in the ass to keep quiet but not impossible. I like it much better. BB is just under 13" I believe and the HA about 66 deg.

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    Here it is with the sektor right after I built it. I've swapped around quite a few parts since then. Mine is a 2011 model with the regular dropouts. I have found the rear end is much stiffer with a thru axle rear hub. I have a hadley 10mm thru on mine now. It is currently laced to a WTB laserdisc FR rim and I'm not 100% sure if the stiffness comes from the burly wide rim or the hub. I've been meaning to lace a stans flow on there and check but It's a fair bit of work and I love the way the rear end feels now. Also tempted to try the pacenti rims as they would get me back under 30 lbs but again it would be a lot of work and the weight of the bike isn't bothering me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marti163 View Post
    Yes I do have an angleset on there. Pain in the ass to keep quiet but not impossible. I like it much better. BB is just under 13" I believe and the HA about 66 deg.
    I'm waiting for a Works Components -1 deg. Hopefully that is easier to set up.

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    Here it is with the sektor right after I built it. I've swapped around quite a few parts since then. Mine is a 2011 model with the regular dropouts. I have found the rear end is much stiffer with a thru axle rear hub. I have a hadley 10mm thru on mine now. It is currently laced to a WTB laserdisc FR rim and I'm not 100% sure if the stiffness comes from the burly wide rim or the hub. I've been meaning to lace a stans flow on there and check but It's a fair bit of work and I love the way the rear end feels now. Also tempted to try the pacenti rims as they would get me back under 30 lbs but again it would be a lot of work and the weight of the bike isn't bothering me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    ^^^ Nice - Gold bars look so pimp with the green of the Bandit
    I happen to have a gold chromag bar (although they call it root beer) which I believe would look el pimpster on a green bandit as well.
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    just got my bandit frame!

    any idea if i can throw in a RS monarch rc3 plus with the bandit?

    planning on purchasing a PUSHD RS monarch rc3 plus as an upgrade.

    I'm worried about the clearance of the shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franz15 View Post
    just got my bandit frame!

    any idea if i can throw in a RS monarch rc3 plus with the bandit?

    planning on purchasing a PUSHD RS monarch rc3 plus as an upgrade.

    I'm worried about the clearance of the shock.
    I don't think you will have any problems with fit. I'd give the rp23 a fair chance first though. I thought I'd be swapping mine out but it's working great. I never use the propedal lever and set the compression tune to 1 in the open position. Climbs and descends great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marti163 View Post
    I don't think you will have any problems with fit. I'd give the rp23 a fair chance first though. I thought I'd be swapping mine out but it's working great. I never use the propedal lever and set the compression tune to 1 in the open position. Climbs and descends great.
    thanks marti. just want to try out the monarch rc3 plus for an alternative and out of curiosity been reading a lot of good reviews from that shock.

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    fresh off the oven!

    carbon covert! wish theyd do a carbon bandit also!

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    My bandit updated with Hope hubs (142*12 rear), High Rollers, KS Drop Zone, Silent Guide, Superstar flat pedals and Works Angle set -1. I can highly recommend angle set. Now it's a beast. (Sorry for the crappy pic)
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    Pretty stock Build2 about 1/3 into my first 30+ miler (up N. Fork past Tumalo Falls for you Oregonians )


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    I took my bike to work today.

    First he got set up in a cube

    Then we got coffee

    Finally i found him trying to do funny things with the copier.... Not sure he's allowed back here.
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    Finally got mine built up. Bandit 1 build kit, with a fair bit of gear swapped out to Spank parts. The wheel set is a lot heavier than the Cobalts, but I'm not hugely concerned about weight.

    Loving this bike though. I'm pretty much using it as an AM bike - pedalling it up to bomb it down.




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    Curious to hear your ride experience compared to the TransAM.
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    Well my first ride was yesterday, I can say the geometry and the riding position was really close to the TransAM, even though the seat tube on the Bandit is steeper. I felt really at home on it. Riding characteristics are similar as well, this ride is definitely stiffer and tracked better, and with the way the suspension handled it was really fun on the way down, I also found it seriously capable and comfortable going up some pretty technical climbs.

    I will ride it every day these next 10 days so I can get a better riding report then.

    First impressions were VERY good!

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    Large Bandit frame

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    Anyone have a used Bandit 26" frame only for sale?

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    Check this review out, What Mountain Bike Magazine voted the Bandit 2 "Connoisseur's Choice 2012"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunt pimp View Post
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    Anyone have a used Bandit 26" frame only for sale?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Thanks eurospek.....looking for used large frame.

    Thanks again

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    I've got a Large if you've got a Med...

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    I could use some help on sizing. According to the sizing chart, me being 5-7 puts me just outside of the small size, but I can't imagine having an 18" bike (the medium). Anybody that's 5-7 have any input?

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    I'm 5-07 and I ride a medium. It's perfect for me with a 50mm stem. I have plenty of room to run a 5" dropper post too.
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    I am 5ft 7" and also ride a medium. It fits perfect.

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    Thanks. Especially for the info about there being room for a dropper post. After having my Reverb all summer I won't go without.

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    My baby, updated with dropper post, -1.5 headset, XT Trail pedals and Specialized Purgatory/Butcher tires. 28.8lbs as shown


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    What steering tube length is recommended for a 140mm fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davet View Post
    My baby, updated with dropper post, -1.5 headset, XT Trail pedals and Specialized Purgatory/Butcher tires. 28.8lbs as shown

    Sweet! I also run an angle set. How do you like it now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haakan View Post
    Sweet! I also run an angle set. How do you like it now?
    I really like it for the terrain around here. I didn't notice any ill effects when climbing and it feels a bit more stable when it gets faster and steeper

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    davet, is that front derailleur way high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRing View Post
    davet, is that front derailleur way high?
    I thought so too, but any lower and the chainstay will hit it at full compression. It appears worse as I'm running a 32tooth front ring and bashguard whereas most seem to be running 2x10 with a larger front ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Innota View Post
    What steering tube length is recommended for a 140mm fork?
    Mine is 230mm. XL frame, i'm 6'4"

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    Quote Originally Posted by davet View Post
    I really like it for the terrain around here. I didn't notice any ill effects when climbing and it feels a bit more stable when it gets faster and steeper
    That's my impression too. Have a few Bandits around here and more people are thinking about mounting an angle set.
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    Im also thinking about trying an angle set.
    Not that I'm feeling limited due to the 68HA, but it would be fun to try out the hype.
    Or eccentric bushings beacuse they are cheaper really, but have anyone tried it?
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    I've got thoughts about offset bushings, I don't know if they are valid thoughts, possibly someone that knows suspension theory can chime in. Here goes, suspension designers spend a lot of time designing suspension curves. Offset bushing mess with that. They mimic the bike being deeper into the travel than it actually is, so if a particular suspension design's pedal platform is design to be at a certain point in the travel, now it's at a different place.

    I guess my point is, the Bandit is such an awesome pedaling bike, I don't think you'd want to do anything to mess with it.

    Besides that, the offset bushing lower the bottom bracket height too, and I don't think I'd want it any lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gridlocked View Post
    Im also thinking about trying an angle set.
    Not that I'm feeling limited due to the 68HA, but it would be fun to try out the hype.
    Or eccentric bushings beacuse they are cheaper really, but have anyone tried it?
    Go for a Works Components. Not as cheap as offset bushings but not as steep as Cane Creek. And as Davet said, you don't want the bb to be lower if you ride technical terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haakan View Post
    Go for a Works Components. Not as cheap as offset bushings but not as steep as Cane Creek. And as Davet said, you don't want the bb to be lower if you ride technical terrain.
    I use the Works Components as well. I've got too many friends that complain about the CC Angleset knocking and creaking. It may be due to improper installation/maintenance but this is a bike not a space shuttle, things shouldn't be that finicky. The Works unit is simple and it works, no issues, no clunking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gridlocked View Post
    Im also thinking about trying an angle set.
    Not that I'm feeling limited due to the 68HA, but it would be fun to try out the hype.
    Or eccentric bushings beacuse they are cheaper really, but have anyone tried it?
    I've done it and like it pretty well. I'm running a fox 36 up front and combined with the offset bushing I've certainly slackened the HA and lowered the BB from stock. I've wondered about the points made by Davet, but admit I'm not smart enough to know whether these concerns are valid. I've also never ridden the bike w/o the offset bushings to allow a comparison. I can say that I'm pretty damned happy with how the bike rides and how the suspension works, so it's not as if the offset renders the bike useless. I have found that I am running a bit more air pressure in the rear shock than some (about 5-10 PSI more than I weigh whereas some have said they are running fewer PSI than their weight), so wonder if that is somehow related to the change in effective shock length. It could also be that I like my suspension set up pretty stiff.

    An angleset will also lower your BB height, but it's not clear to me whether it would be the same amount of BB drop as the offset bushing. My BB is pretty damned low, but I can still get away with running 175 cranks. I'm used to low bikes (blur 4x at 12.6 and spitfire at 13.2 were my last 2 bikes) and have made the adjustments long ago, so I don't really notice it very much. I could see it bugging some people.

    Basically, I really like slack and low bikes and have for years. A slightly slacker Bandit is loads of fun and I highly recommend it if low and slack is your thing. Good part about the offset bushing at least is that if you don't like it, you're only out like 20 bucks.

    Edit: There is a pic of my bike right at the top of page 12 of this thread post #276...

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    My Bandit makes Bike of the Day at Vital MTB last week!


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    Quote Originally Posted by davet View Post
    I use the Works Components as well. I've got too many friends that complain about the CC Angleset knocking and creaking. It may be due to improper installation/maintenance but this is a bike not a space shuttle, things shouldn't be that finicky. The Works unit is simple and it works, no issues, no clunking.
    Hey Davet,

    Do you have the part numbers for the Works components angle cups? Very interested to try these out, probably -1.5 degree.

    Do you still use a tapered fork?

    Cheers

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    I have my transition bandit 26 (XL) now about 8months. I really like the bike, the geometry feels great (but maybe I'll try an anlgeset), the size is spot-on, it's light, it looks awesome... but I really hate the delivered fox float rp23....

    o boy, I can't get it right: it is bouncing & bottoming or it is harsh. I installed an old float with broken rebound and it really performs way better than the stock shock. Now I'm considering of buying a new one, but I would like to find out the problem first.

    What can be the problem? The wrong tune for my weight (1m95 so 220lbs)? Typical for the boostvalve shocks? Same probs with a kashima shock? Any tips for upgrade shocks?

    And how do I know the right tune? Now I've installed:
    velocity tune: F
    boostvalve: 250
    rebound: M
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    and an extra question: can I use a down swing front derailleur on the frame?

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