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    Introducing the Bandit

    Check it out everybody!

    All New Transition Bandit

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    oh heck yes!

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    yes please

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    can we can get some build kit info?

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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

    why not produce an AM 29er? I love you guys, but I think you're missing the boat, or a big chunk of the market place, the 29" crowd, which is growing faster than any other single segment of bike lines. Even holdout YETI has put one in the stable, and dang near every other company is on board. It's like holding on to the BETAMAX standard when everyone else got on board with VHS.

    To all the 29er haters that will chime in, nobody's trying to take away your 26" bike. There is always a place. I'm just saying to Transition to diversify their line and bring MORE people into the flock. The argument that frame manufacture's are being held up by the fork companies has merit, but it's going to take more companies to start pushing FOX and Rockshox for a 36mm long travel 29er fork. You push them by showing them a frame that needs a fork and guaranteeing RS or FOX fork sales. $$$ makes it happen.

    Intense, Niner, Lenz have commited to a 5.5" travel bike, and more are on the way. Marzocchi, Manitou and WB's have stepped up to the plate in the mean time to offer forks for this segment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MqtRider
    why not produce an AM 29er? I love you guys, but I think you're missing the boat, or a big chunk of the market place, the 29" crowd, which is growing faster than any other single segment of bike lines. Even holdout YETI has put one in the stable, and dang near every other company is on board. It's like holding on to the BETAMAX standard when everyone else got on board with VHS.

    To all the 29er haters that will chime in, nobody's trying to take away your 26" bike. There is always a place. I'm just saying to Transition to diversify their line and bring MORE people into the flock. The argument that frame manufacture's are being held up by the fork companies has merit, but it's going to take more companies to start pushing FOX and Rockshox for a 36mm long travel 29er fork. You push them by showing them a frame that needs a fork and guaranteeing RS or FOX fork sales. $$$ makes it happen.

    Intense, Niner, Lenz have commited to a 5.5" travel bike, and more are on the way. Marzocchi, Manitou and WB's have stepped up to the plate in the mean time to offer forks for this segment.
    I don't think you need to convince them. They've been testing one.

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    looks fun, clean, and sexy in black

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    why do 29" people try so hard to convince the world? easy on the kool-aid. yes, glorified betamax hybrid bikes with knobbies do have their market share. I prefer a slimmer waist as opposed to buying larger pants. take this new Bandit for example..
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    that thing looks sick, and i'm not going to get preachy about it, but something like that with 29" wheels would definitely get me thinking about re-prioritizing my financial plan!
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    ETA?? Standover? Colors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119
    why do 29" people try so hard to convince the world? easy on the kool-aid. yes, glorified betamax hybrid bikes with knobbies do have their market share. I prefer a slimmer waist as opposed to buying larger pants. take this new Bandit for example..
    If you asked me two years ago, my response would have been the same as yours.

    But after buying one to try (had to see if I was justified in making fun of them or not), I really like it. The bigger wheel size doesn't make sense everywhere for everyone on every ride, but it's a great option in a lot of places. If you only ride jumps and bike parks and DH, then no, pretty sure you won't want one. If you have something like this in your quiver.. you might be inclined to like the 29er too.

    Canfield has a sick 29er right now (never thought I would utter those words)... Banshee has one on the drawing board.

    I definitely don't want to be known as one of those guys who pushes 29ers because they are better at everything and 26" is dumb (you know the type of person I am talking about), I don't mean that at all. The 29er has a lot of unrealistic hype attached to it but it also has bad reputation as being an old man's hybrid xc bike which isn't necessarily true either.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by ride_nw
    If you asked me two years ago, my response would have been the same as yours.

    But after buying one to try (had to see if I was justified in making fun of them or not), I really like it. The bigger wheel size doesn't make sense everywhere for everyone on every ride, but it's a great option in a lot of places. If you only ride jumps and bike parks and DH, then no, pretty sure you won't want one. If you have something like this in your quiver.. you might be inclined to like the 29er too.

    Canfield has a sick 29er right now (never thought I would utter those words)... Banshee has one on the drawing board.
    have given them an honest go. Had a Soulcraft Holy Roller for a while. Decided to try them cuz I rode my cx bike so much in the trails it made sense but didn't translate for me. grew up on bmx and moto so ride style and like you said terrain makes a difference. I'm in Texas so these days when you roll up on a 26 everybody stares at you like you're on a horse! til it get's fast and techy. the difference to me between the two is mindset.

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    Reincarnated Preston?

    Is the frame going to fail every 6 months like a Preston?

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    The Preston was a freeride bike, this is a light weight trail bike. Reincarnation? Not likely.

    Anyway, the Bandit looks awesome. What's the ETA on complete build pricing info and availability?

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    From a retail perspective, TBC should offer this as a complete bike with a sub $3k price point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa
    The Preston was a freeride bike, this is a light weight trail bike. Reincarnation? Not likely.
    I was mostly kidding.... but one could say the the Preston was just a very heavy trail bike, actually "FRing" one invariably ended in tears. I bet this is spot on with Preston geo, but without the pork.

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    Ohhhh, me likey! The geometry and sizing looks spot on for me ( med. is almost identical sizing to a med. TransAm at a quick glance). And I'm thinking that since this is TBC making the bike that it should still be pretty tough. Can't wait to see some ride impressions and then the inevitable comparisons to other stout short travel trail bikes.
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    Do I spy adjustable seatpost cable guides on the top tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vorar
    I don't think you need to convince them. They've been testing one.
    Yes, but it's very early.

    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Reincarnated Preston?

    Is the frame going to fail every 6 months like a Preston?
    Yo Joel, I think we both know that the Preston was billed as a FR bike, yet didn't have the travel or necessary bulk to really handle bigger riding. Hence, you needing a replacement every 6 months!

    I don't see them promoting this bike in anyway, shape or form like the Preston was previously touted. This is a XC/trailbike....not supposed to replace a Covert or any other model.

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    very nice !
    this is what should be done on the Covert, straight toptube without gusset
    very interested to see the colors chosen

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    I like it. A lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees
    Do I spy adjustable seatpost cable guides on the top tube?
    I think the proto covert had them also? I wish mine had them!

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    I like it.

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    May is the likely in the shop date so you have plenty of time to drool. Also, New Bottlerockets due in February/March so get your preorder in!
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    Geo is different than a preston. Looks like a nice little trail bike to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunt pimp
    I think the proto covert had them also? I wish mine had them!
    Those were guides for routing the FD cable on the proto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad_Money
    May is the likely in the shop date so you have plenty of time to drool. Also, New Bottlerockets due in February/March so get your preorder in!
    Specs/Pricing on the new rockets?

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    Any idea what travel fork this was intended to have?

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    V1 covert anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees
    Those were guides for routing the FD cable on the proto.
    i see.

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    Looks great! I can see me riding one of these, just don't know where the money will come from.

    I'd love to see a 29er version too, but for those talking about it remember it's not as simple as just designing the frame. Transition spec an in-house wheelset on their bikes - a 29er build means either spec'ing a third party product, or having a 29er rim made. Either of these may be cost prohibitive and may not enable them to provide a complete build at the price point that they would like to see.

    I would like to hear about the proto though, Vorar.

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    Looks like a great trail bike. At least for me. Its nice to see someone making something in this range of travel. 100mm isn't quite enough and 140mm is just a bit too much. At 130mm they kind of leave it open to you to what kind of bike you want to build up based on your fork choice. Personally I'd see a 100-140mm Talas killing on this bike. If I hadn't just bought a new FS bike this Fall I'd be giving this one a serious look.

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    Can't wait to see the available colors! The black is so nice though . . . And I like the older, simple "Transition" frame decals versus the newer "graphics kits" that are applied under the clearcoat like on the newer Coverts, TR450s, etc.

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    i like the older frame decals as well, and hope Transition uses them for this frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by spcarter
    V1 covert anyone?
    Not exactly. Way steeper seat tube, almost a pound less metal in the frame, and designed to use it's rear travel differently it seems. I would like to compare one side by side (or is that ride by ride?) with my V1 though.

    I think it's a good looking bike. If I had the requisite 7 large I would order up one of these and one of the new Blindsides and be pretty much set for anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees
    Can't wait to see the available colors! The black is so nice though . . . And I like the older, simple "Transition" frame decals versus the newer "graphics kits" that are applied under the clearcoat like on the newer Coverts, TR450s, etc.
    I can't agree with this enough.

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    +1 for the older frame decals! I'm intrigued by this bike and think it would serve my purposes nicely - just enough travel for what I ride around here.

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    Exactly what I am looking for right now for endurance/adventure racing bike.

    Too bad it is not yet up for sale. Hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MqtRider
    why not produce an AM 29er? I love you guys, but I think you're missing the boat, or a big chunk of the market place, the 29" crowd, which is growing faster than any other single segment of bike lines.
    All the market considerations aside.

    There is no replacement for suspension travel and slack headangle. I was shopping for a while for a FS 29r for endurance racing, tried many, and I found that travel more then 100mm does not fit me well (5'8"), and that I prefer the kind of stability from the slack HT and longer travel up front and back. And lighter weight. And 2'4" tires that are still very light. 650b would have been a better compromise for me, but lightweight high volume tires are not very much available.

    I bet Transition will come out with 29r - I just would not care for one.
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    I would ride it

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    I wonder if the tubular seatstays are staying or if they will change to rectangular section on the production version like the V2 covert?

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    Might have missed it but was the ETA mentioned?
    I read or heard May but a dealer mentioned a poss. March release?
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    Oooooooooo, I want, I want!

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    Definitely not looking at March here. We are aiming for May availability but it is too early to count on that date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes
    Definitely not looking at March here. We are aiming for May availability but it is too early to count on that date.
    Come on, channel your inner SantaCruz and promise us January!

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    bring me a 29er next!!!!

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    Colors?

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    I'm gutted it's not gonna be available till May, I would have ordered one yesterday. Looks like I'll be getting an ASR5 instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matmattmatthew
    I'm gutted it's not gonna be available till May, I would have ordered one yesterday. Looks like I'll be getting an ASR5 instead.
    I have just ordered Rotwild R.C1 FS frame instead. Dude listed as US distributor selling out 2009 stock. 120mm but should be ok. My TransAm will remain lonely.

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    I love Transition. Was about to pull the trigger on the TransAm. I love the bike and if i had the money i would buy every bike they offer. I love the company and what they are all about. They have awsome customer service. That being said i dont have a lot of money but that won't stop me from buying ONE expensive bike. I too want a 29'er bike from Transition simply because of the type riding i do. I could go buy from other companies and get a nice 9er but i want a Transition bike. I love those guys and love their bikes.

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    Placing my order...

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    Very tempting I have to say. These should sell well in Australia.

    Still hanging for that 29er version - they will sell like hotcakes in Oz.

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    Any news on availability? It's almost May

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    I too am getting antsy about this bike. I've got one coming my way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    I too am getting antsy about this bike. I've got one coming my way...

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    Pics, build specs and impressions as soon as you get your lucky hands on one!! Out of curiosity, was ordered in a shop?


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    Black Rock Bikes in Reno NV. I'm going to post pics and video for sure.

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    Any updates on when the Bandit will arrive?

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    http://www.transitionbikes.com/Bikes_Bandit.cfm

    the overview/features section states:

    COMPLETE WEIGHT: 25-30 lbs (Depends on Build)

    does this mean that bandit 1 build weighs about 25lbs and bandit 2 weighs 30lbs or is this just a general guidline for custom builds?

    Transition: if build 2 does not weigh 30lbs, what is the approx weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk
    Any updates on when the Bandit will arrive?

    I was told late June, early July.
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    Sorry to bump this again.

    Getting time for myself to get down to bass tacs and make some decisions on bikes.

    Are the frames on-route from factory? On track for late June?

    I miss my old first gen Covert, would really like to put a Bandit in the stable.

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    Melikes 'em as well and have been keeping a close eye out...... Thanks for the bump, Shirk.
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    I'm so dying for this bike! I ordered the FIRST one in Nevada. Only thing keeping me sane is that it is still ski season here.

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    Bandit photos are up on the Transition Facebook page!

    These things look so damn good. Interesting times for Transition but I bet this is going to be a good seller.

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    I saw the pics on fb; they look great & the geo would be perfect for my local trails. Wish I needed a new bike or, at least, had the money for a Bandit without becoming a bandit... Looking forward to seeing build pics soon.

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    I had the opportunity to demo the new Transition Bandit at Duthie Hill on Saturday - awesome trail bike ! This bike does exactly what it was designed to do - it floats effortlessly on singletrack - floating over rocks, roots and small drops, very agile and rips on flowy bermed trails. I've met the guys at Transition a couple of times, - great guys that know how to build bikes that stand behind their products ! This bike is an excellent, every day trail bike and looks like it's at a reasonable price to - compares favorably to bikes costing significantly more.
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    I have one on order. And my head will LITERALLY explode if i don't get it soon!

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    Bump. Any news?
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    Bump. Any updates? (Has wolfy's head exploded?) Seem to be pics of more frame colours. Does this mean they've landed?

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    Just got word from Black Rock Bikes in Reno that my Bandito is on it's way. Should have it under my taint by Wednesday! Which is good cause i have a meeting in South Lake Tahoe and was planning on hitting Spooner/Kingsbury...

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    Yep There Facebook says they are in the stock and shipping. We should start seeing builds next week I bet!

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    Just got a call from Black Rock Bikes. Said they just finished building up an XL Bandit and it came in at 26 lbs. They're building mine on Thursday. I'll be there taking photos and video.

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    Adjustable seatpost guides on production model? Can't tell.

    Two bottle mounts though.

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    Wolfy - I'm guessing that was with the more expensive build kit?

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    Yeah. That's what I'm getting too. Though those wheels might be a little to pimpass for me. Might sell them after an initial test and review.

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    Cool. I've got mine coming in the next few days and have literally no idea what the weight will be.

    It's an XL frame, X7 drivetrain (but with X0 shifters and X9 rear mech), Rock Shox Rev World Cup forks, Hope ProII Evo on Stans Flow wheels, Elixir CR brakes, Thomson finishing kit, Race Face Six C bars, SDG Bel Air RL Ti saddle, 2.35" Minion DHF/Larsen tyres...

    I'm going to guess at 28-29lbs.

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    Sounds about right. The wheels i'd replace the Crank Bro with would be Stans and probably DT Swiss 240. I have a 29er set up like that and they've been bomber and pretty light.

    We'll see. Can't Wait!

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    Yeah, I hear the 240s are great but the Hope Hoops ProII/Stans deals are just such great value I couldn't really overlook them.

    Overall I'm pretty happy with the build I've got. Really light fork, light but solid finishing kit, hopefully great brakes (I've never used Avid before, but hoping the CRs will be better than my Formula K18s) and solid wheels.

    As you say - can't wait!

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    ITT - the production frames do have adjustable seatpost guides along the top tube, although we have had great luck routing them along the down tube next to the rear shifter and brake cables and then up the seat tube from there. Just use a zip tie to capture all three cables at each stop.

    The production medium bikes weighed in at (I think) 25.4lbs for the Bandit 1 kit and 29.5lbs for the Bandit 2 kit. 26 for the XL sounds just about right for the Bandit 1.

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    Here's my Bandit 1 weighing in at 26 lbs with pedals and stans:



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    The first pic, very cool!

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    Very nice (even if I'm still not convinced about CB wheels). So that's an XL, right? How does it ride?

    Mine's getting built on Thursday - will get some photos and a ride report up shortly after.

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    More Photos:


    Transition Bandit by i am indisposed, on Flickr


    Transition Bandit by i am indisposed, on Flickr
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    It's a large. It rides nice. Still getting used to FS. I think i need more pressure in the rear. (that's what she said.)
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    Yeah, it'll be my first full sus too. Spent a bit of time on a Blur LT, which I found a bit sluggish on most of my local trails (although it was predictably great on the descents), so looking forward to something that rewards XC a bit more while still being good on the way back down.

    One other thing I was meaning to ask you - what seatpost clamp does the frame come with? I guess it's TBC's in-house one? Any good?

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    The clamp is some black no name qr. It works.

    Here's a video of the buildup: http://www.teambaconstrip.com/2011/0...ldup-on-vimeo/
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    Awesome video - love it.

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    Beautiful ride wolfy. Definitely jealous.

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    Stuck inside as the cassette hasn't arrived yet, but very pleased with the quality and finish of the frame.



    Many thanks to Geoff at Richmond Bike Lab, Richie at Silverfish and of course Kevin, Kyle and Chris at Transition.

    Literally can't wait to get the build finished and hit the trails!

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    Awesome build. Give us a run down on the specs. I'd go crazy if I had that bike sitting in my house like that missing a chain and cassette

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanem View Post
    Awesome build. Give us a run down on the specs. I'd go crazy if I had that bike sitting in my house like that missing a chain and cassette
    Thanks. And yeah, it is pretty frustrating, but it's due to turn up soon so it shouldn't be too long!

    Here's the full list:

    FRAME: Bandit XL with 2012 RP23
    FORK: Rockshox Revelation World Cup Dual Position Air QR15
    WHEELS: Hope ProII Evo / Stans Flow
    BRAKES: Avid Elixir CR (203/160mm rotors)
    HEADSET: Gravity DX Pro
    STEM: Thomson Elite 70mm
    BARS: Race Face SixC
    DRIVETRAIN: X7, but with X0 shifters and X9 rear mech
    POST: Thomson Elite
    SADDLE: SDG Bel Air RL Ti
    PEDALS: Exotic Mag Ti
    TYRES: Maxxis Minion DHF / Larsen TT (both 2.35", single-ply, 60A, tubed)
    GRIPS: ODI Rogue Lock-On

    Currently weighs in at 27lbs, but obviously that's without the cassette and chain. Will probably end up around 28.5lbs. Not bad considering the only really lightweight bits are the fork, bars and pedals.

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    Nice bike....& Hot Snakes poster!

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    Well spotted! Also posters for Lightning Bolt, Shellac and Les Savy Fav there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashfanman View Post
    Well spotted! Also posters for Lightning Bolt, Shellac and Les Savy Fav there.
    love me some les savy fav

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    Wolfy - what pressure are you running in the RP23?

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    I am really looking into buying one of these! Any good ride reports?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    http://www.transitionbikes.com/Bikes_Bandit.cfm

    the overview/features section states:

    COMPLETE WEIGHT: 25-30 lbs (Depends on Build)

    does this mean that bandit 1 build weighs about 25lbs and bandit 2 weighs 30lbs or is this just a general guidline for custom builds?

    Transition: if build 2 does not weigh 30lbs, what is the approx weight?

    thanks in advance,
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    I weighed build 2 and it was actually 28.7lbs so a bit under the stated weight.



    Here it is with stock build

    I've made some changes from stock mainly for personal preference:

    - Race Face seatpost and Chromag seat

    - Maxxis Ardent front tire

    That dropped weight to 28.5 lbs approx.

    If I wanted to reduce weight the logical place would be the wheelset. It's not bad but by no means svelte at approx 2000g. Even a relatively light wheelset at say 1700g would drop about 3/4 a pound. So even a Build 2 kit could be sub 28lbs pretty easily without sacrificing too much.

    Just for a lark I'll probably also try it out with a 160 fork but I'm still on the fence about that as that would pretty much make this bike a Covert. Since I'm testing the bike for a review here it would make sense to make changes that most people would make but making changes that are too much would probably be silly
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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees View Post
    Adjustable seatpost guides on production model? Can't tell.

    Two bottle mounts though.
    Yes to the first question
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    This is after one ride so keep that in mind. Keep in mind also that I'm pretty reserved about bikes because I ride so many (I review bikes for pinkbike, MTBR etc) so see a lot of different bikes and tend not to gush too much.. I'm just adding this as a very very preliminary impressions on the bike on the stand. Actually I'm going to move this to the Bandit thread so look there....

    XC ride- quick one hour spin from house just to get the feel. Rode this trail (this was filmed a while ago):

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/24482290?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>

    - Bike does not bob uphill. The RP23 has platform but I didn't bother engaging it.

    - Rear CS might look kind of thin but the whole bike and rear end in particular feel plenty stiff (has a 135x10 rear end) You could switch to 135x12 thru axle if you want I suppose but at 160 lbs I didn't feel the need.

    - Bike felt well-balanced. Ie the suspension worked well.

    - 5"11" and i rode a medium. Its a small rider compartment & that fits my bias. I ran a 70mm stem but already know I'm going to go for the wider than stock bars plus I'm not a fan of the truvativ sweep (don't want the bars to droop back so much.

    - 2x10 gearing feels fine, My first experience on the more budget oriented Truvativ Sram offering. No mis-shifts. Easy to shift; easy to go from granny to mid.

    - Kind of glad I pulled the SB 8 off the front as its a super easy tire to rear wheel skid so it might have been spooky as a front. Running 2.2 Ardent

    That's really it. Nothing super wow as yet but a very easy bike to get comfortable. On a ride tomorrow with more speed and flow.
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    Mini-AM?

    Lyrik Lowered to 150mm (Saving for a Revelation) and a 1 degree angelset. Riding impression after I get a few more miles on it.


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    looks pretty good haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmtim View Post
    Lyrik Lowered to 150mm (Saving for a Revelation) and a 1 degree angelset. Riding impression after I get a few more miles on it.

    nmtim- that's a great looking setup with the Lyrik. Looking forward to your feedback on how it rides.

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