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    Lost my Bandit today!

    Yes it's true...I am old and my eyes aren't what they used to be. Had to take a mid ride piss and it took me an 30 minutes of frantic searching to find where I had left my beloved Bandit trailside.

    Perhaps it's the all the subliminal Transition marketing telling me to get a Smuggler, but I love this bike! Guess the custom pimp Krytek Nomad camo really does work.

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    looks awesome!

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    Sorry, I have to confess, I saw it parked on the side of the trail and just had to take it for a spin. Got it back after a half hour joyride.
    Actually, I just finished building up a Bandit 29 and have yet to get it out on a trail. Trails are rivers of ice right now.
    Saddle up, Effendi. We ride.

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    Lost my Bandit today!

    Quote Originally Posted by nate350sxf View Post
    looks awesome!
    Thanks! Amazing what some paint and graphics will do.

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    Lost my Bandit today!

    Quote Originally Posted by YetiBear View Post
    Sorry, I have to confess, I saw it parked on the side of the trail and just had to take it for a spin. Got it back after a half hour joyride.
    Actually, I just finished building up a Bandit 29 and have yet to get it out on a trail. Trails are rivers of ice right now.
    Hehhe....I doubt it was my Bandit since there is no ice and snow on the trails here in Florida. Post up some pics and your thoughts after a few rides. Coming from an Ibis MOJO SL it took me 2 rides to become adjusted to the big wheels but I have found the Bandit just as playful/poppy but just faster on everything I ride. Admittedly, the Pike fork and wide carbon wheels do add to the plushness. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts.

    Lastly...Kryptek makes a pattern called "Yeti" that would look awesome on a Bandit!

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    whoa, that is an awesome paintjob. is it cerakote?

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    Wolfman,

    Thanks....the frame was actually hydro dipped with a Kryptek Nomad camouflage film.

    Krypton makes 4 film patterns.
    http://www.kryptek.com/kryptek-camo-patterns/

    If camo isnt your thing there are other vendors and styles available. Some pretty cool YouTube videos on the hydro dip process if you want to research the process.

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    OK Dude, I'll give out a shout when the ice melts. Looks like not for a while. Maybe I can sneak away with it somewhere south of here. By the way, I like that Pontus color scheme. But for now I got to stay low and slow. Spent enough putting it together.
    Saddle up, Effendi. We ride.

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    So it was dipped? looks awesome. I keep thinking my covert would look good multicam.

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    Very cool. Can you tell me what it cost you to have that done? Did they strip a stock paint as well?
    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade View Post
    Very cool. Can you tell me what it cost you to have that done? Did they strip a stock paint as well?
    Thank you
    Thanks. $300. The frame was lightly sanded, base color applied, frame masked and dipped on one side, reverse mask and dipped on other side, 4 coats of matte clear coat. For the Bandit, there are 3 main parts plus the rocker. I did the rocker in a gold carbon fiber film for an inside joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DudeDowne View Post
    Thanks. $300. The frame was lightly sanded, base color applied, frame masked and dipped on one side, reverse mask and dipped on other side, 4 coats of matte clear coat. For the Bandit, there are 3 main parts plus the rocker. I did the rocker in a gold carbon fiber film for an inside joke.
    Thank you for the quick reply. It sounds like they know what to mask on a bike frame? Or did you have to micro-manage that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade View Post
    Thank you for the quick reply. It sounds like they know what to mask on a bike frame? Or did you have to micro-manage that?
    I discussed what I wanted masked off with the tech. Head tube, bottom bracket, pivots, etc. They use plumbers putty which is a tip I will use in the future. However, when I got the frame back I still had some facing work to do as there were some areas like the drop out hanger that didn't get masked off. For future projects I am going to mask and prep bike myself. This will save some assembly time on the backend. Overall I was happy with the work given that the company doesn't normally do bikes.

    Oh...one thought. I forgot to add in the cost of the Transition pivot bearing tools. This was another $50. Well worth it though as here in FL, the monsoons in the Summer wreak havoc on bearings and I am sure I will have to service them at least twice this year.

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