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    Well, I HATE the feel of single plys, even in loam, so I'll add another 2lbs there, 3/4lb with the Outlaws...but like I think I've mentioned, if I can beat 38 I'll be a happy old man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrillseeker
    Well, I HATE the feel of single plys, even in loam, so I'll add another 2lbs there, 3/4lb with the Outlaws...but like I think I've mentioned, if I can beat 38 I'll be a happy old man.
    i feel you...i know people are going to hate on me for the single ply, but i think they're great. they roll mega quick too

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpearson
    yeah, they're the nevegal 2.35 dtc. i only flatted twice the whole season using them on my TR...light and stick amazing to the ground. and thrillseaker, the outlaw will probably only add 1/2-3/4 pound on my wheelset, so yours will be way light. I kinda want to get a Boxxer WC just to take off weight now
    Those tires should come with a big asterisk: that's 2+ pounds lighter than what most people would consider "DH" tires.

    But, that would put you at about 36.5 lbs with "DH" tires, which is still really light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa
    Those tires should come with a big asterisk: that's 2+ pounds lighter than what most people would consider "DH" tires.

    But, that would put you at about 36.5 lbs with "DH" tires, which is still really light.

    Absolutely. Hell, I remember when 40lbs was nearly unachievable with any durability remaining...and that wasn't that long ago!

    And I can't lie...~35 pounds is probably going to make me toss the single plys on once again just to see if I can change my own mind! Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa
    Those tires should come with a big asterisk: that's 2+ pounds lighter than what most people would consider "DH" tires.

    But, that would put you at about 36.5 lbs with "DH" tires, which is still really light.
    Real dh tires? that's all up to what you argue is a real dh tire.
    schwalbe muddy mary, maxxis, continental, kenda, geax...they all make tires on the under 1000g range that work very well with dh. I'm in utah and don't flat all that much on light tires. I just make sure to keep my tire pressure in check...and i have a scoop and a half of stans fluid in each tube just in case. i would probably move to a thicker tire if i flatted more, but for rolling weight and just not getting flats, i have an amazing setup

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    Nice bike ! But CK hubs and Spank rims ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpearson
    Real dh tires? that's all up to what you argue is a real dh tire.
    schwalbe muddy mary, maxxis, continental, kenda, geax...they all make tires on the under 1000g range that work very well with dh. I'm in utah and don't flat all that much on light tires. I just make sure to keep my tire pressure in check...and i have a scoop and a half of stans fluid in each tube just in case. i would probably move to a thicker tire if i flatted more, but for rolling weight and just not getting flats, i have an amazing setup
    Well...there's definately an absolute line between "real" DH tires and those that are not. I would never consider any foldable, single ply tire as DH worthy. Can you go downhill on them? Yes, but is it worth even the chance of having to stop half way down to fix a flat? That's a pretty major buzzkill.
    I ride wire bead DH carcass Kendas(Telonix front/Excavator rear) with flyweight tubes and 20 psi. Everywhere. I've had one flat in 4 years and I had to drive 30 hours to Whistler and bomb down In Deep WAY too fast to get it. I've tried the single plys, I tried and tried the tubeless thing...until I weighed them and realized that a tire, half a tube, and Stan's weighs as much as a dh tire and an XC tube, and I don't burp Stans all over my brake rotors on hard hip jumps or landing all cacked. Ended up having to run 30psi with the Stans to keep the beads locked in, so there went any point in running the Stans anyway.
    Plus there's the feel of a Sticky 2 ply not bouncing off small rocks and tree roots that makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over!
    Just my opinion on the tire game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrillseeker
    Well...there's definately an absolute line between "real" DH tires and those that are not. I would never consider any foldable, single ply tire as DH worthy. Can you go downhill on them? Yes, but is it worth even the chance of having to stop half way down to fix a flat? That's a pretty major buzzkill.
    I ride wire bead DH carcass Kendas(Telonix front/Excavator rear) with flyweight tubes and 20 psi. Everywhere. I've had one flat in 4 years and I had to drive 30 hours to Whistler and bomb down In Deep WAY too fast to get it. I've tried the single plys, I tried and tried the tubeless thing...until I weighed them and realized that a tire, half a tube, and Stan's weighs as much as a dh tire and an XC tube, and I don't burp Stans all over my brake rotors on hard hip jumps or landing all cacked. Ended up having to run 30psi with the Stans to keep the beads locked in, so there went any point in running the Stans anyway.
    Plus there's the feel of a Sticky 2 ply not bouncing off small rocks and tree roots that makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over!
    Just my opinion on the tire game.
    I had to retire the single ply Nevegals a few years back for these exact reasons. Nice and light but I was blowing them up all over the place. Your results may vary. But my dislike of the single-ply Kenda tires is not a dislike of ALL single ply tires.

    The excavator is a vicious gripper, but I swear those things would roll to a stop going DOWN a slight grade. There has to be a middle ground.

    The difference between a 900g and a 1050g tire can be amazing as long as it's all in the sidewalls. Better tubeless, better rim protection, just better. These Schwalbe "Freeride Casing" tires are allowing me to think I don't have to go full DH to get two-ply performance anymore. Maybe this will all change after a few weeks of charging, but I am optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMH
    I had to retire the single ply Nevegals a few years back for these exact reasons. Nice and light but I was blowing them up all over the place. Your results may vary. But my dislike of the single-ply Kenda tires is not a dislike of ALL single ply tires.

    The excavator is a vicious gripper, but I swear those things would roll to a stop going DOWN a slight grade. There has to be a middle ground.

    The difference between a 900g and a 1050g tire can be amazing as long as it's all in the sidewalls. Better tubeless, better rim protection, just better. These Schwalbe "Freeride Casing" tires are allowing me to think I don't have to go full DH to get two-ply performance anymore. Maybe this will all change after a few weeks of charging, but I am optimistic.
    I do thing the muddy mary is a pretty good tire. I'd give that a run. For utah, minions do not hook up for me or any of my riding friends. we're the only group running nevegals. all of us run 2.35 dtc on our dh bikes and none of us flat that often. I refuse to use wtb after flatting every ride on them, and i'd like to try continental.

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    Well...my TR450 is "in transit". I friggin HATE waiting for new bikes.

    TBC boys...if you REALLY wanna do something revolutionary, why don't you guys invent the Transition Teleporter, beam that shiz right to my doorstep. You could even play it off as Going Green as it saves fuels and we all win!
    Wait...just beam me to the PNW and I'll come get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpearson
    I do thing the muddy mary is a pretty good tire. I'd give that a run. For utah, minions do not hook up for me or any of my riding friends. we're the only group running nevegals. all of us run 2.35 dtc on our dh bikes and none of us flat that often. I refuse to use wtb after flatting every ride on them, and i'd like to try continental.
    The UST 2.35 Nevegal is bomber with those brawny sidewalls, it's worth checking out, no complaints with that rubber at all. I also develop excellent flat-repair skills every time I use WTB tires. They could just as easily be called WTF in my opinion. Get it? WTF? Hahaha I kill me.

    Okay, enough of this talk about unimportant things like tires, let's get back on track by looking at pics of Ti bolts and custom laser-etching:
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    Damn! Is that the Deity DH saddle?? I didn't know/realize it was so thin. Wish it sat lower on the rails...looks like the seat has a body lift. hehe

    I'm Cody, I'm the guy who just ordered the orange 450 with the Vivid Air. SHIP IT! Sorry...damn turettes kickin in again.

    I need to do some spec checks...I'm wondering what the "new age" steel cranks weigh compared to like my MRP Cambers... But I think I actually like the new Atomlab cranks, asthtetics wise...just wish Deity made em! But I LOVE that sprocket. Looks clean.

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    Sooo happy ...

    After being a great lover of Bottlerocket and Blindside ... i can't avoid the final upgrade ... ..

    Just finished last week and tested on my favourite trail ..... it's awesome how it handles .. completely satisfied with new rig ....
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    What is that on your downtube? Could use something like that.

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    Hey guys, so stoked on my new TR450 build, it wont be done for about a week, waiting on 1 more part,I love to see everybodys unique builds and of course everyone loves there build the most and for me mine is going to be perfect, dont wanna give to much away but some highlights will be boxxer w/c, raceface,straitline,hope,xo...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagmz6s
    What is that on your downtube? Could use something like that.
    It's a simple hi-density adhesive foam ... cheap, light and functional ...

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    Here's a quick picture of my latest purchase. I love this thing, i came off a 303rdh and this is a much better machine, more stable, adjustable, and lower center of gravity. Needless to say, i'm in love


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    very nice, on another note i finished my build tonight, once i weight it and take some nice photos ill post it up.

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    I ordered my new 2011 TR450 a week ago. Tr. is currently out of stock on all 3 colors.
    I ordered the Raw/Polished.

    Here is my intended build:

    Frame: Transition TR450 Frame - Size Large - Polished
    Brakes: Avid Juicy 7 w/G3 Clean Sweep Disc Rotors
    Cranks: Shimano Saint Cranks - 165mm
    Chain Guide: E13 LG1+ - Black
    Pedals: Sunline V-One Pedals
    Seat Collar: Forte QR Seat Post Clamp - 34.9mm - Black
    Fork: Fox 40 Fit RC2 - Black Lowers
    Rear Shock: Fox DHX RC4 - 9.5x3.0
    Grips: ODI Cross Trainer Grips - Black
    Bars: ODI Handle bars - 750mm Wide - Black w/ 12.5mm extensions
    Stem: Race Face Atlas Freeride Stem - Blue
    F Tire: Schwalbe Muddy Mary - 26x2.5 - GG
    R Tire: Schwalbe Muddy Mary - 26x2.35 - Triple
    Chain: Sram PC51 Chain
    Shifter: Sram X.0 Front Shifter
    R Der: Sram X.0 Rear Derailleur - Short Cage - Black/Carbon
    Cassette: Sram PG970 12-23t
    Wheels: Custom Mavic 823 laced to Hope Bulb Hubs
    Seat: SDG Ti Fly Seat - Black
    Seat Post: Thomson 31.6mm Elite Seat Post - Black
    Extras: THE Downtube Fender - Black
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    Try DropNZone.com? If anyone's gonna have one stashed away in a back room it's them boys! AND they'll hook you up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrillseeker
    Try DropNZone.com? If anyone's gonna have one stashed away in a back room it's them boys! AND they'll hook you up!
    Definitely great service. A few emails back and forth in the morning, and the frame was shipped the next. Quick and painless transaction. Highly recommend them to all!!!

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    Here's my new TR450 can't wait to ride..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant_XC07
    Here's my new TR450 can't wait to ride..
    Looks good, I like the orange accents- just enough to tie into the overall color scheme, but not over bearing like a lot of people seem to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa
    Looks good, I like the orange accents- just enough to tie into the overall color scheme, but not over bearing like a lot of people seem to do.
    Thanks..

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    So the build consists of

    frame -2011 TR 450
    fork -2011 Boxxer world cup
    shock -2011 fox rc 4, 400# ti spring
    brakes -Avid elixir cr 8" rotors f+r
    wheels -Mavic 823's,hope pro 2's, dt comp spokes & nips
    cranks -Race face atlas, mrp G2 guide 36t chainring
    bars -Race face atlas, and rf grips
    stem -straitline
    peddles -Nc 17 mg2's
    seat - nuke proof ti rails
    post -thompson elite w/straitline collar
    - Xo shifter and short cage derailleur

    Although i have the weight pic of 38.6 that was before the ti spring which is 180g less or .39lbs putting me at 38.21 lbs.

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    Which is a good, stable weight for a DH bike, in my opinion. I'm shooting for 36-38, no lighter, no heavier.

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    Hey guy's how durable is the paint on these bikes?? I've read that it chips really easy would it be a good investment to use that 3m tape?
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant_XC07
    Hey guy's how durable is the paint on these bikes?? I've read that it chips really easy would it be a good investment to use that 3m tape?
    thanks
    Paint durability seems to be around average to slightly fragile, but I think TBC improved it for the newer batches.

    I've had mine for a year; albeit I'm pretty careful about not scratching it, it has a few chips. I'll try to take some pics and post 'em up. I used helicopter tape on mine, and of course there aren't any chips under the tape, just in other areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa
    Paint durability seems to be around average to slightly fragile, but I think TBC improved it for the newer batches.

    I've had mine for a year; albeit I'm pretty careful about not scratching it, it has a few chips. I'll try to take some pics and post 'em up. I used helicopter tape on mine, and of course there aren't any chips under the tape, just in other areas.
    Cool thanks for the info. Helicopter tape is that like 3m?? Never heard of it before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant_XC07
    Cool thanks for the info. Helicopter tape is that like 3m?? Never heard of it before

    Yeah, basically the same stuff. I think I ordered mine from findtape.com.

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    Hey Giant, is that the e13 chainring? If not, which one is it? I was thinking of doing the same thing (not that I'm trying to copy, but it looks pretty awesome).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBiker1978
    Hey Giant, is that the e13 chainring? If not, which one is it? I was thinking of doing the same thing (not that I'm trying to copy, but it looks pretty awesome).
    Hey MntBiker it is a e13 chainring..

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    The Orange Orange Orange is on fire. Good work, sir. It will look great when you get the Orange hub HAVOC wheels to match your handlegrabby thingy.

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    here's my self made polished:


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    Did you polish the rims as well?

    Looks good.

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    Looks very nice

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    Hello there,

    does anyone have any experience using a Vivid shock in a TR450?
    With a level ratio of 2,76 Rock Shox suggests to choose a B-Tune Shimstack. I'd rather like to try an A-Tune because of the ramp up (progression) at the end of the travel.
    It would be great if anyone could give me a first hand report on using a Tune A or B or both in a TR450.
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    Giant, one more question about your chainring. Which color of the e13 is that? The closest I can come to finding something orange is their delta gold color, and yours looks a lot more orange than that one. I'd appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBiker1978
    Giant, one more question about your chainring. Which color of the e13 is that? The closest I can come to finding something orange is their delta gold color, and yours looks a lot more orange than that one. I'd appreciate it.
    Yo man i look at my receipt and it does say delta gold, I went on E13's website to check out the chain rings and they show it more of a gold which doesn't look like mine at all. Hope's this helps man..

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    Here's mine, just waiting for the customized General Lee sticker kit for it. The wife really appreciated me building it in our living room too. Looking forward to giving it a northwest baptism in the mud tomorrow.Official TR450 Thread!-general-2a.jpg
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    Nice looking bike MtnBiker1978..
    Oh really like he color lol

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    Mine finally showed up...hell, I don't even know now... a week or two ago... been too busy riding to get on here and post pics!

    First off, HUUUUUGE shout out to Allen and the boys at www.DropNZone.com! Been way too good to me over the years! It's appreciated!

    The bike was MADE for a Vivid Air, that's all I can say. This thing gets after it. Once everything dries up and I can hit some solid ground I might actually have to brake check a bit now!
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    What rear mudguard are you using there? Cut down stumpy front one?

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    That's actually a Specialized Enduro fender, fits great...doesn't do crap.
    Next I'm going to make a full cover for the linkage tunnel like I did for the fork like this:
    Also a shot of my take on rock protection...
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    Great idea haha. Keep us posted!

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    So i was tinkering around with the adjustment chips. I have always ran the medium and thought id give the low/slack chips a try. Everything went fine installation wise. Rode it, but it was a little too low for me so i decided to switch back to the medium/neutral chips. When i finished installing the neutral chips back in there seems to be more space between the links. The the link that is vertical that the shock attaches to and the link that pushes from the rear triangle. Where the pivot bottle slides through both on the left side there is about a mm of space. On the right side its alot less. Am i not tightening it down enough? Just seems odd. I remember it being pretty even when i got it. Anyone have any ideas? Figured i'd give transition a call tomorrow and see what they say. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Did you polish the rims as well?

    Looks good.

    thanks, no the rims are original silver 721

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    my mudguard:


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    Quote Originally Posted by wh:te
    my mudguard:

    Nice how good does it work?? Transition should make a fender for our bikes..

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