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    Official TR450 Thread!

    Time to show them off. Most should have reached the shops today or tomorrow. Mine had an issue come up with the build, but this is what mine looks like today. it'll be done in the morning. I'm just blown away with how beautiful this bike is. Pictures just don't give it justice.it's just breathtaking. Mine came out to 41. It may go down some but i'm not that worried about the weight



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    nice built ! i like to see the white fork on the white front end of the frame

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    actually, i ordered a black boxxer from transition and the white showed up. it ended up looking amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpearson
    it ended up looking amazing
    Indeed it did!

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    i know some of you have yours! start posting!

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    Wink

    Picture #2, I like it! Do all sizes come with the Samsquatch picture on the back or just the mondo Larges?

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    Lookin good Nathan! I really like that color combo.

    PS - I am on the size Large, Kyle is the Medium and Cam is the Small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes
    Lookin good Nathan! I really like that color combo.

    PS - I am on the size Large, Kyle is the Medium and Cam is the Small.
    thanks sam. everyone loves the samsquatch. i show everyone that detail. i just love it.

    the bike turned out better than i thought actually. i told cam to send me the black boxxer, but the white was ordered and i'm so glad it was the white. everyone loves it though...even the people with jedis, demos and sessions. it's hard to believe it's the first dh bike from yall. it takes my breath away

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    I'll add mine to the fray, I've had a couple of weeks ride time now and I'm loving the balanced feel of the bike. I'm a big boy (220lbs) and find riding the 450lb spring just about perfect. I need to upgrade the fork, wheels and cranks to get mine just right and lose a little more weight. Nathan's white Boxxer's look sick so I might go down that path. For wheels I'm thinking Crank Brothers but I'm worried they're going to clash with the yellow of the frame... I do love the look of them though and a friend who's riding them is stoked on how they've lasted so far.






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    this thing is just amazing !
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    Quote Originally Posted by exileded
    I'll add mine to the fray, I've had a couple of weeks ride time now and I'm loving the balanced feel of the bike. I'm a big boy (220lbs) and find riding the 450lb spring just about perfect. I need to upgrade the fork, wheels and cranks to get mine just right and lose a little more weight. Nathan's white Boxxer's look sick so I might go down that path. For wheels I'm thinking Crank Brothers but I'm worried they're going to clash with the yellow of the frame... I do love the look of them though and a friend who's riding them is stoked on how they've lasted so far.
    looks great dude...yeah i'm 220 also and thought the 450 was going to be too small, but atleast in the parking lot test it felt about right. sag was right on, rebound was good. i just need to get the high/low speed working out. what's yours way in at? mines 41, and i'm going to def drop some weight. probably a ti spring, tubeless, and maybe tires. it should dip down to 38ish. i'm really diggin just black wheels with these bikes. i'm not sure how much i love like the red wheels that i've seen on a few of them. and yeah, i'm actually surprised at how the boxxer looks. i'm stoked to try it out tomorrow morning even though it'll be on a snowy trail

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    how much are these weighing in at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyMT
    how much are these weighing in at?
    41, i'm getting a TI spring and tubeless and it should be 39. it could easily go 36-38 with other parts. one of my shop guys just built a blindside to 35.4 pounds without compromise so i'm confident a 36 pound bike is extremely probable

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    Nice build Acadian
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    NMpearson, you have a ride report yet? How tall are you?
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    I've got my order in, medium red, build kit, Fox 40 + Deemax's. It was painful waiting for my Covert to show up...here we go again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad_Money
    NMpearson, you have a ride report yet? How tall are you?
    barely a ride report...didn't goto virgin today bc it was supposed to rain, but it ended up alright so i'm a bit bothered. i've only ridden one icy trail on it and a run through the campus flying down stairs. i'm 6'2, 220 and am running the large with a 450 spring. it seems to be doing pretty amazing thus far. sizing is dead on, the spring seems pretty good, i may switch up for a 500. but i've never been happier with a dh bike. it corners awesome, sits really well in the travel. The RC4 ramps up pretty decently. it's ultra smooth, corners great, and feels really well balanced. i'm heading to virgin on the 15th though so i should be able to put it through its paces there. it still blows me away how pretty it is though

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    Well mines weighing 41 at the moment, it will easily go sub 40 with a lighter wheelset and fork.

    I've had the chance to get quite a lot of trail time on mine and am super impressed by the ride. The RC4 is a great shock and I managed to find a good balance pretty quickly, I am running a bit much bottom out and will back off the air pressure a little next time out but apart from that its spot on.

    One of the first things I noticed coming off an older plow style bike (Astrix Havoc) is that the TR450 carries more speed out of corners and then manages to hold it on the straighter sections.
    It is really hard to quantify how that translates in real world terms and if it's just the placebo effect of having a new frame but one thing I have noticed is I'm mostly spinning 7th gear on my local trail where on the Astrix I spent most of my time in 5th. I
    also have had a few moments judging my speed going into jumps on the TR450 which has lead to some pretty flat landings but again the bike handled it admirably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exileded
    Well mines weighing 41 at the moment, it will easily go sub 40 with a lighter wheelset and fork.

    I've had the chance to get quite a lot of trail time on mine and am super impressed by the ride. The RC4 is a great shock and I managed to find a good balance pretty quickly, I am running a bit much bottom out and will back off the air pressure a little next time out but apart from that its spot on.

    One of the first things I noticed coming off an older plow style bike (Astrix Havoc) is that the TR450 carries more speed out of corners and then manages to hold it on the straighter sections.
    It is really hard to quantify how that translates in real world terms and if it's just the placebo effect of having a new frame but one thing I have noticed is I'm mostly spinning 7th gear on my local trail where on the Astrix I spent most of my time in 5th. I
    also have had a few moments judging my speed going into jumps on the TR450 which has lead to some pretty flat landings but again the bike handled it admirably.
    totally agree, i'm thinking of maybe switching to an elka with a TI spring, but i'm probably going to just go a TI spring, tubeless, and it should dip to about 39ish.

    one thing i want to echo is how fast it corners. I want to put a comparison to a parallel link bike bc we were testing one and the TR. They feel kind of the same up until you goto dig into a corner, which i thought is where the TR shined. The parallel link bike pushes you farther down because of the rearward travel. it seems to me that because there's no rearward travel that the bike kind of pushes you to the apex of the turn and shoots you though. It's def a bike to watch out for hitting rocks. I was told to spend the money on 165 cranks, because i guess cam just ruined his 170s last year. it just feels super nimble for a DH bike. Keep in mine i usually only go with trail/freeride bikes because i hate how big and heavy DH bikes are. i was on a bottlerocket and a covert last year and i wasn't sure how i was going to make it without the nibleness of the BR, but the TR is just so playful of a bike. Its a masterpiece.

    Plus i love how it looks! I'm in college apts, and last night i had it at my apt instead of the shop, and everyone who walked in immediately stared at it. these are people that have don't care at all about bikes that look at it and know it's a special bike. Just amazing

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    Well, it looked a lot like a Cuervo and now it sounds like it rides a lot like one too. Advice given to me about that bike's suspension was go with a lighter spring as it really ramps us at the end of its travel. Also get rid of the bottom-out on the Fox shocks as it doesn't really need it due to end stroke ramp up.

    Isn't it fun to land to flat because you carried way more speed through then you thought you could?

    Pearson, which parallel link bike are you comparing to?

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    Shes almost done but i think you get where im going with it
    still waiting for the Cane Creek double barrel so it looks like a low rider.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoinDH
    Shes almost done but i think you get where im going with it
    still waiting for the Cane Creek double barrel so it looks like a low rider.

    woah! that's amazing looking! geez makes me want to sell the boxxer!

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    Just built mine. Thanks to Al and the Dropnzone lads for the custom paint. Stoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodles
    Just built mine. Thanks to Al and the Dropnzone lads for the custom paint. Stoked.

    I'm a sucker for green....nice!

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    look at this beauty...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Villas
    look at this beauty...
    Gladly

    I have a question for those who have ordered the build kit with their TR450: what length crank arms are included? 165mm? 170mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa
    Gladly

    I have a question for those who have ordered the build kit with their TR450: what length crank arms are included? 165mm? 170mm?
    The Transition build includes 165mm Holzfeller OCT cranks. Can't speak for some shops swapping to a different model/length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes
    The Transition build includes 165mm Holzfeller OCT cranks. Can't speak for some shops swapping to a different model/length.
    Thanks! 165mm is what I want, since the BB is pretty low on the TR- guess that's what I'm getting

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    Just got back from an afternoon of runs on the TR450. Daaaaaamn that thing is awesome. First couple of runs were slowish but the bike felt good, but then put the geo chip in the slackest\lowest setting and let rip. Still need to set the shock up a wee bit better for a sequence of harsh rocky hits on our local trails, but pushing the frame into corners and letting it slide to the outside feels brilliant. I'm not sure if the BB setting might be a bit too low, but I had no issues today. Feels like I'm getting all the travel out of the frame but no harsh bottom out yet, although there were only a couple of hard hits on the track I rode today.

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    My TR450 (red) arrives on Friday, definitely excited to start building.

    I know the guys at Transition are on here from time to time, so if you are out there is there any chance you can tell us what happened to Bryn's rear axle at Thredbo this past weekend before any e-speculation starts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagmz6s
    My TR450 (red) arrives on Friday, definitely excited to start building.

    I know the guys at Transition are on here from time to time, so if you are out there is there any chance you can tell us what happened to Bryn's rear axle at Thredbo this past weekend before any e-speculation starts?
    This is what I have heard...

    His rear axle came loose and backed out to the point that it was no longer engaged in the nut. That put all the load into the axle where it passes through the swingarm which caused the alloy axle to break. Bryn admitted that he failed to do a bolt check on his bike, and in all likelihood he could probably feel his loose rear wheel during that qualifying run but chose to keep riding.

    It is imprortant to always give your bike a quick once over before going for a ride. and even more so before a race. Especially critical parts like axles, pedals, brakes, handlebar, etc.

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    That's pretty much exactly what I thought happened. Do you guys recommend light loc-tite (the blue stuff) on the compression bolt for the axle? do spare axles come with the nut as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagmz6s
    That's pretty much exactly what I thought happened. Do you guys recommend light loc-tite (the blue stuff) on the compression bolt for the axle? do spare axles come with the nut as well?
    Spare axles come with the nut, yes.

    Blue loctite would be ideal for both the axle and the pinch bolt. Although grease would be acceptable for the end of the axle as well... threading it in dry would be a big no no.

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    what do you think about this one ????


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    did you swap out lowers with a white fork? My red frame arrives on Friday, I'll be building this weekend.

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    my tr450 for 2010 season....



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    Quote Originally Posted by dagmz6s
    did you swap out lowers with a white fork? My red frame arrives on Friday, I'll be building this weekend.
    no ! i just paint it

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    What kind of headsets are you guys running? Do the frames come with them or do you just have a to order a 1 1/8" top and 1.5 bottom?

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    The frames do not come with them. This has been covered already but the top is a drop-in style headset and the bottom is 1.5". I have a Cane Creek IS-3 top, XXc flush bottom, its the headset that transition is selling for the frames I believe.

    Word of advice for anyone with a blue compression ring for the IS-3, swap it for a gold one. the gold ones are taller and you wont need to use the little shims.

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    Are the bearing sizes listed anywhere? I should have written them down when I assembled my bike but didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodles
    Are the bearing sizes listed anywhere? I should have written them down when I assembled my bike but didn't.
    The top bearing is a "cane creek" size integrated. 41mm OD with 36 degree inner taper and a 45 degree outer taper. FSA calls their bearing of the same size #873.

    The bottom part of the HT is a standard 1.5 that will fit either zero stack or external reducer headsets. If you have the headset we sell for the frame then your top and bottom bearings are the same. Cup on the bottom and direct on the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villas
    no ! i just paint it
    How did you strip the old paint off, and what did you use for the new paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes
    The top bearing is a "cane creek" size integrated. 41mm OD with 36 degree inner taper and a 45 degree outer taper. FSA calls their bearing of the same size #873.

    The bottom part of the HT is a standard 1.5 that will fit either zero stack or external reducer headsets. If you have the headset we sell for the frame then your top and bottom bearings are the same. Cup on the bottom and direct on the top.
    Ah I meant in the frame sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodles
    Ah I meant in the frame sorry
    Oh - in that case...

    6902 x6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes
    Oh - in that case...

    6902 x6
    6904 x2
    Thanks mate

    ***runs off to check the storeroom at work for bearings***

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    DONE!!!!!!

    i am glad to say this is everything ive ever wanted in a build, it was worth the second mortgage. ahahahah jk

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    Dude, GoinDH, such a sick bike!!! Lovin the all white outlaws. And from what i've seen the white fork is the way to go with the white front end.

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    Thanks, and from what im seeing on this thread the only bike (besides Lars and some of the other transition guys) with a white 40!

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    Heres my TR450
    Been built for a few weeks now and I'm loving it.
    Pictures are a bit dodgey but eh.






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