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    @bettes I ordered it at gocycle.de and I ordered a L, will run it with a 35mm stem. You are always welcome to try it once I have it.

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    Got mine from there to! Perfect setup, would run mine just like that, I can't try it or an order will be placed very fast ;-)

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    Medium Smug on the way!

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    Here is mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beckma View Post
    Here is mine!
    i've seen that pic somewhere else before

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    does anyone on here speak/read Italiano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cunningstunts View Post
    does anyone on here speak/read Italiano?
    Yes... Unfortunately I don't speak English that good. Anyway if you need to translate something feel free to ask, I'll do my best.

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    Does anyone know if a WTB Vigilante will fit with the tight clearance around the seatstay bridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggusjimmus View Post
    Does anyone know if a WTB Vigilante will fit with the tight clearance around the seatstay bridge?
    i think they will fit. i have both tires. actually i switched on the rear from the Ardent Race to the Minion DHR2 2.3. The Minions make no problems, there ist enough clearance.
    As the WTB Vig has nearly the same dimensions, they will work.
    My Version of the Vig is the AM TCS Version in 2.3, which im running on a Amride 25, the width of the carcass is also 57mm, like the DHR2. The height of the profile looks the same.

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    If you dont have a dealer near you, where can I purchase a smuggler from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sml-2727 View Post
    If you dont have a dealer near you, where can I purchase a smuggler from?
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    Hey thanks, now for the which size should I order...lol

    I'm going for the Large my TransAm is a Large and fits me pretty well
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggusjimmus View Post
    Does anyone know if a WTB Vigilante will fit with the tight clearance around the seatstay bridge?
    Just to update, I've just found out this tyre does rub against the seatstay bridge. The wheel can still spin with a nice motorcycle sound effect. Something to bear in mind when choosing tyres anyway.

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    I second the Vigilante clearance, I fitted my wheelset from an old frame while building a Smuggler for myself - Vigilantes on Halo Vapour carbons. Got 3mm clearance max from the top of the tread to the brace, on a part worn tyre. Width clearance fine though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pieterp View Post
    I ordered a L, will run it with a 35mm stem.
    How tall are you?
    Also, it would be nice if everyone speced their heights and which size ended up working for them. I am 5foot10 and squarely in between the two sizes. The Large seems really long on paper. Thanks!
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    so i ordered a 120mm pike thinking of the banshee phantom, how would the 120 work on the smuggler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian View Post
    How tall are you?
    Also, it would be nice if everyone speced their heights and which size ended up working for them. I am 5foot10 and squarely in between the two sizes. The Large seems really long on paper. Thanks!
    I know Pieter and his bike (they are the reason i'm waiting for a smuggler richt now) he is about your size. I'm 5'11 and came from a medium bandit29 that felt short... I'm using a long singlespeed with a 35mm stem aswell and diggin it fully! Go long with a mini stem and enjoy the cornering at speed like a full on dhbike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipes1 View Post
    so i ordered a 120mm pike thinking of the banshee phantom, how would the 120 work on the smuggler
    Not great. BB would be too low, HA too steep. Get a 130mm spring assy fitted, it's what the bike was designed around

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    Quote Originally Posted by bettes View Post
    I know Pieter and his bike (they are the reason i'm waiting for a smuggler richt now) he is about your size. I'm 5'11 and came from a medium bandit29 that felt short... I'm using a long singlespeed with a 35mm stem aswell and diggin it fully! Go long with a mini stem and enjoy the cornering at speed like a full on dhbike!
    Thanks for your feedback man!
    Ugh. I'm getting older (40yo) and feel my flexibility isn't what it once was. Afraid the large w/ 35mm stem is still longer than my v1.5 covert with 60 mm stem. So on the fence I ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian View Post
    How tall are you?
    Also, it would be nice if everyone speced their heights and which size ended up working for them. I am 5foot10 and squarely in between the two sizes. The Large seems really long on paper. Thanks!
    I am 6' tall and running a Large frame with a 35mm or 50mm stem depending on the terrain and type of riding 535mm for gravity runs, 50mm for XCish runs).

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    I am considering getting a smuggler, I really like Transition as a company and love their products. I started thinking Scout since 650b would be more akin to the 26" '08 FSR I am riding now, but, I really think 29'er is the way to go, especially since I could also put 27+ wheels/tires on it.

    I mainly ride XC trails but they are very technical with some nice downhills, I really like the component spec the Smuggler 1 has as well as it's geometry.

    I'm 5'7" tall and was wondering if Medium would be the right fit? I would definitely go short stem.

    Any advice or comments would be welcome!

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    Fresh smugglage... I want this color to have my babies!
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    that looks awesome!! I like the decals on the pike!!

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    Oh FraK! That looks amazing.
    Fantastic work with the matchy-match as close as you could get.

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    can anyone comment on a size M being ok for a 5'7" rider?
    thanks

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    Best to look at the reach of the smuggler and compare it to your old bike. Take the old bike's stem length into consideration and what stem length you are planning for the smuggler. This will also give you an idea on ETT. I personally wouldn't go much longer then 50mm. At just under 5'9 I would ride a medium.

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    at your height, why not consider the Scout? i'm not sure i understand wagon wheelers for people under 5'10". big lanky bikes for big lanky people. the leverage is there to work over the centrifugal force of the wheels. proportionality, wha?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beer_coffee_water View Post
    Best to look at the reach of the smuggler and compare it to your old bike. Take the old bike's stem length into consideration and what stem length you are planning for the smuggler. This will also give you an idea on ETT. I personally wouldn't go much longer then 50mm. At just under 5'9 I would ride a medium.
    thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely compare the geo of the smuggler to my current bike (which I feel does fit me very well).

    Quote Originally Posted by cunningstunts View Post
    at your height, why not consider the Scout? i'm not sure i understand wagon wheelers for people under 5'10". big lanky bikes for big lanky people. the leverage is there to work over the centrifugal force of the wheels. proportionality, wha?
    Thanks for the reply!

    I have been bouncing back and forth between the smuggler and scout with what you are saying in mind, that for me a 650b might make more sense wheel size wise. I like them both!

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    Are people liking their Smugglers?
    How long have people been riding them?
    I'd be coming from a Yeti SB95 (140mm fork / 127mm rear)....
    I ride aggressively and am wondering if I'd miss the extra travel if I went with a Smuggler.
    Would I be better off going w the Banshee Prime (140mm rear, I think)?

    Any riders out here who were skeptical about less travel...? How do you like the Smuggler?

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    i've had my smug for a couple of months. running a 140 xfusion trace unicrown fork on it. came from a norco shinobi (arguably the original mass market AM 29er) and also have a norco range. live in coastal BC. i ride hard and our trails are very demanding. most people consider them technical and punishing. the smuggler has totally met my expectations. the geo is perfect and i've yet to find a flaw or anything to complain about. the bike nails it. hate to refer to the only real official review out there but those bible o bike guys were very accurate. only the steepest hardest trails we have do i prefer the range. the other 80% the smug is by far the more desirable ride corners like it's on rails and bombs downhill. stiff as hell. i ride it down the local DH course and i just go slower than the range and pick and choose lines more carefully, but not by much. i never even think about the rear travel, it feels like it has more than it does. i've never ridden a banshee prime and i've heard great things about it. never been on an enduro 29 either and i think all these bikes are closer than people think in real in terms of overall capability (yes yes i'm even putting the e29 in the same boat though i'm sure it takes it further...) the smug climbs very well and makes a much better trail bike than the range and other 6 inch travel bikes by a long shot. demo one if you can i think you will be amazed at what it can do and how fun it is to ride. a lot of bike in one package; nimble, climby, descends like a brute. can you tell i like mine?

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    Great, thanks for that review.

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    The Prime is 130mm rear travel btw.

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    Has anyone tried a 2.4 Trail Boss in the back?

    edit: read at stw that you can fit one in

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    I am running one now after putting a hole in my vigilante

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    bettes, that is a hot bike. I know I said it above, but it still stands.

    Can't wait for Whistler to see the 2016 reveals. Carbon? At least Orange color and maybe a slightly raised bb.

    I do have fingers crossed for a new job to give some extra money this way, and my Anthem would be on its way out.

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    placed an order for a Smuggler at my LBS today! so stoked!
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    My Smuggler

    Realized I never posted my finished Smuggler in this thread. Here it is in all her glory. XTR/Enve/Cane Creek/Lefty and custom Enve decals that I designed:
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    That is pretty damn awesome.

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    Had my Smuggler since late May and am loving it; however I keep getting a creaking noise from the BB area. I took it back to the LBS and they tightened up the main pivot which was slightly loose. This fixed the issue but a week later it's back; only ridden about 80 miles on it mainly singletrack type riding nothing uber technical. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this issue and if so what you did to resolve it.

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    I solved the problem by greasing the Main pivot axle and taper nuts too
    Don't hesitate to do the same on the rocker pivot axle (to prevent futur creaking noises)
    I 've experience this effectively on my Smug and Patrol.

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    Cheers Superpi; I'll give it a go.

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    same creak here. it was my oval chainring come slightly loose. when you build up a new bike there is always going to be some creaks and loosening bits in the first few months- pivots, bb, etc.

    just loving my smuggler. killer bike as i've gone on and on about here. put a monster DHF 2.5 on the front recently. like rowdy sketchy terrain? now THAT's your front tire!

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    Hey superpi did you remove a axle? If so how. I have been chasing the same creaking noise ,I just remove the bolt and tapered nuts and squirted liberal amounts of grease in both sides hope its fix it.

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    After removing tapered nuts and screw, just unscrew the axle with a hex key wrench (8mm) on the non drive side. It takes five minutes, very simple.
    Don't forget to respect torques spec: http://www.transitionbikes.com/PDF/2...iew_Patrol.pdf
    hope it 'll help

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    This bike is soooooooo good! 27.25lbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranu View Post
    Had my Smuggler since late May and am loving it; however I keep getting a creaking noise from the BB area. I took it back to the LBS and they tightened up the main pivot which was slightly loose. This fixed the issue but a week later it's back; only ridden about 80 miles on it mainly singletrack type riding nothing uber technical. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this issue and if so what you did to resolve it.
    I had a creak which seemed to be coming from the BB area but it was actually the non drive side chainstay/dropout pivot. Just tightened it and it has been good ever since.

    Other then that super happy with the Smuggler, much more capable then the 115m travel would suggest.

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    I need some advice from the Smuggler riders out there. I am having a frame warrantied and I'm thinking of selling it to fund a smuggler. The question I have is, should I call around and find a blue medium smuggler and run it, or get my name on the the orange one coming out with a little more tire clearance and possibly different BB height? I have to wait until October for the orange one, which sucks.

    Any of you having problems with rock strikes? I'm running a 2.3 maxxis ardent in the rear, would there be enough clearance in the 2015 frame?

    I have all the parts and a 140mm pike right now with some stans flow wheels with an ardent on the back and a minion 2.3 on the front. I ride North bay area stuff a lot like Annadel, china camp, tamarancho with occasional downieville trips thrown in. Just planning on swapping parts over from my other bike.

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    The smuggler is really good for Annadel. Yes I have had some pedal strikes but no worse than a specialized, and the low BB is worth the stability. I have a half worn 2.3 Vigilante on back and it fits snug but fine. I have had a lot of bikes and I really like this bike!!! Super stable, very plush and climbs really really well.

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    Sweet, thanks Guvna

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    Guvna what is your build...the weight is impressive! Size? Do you live in Santa Rosa?

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