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    I run a 140mm Revelation and its been sweet, not sure where you are in the world, but these are still cheap on Chain Reaction......So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-mtbr1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    On the Geometry chart for the TA29 do you measure from the center of the wheel to the bottom of the headtube?

    I am running a 2011 reba, I have heard it has a really short a2c despite 120mm travel. I would really like to get a 140mm F29 w/34mm stanchions. Anyone else done that?
    Go for it. I'm running a 140mm F34 kashima and it's awesome. Went from a Yelli Screamy with an F29 120mm on it to a Transam with the F34 140, big change. The F34s took a lot of flak, but mine is smooooooth and uses all of its travel really well too.

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    The revelation is a decent price, but I flex my reba enough that I get tire rub, so I think a 34-35mm stanchion fork would match my 195 lbs better.

    Hopefully pikes and f34's drop in price soon!

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    Looking for pics of size XL, anyone?

    thanks

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    Mines an xl one page back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Mines an xl one page back.
    And yet looks exactly the same as this guy's large. Weird. Both appear to have the same length seat tubes.

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    Probably cause I have a lot of seatpost. I'm 6'4".

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    I want one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    And yet looks exactly the same as this guy's large. Weird. Both appear to have the same length seat tubes.
    Are you currently riding a honzo?

    Why do you want the Transam?

    Where do you live? I'm in Bishop CA, if you live anywhere near you can take my bike for a spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Why do you want the Transam?
    Because instead of spending money on a FS bike, I could buy a steel hardtail with a smoother ride that has super short chainstays. I believe the Trans-Am has the shortest chainstays in the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Because instead of spending money on a FS bike, I could buy a steel hardtail with a smoother ride that has super short chainstays. I believe the Trans-Am has the shortest chainstays in the market.
    I like my bike, but the Nimble 9 from Canfield has adjustable chainstays that go from 16.25 to 16.9"....

    Also just cause it's steel doesn't mean it's smoother than a FS frame. I can ride a lot of stuff with this bike that I couldn't with my traditional geometry aluminum hardtail, but it still isn't "plush".

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Because instead of spending money on a FS bike, I could buy a steel hardtail with a smoother ride that has super short chainstays. I believe the Trans-Am has the shortest chainstays in the market.
    Actually second longest if you want to count the Trek Stache in the All-Mountain HT segment. TransAM is 17.1", Chromag Surface 16.9", Banshee Paradox 16.9", Canfield Yelli 16.7", Kona Honzo 16.3".

    And I agree with unrooted, just because it's steel, it's not going to be plush automatically. My Honzo is quiet stout in the back to support the type of riding it's advertised to do, if you're looking for a plush steel riding bike, something with thinner tubing like a Niner XC hardtail will be plusher as there is more give to it.

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    I did a lot of research on all those frames. One of the things mentioned in a few reviews of the TransAM 29 was that it was very strong and did NOT retain the "smooth" ride that steel hardtails are known for. That being said, each review absolutely loved the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Actually second longest if you want to count the Trek Stache in the All-Mountain HT segment. TransAM is 17.1", Chromag Surface 16.9", Banshee Paradox 16.9", Canfield Yelli 16.7", Kona Honzo 16.3".

    And I agree with unrooted, just because it's steel, it's not going to be plush automatically. My Honzo is quiet stout in the back to support the type of riding it's advertised to do, if you're looking for a plush steel riding bike, something with thinner tubing like a Niner XC hardtail will be plusher as there is more give to it.
    I rode an El Mariachi and thought it smooth, but that is more XC than Trail.
    There are no prices on the Canfield Nimble 9, so that is out of the question.
    I kind of have a thing against Kona (sorry eurospek).
    The Niner is too much money (enough for a FS, and that is why I can't buy a FS), so unless I can buy a Rocky Mountain Instinct 930 for $2300, then I guess I will have to go with a Transition.
    Can a fork longer than 100mm of travel go on an El Mar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    There are no prices on the Canfield Nimble 9, so that is out of the question.
    Frames

    Just a bit more than the TransAm29. Like I said I do like my bike. BUT I found my frame on Ebay for $340-used. If I was buying a new frame (WARRANTIES!) I would pay the bit extra for the N-9, but you can't really lose either way.

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    I'm thinking of ditching my 2x10 on my transam 29er and going with a race face narrow wide chain ring for a 1x10, probably the 32t ring. Would be nice to get rid of the front derailler and unclutter the bars while shaving some weight too. Anyone else doing this? Good idea or not? I literally never use the smaller ring on my current 2x10.

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    1 x 10 on my TA

    Hey Charlie Dog,
    I've only done around 150km on mine, with a type 2 (clutch type) X9 10 derailleur and a standard Truvativ Stylo SS 32T front I hoped not to have to buy an expensive narrow wide chainring.
    The tape went on the chainstay at conversion and is unmarked by the chain, so I'm not sure that with a clutch type rear der you'd need a narrow wide...
    I'm not scared of bumps and jumps, but at 100kg if my bike gets 3 feet of air underneath it that'd be a big jump!
    I'm runnin 11-36 cassette and a 32 and it seems enough for me...
    Good luck....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenDeRailleurHanger View Post
    Hey Charlie Dog,
    I've only done around 150km on mine, with a type 2 (clutch type) X9 10 derailleur and a standard Truvativ Stylo SS 32T front I hoped not to have to buy an expensive narrow wide chainring.
    The tape went on the chainstay at conversion and is unmarked by the chain, so I'm not sure that with a clutch type rear der you'd need a narrow wide...
    I'm not scared of bumps and jumps, but at 100kg if my bike gets 3 feet of air underneath it that'd be a big jump!
    I'm runnin 11-36 cassette and a 32 and it seems enough for me...
    Good luck....
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    First of all, beautiful bike, and second, when I went 1x10 (on a Cobia), I used a 34T RaceFace Narrow-wide, and a Shimano XT Shadow + rear derailleur just to make sure the chain stayed on.
    Yes I run a 11-36 in the back and a 34T up front.
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    I run a raceface n/w 30t & 11-34 9 sp, XTR non clutch derailleur. I love it.

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    Sounds like you guys are having luck with the 1x drivetrain and the narrow wide. I just ordered one form arts cyclery for $32 bucks. Should get it installed over next weekend. Thanks for the feedback!

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    So I have had my Transam for a few months and I love it. Went with the 1x10 narrow wide with a non-clutch X7 rear der and haven't had any issues. My original plan was to have this be my winter/2nd bike and buy a 6" full suspension in the spring for bigger stuff and trips to Whistler. Not so sure I need 2 bikes now. I have a chance to throw a Fox 34 140 travel fork on for $300. Wondering how many of you guys are running a 140 compared to the 120 Fox 32 ctd that comes stock and if that rakes out the front too much for climbing. I think if I put this fork on this bike could handle pretty much anything I could throw at it besides shuttle runs (I'd rent a dh bike for that anyway). Would love some input from anyone running a 140. Thanks!

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    Not sure anyone's tried this but will a 3x9 front derailleur and crankset fit this frame? I called Transition and they didn't understand why anyone would want to do this???

    I told him that I have a great condition slx crank and a mint XO shifter set, that's why. I'm not into dumping perfectly fine components and spending more money needlessly.

    Bottom line, they were not sure the derailleur would clear. Can anyone confirm, please?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnigro View Post
    Not sure anyone's tried this but will a 3x9 front derailleur and crankset fit this frame? I called Transition and they didn't understand why anyone would want to do this???

    I told him that I have a great condition slx crank and a mint XO shifter set, that's why. I'm not into dumping perfectly fine components and spending more money needlessly.

    Bottom line, they were not sure the derailleur would clear. Can anyone confirm, please?

    Thanks
    What kind of front derailleur are you trying to use and what size rear tire? My guess is that the cranks will be just fine and that the issue is whether the derailleur will clear the tire.

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    Not sure the exact model but it's an XT 3x9. I was planning in running an Ardent 2.25. I guess I'll find out.

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    You have to have a derailleur with a low mount on it, like this one: Shimano Deore Front Derailleur - Sport Chalet
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