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    Sorry to dig it up and keep beating this dead horse. Can you guys elaborate on the derailleur clearance issue? I've seen some FS frames that cannot clear the dual pull cable routing part of shimano front derailleurs but it doesn't sound like this is the issue.

    Are you saying that when the front derailleur drops into the granny, the cage comes too far inboard and will hit the tire? How does the low clamp help?

    Would the slx 665, the compact 2x9 front der, be the better option? If anyone can take a pic to help me it would be greatly appreciated. My frame will be here early next week and I'd love to build it up while I have time off work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnigro View Post
    Sorry to dig it up and keep beating this dead horse. Can you guys elaborate on the derailleur clearance issue? I've seen some FS frames that cannot clear the dual pull cable routing part of shimano front derailleurs but it doesn't sound like this is the issue.

    Are you saying that when the front derailleur drops into the granny, the cage comes too far inboard and will hit the tire? How does the low clamp help?

    Would the slx 665, the compact 2x9 front der, be the better option? If anyone can take a pic to help me it would be greatly appreciated. My frame will be here early next week and I'd love to build it up while I have time off work.
    Your first point is the potential issue we were talking about on the phone. The rear part of the derailleur where the cable is routed might be too close to the tire. We have not tested with triple cranks on that frame, CAD models verify that the chainrings clear, but the tire clearance to the derailleur is very limited and we can't 100% tell you for certain that the derailleur will clear... depends on the tire, rim, derailleur model, etc.

    Your second point is another possible issue... chainline of the granny ring might put the derailleur very close to the side knobs. Again... depends on the exact setup.

    High clamp derailleurs have better clearance at the back of the derailleur, but depending on clamp height with that triple you might run into the larger diameter butted portion of the seat tube.

    Sorry that we don't have firm answers on 3x crank setups. We have been 100% focused on 2x and 1x builds for quite a while.

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    Thanks for the added info TB. Pretty cool to get the guy I spoke with on the phone to f/u with more info on a forum. Nice!!!
    I'll wait and see what issue I run into, if any. I can always remove the dual pull cable area with a dremmel, been done before by others.

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    I'm gonna sell my xl Transam 29 frame (blood red color) with an angleset (.5 & 1 degree). Any ideas what it is worth asking for? I only rode it for 4 months and it still looks very nice.
    195 lbs-6'4" Banshee Prime XL
    Ride Mammoth, Tahoe & Vegas

    PLEASE GIVE ME NEGATIVE REP!

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    I was just in the market and would have paid about $400 for a good condition used frame with a decent headset. One consideration is how many riders can fit an XL?

    Btw, why are you selling it?

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    I really liked the bike, but I had the opportunity to go Full Suspension, Banshee Prime, So I pulled the trigger. I can't afford to have 2 bikes right now. A lot of the riding I do will be a lot more fun on a FS rig, but I had a lot of fun with the Trans Am, really took a lot of fear out of riding steeps and jumps.
    195 lbs-6'4" Banshee Prime XL
    Ride Mammoth, Tahoe & Vegas

    PLEASE GIVE ME NEGATIVE REP!

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    Update on 9 speed crank. The XT and SLX set up as 2x will work and can run a traditional top clamp XT derailleur. Mine is a dual pull 3x9 front with the high limit screw all the way in to limit it to 2x. The chain rings are pretty close to the chainstay but not sure that's any different from a 10 speed crank. Just letting y'all know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnigro View Post
    Sorry to dig it up and keep beating this dead horse. Can you guys elaborate on the derailleur clearance issue? I've seen some FS frames that cannot clear the dual pull cable routing part of shimano front derailleurs but it doesn't sound like this is the issue.

    Are you saying that when the front derailleur drops into the granny, the cage comes too far inboard and will hit the tire? How does the low clamp help?

    Would the slx 665, the compact 2x9 front der, be the better option? If anyone can take a pic to help me it would be greatly appreciated. My frame will be here early next week and I'd love to build it up while I have time off work.


    I have a 2012 Transition TransAM 29er and I'm running it with a SRAM X9 nine speed mid cage rear der and a 22, 36, Bash Shimano SLX 9 speed crankset. I have a low clamp mount Shimano SLX 9 speed front der and an ISCG'05 Blackspire Stinger Chain Guide. I had no issues at all with the drivetrain and I road this bike hard almost everywhere in California, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona. I replaced the chain once and tires as well. I love it!
    Last edited by el cap; 12-25-2013 at 09:04 PM.

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    Thanks el cap. Btw, are the rear triangles offset to the non drive side for extra clearance? If not, I have either an out of dish wheel, likely, or a misaligned frame. I did swap the wheel on backwards and it still looked to be offset on the non drive side. Going to bring the wheel in tomorrow and have it checked with a dishing tool.

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    No, mine are not offset (looks the same on both rear triangles). I'm running a CTS Caballero EPS 29x2.25 tire in the rear and it looks like there is clearance for a 2.3. I would not go above 2.3 in the rear on this frame if you are running a front der. By the way, up front I'm running an On One Chunky Monkey Enduro 29x2.4 tire on a 140mm fork. Hope this info helps.

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    Thanks el cap. My wheel was fairly out of dish. Got it sorted out now and all is well. Wish I would have gone with a 130mm revelation I was looking at instead of this 120 fox float. Oh well. Bike is ready for the trail. Can't wait to get it dialed in.

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    Re: So Where's the Trans AM 29er?

    So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-uploadfromtaptalk1389382624440.jpg

    Just picked her up yesterday!

    Can't wait to get out on some trails.

    And yes my bikes are always nicer than my car

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcf811 View Post
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    Just picked her up yesterday!

    Can't wait to get out on some trails.

    And yes my bikes are always nicer than my car

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    Ooh that Trans-Am looks great.
    Big Wheels Keep On Rolling

    Forth Eorlingas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcf811 View Post
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    Just picked her up yesterday!

    Can't wait to get out on some trails.

    And yes my bikes are always nicer than my car

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    What fork are you using?
    Big Wheels Keep On Rolling

    Forth Eorlingas!

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    2013 Revelation dual position

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    Re: So Where's the Trans AM 29er?



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    Almost done with my build. I'm still waiting on a few parts.

    So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-transam-pic.jpg

    Knowing it's a steel frame, I didn't really care much about the weight but I was curious anyway!
    I think the only XC type item I got was the Magura fork, but I got it for a really good deal.

    27.996 lbs is pretty good I might say, especially with a dropper post and pedals already.

    So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-screen-shot-2014-03-04-12.07.52-pm.jpg

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    27.996 pounds, LOL. If you wiped a booger on it, it'd be 28.

    Nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnigro View Post
    27.996 pounds, LOL. If you wiped a booger on it, it'd be 28.
    Nice bike!
    LOL!!
    Thanks!

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    your rear rotor is really light, where did you get it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowbike View Post
    your rear rotor is really light, where did you get it?
    haha.. lame.
    Thanks for pointing that out!

    Anyway, for some reason my chainring and chain are still haven't arrived so.
    Oh well, I'll post up some pictures as soon as I'm done building.

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    So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-1888538_10201346399214340_1285258761_n.jpg
    Sneak peek!

    Just waiting on my brakes and shifter.

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    So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-1794763_10201355632205159_679562014_n.jpg

    Bike is done and popped my 29er cherry today.
    16.8 miles and 2482 ft elevation gain.

    This is my first hardtail in I dunno how many years and after three squish bikes, it's a different feel.
    The bike picks up speed fast, and climbs like a champ.
    I've never done this kind of drivetrain set up so took me a while to get used to standing up a lot.
    Set a lot of PR's on the way up and surprisingly on the way down too.

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    Re: So Where's the Trans AM 29er?

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    Bike is done and popped my 29er cherry today.
    16.8 miles and 2482 ft elevation gain.

    This is my first hardtail in I dunno how many years and after three squish bikes, it's a different feel.
    The bike picks up speed fast, and climbs like a champ.
    I've never done this kind of drivetrain set up so took me a while to get used to standing up a lot.
    Set a lot of PR's on the way up and surprisingly on the way down too.
    Well done sir !

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    So Where's the Trans AM 29er?-1235056_10152261973724381_552068293_n.jpg

    Ride 2, still hurting from yesterday.
    12 miles and 1900 ft elevation gain and hurt more.

    This bike still amazes me.
    I set 9 new PR's on my "backyard" trail that I've been riding for about 3 years.
    Averaging 10 seconds faster on a few downhills without much drops, and minutes on my climbs.

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