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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Did you get the frame yet? I'm really interested in ride impressions with a 140mm travel fork.
    Nope. Ended up cancelling with DNZ. I don't think I can handle 1x9, not fit enough on the climbs lol. And I need to run a 2.4 Ardent in the back, nothing skinnier for me.

    Surprised there are no more completed builds popping up here to look at. It seems cyrjm is the only one with a frame lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Nope. Ended up cancelling with DNZ. I don't think I can handle 1x9, not fit enough on the climbs lol. And I need to run a 2.4 Ardent in the back, nothing skinnier for me.

    Surprised there are no more completed builds popping up here to look at. It seems cyrjm is the only one with a frame lol.
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    I should also say that right now, as it sits it's at 26.4lbs. Once I put my crank on, cut the 410 Thomson post, ditch the tubes and throw pedals it should be right around 27ish. I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Nope. Ended up cancelling with DNZ. I don't think I can handle 1x9, not fit enough on the climbs lol. And I need to run a 2.4 Ardent in the back, nothing skinnier for me.
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    I'm with you on the tire size. So, are you back to the Yelli?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    I'm with you on the tire size. So, are you back to the Yelli?
    Nope. Been chatting with the guys at Chromag and I'm on the pre-order list for an XL Chromag Surface frame from the 2nd production run due in March 2012.

    I think I've exhausted all my AMHT 29er options here and just going to pony up the $$$ and get everything I want from a 29er frame: steel, 21" ST, 2.4 Ardent clearance with a front. der and frame weight under 6 lbs (the XL is 5.75 lbs).
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    For the record, the TransAm 29er works with an Ardent 2.4 and a front der. PLENTY of clearance with an X9 high clamp. Frame weight on an xl is just at or under 6lb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    For the record, the TransAm 29er works with an Ardent 2.4 and a front der. PLENTY of clearance with an X9 high clamp. Frame weight on an xl is just at or under 6lb.
    Quite the contrary on Transition's site, along with confirmation from one of the guys there that a 2.4 Ardent AND front der. won't happen.

    And btw, where are you getting under 6 lbs from? The weight of a Large frame is 6.4 lbs according to Transition's site.

    Post some pics and prove me wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Quite the contrary on Transition's site, along with confirmation from one of the guys there that a 2.4 Ardent AND front der. won't happen.

    And btw, where are you getting under 6 lbs from? The weight of a Large frame is 6.4 lbs according to Transition's site.

    Post some pics and prove me wrong.
    I'm betting since he owns and runs a shop that sells Transition, he tried it out (the tire clearnance/derailleur thing) and weighed a frame on his own...

    That's the kind of shop (and guy) Dave is.

    I have never known manufacturer weights to be accurate, no matter how much I like the company. My 26" TransAM frame (first gen) weighed a fair bit heavier than their claimed weight.
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    Eurospek - we got an XL complete in for a customer. I might be wrong about the weight but I remember it was right around 6lbs from what I can recall.

    The build kit came with an X7 front der and 2.4s front and rear. With the 2.4 Ardent and the X7 front der, there was about 1/2 of a mm of clearance because the X7 low clamp front der has a funky pivot behind the clamp/seattube that backed against the tire. The new style X9s are very clean, simple svelte band clamp and nothing funky behind the seattube. Plenty of clearance that way so we put an X9 on it and the guy was happy as a clam.



    I've attached an image of the X7 low clamp so you can see all the garbage hanging off the back that gets in the way of tire clearance.



    The TransAm 29 with a 2.4 is not compatible with every front der out there, but it will definitely work with an X9 top clamp.
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    Thanks for posting that!!! Definitely clears things up. Any idea on a complete weight for that XL then?
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    I think it was just over 30for without pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Eurospek - we got an XL complete in for a customer. I might be wrong about the weight but I remember it was right around 6lbs from what I can recall.

    The build kit came with an X7 front der and 2.4s front and rear. With the 2.4 Ardent and the X7 front der, there was about 1/2 of a mm of clearance because the X7 low clamp front der has a funky pivot behind the clamp/seattube that backed against the tire. The new style X9s are very clean, simple svelte band clamp and nothing funky behind the seattube. Plenty of clearance that way so we put an X9 on it and the guy was happy as a clam.

    The TransAm 29 with a 2.4 is not compatible with every front der out there, but it will definitely work with an X9 top clamp.
    Ignazjr: When you say newer style X9, do you mean 10 speed? I only ask because I already have a nice XT 9 speed crank set and would like to run 2x9 with a 2.4 Ardent if I go with this frame.

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    That pivot hanging off the rear der on the low clamp x7 sticks out 29mm from th centerpoint and barely rubs the tire. On your der, you'll probably want no more than 19mm. High clamps will generally offer better clearance.
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    Bubba13, are you set on running 2x9? I only ask because you say you want use your 9-spd XT crankset and you do have the option of using that crankset in a 2x10 setup. I am running the 9-spd SLX double crank as a 2x10. It uses 10-spd SLX stuff for the rear and shifters and a 9-spd SLX FD. My only complaint about the shifting is going back on to the big ring isn't as fast as I would like but I would like to think that a 9-spd 2x left shift pod would fix that. I probably don't shift the front enough to justify the cost of a new shifter(s) until this one is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beer_coffee_water View Post
    Bubba13, are you set on running 2x9? I only ask because you say you want use your 9-spd XT crankset and you do have the option of using that crankset in a 2x10 setup. I am running the 9-spd SLX double crank as a 2x10. It uses 10-spd SLX stuff for the rear and shifters and a 9-spd SLX FD. My only complaint about the shifting is going back on to the big ring isn't as fast as I would like but I would like to think that a 9-spd 2x left shift pod would fix that. I probably don't shift the front enough to justify the cost of a new shifter(s) until this one is done.
    There's no such thing as far as I'm aware of.
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    Bummer. I was hoping for at the very least a Saint version. I will probably go 1x10 with a 32t chainring eventually, while only losing 3 granny gears and 1 big gear. I am currently on a XCish frame that I have been making into a trail bike but I love coming here and staring at the blue TransAm 29er. One day I will have to decide on which AM-HT frame to get. For now I just enjoy reading about all the AM-HT possibilities.

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    Just looked up the Saint shifter pod and I am now wondering why it even comes in 3x9 when there is no Saint 3x crankset. I know that FDs limit the front shifter but why make something that the group can't even do? I also understand that you can mix manufacturers' groups (Yes, I am showing how limited my knowledge about bike components can be but that's why I read these forums to expand my knowledge). Can someone explain it so I don't just sit here and speculate it was a cost cutting measure? And I won't derail TB's thread anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Eurospek - we got an XL complete in for a customer. I might be wrong about the weight but I remember it was right around 6lbs from what I can recall.



    The TransAm 29 with a 2.4 is not compatible with every front der out there, but it will definitely work with an X9 top clamp.
    Thanks for posting Dave. (It is Dave right? ) While I am planning on running mine as a 1X9 with large volume tires it is nice to know I would not have to downsize the tires if I decided to run a front der.

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    Yep. Big tires are definitely key. I've got Ardent 2.4s front and rears on my hardtail and love 'em. Makes a 2.1 feel like a road tire.
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    Finally. Kinda.

    Almost done....found out today that my Race Face BB with only about 40 miles on it is $hit so I put an extra one on. Turns out THAT one is $hit too sooo I left the chain off so I can order a new BB next week. ANYWAYS, I've had an erection over this thing from day one so I just wanted to get it looking good to shoot some bike porn:

    My two bltche$ wanted in the shot. The third one was at work. Heeeyyooohhh! Don't tell her I said that.










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    Well done. Looks excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Well done. Looks excellent.
    Thank you...I'm that guy who has to have a nice looking bike. Matching parts and $hit...colors matter to me. I should have a vagina just for saying that.

    At first I was not stoked about only being able to get Pewter. Sam at Transition said it was a hot looking color and he wasn't kidding. I just got a blue one for one of my customers and it's pretty awesome too and was my first choice but I'm glad I ended up with this.
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    Nice build!

    I'd put a chain on and ride it even with a **** BB!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees View Post
    Nice build!

    I'd put a chain on and ride it even with a **** BB!!!
    Yeah, I don't get it...it was fine when I rode it on my 26" TA in October. Bearings feel like they are seizing up and my spare, crunchy as hell. It would drive me bat$hit crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrjm View Post
    Almost done....found out today that my Race Face BB with only about 40 miles on it is $hit so I put an extra one on. Turns out THAT one is $hit too sooo I left the chain off so I can order a new BB next week. ANYWAYS, I've had an erection over this thing from day one so I just wanted to get it looking good to shoot some bike porn:

    My two bltche$ wanted in the shot. The third one was at work. Heeeyyooohhh! Don't tell her I said that.


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    Medium...thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrjm View Post
    Thank you...I'm that guy who has to have a nice looking bike. Matching parts and $hit...colors matter to me. I should have a vagina just for saying that.
    Man, I'm the same way. Everything must go with each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrjm View Post
    Yeah, I don't get it...it was fine when I rode it on my 26" TA in October. Bearings feel like they are seizing up and my spare, crunchy as hell. It would drive me bat$hit crazy.
    I think you need a 29er specific BB then! Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrjm View Post

    My two bltche$ wanted in the shot. The third one was at work. Heeeyyooohhh! Don't tell her I said that.



    Damn! I'm telling...

    The TransAm looks great.

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    that is a nice looking bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Eurospek - we got an XL complete in for a customer. I might be wrong about the weight but I remember it was right around 6lbs from what I can recall.

    The build kit came with an X7 front der and 2.4s front and rear. With the 2.4 Ardent and the X7 front der, there was about 1/2 of a mm of clearance because the X7 low clamp front der has a funky pivot behind the clamp/seattube that backed against the tire. The new style X9s are very clean, simple svelte band clamp and nothing funky behind the seattube. Plenty of clearance that way so we put an X9 on it and the guy was happy as a clam.



    I've attached an image of the X7 low clamp so you can see all the garbage hanging off the back that gets in the way of tire clearance.



    The TransAm 29 with a 2.4 is not compatible with every front der out there, but it will definitely work with an X9 top clamp.
    Awesome guys! Thanks for figuring that one out. We didn't have high clamp 2x10 front derailleurs to test with, and had to roll with low clamp since we couldn't verify that the bulge would be high enough up the tube.

    With the 22/36 and 24/38 ring sizes it looks like there is room for the high clamp FD and improved tire clearance as a result. Good on ya!

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    We just got in a large blue frame for inventory so I put it on the scale. 6.25lbs.
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    TA 29 ride reports?

    Where are the ride reports? Cough em up guys!

    Does anyone have experience with the the Revolution 28 29" wheel set yet?

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    Just finished my build last night (including the Transition wheels). Will post up a report after a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubba13 View Post
    Where are the ride reports? Cough em up guys!

    Does anyone have experience with the the Revolution 28 29" wheel set yet?

    Thanks.
    Mine frame just arrived yesterday but it won't be built up until next Tues/Wed as I'm waiting on the LBS to get in the 142 X 12 CK conversion kit in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubba13 View Post
    Where are the ride reports? Cough em up guys!

    Does anyone have experience with the the Revolution 28 29" wheel set yet?

    Thanks.
    Meant to ride it today, got busy doing work. Put the new BB on tonight, installed the crank and my chain is way short ( don't know why I thought the chain from my 26" TA would install just fine...but it didn't ). Tomorrow I'll go slap a new XT chain on there and ride it. I promise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Mine frame just arrived yesterday but it won't be built up until next Tues/Wed as I'm waiting on the LBS to get in the 142 X 12 CK conversion kit in.
    Congrats on pulling the trigger on one. If only I was that decisive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Congrats on pulling the trigger on one. If only I was that decisive.
    LOL - Even though I will initially run 1X9 with 2.35" tires I wanted to have the option to run a front derailleur and 2.4"+ tires. Once I saw ignazjr confirmed that large tires and a front der worked on the TransAm 29er I was sold.

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    Got my first ride on the bike today. A 2 hour xc (late) lunch loop that I'm pretty familiar with....

    No real comments until I get more saddle time and feel like the bike is dialed for me. That said, here are some pics.

    Specialized purgatory 2.4's with plenty of room in the frame - although the LG1 chainguide on my bike is having some rubbing issues when I corner.


    You can see how close it comes to the chainguide without any flex of the tire.


    Also plenty of room for the 44 ti 'zocchi fork.







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    Wicked build. Looks sick. 120 or 140 up front?
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    SICK!!! Love the color
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    Damn you Transition. Why do you have to be sold out of mediums?? Waiting until April I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squib38 View Post
    Damn you Transition. Why do you have to be sold out of mediums?? Waiting until April I guess.
    They will be available again a little earlier than that... we are rushing some of the production.

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    ^ Definitely my favorite build so far. Looks so good in small, the XL proportions look a lot more awkward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Wicked build. Looks sick. 120 or 140 up front?
    140mm....got the crazy deal off of hucknroll. Couldn't pass it up and then needed a frame to match the fork!

    Build is as follows:
    Size Small TA-29'er
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    Weight: No idea....guessing 30'ish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    140mm....got the crazy deal off of . Couldn't pass it up and then needed a frame to match the fork!

    Weight: No idea....guessing 30'ish?
    Well, again...it looks sweet, and make sure to give us some feed back when you have more miles on that beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    140mm....got the crazy deal off of . Couldn't pass it up and then needed a frame to match the fork!

    Build is as follows:
    Size Small TA-29'er
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    Marzocchi 44 ti fork 140mm (tapered / qr15)
    Stylo cranks (with shimano spd pedals) and 32 tooth chainring
    LG1 chainguide
    X9 derailleur and shifter / 11-34 cassette
    KS 5" dropper post
    Transition AM saddle
    Transition Revolution 29'er wheels
    Specialized Purgatory 2.4 tires.

    Weight: No idea....guessing 30'ish?
    Looks great ebxtreme. I went for the blue frame with the tapered 140mm Marz 44 as well.

    OT a bit - When I have installed crown races in the past on my straight steerer forks I just use a section of PVC pipe to bang the race on to the fork. Of course when I went to put the crown race on my taper fork the dang piece of PVC was too skinny. So, before I go to the hardware store and buy a larger diameter section of PVC (dang, I have a ghetto tool box) is their another do it yourself method? I used the the hammer and screwdriver method BITD but that is even worse than my PVC method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Looks great ebxtreme. I went for the blue frame with the tapered 140mm Marz 44 as well.

    OT a bit - When I have installed crown races in the past on my straight steerer forks I just use a section of PVC pipe to bang the race on to the fork. Of course when I went to put the crown race on my taper fork the dang piece of PVC was too skinny. So, before I go to the hardware store and buy a larger diameter section of PVC (dang, I have a ghetto tool box) is their another do it yourself method? I used the the hammer and screwdriver method BITD but that is even worse than my PVC method.
    With the Cane Creek or FSA headsets the taper on the bearing is large enough for this...

    Cut a split in the race with a hacksaw (so it looks like the compression ring up top). Then it installs and removes by hand. The tapered contact of the bearing squeezes the race down on the steerer once you preload the bearings. I can't reccomend that for a Chris King because they (at least they used to) have a much smaller tapered contact.

    Works great! I do it all the time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees View Post
    It has ISCG-05 tabs, but no downtube cable mounts as far as I know. You could rig up some type of cable guide that is captured by one of the water bottle bolts, though.
    OK, so apart from no cable routing....does it fit the HS? Anyone? Bueller?


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