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    Quote Originally Posted by RuLz View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, where do you get that deal, cause I'll buy it right now. PM me if more appropriate.
    I'd also like to know how to buy the frame & Fox 34 fork combo rather than just the frame or the complete bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, where do you get that deal, cause I'll buy it right now. PM me if more appropriate.
    Duke at Dropnzone.com has been great. They are an authorized internet dealer for Transition so the frame /fork deal could be done thru them.
    Abandoned the 26" wheel in May '03

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    Overall stiffness is very good, This includes the rear end. This is not a ride that is prone to rear end wallow.

    Most of the black F34 Fox forks that you are seeing in the Btwo9 pics are Floats bought thru Transition. You can get a pretty good deal on one if you buy it with a frame.
    Thanks guys. Hopefully UK Trans dealers will do similar deals. 34 forks bought separately over here are not cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by nixgame22 View Post
    Here's a few pics of my build-in-progress. I can't wait to finish this bike!
    Bandit 29 (large)
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    Lookin good! The blue on pewter is gorgeous... Nice build, you are gonna love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder View Post
    Ahh, gotcha, didn't realize they changed things.

    On the pedal strikes- I really like this bike but I need to demo one to see how much of an issue it is I guess. I demo'd a T29er and it had close to a 14" bb and no strikes, the Tracer is a bit more pricey tho but I really liked it.
    thats a pretty decent pro review. has JNC or Aqua had an opportunity to weigh in? thx in advance

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    Braved the border to return the test Transition Bandit and get a Bandit 29er. Stock build kit just to keep it honest except for Ardent 2.4 rear (replacing the 2.2). No Reverb Comes in at 32lbs. My own Fox 34.

    Planned switcheroos for later - Ritchey carbon weight weenie wheels. Maybe try some of the new Maxxis proto 29er rubber. Chromag seat and Raceface seatpost with some layback to get the TTT to 23" or so.

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    Riding the Bandit29er - Pemberton

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    Well? What'd you think, LeeLau?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Riding the Bandit29er - Pemberton

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    Done...Ready to Roll!


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    Oh man, that's a nice bike..
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    Here's a few more in-progress pics. Hopefully, the wheels can be built this week and I can finally ride it!

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    Nix, that build is beyond sick . I do not think I would display the same patience as you on a wheel build because staring at that while posting would be too much.

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    That pewter with the blue bits looks sick!!!
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    wow these custom builds are pretty pimp. I must say they've got a bit more bling than the OE build. But fwiw here's another vid with the bike stock

    April 15, 2012. While there's still over 3m of snow on the ski hills I've got a bike to ride! Squamish - Hoods in the Woods on the Bandit 29er

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    XL green frame, 34 Float fork & Hope headset: ordered.
    Dammit, you people have cost me a lot of money

    BTW nice build there Staz ^^

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    I know, damn you -18 months same as cash!!!!!
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    So much fun!!! First ride yesterday in the rain, great through the twisty sections, so fast through corners. Really comes into it's own on flowy, bermed downhill sections.....lots of pop, too

    Here's my build:

    Frame: Transition Bandit 29, size XL
    Fork: Fox 34 Float 29 140 RLC FIT Kashima 15QR 1.5 Taper
    Brake: Shimano XT, Ice Tec Rotors, 180mm front, 160mm rear
    Cassette: Shimano XT, 10 Speed, 11-36
    Chain: Shimano XTR
    Cranks: RaceFace Atlas FR Double Bash Chainset, 175mm, 24/36T
    Grips: ODI Yeti Hardcore Lock-On, Black/Black
    Handlebar: Chromag Fubar OSX, Chrome Series
    Headset: Chris King Inset
    Pedals: Shimano XT
    Rear derailleurs: Shimano XT SGS
    Front derailleur: Shimano XT Direct Fit
    Saddle: Chromag Lynx Saddle
    Seatpost: Blackx Jewel AM+
    Shifters: Shimano XT
    Stem: Chromag Ranger, 70mm
    Tyres: WTB Bronson Race (soon to be swapped for Schwalbe Hans Dampf Trailstar)
    Tubes: Specialized lightweight
    Wheels: SRAM Rise 40 29er, 15QR front, 142x12 rear
    Chain guide: Blackspire Stinger
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    Nickeytee, what's the weight? I've never heard of that wheelset
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    As soon as I can get hold of an accurate scale, I'll post the weight.

    Wheels seem to be very new from SRAM, not too many 142x12 off-the-peg 29er wheels out there yet! One ride = they feel reasonably stiff, track well enough....

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    tested the Bandit today, will be ordering tomorrow...another green XL for the UK please.

    Franz - did you get a deal on the 34s in the end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickyTee View Post
    So much fun!!! First ride yesterday in the rain, great through the twisty sections, so fast through corners. Really comes into it's own on flowy, bermed downhill sections.....lots of pop, too

    Here's my build:

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    NickyTee! Nice looking build man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whippersnapper View Post
    tested the Bandit today, will be ordering tomorrow...another green XL for the UK please.

    Franz - did you get a deal on the 34s in the end?
    Good work on the green! I did get a decent deal, but I ordered it with the frame - check your PMs

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    Franz, sorry, can't pm, havent posted enough yet.

    You're a very lucky man....I went to put my order in this morning and got given very bad news regarding stock of XLs for this year. I hope you get yours....and if you're friends with the shop maybe ask for another one, please.

    I can't believe I get a test ride and the day after to be told that. The test was in herts. I had the Large which was too small.

    Anyone with an XL bored of theirs already? I know where it can get a good home.

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    Ah OK. Don't know much about PM privileges - can you read them but not send, or can you not do either?
    Give Kate at Plush Hill Cycles in Shropshire a ring. She might be able to help you out.

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    Can read PMs but can't send just yet, I have a few more posts to make before I can do that.

    Will call Kate on monday, cheers.

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    @Demodude - Weight with Bronsons was 31.8lb. Weight with Hans Dampfs = 32.6lb. I'll take the Schwalbes any day, very grippy, even on wet roots. Very close to Minion DHF ST...

    @whippersnapper - Think I had the last/only XL in the UK. Try Ant at Tamed Earth, he hooked me up.

    @Lowball - Thanks! This is my first adjustable seatpost, I wanted something without huge loops of cable flapping everywhere. Only three rides in, all wet and muddy (2x Swinley, and Cannock) but so far, so good. It's mechanical (cable) operated and has three positions - full-up, 45mm down and 125mm down. Comes in lots of purdy colours, too!

    Gotta say, this bike is sweet! Very playful, climbs pretty good, but descends like crazy

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    A few updated photos on the couch

    Just a few changes: Chromag Fubars, Salsa seatpost collar, Blackspire stinger, Specialized Purgator 2.4 up front, Specialized The Captain 2.2 rear, Running tubeless w stans sealant. Changing tires alone shaved 1/2 lb bringing the total weight to 32.04lbs. Not bad for a Large w/ the stock wheelset.
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    For those that swiched to a lighter, say 1800g wheelset, do you really notice a difference in speed/acceleration? I know logically you should but how noticeable is it. Does the bike feel less stiff or squirmy with the super light wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    For those that swiched to a lighter, say 1800g wheelset, do you really notice a difference in speed/acceleration? I know logically you should but how noticeable is it. Does the bike feel less stiff or squirmy with the super light wheels?
    I think it's in your head...meaning you're thinking - awesome my bike is 3lbs lighter, I must be faster!

    But really...I think it makes a difference in acceleration and of course rotational mass; I guess you would put it. 1800g wheel set and light xc tires you can really tell a difference IMO. My current setup for the local XC racing track is DT swiss xr400's, 240 hubs, tubeless specialized (control) fast trak 2.0 and renegade 1.95...so a big difference between the HD's/Flow/King combo. (you can see the difference and feel the difference) Only thing is, I'm not planning on jumping over a foot high or dropping off anything substantial. Pretty much keeping the wheels on the ground and riding as hard as possible on an All-Mountain 29er...I think you could do some of those things but you would have to be way smooth, have great lines, and choose your whips wisely

    For an all day or 25~30+ mile ride I think you could feel the difference in the long run...I remember doing 25mile rides on my 33lb Nomad was strenuous, but I probably wasn't taking on proper caloric intake either for that long of a ride...just HEED and gels if I remember correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    For those that swiched to a lighter, say 1800g wheelset, do you really notice a difference in speed/acceleration? I know logically you should but how noticeable is it. Does the bike feel less stiff or squirmy with the super light wheels?
    In my experience, the weight of tire and rim makes a big difference on 29ers... but i think you get used to what you roll pretty quick. I demo'ed a number of 29er/26er bikes with 2000g'ish wheelset before buying my bike (great deal off craigslist).

    My Rip9 has stans flows laced to XTR hubs and originally had some light XC tires setup tubeless... that wheel/tire combo accelerated as fast as heavier 26er's... really snappy.

    I switched over to some heavier AM tires setup tubeless (specialized purgatory control 2.2 in front, spec cpt. control 2.2 in rear) which added a good 300 grams to each wheel and the difference was initially very noticeable. But my legs got stronger, I maybe have become a little more active on the bike, and now I don't even notice the extra weight.

    But honestly, the heavy wheels is one thing I look at on the bandit29 build and would plan on changing out asap... get some stans flows on a good hub setup tubeless. Also, for 55 USD retail, the specialized purgatory and control tires are awesome performance and durability for the money, imo. Work great tubeless with stans flows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalvinHobbs View Post
    In my experience, the weight of tire and rim makes a big difference on 29ers... but i think you get used to what you roll pretty quick. I demo'ed a number of 29er/26er bikes with 2000g'ish wheelset before buying my bike (great deal off craigslist).

    My Rip9 has stans flows laced to XTR hubs and originally had some light XC tires setup tubeless... that wheel/tire combo accelerated as fast as heavier 26er's... really snappy.

    I switched over to some heavier AM tires setup tubeless (specialized purgatory control 2.2 in front, spec cpt. control 2.2 in rear) which added a good 300 grams to each wheel and the difference was initially very noticeable. But my legs got stronger, I maybe have become a little more active on the bike, and now I don't even notice the extra weight.

    But honestly, the heavy wheels is one thing I look at on the bandit29 build and would plan on changing out asap... get some stans flows on a good hub setup tubeless. Also, for 55 USD retail, the specialized purgatory and control tires are awesome performance and durability for the money, imo. Work great tubeless with stans flows.
    Yes - the rotating weight on a 29 makes a HUGE difference. Our wheelset isn't the lightest, but it's strong, stiff and reasonably priced. The wheel stiffness also makes a huge difference in 29... and in testing we tried some lighter wheels that would flex and fold a LOT in hard corners. If you are going to ride the bike hard you need a stiff wheelset.

    IMO - the upgrade to an Easton Haven 29 wheelset would be perfect on the Bandit 29.They are not cheap, but you get a strong/stiff wheelset AND a huge weight savings. You get what you pay for... or... light, strong(and stiff), cheap; pick 2. I would not reccomend going with a light and cheap rim/wheel without accepting more wheel flex and tacoed wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Yes - the rotating weight on a 29 makes a HUGE difference. Our wheelset isn't the lightest, but it's strong, stiff and reasonably priced. The wheel stiffness also makes a huge difference in 29... and in testing we tried some lighter wheels that would flex and fold a LOT in hard corners. If you are going to ride the bike hard you need a stiff wheelset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Yes - the rotating weight on a 29 makes a HUGE difference. Our wheelset isn't the lightest, but it's strong, stiff and reasonably priced. The wheel stiffness also makes a huge difference in 29... and in testing we tried some lighter wheels that would flex and fold a LOT in hard corners. If you are going to ride the bike hard you need a stiff wheelset.

    IMO - the upgrade to an Easton Haven 29 wheelset would be perfect on the Bandit 29.They are not cheap, but you get a strong/stiff wheelset AND a huge weight savings. You get what you pay for... or... light, strong(and stiff), cheap; pick 2. I would not reccomend going with a light and cheap rim/wheel without accepting more wheel flex and tacoed wheels.
    Yeah... I didn't intend to take anything away from the Transition 28's. I see lot of folks rolling them on non-transition bikes... that speaks volumes.

    I dunno how stiff my wheelset really is (stans flows/xtr hubs/32h 14g spokes) compared to stock havens or the transition 28's.... but I have nothing personally to complain about wrt wheel stiffness or toughness.

    So, Transition Bikes, what is your take on the stans flow rims? Maybe it is just me misreading between the lines; but I got the notion that you don't approve of the stans flows so much (or maybe the xtr hubs)? Any 29er rim recommendations?

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    Man, those are sick shots! When do we get a write up ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    Man, those are sick shots! When do we get a write up ?
    Coming! I'll do a first looks then a long term. Give me a couple of weeks. I need to get a few more shots and then jump it off some stuff too. Sorry its such a nice bike and so much fun that i hate to rush it and want to do a good job
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    That's great to hear! No worries, though. Building mine up this weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Coming! I'll do a first looks then a long term. Give me a couple of weeks. I need to get a few more shots and then jump it off some stuff too. Sorry its such a nice bike and so much fun that i hate to rush it and want to do a good job
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    I guess I should have premised my question withe the type of riding I do, which is not like black rock but steep, can be very rocky at times and I like to catch air and do smallish drops. I never race unless its a dh. I'm not a guy thats making tons of money right now and I'm trying to justify buying lighter but strong wheels once I have the bike paid off ( hopefully in 3 months). I already getto-tubelessed my wheelset and changed tires which saved almost 3/4 lb. I will stick with stock for now, thanks for the replies!
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    You can't go wrong with the Flows. First off, they're a dedicated tubeless. Secondly (and more importantly), they're wide which'll help with tire role.

    A lot of your wheel flex will come from your spoke gauge selection. I"ve seen some nice I9 hubs laced up to some Havocs and they didn't last too long. Double-butted all the way!

    Quote Originally Posted by CalvinHobbs View Post
    Yeah... I didn't intend to take anything away from the Transition 28's. I see lot of folks rolling them on non-transition bikes... that speaks volumes.

    I dunno how stiff my wheelset really is (stans flows/xtr hubs/32h 14g spokes) compared to stock havens or the transition 28's.... but I have nothing personally to complain about wrt wheel stiffness or toughness.

    So, Transition Bikes, what is your take on the stans flow rims? Maybe it is just me misreading between the lines; but I got the notion that you don't approve of the stans flows so much (or maybe the xtr hubs)? Any 29er rim recommendations?
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    Front Derailleur size questions

    I"m running 2x10, 24/38, but can't figure out which SRAM front derailleur I need. I know its a direct-mount bottom pull, but there are 2 sizes: S1 for 42.7mm (2-bolt), S3 for 22.1mm (2-bolt).
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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    I"m running 2x10, 24/38, but can't figure out which SRAM front derailleur I need. I know its a direct-mount bottom pull, but there are 2 sizes: S1 for 42.7mm (2-bolt), S3 for 22.1mm (2-bolt).
    Go to the link below. Count the number of bolt holes in the front derailleur mount on your frame. Make selection in "Front Derailleur Clamp" box based on number of bolt holes counted. Select "Direct Mount" in the "Front Derailleur Style" box. Make correct chainring tooth count selection for your bike in the "Front Derailleur Compatibility" box. At that point "Speedgoat Item: 170140" should be displayed right below the price.

    Yes, buying a front derailleur is not as easy as it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalvinHobbs View Post
    So, Transition Bikes, what is your take on the stans flow rims? Maybe it is just me misreading between the lines; but I got the notion that you don't approve of the stans flows so much (or maybe the xtr hubs)? Any 29er rim recommendations?
    I guess reading between the lines? Comment was meant to be general. Not making any judgement on Stans... never ridden them myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    I"m running 2x10, 24/38, but can't figure out which SRAM front derailleur I need. I know its a direct-mount bottom pull, but there are 2 sizes: S1 for 42.7mm (2-bolt), S3 for 22.1mm (2-bolt).
    Neither! Those are two sizes for a "low direct mount" but you need a "high direct mount" for the Bandit 29, aka "HDM". There is only one "HDM" mounting standard.

    I believe there are still two cage shapes though... one for 39 or 42 outer rings or (the one you need) for a 36 or 38 outer ring. TheX7 derailleur we spec is dual pull, and I think they all are.

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    I think I found what I need

    I went with a SRAM XO H0 (DM), Top/Bottom Pull, 26/39t, 28/42t (2x10). I'd prefer to run 1x10, but I don't think my XO (2x10 with carbon bash) cranks will allow it.
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    Some more videos.

    Trying to keep them short and to the point

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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    I went with a SRAM XO H0 (DM), Top/Bottom Pull, 26/39t, 28/42t (2x10). I'd prefer to run 1x10, but I don't think my XO (2x10 with carbon bash) cranks will allow it.
    Looky what I found here. Couldn't hold out for the Pryme, eh?

    The Bandit's are sick dude. I think you're gonna love it.

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    Nice vids!

    Do I spy a Covert in the background at the end of he second vid?

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    No Prime Time for me. Besides, I love swapping "bikes" with FM since I usually know where he's been. .

    FYI, Duke's the MAN! Thanks again, Dropnzone.

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    Looky what I found here. Couldn't hold out for the Pryme, eh?

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

    Do I spy a Covert in the background at the end of he second vid?
    Good eye. It's the filmers
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    enjoying the bike more and more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    I went with a SRAM XO H0 (DM), Top/Bottom Pull, 26/39t, 28/42t (2x10). I'd prefer to run 1x10, but I don't think my XO (2x10 with carbon bash) cranks will allow it.
    The cage on that derailleur is longer so it comes down lower than the one that Transition and I suggested. Even the suggested derailleur is farther above the front rings than I would want to see when adjusted so it will not be hit by the swingarm upon full rear squish. So the one you have chosen will be even farther above the chainrings making shifting less precise.

    Sorry, but SRAM does not make a front derailleur for the smaller tooth count rings that you, and most all Btwo9 riders, are running other than the X7 that I linked for you.
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    some Lower Dales

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    Crap. Good to know. I'll fart around with it and see how it works, but ideally, I'd like to switch to 1x10. Problem is, I scored some sweet carbon proto XO cranks (2x10 with bash). Guess I'll send them to the ebay block.


    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    The cage on that derailleur is longer so it comes down lower than the one that Transition and I suggested. Even the suggested derailleur is farther above the front rings than I would want to see when adjusted so it will not be hit by the swingarm upon full rear squish. So the one you have chosen will be even farther above the chainrings making shifting less precise.

    Sorry, but SRAM does not make a front derailleur for the smaller tooth count rings that you, and most all Btwo9 riders, are running other than the X7 that I linked for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by <sL4yEr>RuLz View Post
    Crap. Good to know. I'll fart around with it and see how it works, but ideally, I'd like to switch to 1x10. Problem is, I scored some sweet carbon proto XO cranks (2x10 with bash). Guess I'll send them to the ebay block.
    The High Direct Mount X0 front derailleur works just fine with the 24/38/bash SRAM crank configuration on the Bandit 29.
    Maintain internal heights.

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    LeeL, nice under leg taint cam shot
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    Does anyone know were can I buy a headset for the bandit 29 in european online stores?

    It seems it has a specific model...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pax_Eco View Post
    Does anyone know were can I buy a headset for the bandit 29 in european online stores?

    It seems it has a specific model...
    You should be able to use any 1.5 lower cup to 1-8/8 upper cup headset, so far I've seen Fsa, Chris king and cane creek put on bandits but any brand with correct sizing should fit.
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    tales from the trail...

    A few solo shots from the "Luge" trail in SoCal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    LeeL, nice under leg taint cam shot
    I'm so glad I don't want kids. Lack of clearance is one downside to 29ers on steep tech trails.
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    Gag video that didn't work out. Got to work on the proper exposure for self-filming.

    Transition Bandit29er dorp to falt test

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    I like the drop vid...very hipstamatic.

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    Aftertaste can be pretty humbling at times, a good trail. Can't wait to take the B29 up to the Full Nelson opening in Squamish!

    No new riding shots to share here, but here's a post-ride pic with the SLX cranks and Deity pedals - 22x36 super granny!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    I'm so glad I don't want kids. Lack of clearance is one downside to 29ers on steep tech trails.
    True, though I'm finding that once you get used to it, you don't need to get as far back as you do with a 26er, just keep the torso low. Instincts still say get way back though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    True, though I'm finding that once you get used to it, you don't need to get as far back as you do with a 26er, just keep the torso low. Instincts still say get way back though.
    I thought that way in 2010 with my first 29er - the Altitude. THen in 2011 - I was hoping there'd be less of the boys flapping with the Shinobi. Then in 2012 - with the Bandit.

    I noticed that I stay way more centred on a 29er than I do on a 26" bike. But there's no getting over the fact that there's a shitload of big rubber back there.
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    Are those Enve's?

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    Yep.

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    Sweet build. What's the weight on that thing?

    Also, how's the shock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel RW View Post
    You should be able to use any 1.5 lower cup to 1-8/8 upper cup headset, so far I've seen Fsa, Chris king and cane creek put on bandits but any brand with correct sizing should fit.
    my mistake here, wasn't thinking when i posted this from my mobile.

    It needs to be a 1.5 lower cup and 1-8/8 obviously to fit a tapered fork but it needs more specific sizing for the bike itself, 44 mm upper and 56mm lower to fit inside the tube.

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    that one will fit fine, but theres many cheaper options out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShralpSauce View Post
    Sweet build. What's the weight on that thing?

    Also, how's the shock?
    It's around 30.5 lbs.

    Haven't gotten it out on the trail yet. Just finished building it up last night. Still need to bleed the brakes and take care of a few other little things.

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    That thing's pimp Marshall. Get it dirty and scratch it a bit - the au-natural looks good on Bandits. Every XT I've tried has needed a touch of a bleed so that's a good call
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Willanholly View Post
    Yep.
    Man, that's a nice bike. It's like my bike's slightly better looking twin.

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    The Bandit 29er - a mountain bike.

    This is for all the people who try to pigeonhole mountain bikes into rigid categories. Over analysis can suck the joy out of the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    The Bandit 29er - a mountain bike.

    This is for all the people who try to pigeonhole mountain bikes into rigid categories. Over analysis can suck the joy out of the sport.
    "What?! You are thinking we should ride 7th Secret now?! I brought my Ladies Only bike! I have to go back and get my 7th Secret bike! ****!"

    I stick with "trail bike". A bike made for riding trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Willanholly View Post
    Best build yet! Where'd you get the Enve DH bar? I can't find one anywhere on planet earth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Willanholly View Post
    Is that RC3+ from Push? If so, I also have one, not running it much at he moment. I plan on mostly using it on days with big gonzo descending such as using lifts/shuttles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    "What?! You are thinking we should ride 7th Secret now?! I brought my Ladies Only bike! I have to go back and get my 7th Secret bike! ****!"

    I stick with "trail bike". A bike made for riding trails.
    This started out as a ride to Seymour to find some classic drops to flat. Found some on Team Pangor, Boogeyman and Dirty Diapers of the 2' to 4' variety. Was heading down to Neds to do the classic 5 foot to flat in the middle of the race course and the dorps to falt at the end of the trail till the camera decided to stop working.

    Was all self-filmed so was mulling over a potential article about how its really all just mountainbiking and all these idiotic categories that the industry has invented (eg xc, trail, all-mountain, enduro, freeride, downhill) complicates and confuses. Noobs are confused as there are too many choices. Riders become fashion queens and style polizei "you can't be downhiller unless you're riding with full-face, goggles, no gloves"; "you can't possibly ride this bike downhill; its got not enough travel". It all smacks of so much form as opposed to substance. So much gear-queer substituting for skill-acquisition.

    Then reality hit. I would get so much negative rep (oh no - not neg rep). Any such article would come off as hopelessly elitist. Also it would be a lot of work and, more to the point, it wouldn't change a thing. People live shiny, bright things and are obviously willing to spend money to get it even if it doesn't improve their ride experience one bit. Case in point - the existence of this web site, and NSMB and Pinkbike and bikeradar etc etc.

    No other point to this ramble other than the stock Bandit 29er seems to be able to do anything short of 5 footers to terrible landing where the linkage starts making terrible sounds when it bottoms out.
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    If you're on the fence...

    ...don't be! This bike is outstanding. I had my first ride today on my newly built up medium and it's everything I had hoped..FUN. Got it built a little over 27.5 lbs. had to go xtr, Stan's arch ex, to get that weight and was actually hoping to get under 27 but that will require a lighter tire than the Hans dampf's I think.

    Overall impression is really flickable, fun, plows through anything downhill, rails
    berms, not too much bob, climbs better than it should for it's weight and geo says it should. Actually it climbs really well.

    overall I could not be happier, Transition nailed it! This is my3rd 29' and the biggest difference is what everyone else has been saying, you feel "in" the bike and really connected to the trail. Your not going to win many xc races with it but if you want to go have fun, I think this is a great option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highrustler View Post
    Best build yet! Where'd you get the Enve DH bar? I can't find one anywhere on planet earth!
    Thanks! I got the bar (and wheels) quite a while ago. Don't know what to tell you about current availability.

    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    Is that RC3+ from Push? If so, I also have one, not running it much at he moment. I plan on mostly using it on days with big gonzo descending such as using lifts/shuttles.
    It is the RC3+ from Push. It was previously on my 5 Spot. I had it re-tuned for the Bandit.

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    This bike was the right choice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecrackerasscracker View Post
    This bike was the right choice!
    Holy sheeet. Nice action!
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    I'm really starting to get a woody for the Bandit 29. I'm 5'-7" though...Any guys here my size who have time in this bike?
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Sweet builds and photos everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    I'm really starting to get a woody for the Bandit 29. I'm 5'-7" though...Any guys here my size who have time in this bike?
    Scuch here is 5'7" (he claims 5'8") and he loves the medium. Fits him great and he is a big fan of the bike.

    Just a note though... he cuts it close on the 125mm reverb and getting the seat at the correct height. So depending on inseam you might be limited to a 100mm reverb with the seat tube length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Scuch here is 5'7" (he claims 5'8") and he loves the medium. Fits him great and he is a big fan of the bike.

    Just a note though... he cuts it close on the 125mm reverb and getting the seat at the correct height. So depending on inseam you might be limited to a 100mm reverb with the seat tube length.
    Thanks for the info. Does that effect the overall travel of the bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibewebbman View Post
    ...don't be! This bike is outstanding. I had my first ride today on my newly built up medium and it's everything I had hoped..FUN. Got it built a little over 27.5 lbs. had to go xtr, Stan's arch ex, to get that weight and was actually hoping to get under 27 but that will require a lighter tire than the Hans dampf's I think.

    Overall impression is really flickable, fun, plows through anything downhill, rails
    berms, not too much bob, climbs better than it should for it's weight and geo says it should. Actually it climbs really well.

    overall I could not be happier, Transition nailed it! This is my3rd 29' and the biggest difference is what everyone else has been saying, you feel "in" the bike and really connected to the trail. Your not going to win many xc races with it but if you want to go have fun, I think this is a great option.
    Ditto above
    I've been riding 29er's since the first Turner TNT...Then onto the DW in 09.....Saved a boat load of cabbage with this bike and is much more alive for sure..... just flat out rails anythingIt will climb with the best of them for sure! Grab one if you can for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    The Bandit 29er - a mountain bike.

    This is for all the people who try to pigeonhole mountain bikes into rigid categories. Over analysis can suck the joy out of the sport.
    LeeL - you got skills mang! That looks like fun! Wish there were more of those types of trails local here in NorCal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecrackerasscracker View Post
    This bike was the right choice!
    - I'd hit it!!

    NICE action with the XC lid & no pads brahhh!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibewebbman View Post
    ...Got it built a little over 27.5 lbs.
    The lightest I've seen has been right around 30lbs, what parts got you to 27.5??? And scale shot or it didn't happen, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    The lightest I've seen has been right around 30lbs, what parts got you to 27.5??? And scale shot or it didn't happen, lol
    Mine is @ 28lbs with heavy bars, stem and post and it's a large. The tire/wheel combo make a huge difference in the weight range to get sub-30lbs. And if he's all xtr as well that comes into play of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude View Post
    The lightest I've seen has been right around 30lbs, what parts got you to 27.5??? And scale shot or it didn't happen, lol
    He does seem to be using lighter wheels and groupset, my XL is lighter than 30 now I'll be putting up a new pic soon when my new parts arrive going 1x10 with a 20 gram top guide.

    Will most likely be getting some crests on 240s for the local xc stuff, with ralphs or ikons, pretty sure that shaves over 800g which seems to be a fair bit for rotational weight.

    His build is still suspiciously light though!
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    Not to get all weight weenie because I don't get the logic of buying a bike that's meant to be slapped around and then put all light parts on it but my build with pretty much the stock group is 32.5lbs. All weights approx.

    Tossing on my Crests, Maxxis Beavers, CK, CX-ray weenie wheels would drop 1lb off front and 1.5lbs off the rear. Sticking Ritchey carbon wheels and going tubeless takes another 1/2lbs off that.

    Taking off the Joplin (It's a POS I know) and going to a carbon post, carbon railed seat takes off 1/2lb.

    Going light weight Race Face Next cranks and BB drops off another 1/2 lb

    So that's 28.5lbs. I'm sure the gram shaving crowd could easily take another 1 lb off this but I'll stop here. I'd like to case a few gaps and overshoot some trannies on somebody elses' light Bandit to see how well it holds up. LBScout can I borrow yours?


    EDIT I see its an XTR build. I have the 2012 XTR build kit on my wweenie xc bike and its redonkulously light but also $$$$$$. So I take back aspersions about the person who posted that weight. All I can say is that won't be close to the Bandit 29er stock msrp
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Not to get all weight weenie because I don't get the logic of buying a bike that's meant to be slapped around and then put all light parts on it but my build with pretty much the stock group is 32.5lbs. All weights approx.

    So I take back aspersions about the person who posted that weight. All I can say is that won't be close to the Bandit 29er stock msrp
    The only reason mine is currently sitting at 28.24 is because I'm xc racing it...but the normal weight is 30lbs. with stans flows and king hubs 36hole. The rest of the build can handle anything I'm going to throw at it for sure.

    I rode on Saturday on the local 11mile loop with the xc setup and it was awesome...but there isn't really anything I would call extreme or even technical...pretty much an xc loop with a few sweet downhill sections and a fair share of climbing But I did manage to rail off my best time ever on this loop @ 1:09:55 (and I suck at climbing) "Big wheels keep on turning!"

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    Yup - didn't mean to question one's motives. I've got a light 29er wheelset so once I get the 135 dropouts I'll stick the light wheels on the Bandit and see how much I can flex those light wheels. I've also got some carbon wheels to test so will do the same. If I didn't have a commitment to try the Bandit as close to stock as possible I'd probably dig into the parts bin too and find ways to drop weight here and there without getting into crazy ideas category
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Yup - didn't mean to question one's motives. I've got a light 29er wheelset so once I get the 135 dropouts I'll stick the light wheels on the Bandit and see how much I can flex those light wheels. I've also got some carbon wheels to test so will do the same. If I didn't have a commitment to try the Bandit as close to stock as possible I'd probably dig into the parts bin too and find ways to drop weight here and there without getting into crazy ideas category
    Yeah, yeah...fosho! Keep up the good work on the photos and vids!!!!
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    Well, I was going to post mine, but seems I need to write 10 posts first, so here is the first one!

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    great thread, helped influence my choice towards a Bandit 29er. Hope to post some bike photos once I have a few more comments and am allowed. been lurking for years and finally figured I should post something.

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