Yeah, since the £ took a nosedive we seem to have returned to the days where in the UK we pay in £ what the US pays in $.
They're a couple of very good looking hardtails though.
Always a fan of harcore hardtails riding a Whyte 905 myself. These two look really nice, although BB height looks a bit tall at 335 for the throttle. I guess it suits their own terrain better than something lower, but I wonder how it affects the ride (mine's 305mm)
Price is a bit steep though, I hope they follow up with steel or alu versions at friendlier price points.
They really nailed the aesthetics I have to admit, they're both great looking.
Great looking bikes. Why isn't this thread 50 pages long already? OK I'll start:
No price point steel or alloy options
No 27.5+ compatibility.
2016 Santa Cruz Hightower 29er
2016 Chromag Surface 27.5+
2013 Transition TransAM 29er
Steel option would be nice. Alloy with this geo and spec is worthless. I don't blame them for not bothering.
Originally Posted by VTSession
Throttle fits 2.6 tire. That's plenty. 27.5+ is a gimmick anyway.
Alu worthless? Don't think so. Two differently spec'ed alu versions (for example NX with Sektor and GX with Yari) would considerably widen the buyer spectrum. I believe such offerings would suit the hardcore hardtail demographic better pricewise. Or newcomers who don't want a XC hardtail. Current versions are $$$$$.
If they intented to offer steel versions they would have probably kept the Trans Am model name.
As for the old steel vs alu argument, design can also determine how a bike feels. Not all alu or steel frames are created the same. Add 2.5-2.6 tyres and I'm sure an alu ht can be pretty forgiving.
Anyway, glad to see ht's back in the trail bike game.
Think this is just what happens... last Trans Am was awesome. Could it have been a little nicer... sure. For the price, probably not. Margin is probably a good bit higher on the plastic bikes and they are moving their line forward with this all around.
A steel option? Been there, done that. Alum? Nah... the carbon is a big jump up from where they were... tack another grand onto your HT? Not me, I'd just buy an alloy Scout
I do like that the weight is half my steel bike, but I don't except to move away from TA - geo is pretty close on the Vanquish anyway.
If I had the money or I hadn't already bought a TA, I might... every carbon HT I've ridden has ridden awesome, and if Transition did some work, I don't doubt these will. The TA could definitely be more compliant... but it's a bruiser.
Like a fart in a mitten...
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