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    Transam 29er, Slayer 26er, and Enduro 29er Comparison

    I had some time with all 3 bikes on the same trails so I thought I'd post up my thoughts

    Rider: Intermediate, 5’10”

    Trails: Bootleg Canyon Nevada

    Bikes: 2012 Transam 29er (Medium), 2012 Rocky Mountain Slayer 50 (large), 2014 Specialized Enduro 20er Comp(Medium)

    Previous Bikes: Canfield Yelli Screamy, Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er (2010), Scott Scale 29er

    Transam: I love hardtails, and I love steel hardtails even more. I’m constantly amazed at how capable and fun the transam is. Set up is Fox 34 140mm, SLX/XT components, dt swiss wheels and formula rx brakes. The bike is awesome. Climbs really well, even with the 140, and is extremely playful and fun to ride.

    Slayer: Another great bike, completely stock build. Climbs well, I like Rocky Mountains straight up geometry. Overall a very capable bike. I would ride this one back to back with the transam on the same trails and just felt like the 26” wheels would get hung up a lot more than the 29” of the transam. So I started to look for something like the slayer, but with 29” wheels. That led me to the Enduro 29er. I don’t want to take anything away from the slayer though, if you aren’t into 29” wheels and are looking for a 6” travel bike take a look at the slayer. The 29ers just suit my trails and my riding better.

    Enduro: I test rode a 2013 in the parking lot and almost bought it on the spot. It felt like I was on my transam, but with all the travel out back too. I saw that for 2014 they were ditching the avid brakes (not a fan) and it was getting the new PIKE fork. I bought the first all black medium I could find. I only have a few rides on it, but it is an amazing bike. Climbs pretty well for a 30+ lb bike (better than the slayer but not quite as good as the transam), and absolutely rips going down. I got myself in trouble because I was carrying too much speed and didn’t realize it a couple times. After about 20 minutes into the first ride I immediately felt at home on the bike and shot right up a little technical section that I haven’t made on the slayer and gives me a little trouble on the transam.

    -The low bb height was noticeable, barely. It didn’t negatively affect the ride and the pros outweigh the cons.

    -It does bob a little with the shock in the “descend” mode. I mostly keep it in “trail” all the time, and will switch to “descend” for an extended downhill section.

    -The PIKE fork lives up to all the hype. It was smooth right from the start and performs great. That being said, if I had the Fox 34 kashima I wouldn’t be rushing out to sell it and buy the Pike. Both forks rock.

    -The Enduro feels like a 29er version of the Slayer, in a good way and with the benefits of a 29 inch wheel.

    I’ll put some pictures up of all 3 bikes later today, just wanted to get my thoughts out there. Hit me up with any questions if you have them.

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    Sweet write up! I'm waiting on a TA 29 to arrive, but I eventually will get a FS bike. Ill have to do a test ride on the enduro when the time comes. Did you but from All Mountain? I really like that shop, despite my general aversion to bike shops.

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    Adding some pictures

    Here are pictures of all 3 bikes. The Slayer is sold, but I still have the Enduro and the transam.
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    Love my TransAm, kind of wish I'd gone with the 140mm fork but the 120 seems to do fine for where I ride.....for now.
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    I have a Trans-Am sitting in my garage, just waiting for the 12x145 hope conversion kit!!! And I'm heading to tahoe tonight!!!!

    Goddammmit... ugh.......I wanna ride my new bike..........uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhgaedgf;aklhgdkl;sa jdgf

    I'm about to lose my f-ing mind!!!

    Anyone know a shop in Sacrament or Tahoe that has one of these conversion kits in stock? I called all of the reputable businesses I could think of, but noone has it.

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    Wow the 26er sold first! I thought the 26 inch wheel was dead. Haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by homeless junkie View Post
    Wow the 26er sold first! I thought the 26 inch wheel was dead. Haha
    Can't tell if you're kidding or actually surprised. Various polls ive seen have shown that a huge amount of people are never going to stop riding 26 inch wheels. I am one of those people. I've already tried 27.5 and 29 on my local trails and they just don't cut it. One segment I ride all the time takes me 10:45-11:30 on my 26 inch slayer. I tried it on a trek superfly 29er and got 13:20, also tried it on a 27.5 altitude and got 12:40ish. With all the switchbacks, rocks, and roots sometimes I wish I had 25.5!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeless junkie View Post
    Wow the 26er sold first! I thought the 26 inch wheel was dead. Haha
    26er was the only one for sale, and it didn't sell very quickly..

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    Get a dropper post on that Enduro, it will blow your mind and unleash the bike.
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    I ve been on the fence about getting a TransAm, this post may have swayed me
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    Aflax, can you tell a noticeable difference between the Yelli and the Transam when it comes to steel vs aluminum ride quality?

    I have been riding my Transam for over a month now and I like it, but I've looked at the Paradox and Yelli because it's about the only place I could lose 2 pounds off my bike, but if the ride quality is noticeable than I wouldn't want to do that!

    What trails do you take the TransAm on at Bootleg? I tried riding the eastern leg 2 weeks ago and did not enjoy it at all! Girl scout is really fun though, and I would have ridden the Caldera loops if the wind wasn't howling. I did play in the park a bit, this bike is a lot better on the jumps and skinnies than my previous-70 deg headtube-frame.

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    Unrooted,

    I definitely noticed a difference when I switched to the transam. It just felt like it smoothed everything out.

    I take the transam all over bootleg: imba, pow, mother, caldera, Girl Scout and even Boy Scout, although Boy Scout was a little rough.

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