Alright...here it is:
TransAM Hardtail Full Specs
We don't normally pre-release info to this degree on our new bike models but we have had a ton of people asking for it so here it is.
The TransAM hardtail is our all mountain cromoly hardtail that can be run either singlespeed or with gears using our proprietary dropout system designed by our very own Kyle Young. The bike is designed to be light, fast and strong enough for your everyday all mountain riding. What do we mean by all mountain? All mountain to us encompasses all types of riding, a little mellow DH, XC, light duty freeride, and just good old singletrack riding. For a hardtail to handle all these disciplines you have to be very carefull with your geo as to not make the angles lean towards one single style. For the frame we choose double butted 4130 japanese chromoly. The feel is perfect for trail riding. It absorbs the ground nicely with slight flex but is stiff enough for strong pedal response and whipping around corners.
GEOMETRY AND SPECS:
SIZES: Small (16.5"), Medium (18"), Large (19.5")
TOP TUBE (Effective): SM 22.25", MD 23.25", LG 24.2"
HEAD ANGLE: 68.5
SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 72.5
AXLE TO CROWN: 516mm (Pike 140mm)
WHEELBASE: SM 42", MD 43.2, LG 44.2"
Integrated Campy Style Headset
Weight: Right around 6 lbs. for the small frame
QR Seat Clamp (We are getting rid of the brazed on pinch collar and all bikes will ship with a QR seat clamp)
Availability: Late November 2008
RUNNING 160mm FORKS:
We designed the frame around a 140mm fork like a Pike but also with the intention of knowing that many of you would be wanting to run a 160mm fork like a 36 or Lyric on it. This is totally fine to do and does not rake the bike out too much or jack the front end up super high. With the bike running a Pike it sits fairly low and steep and is crazy responsive with some of the quickest handling of any bike we have every produced. Putting a 160mm fork definitely slows the bike down a bit on the handling side but it by no means takes away from the overall performance. People that run 160mm forks on their bikes generally appreciate bikes with slacker angles so the bike feels right at home with the large fork.
Cam and I both run singlespeed setups on our bikes and it proved the perfect setup for Zion style trails. The trails are generally flat with short burst of up and downhills where having a singlespeed you can power through uphills on is a huge benefit. Plus there are tons of rocks to hit your derailleurs on which we didn't have to worry about.
For all those freeriders looking for a hardtail they can use for winter riding or just hitting trails on the TransAM is a great crossover bike. It almost feels like a slightly taller dirt jumping bike that you can throw around any trail. It jumps and decends pefectly and accelerates like no other bike. The chromoly frame is very forgiving on the trail and has just the right amount of flex.