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Old 10-17-09, 01:45 PM
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Transition Bike Company TransAM

...just ordered a up a small, in black...

My beloved Peyto frame (that just had one large and one small hairline crack repaired and was freshly PC'd) just had the small hairline crack...uh, well, re-crack. I guess considering I paid $450 for it near seven years ago, it's served pretty damn well, considering. :thumbsup:


The small TransAM, when run with the fork setup I have now will give me near identical geometry, about a half pound more weight, and no worry in the back of my head about when the crack is going to go all the way when riding...

Only thing that won't swap over is the headset, so have one of the TBC units coming as well, in red, to match the rest of the swapped over stuff.


Going to have to see about if I can get a re-weld from a frame builder that will hold...right on a weld in the chainstay bend just back of the BB area on the drive-side. It's not a bent tube, but a couple bits brazed together with a reinforcing plate on the inside. The crack is right on the top of the stay. May be fine to ride, may not, but the back of my head is getting nervous about it, so will just ride other bikes until the new frame shows up.

You can sorta' see it here.

















Sometimes ya gotta let 'em go.
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Old 10-17-09, 02:12 PM
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Great pics, that frame doesn't owe you anything. Great riding too. I'm interested in how your going to like the TransAm. I'm thinking about a hardtail build over the winter but that may be too slack for me. I'm thinking more along the lines of a XC build, what do you expect the HA to be at?
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Originally Posted by victim View Post
Great pics, that frame doesn't owe you anything. Great riding too. I'm interested in how your going to like the TransAm. I'm thinking about a hardtail build over the winter but that may be too slack for me. I'm thinking more along the lines of a XC build, what do you expect the HA to be at?
http://transitionbikes.com/TransAM_GeometrySizing.cfm

That's stock, (with say, a Pike at 140mm) and with how I'm running my fork, it'll give me a HTA not quite a degree slacker, and raise the BB right where I want it for the chunky trails out here.

I had a local dude do the repair, and he did a nice job on the seattube, but the chainstay crack obviously not so much. Eventually I'll get it off to a real builder for a true fix. right now I just want to get a new frame going and worry about the fix here later.

You'd be surprised at how fun a slack bike can be...sure, it's not XC race machine, but they are damn fun, ride them anywhere bikes. As well, the front sags by itself, so the static HTA of 68.5 gets a little steeper. The front end steepening upon landing something is a non issue - you've got your weight back to compensate more, and it's not as if you are riding it that way.

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Well...that sux. (but I'm keeping the Flow)

Seriously though...I'm jealous about the TrAm.
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Old 10-17-09, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
Well...that sux. (but I'm keeping the Flow)

Seriously though...I'm jealous about the TrAm.
No worries. The Flow was fun, but for an all day burly ride bike, I'd rather steel anyhow.

Shoulda' just bought one of those in the first place, rather than the Flow.
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The picture with the elevation sign, where is that? Looks San Juanish.
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Old 10-17-09, 06:04 PM
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Sorry about the old friend, but looking forward to pics of the new bike in action!
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Originally Posted by ca7erham View Post
The picture with the elevation sign, where is that? Looks San Juanish.

*Roughly* about here.

A ride that goes up on top of the Ten Peaks via Wheeler trail by Frisco, winds south across/through the peaks, drops down towards Coper a bit, then back up again before finally dropping back down into Breckenridge through the resort. Then you ride Peaks Trail back to Frisco. Makes for a long and kick ass day.

Content here, from back in 2004:
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=35605

And in from 2007, towards the bottom:
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=318243
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Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
Shoulda' just bought one of those in the first place, rather than the Flow.
Nah...I don't think you should'a. I think you did just fine


Can't wait to see the new one.
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bummer, but new stuff is cool too!
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Great pictures!

Just wondering, but what kind of fork are you moving over? Looking forward to pictures of the TransAM.
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
Great pictures!

Just wondering, but what kind of fork are you moving over? Looking forward to pictures of the TransAM.
Lyrik Solo Air spaced down to 150mm. Had used a Pike 140mm for years, great fork, but the Lyrik is even better. Much stiffer and more stable front end when diving into ugly stuff.
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How did I miss this? I'm jealous scrub.
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Looks great scrub. ...some awesome shots
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"Offtopic bit of trivia. Got an answer from Mike that recent batch of TransAms got ISCG tabs."


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So, since the fork was white, the frame order was altered.

TransAM small frame. 5# 15oz. Roughly a pound heavier than its long-serving, well loved, and now cracked (again) predecessor.


Finished swapping the parts over at 11:40P.M. this evening. Hope to get some pedal time in the next couple days...


30# 4oz.
No lightweight by any stretch, but four cracked/broken hardtails (two of them pretty burly) over the years has me not having any issue with that.

Static numbers as measured on my somewhat uneven garage floor, with the Lyrik at 160mm:

BB height: 13.25"
head angle somewhere between 67-68*
wheelbase 42.5"


The Lyrik knobs clear just fine, with the stock headset. Me likey the simple and sano headset dealio. Will leave the fork at 160mm for a bit, then if things feel too slack, go down by 10mm at a time until the sweet spot is hit. I think with the BB height where it is and the head angle as is, paired with the chunky rocks out here, it'll likely stay at 160mm though.

I managed to get my Salsa 31.8mm seat clamp to work rather than the sorta' cheapo stock 32.8mm size (oddball size, that) - thread the bolt in from the other direction with a penny for it to butt up against - thus spreading it just enough to slip over the seat-tube. The Gravity Dropper post/shim combo to fit the 30.0mm seat-tube is just peachy - no slippage or binding AFAIKT.

I may do some Dremel tool work on the dropout sliders/keepers and open up the backsides so that rear skewer removal isn't needed to get the wheel out. The forward tabs on the bits ought to work just fine on their own, as everything is kept nicely in place otherwise with the wheel clamped in the frame. That said, the hanger is nice and beefy. I ordered up a couple spares with the frame, but may not need on for a while...

A bit of paint overspray on the headset area/seattube/BB threads. Easily fixed, and something that I'm not concerned with on a frame at this pricepoint. The very front of the headtube at the top had a slight ding on the outer bearing seat bits. Bearing was a tight fit, but a bit of grease and things popped right in. Nice and smooth, no binding on the bearings or cover after. No bottle braze on on the down-tube is something I may remedy, but is no deal breaker. More for long hot rides in summer when the extra 20oz. is nice.
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Old 11-07-09, 02:18 AM
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looks vaguely familiar. i knew i should have waited for the frames to come out with the iscg mounts...oh well. hope you enjoy it as much as i have mine.
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White frames and forks rock, looking good.
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