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Transition TransAM Frame

“Amazing Bike!”

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The Good: Super solid and stiff, frame takes the edge out of rough terrain, not much weight penalty for a steel frame, well thought out geometry.

The Bad: The rear drop outs are a nightmare to use, the older frames have no ISCG mounts.

Overall Review: This is definitely an amazing bike. I have mine built up with heavy duty all mountain parts and it's still weighing in at a nice 27 pounds. I noticed that over watermelon sized rocks, the frame really takes the edge off all the hits, especially compared to my old aluminum frame. It's still not as smooth as a fully (obviously), but it's definitely not half as bad as you might expect. My only complaint with it is the rear dropout system, mainly if you run gears. To remove the back wheel, you need to remove two little "chips", the derailleur, and the brake caliper. That being said though, I haven't needed to remove the back wheel ever since I went tubeless. Besides that, it's an amazing bike. If you've never ridden a steel bike before, you really owe it to yourself to try one!

2012 Santa Cruz Blur TRc SPX xc Bike

“Blur TRc Custom Build”

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The Good: This bike is very stiff when pedalling and is great on the hill climbs, when you turn the trail down it becomes a very stable and agile machine that makes you feel very confident and capable and able to go faster. The suspension platform is great on the climbs with very little "bob" and then comes alive on the descents. The RP23 with kashima coat gives a noticeable difference over the older RP23 shock. I have been running with a 140 fork giving a HA arounbd 67 degress, which does give slight front end wander on steep climbs but nothing that cannot be fixed with good body movement. Currently set up 1x10 whichallows me to get up the majority of climbs and then have all the gears I need for descending and general riding.

The Bad: A slightly higher BB would have been cool but doesnt overly affect the riding that I do.

Overall Review: A stiff, stable, agile, confidence inspiring bike that gives you a grin from ear to ear whether you are going up or down. This bike can be built in many ways to fulfill many roles and would not dissapoint. A truely awesome trail bike.

2012 Yeti ASR-5 Carbon Enduro Bike

“Best trail bike”

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The Good: raceable, light, stiff, slack, low, corners like a dream, motors uphill, its a blast to ride, great standover, snappy feel, short chainstays

The Bad: its a bit noisy (chain hit the chain protectors), otherwise i love everything about this bike

Overall Review: The best bike I've ever own. i'm usually a large but the medium fit me perfectly. they run a little bit big. All i have to say is its the perfect trail bike and its a blast to ride.

2013 Diamondback Overdrive Comp Bike

“Assembly and Initial Opinion”

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The Good: Bike comes with some great components.
Hayes Hydraulic Brakes
RockShox with remote Lockout
Priced lower than most other mid-range models (bought for $671 on amazon.com, the $499 price is for last year's model)

The Bad: Shifting doesn't seem as smooth as I would expect with 30-spds
Stock seat not very comfortable, even for shorter urban rides (To be expected I guess)
Had to pre-load the front fork to the max in order to get desired stiffness in the lock-out feature

Overall Review: Assembly was pretty straight forward on this 29er. My first experience with disc brakes, front-suspension and a 29er. I am impressed by the braking feel and power and rolling over curbs, roots, etc. with these 29" is awesome. The front-suspension seems to leave al ittle to be desired as the lock-out feature requires a full pre-load to obtain the stiffness. For the price I was unable to find a comparable bike as far as components and quality of brand were concerned.

Niner Carbon Fiber Fork

“The best rigid fork made?”

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The Good: Very stiff, Very strong, rides extremely well, very efficient

The Bad: You have to actually know how to ride a bike to use this fork

Overall Review: This fork is absolutely amazing. If you want a fork that you can depend on and have a blast while riding, this is the fork for you. Your riding capabilities will grow immensely. This fork will let you fly up the climbs and have a blast on the descents. You can not go wrong with it

2012 Transition Blindside Bike

“Alright for the price”

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The Good: The bike has decent geo and comes well spect.

The Bad: Mega flexy rear end. The seat stays are not connected to each other or to the chain stays unlike many other free ride/dh bikes. This created a lose feeling rear end, witch did no go well with the brake jack on technical sections. I found that for steep and ruff trails i was underbiked.

Overall Review: Great bike for free ride and smaller riders. Look elsewhere for a bike that can also handle DH.

2012 Turner DHR Bike

“Turner DHR DW-Link”

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The Good: Pedals like a hardtail, corners like a dream, stable yet nimble. Geometry is spot on and I felt at home at once on it. Looks good as well and the attention to detail is extensive. Grease ports works great and the pivots are easy to maintain.

The Bad: Costs fair bit of change, but as I see it, it's a frame that should hold it's own for a couple of years without the need for switching every season. Chainguide needs to be removed to access lower front right pivot grease port.

Overall Review: A brilliant piece of craftsmanship, a dream to ride and bike worth drooling for. If you can afford it, get it.

2012 Transition Blindside Bike

“Great bike”

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The Good: The geometry of this bike its perfect for freeride and people who like to jump their bike, it also can handle any dh track you put in front of it. With short chainstays this bikes feels very nimble and playfull. I own the 2009 version with 8.1 travel and its awesome.

The Bad: some brake jack at high DH speeds.

Overall Review: This is one of those bikes that if its your first really DH/FREERIDE you will improve your riding skills and will make you a better rider without braking the bank.

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Not that Great”

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The Good: Can customize the look to match your frame

The Bad: no concave, heavy, need too many pins to gain traction

Overall Review: The pedals look nice and are though but the fact that there is no concave makes no sense. It makes for getting consistent grip hard and sometimes sketchy.

2012 Transition TR450 1 Bike

“tr450 review”

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The Good: The parts ar totally hi-end. Frame travel feels like never ending yet not very soft and very well controllable.

The Bad: The weight. Smth around 18kg.

Overall Review: Excellent DH race bike when you care how your bike will perform in longer time. Overall feel of the bike is very ergonomic because all that you need is right there by you. Avid brakes, sram shifters, fox suspension - everything all together combined with transitions great geometry.