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i-ride-on-dirt dbaker's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 21:02
Sep 21, 2018
Steve Smith Memorial DH: The Chainsaw Lives On
@lightningskull: Couldn't agree more. As Magnus said, it all starts at the small races motivating the youth. Great to have the top guys come out!
i-ride-on-dirt mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 14:58
Jun 29, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Is There a Chain Guide on Your Bike?
Spacing seems to be an issue with quite a few modern day AM rigs. My last two bikes both have ISCG05 tabs but neither can fit a top guide because of how far outbound the stays sit.
i-ride-on-dirt pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 16:02
Jun 26, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Coil Shocks on Trail Bikes, Changing Fork Travel, and Drivetrain Upgrades
@moroj82: That bike was designed to get rowdy without carrying around extra travel, or having such extreme angles as a more traditional ‘enduro bike’. It is an excellent all rounder and I feel more confident on that than I did on my 2017 slash. Fork was extended to 145mm too.
i-ride-on-dirt pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 13:56
Jun 26, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Coil Shocks on Trail Bikes, Changing Fork Travel, and Drivetrain Upgrades
I bought a 2018 Smuggler and built it up on the burly side. I decided to install a cane creek DBCoil IL and I must say it rides remarkably! The small bump sensitivity is spectacular and really helps make the most of the 120mm of travel. That being said, the coil is noticeably more linear and if your setup isn’t on point you may have issues with harsh bottom outs. I had to buy an additional, heavier coil than recommended (from CC based on my frame) and take my time dialing in the tune. Now that that is done, wow that bike performs!!! I recommend the coil but it will require proper setup, so don’t expect perfection out of the box.
i-ride-on-dirt pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 14, 2018 at 18:49
Jun 14, 2018
Video: The Gnarliest Enduro Race Section?
Love the commentary from the kids filming
May 3, 2018 at 16:13
May 3, 2018

Transition Vanquish Custom Build

$3750 CAD
Hey there, I built this bike to keep me riding through the winter while I was waiting on my smuggler to show up, and as a result it has seen very little riding and is in nearly brand new condition! Pictures were taken today. Bike was built up on the burlier side to be comfortable riding on any terrain, while being light enough to be competitive in an XC race (complete weight is around 26 or so lbs). Sad to see this thing go, but it's hard to justify having a hardtail and 120mm trail bike - not in any rush to sell it so no lowballers. Build Specs: -Transition Vanquish Carbon frame size Large (3.3 lbs) There is a paint chip as shown in photos on the drive side seatstay. Top tube, downtube, and a few high rub areas like chainstays have been 3M taped since new. -Fox 34 Float Grip Performance fork with 140mm of travel (120mm air shaft included) -9Point8 Falline Line 200mm dropper post with digit remote and I-spec II clamp to keep the bars tidy. (This bike has a really low standover which allows shorter riders to use a longer post. Post can be slammed and internaly shimmed if neccesary.) -Hand built Wheelset: Perfectly true with zero dents. -Stan's Flow MK3 Rims (29mm interal width) -Hope Pro 4 hubs in ano blue -DB spokes with brass nipples -Wheels setup tubeless with Stans tape and generous amount of sealant. **Would onsider selling with a set of i9 Enduro 305s for an additional cost)** -Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR 29X2.3 tires. -Race Face Next R Carbon Bar cut to 780mm. (Can swap for 780mm alloy RF Aeffect bar for $100 less) -Race Face Aeffect R 50mm stem -Ergon Grips -Fizik Aliante saddle -Cane Creek 40 series headset -SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. 30t chainring, 10-50 cassette. Problems solvers I-spec II integrated shifter clamp to tidy up the cockpit. -OneUp Top guide -Shimano XT brakeset with 180mm Icetech rotors and finned metallic pads. This bike truly is my dream hardtail and very close to being brand new, so I am not in any rush to sell it. Feel free to ask any questions you come across. Cheers, John

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May 3, 2018 at 15:43
May 3, 2018
i-ride-on-dirt mikekazimer's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 16:49
Apr 3, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
@j-t-g: A little custom machining by Fluid Function in Squamish.
i-ride-on-dirt mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 19:21
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
@yahav91: I'm also a pretty agressive rider too, and I love it. I am a strong believer in less is more. I'd rather have a capable shorter travel bike than an enduro monster 99% of the time. I feel more confident riding this bike than I ever did on my slash, everywhere. I think the coil shock plays a part in this, because it tracks the ground unbelievably well. I went from an XL slash to an L Smuggler and the sizing is perfect now, and the bike feels more playful (I'm usually right in between). Other pros, this bike is more fun when the ground levels out a bit. Steeper HT angle wanders a fair bit less on the climbs, but leaves nothing to be desired going downhill. Main Con: This thing is heavy, I do notice the weight over my slash - but the carbon frame would help a lot. Overall, I am very happy that I made the switch. Hope that helps!
i-ride-on-dirt mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 8:43
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
I have a 2018 alloy Smugler that I built frame up with all the overkill parts one could desire - including a coil in the back, 145mm lyrik, Hope v4 brakes, and 2.5/2.4WT minions (alloy has clearance for a 2.4). It weighs a hell of a lot (over 34lbs), but I've never enjoyed riding a bike as much as this one. You won't be setting any PRs on the climbs, but I find myself riding noticeably faster than my previous enduro machine (2017 Slash), while having much more fun ...Transition, I couldn't agree more, this bike parties!
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