Transition Bikes TransAm 27.5 Hardtail


The TransAM defines what a true all mountain hardtail should be. Strong, versatile and most of all fun to ride. Packed with tons of features like a 12 x 142mm rear dropout that is convertible to singlespeed or 10 x 135, oversized 44mm headtube to run tapered forks, ISCG tabs and a 30.9 seattube so you can adjustable seatposts. On the trail the TransAM is quick, agile and at home on a wide variety of trail conditions. If you haven't ridden a hardtail in awhile, the TransAM will remind you why you fell in love with mountain biking.


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[Jul 30, 2014]
Weekend Warrior


Paint - The Bermuda Blue is awesome! The website pictures don't do it justice.
142 Rear Thru Axle - Great security and added stiffness. Plus, the dropouts are replaceable.
Geometry - There's a little extra room in the top tube and the HA is slack at 67 degrees
Threaded BB - THANK YOU! Screw press fit!
Anti-Corrosion Coating - The tubes are all coated inside and out with an anti-corrosion coating. No need to ever apply frame saver.
Extras - Frameset came from the factory with stickers, the rear axle, and touch up paint.


I'm grasping at straws here but the anti-corrosion coating made the headset a bit tight to get installed and thread the bottom bracket. I could have reamed and chased for a smoother install, but the whole idea of the coating is to provide protection so I left it alone. It wasn't a big deal, just be mindful that the frame is steel and your pricey bottom bracket threads are aluminum.

I bought the Trans Am as a frame only and built it up with my own style in mind so I can't comment on Transitions build kits. What I can say from experience though is this frame will put a huge smile on your face. The steel dampens trail chatter just enough to keep things comfortable while the rear 142mm axle keeps the rear wheel stiff out of the corners. It's so easy to ride this bike fast and almost forget you're on a hardtail.

The top tube length and reach are nice coming in just a touch longer than "normal." I am able to run a short 40mm stem and still have plenty of room when I stand up. I have a 140mm travel fork on the front and the headtube angle is bang on at 67 degrees. It's just slack enough to be an added benefit on the down, but it's not so slack that the bike wanders on the climbs.

If you're looking for a simple, low maintenance, steel is real, head turning hardtail with modern geometry, look no further. Give the guys at Transition Bikes a call!

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