I have both, and they're pretty much built the same way.
No reason to get rid of either, or build them all that differently. Both thrive when fed the same ingredients: 160mm fork and solid parts. The fact that one is a hardtail makes them different enough.
If I had to chose one it would be the fully, and if for some reason I had no bicycles tomorrow I would buy another Covert first (and I would in fact buy another). Full suspension covers a lot of ills on those really rides when you'd otherwise be off the back or over the bars. I like my Covert because I know I can ride it anywhere.
+1 on the TransAM with a smaller fork and SS. I traded that FOR a Covert, and I love the Covert, but I still miss the TransAM on certain trails. Let's just face it, I could really use one of each Transition model...
Kinda the same but not...I have a TA and a Nomad. I had the TA built like a burly all-mountain/freeride ss but now it's more xc/am ss with the 32 and tubless rims. I love that bike and even raced it xc this year...but I won't get rid of either bike anytime soon.
I've got a TA and a Covert too. I've got a pike on the TA and run it SS. I've got a talas 36 on the covert and run it 1x9. I love them both and wouldn't want to choose which one to keep if I could only have one bike. It would be a tough choice.
I rode a friend's TransAm and decided I didn't want a hard way (tail) for trail riding but sure did for pump track, berms and jumps. His TransAm is great but I didn't want a hard tail jack of all trades as much as a fun bike for going nowhere and one for epic and fast riding.
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