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StyledAirtime

Monkey
May 24, 2006
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I don't have any scales so not sure what it weighs and haven't measured the bb.
I have it with the stock minions and it's pretty damn light. I can climb everything so far with the 1x10 setup .
Feels super nimble. Still playing with air pressures . Just gone from a fairly stiff setup to a soft one to see how it goes.
I am thinking of some 44 ti marzos for it.
And yes it's a medium and I'm 5 11
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
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The bike shop near me is one of the original GT dealers from way back. He sometimes can get great deals on GTs. Hopefully he can set it up. Is the RP23 kashima a factory option or was that a special order after the fact? I am in my 30s now and this is the most excited Ive been about anything in a long time. even iwth other bikes that I got or built I have never looked forwad to tryin one out like this bike. Maybe it has to do with the weather. and the fact Id like to ride almost any bike at this point. Now I need more videos of people shredding on Distortions. I love watching clips of a bike I own or want to own. Seeing them do things I cant make them do.
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
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Iwas messaging him about this bike on a different thread. It's is a
Gt Force frame with a modified rear shock. It lowers the rear to about 130 travel and lowers the BB a little bit and also slacks out the HA. Then he took the force dropouts off and replaced them with sanction dropouts. Looks to be a fun ride
 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
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I need to take my distortion down to the shop and get a pic with all three of our distortions all together... Just to rub it in a little for dropmachine.com... ha ha. He can't seem to find one and we have 3 ha ha.

Sadly no videos of mine but i'll see if I can dig up some pics from my initial ride.
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
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I hate you all. Haha. I called your salt lake bike shop. No luck on getting just a frame only. I am still trying to sell off some parts and other bikes to fund my new bike. Be it a Distortion or modified sanction/force. With our rough natural terrain in PA I would prefer the 130 travel rear. But the 112 is more that I am running now
 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
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Ok, found them. Not the best quality or my best riding but they will do. This was my first day on the bike trying it out at the local dirt jumps

First, the warm up jump


Next, a blurry picture of a drop


And a step up shot. Its kind of hard to tell where I took off from. The lip is in the sun, not what looks like a smaller lip in the shadows (used to be an easier exit out of the gully but hasn't been maintained so its unrideable)
 

herbman

Monkey
Feb 16, 2011
104
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North West Tasmania
Iwas messaging him about this bike on a different thread. It's is a
Gt Force frame with a modified rear shock. It lowers the rear to about 130 travel and lowers the BB a little bit and also slacks out the HA. Then he took the force dropouts off and replaced them with sanction dropouts. Looks to be a fun ride
give the man a banana ;)

took a Distortion out on demo and loved the ride but there were a few things i wan't happy with as i was after something a bit more xc as i also have a sanction. and then a force frame and shock came along at a great price. didn't like the stock head angle and short shocking it seemed to be a easy way to get the HA i wanted.
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
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I wish I could take any of these bikes for test rides. Be it force sanction distortion or any
Combo of modified parts .
 

-BB-

I broke all the rules, but somehow still became mo
Sep 6, 2001
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Livin it up in the O.C.
I have a 140 RS Pike on there right now and the geo is pretty sweet with that set up. I think a 150-160 fork would be a bit weird with the 114mm rear travel. As is Id say 32lbs?
I have a 160mm Fox 36 on my spitfire (127mm rear) and it feels just fine.
Esp with the slack HT like these bikes both have.
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
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well you can't so get over it and go order a bandit, i know a guy.
. The thought has crossed my mind. But I saw a guy ride one and it didn't impress me but being that
It is a transition an they make good stuff, that only leaves to reason that a pansy ass was riding that bike!
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
31
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It's not showing up, What format did you post?

Never mind I got it. Video wouldn't show up on phone. Found it on PC

Where is that trail system at? Completely different terrain style from Western PA
 
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manhattanprjkt83

Rusty Trombone
Jul 10, 2003
8,925
384
Pittsburgh, PA
. The thought has crossed my mind. But I saw a guy ride one and it didn't impress me but being that
It is a transition an they make good stuff, that only leaves to reason that a pansy ass was riding that bike!
the question remains...what logo does he wear on his socks? White stripe or not?
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
31
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Looks like your setup has changed from the original pics what are you running on it now? Still Med frame?
 

yuroshek

Turbo Monkey
Jun 26, 2007
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Arizona!
Looks like your setup has changed from the original pics what are you running on it now? Still Med frame?
Yea good eye, some small changes to the set up since Ive been out here in AZ.

Fox 36 set at 140mm
Answer Pro Taper 720 1" rise bars.
Maxxis Minion 2.5 front
Maxxis High roller 2.5 rear
Both are set up tubeless.
Rockshox Reverb post
Formula The One brakes
Shimano PD-M530 pedals (same style as the XT or XTR and are working awesome!)

Complete right now I believe its about 32lbs
 

manhattanprjkt83

Rusty Trombone
Jul 10, 2003
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384
Pittsburgh, PA
someone please explain the magic behind this bike, i mean it looks great and im sure it rides great but been a while since there has been a thread like this about a big box trail bike...

not knocking you guys that are owners, just curious why everyone is nuts about it...
 

dropmachine

Turbo Monkey
Sep 7, 2001
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Your face.
Its a medium. They're always mediums. Have only seen one large for sale, which I bought, and found out it was an ebay scam.


Manhatten, the thing about that bike is the number suggest it will essentially be what mountain biking is really all about. It won't be good at anything in particular, but it will just be a blast to ride everywhere. Its a bike that seems based on having fun, instead of fitting into some ridiculous predefined slot the industry says you have to adhere to. I think with an adjustable fork, that little bastard bike really could go anywhere and be fun.


Now somebody give me one.
 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
354
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Man, it sucks you can't find a large anywhere. The shop guys I have been referring people to have been trying hard to track frames down but haven't been able to. They got lucky with ours.

I also haven't seen any larges really around. Mine is one of the few I have seen that wasn't posted by GT themselves. Must not have made too many. I have been keeping an eye out for you guys though. Too bad that blue one for sale on pinkbike isn't a large. I love that color. I am not a huge fan of my grey/purple color scheme but the bike is so fun I don't care. A black or Blue one would be ideal. My friends white/blue one is sick as well though.
 

manhattanprjkt83

Rusty Trombone
Jul 10, 2003
8,925
384
Pittsburgh, PA
Manhatten, the thing about that bike is the number suggest it will essentially be what mountain biking is really all about. It won't be good at anything in particular, but it will just be a blast to ride everywhere. Its a bike that seems based on having fun, instead of fitting into some ridiculous predefined slot the industry says you have to adhere to. I think with an adjustable fork, that little bastard bike really could go anywhere and be fun.
Ok fair I hear you 100% just built a tool for exactly that job as well...with 1 degree steeper head angle ;)
 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
354
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Ok fair I hear you 100% just built a tool for exactly that job as well...with 1 degree steeper head angle ;)
out of curiosity, what bike did you build up that can handle the same situations as the Distortion? I had looked for a while and didn't find anything close except 4x/SS bikes but those won't work for taller people due to the short seat tube.
 

manhattanprjkt83

Rusty Trombone
Jul 10, 2003
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384
Pittsburgh, PA
out of curiosity, what bike did you build up that can handle the same situations as the Distortion? I had looked for a while and didn't find anything close except 4x/SS bikes but those won't work for taller people due to the short seat tube.
Transition Bandit – I know it doesn’t fit square into this category but it kind of does when you look at it. This head angle stuff has got a bit crazy anything much slacker than 67 really kills your climbing and tight woods ability. If you want it slacker than stock, angleset. I am coming off more of AM bikes in the past, and don’t miss them thus far. This bike is going with me to the Northern Territories, Oregon-Whist/Vanc, moab/CO this year along with daily riding. Dropper post on the way and have a 36 dropped to 150mm for certain terrain. It’s a brilliant bike so far.

 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
354
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looks pretty nice. I had a spitfire which is a pretty similar bike to the bandit. fun bikes for sure. I needed a bike that can be used as a FR bike as well though. I wanted a bike that could XC and hit the local DJ's without swapping anything. Thats where I felt my Blur lt2 and spitfire fell short. Not sure how much abuse the bandit is supposed to take though, maybe it could work fine for big hits.

As for the HA. I was having problems switching between a 67 degree AM bike and a 63 degree DH bike. I personally don't like riding anything with steeper than 66 degree HA but I think its just what I have gotten used to and my local terrain (utah)

Oh, and I love transition bikes. between me and my wife we have owned a dirtbag, bottlerocket, blindside, 2 doubles, syren, and trans am. I would love to try a tr250 as well, maybe in the future.
 
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manhattanprjkt83

Rusty Trombone
Jul 10, 2003
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Pittsburgh, PA
looks pretty nice. I had a spitfire which is a pretty similar bike to the bandit. fun bikes for sure. I needed a bike that can be used as a FR bike as well though. I wanted a bike that could XC and hit the local DJ's without swapping anything. Thats where I felt my Blur lt2 and spitfire fell short. Not sure how much abuse the bandit is supposed to take though, maybe it could work fine for big hits.

As for the HA. I was having problems switching between a 67 degree AM bike and a 63 degree DH bike. I personally don't like riding anything with steeper than 66 degree HA but I think its just what I have gotten used to and my local terrain (utah)

Oh, and I love transition bikes. between me and my wife we have owned a dirtbag, bottlerocket, blindside, 2 doubles, syren, and trans am. I would love to try a tr250 as well, maybe in the future.
Makes sense for sure, my daily riding around here does not warrant a 66 degree head angle so this was the proper choice. I am sure i'll get myself into trouble over the season on this bike in various spots but it works great for 80% of my xc/trail riding. Transition doesnt advertise it but if you are reasonably smooth it can take some larger moves (they are 142mm now as well).

The 250 is actually my dh bike, so pm me if you want any info on that.

The GT is cool for sure, was just asking the question of why this particular bike is getting so much chatter on the board. Good to see them making great stuff again.
 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
354
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Makes sense for sure, my daily riding around here does not warrant a 66 degree head angle so this was the proper choice. I am sure i'll get myself into trouble over the season on this bike in various spots but it works great for 80% of my xc/trail riding. Transition doesnt advertise it but if you are reasonably smooth it can take some larger moves (they are 142mm now as well).

The 250 is actually my dh bike, so pm me if you want any info on that.

The GT is cool for sure, was just asking the question of why this particular bike is getting so much chatter on the board. Good to see them making great stuff again.
Yeah man, if your ever up in SLC utah let me know, we could swap rides for a bit (either DH or trail bikes).

I think its so popular because its a pretty unique bike. Its low, slack, stiff, and lively but you can still pedal it to the top. It climbs like an XC bike but you can hit large jumps (tyler mccaul used it in crankworxs and other SS competitions).
 

Rhubarb

Monkey
Jan 11, 2009
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People interested in the Distortion are usualy the same people looking for the same thing in a bike due to a similar riding trait. There are difinatley more trail bikes for DHers now with better geo but there is a small market of riders who want there trail bike to still be strong enough to handle drops and jumps, pedal well, climb ok but are generaly prepared to sacrifice a little of everything to have something of everything. Where I see alot of these bikes comming from is the slopestyle line up - Intense SS 1, Wildcard, Distortion etc. The one area that alot of trail bikes miss the requirment is a shorter seat toob and shorter chain stays. There are 125mm-140mm travel bikes that could fit the bill but that dam 19mm seat post on a large is not that much fun. The other end of the spectrum is seat toobs comming in at 15mm for a large which is crap(thinking Banshee Rampant). I think we have all tried to just have 1 bike and know its really difficult. It is however possible to have 1 bike that can be riden most of the time. The closest 1 bike I have ridden is my Delerium. It does well on everything but reall DJ stuff. I can still send it on the bigger 4x jumps but trying to carry speed through the triples etc is difficult. I usually hit the 4x/DJ track to work on my jumping to build confidence for the trails. So a full DJ bike is not really neccessary. My Wildcard is a blast on the track but I cant run it on the trails since its too small. If I could run my Delirium with a 180mm fork and burly wheels then have something like a Distortion for the track and trails my bases would be perfectly covered. I have looked around and to pick up a short travel trail bike which will have the strength, correct chainstay length and acceptable seat toob length is not very easy. The days of head angle issues are long gone with angle sets and with trail bike BBs quite low as standard getting the required Geo is not the challenge it used to be.

If you are looking for a trail bike that can climb well, sprint like a rocket, blast down the hills and still hit the jumps you will be hard pressed. I am seriously looking for shorter travel trail ripper to move more into Enduro ridding and I aint having much luck.