AM Transition Sentinel (all the ‘big black tranny’ gags were taken)

yuley95

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Which Hunt wheels did you order? How has the experience dealing with them been so far?

I'll borrow your current set permanently when you're done with them ;)
I ordered the Trail Wide in 29er boost. I was tempted to go for extra strength with the enduro wide set but wanted 30mm internal and the enduro set is 33mm.

It’s been a pretty good experience but there a couple of things i thing people should be aware of:
  1. They add GST on top of the advertised price (thanks Harvey Norman)
  2. My bank added a foreign currency charge (not sure if all would).All together, this added about $80 to the advertised price which is significant.
  3. When it was ordering, it was a weekend and the website said the wheels I was ordering were in stock. It also indicated 3-4 days delivery time. This was 28 July. I got an email late on the Monday to say they were now out of stock due to a number of orders over the weekend (not sure why their website cant account for that). They then communicated pretty well re the revised arrival time but the date did change a few times so if you are counting on them arriving by a certain date, you might be disappointed. Worth keeping in mind. Mine ended up arriving on 9 August so not too much later.
I was planning to do a full review once I have a few km’s on them but for now will say they are well packaged, they look quality, they come pre-taped with tubeless valves, the specific freehub (Shimano or XD) and spare spokes and nipples.

I mounted Maxxis tyres and they went on really easily. In fact, a little too easily with a bit of a loose fit. I had to pull the bead out towards the edge of the rim with my fingers on both sides and only then could i get it to inflate tubeless.

Having said that, it’s only a 5 minute job and they then inflated REALLY easily and I’ve lost no air in 5 days.

One nice little touch is getting a card with the name of the builder and their check list for quality control (see below).

Stay tuned for full review (probably repeating much of this same info!)




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tkdbboy

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Sucks to hear about the extra ~$150 sting. Other than that, sounds like a super smooth process and quality wheels! (so far ... fingers crossed)

Looking forward to the full review.
 

yuley95

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Sucks to hear about the extra ~$150 sting. Other than that, sounds like a super smooth process and quality wheels! (so far ... fingers crossed)

Looking forward to the full review.
It was $80AUD extra (not USD) so not quite as bad as that. Definitely still a chunk of cash and worth being aware of.

Seems to be a few different ways people are approaching online sales now and sometimes you see the final price in AUD, sometimes the pre-tax price in AUD. Sometimes the full price in a different currency and sometimes pre-tax price in different currency.

The PNW website shows AUD until you get to the shopping cart and then is USD - weird and a bit confusing.


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yuley95

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Ride update number 2
I’ve had a couple of rides on the 29” wheels now and starting to get a better feel for the bike. It was comfortable straight away but I was only going at seven tenths. Still not 100% dialled but my final run today at Red Hill had a massive grin on my face and was feeling close to 100%.

That grin was mostly because I’ve found what this bike was made for - fast chunder. For those that know it, my final run was down Fall Line at Red Hill. For those that don’t know it - it’s pretty fast with good flow. It’s also ABSOLUTELY BEAT. The sandy soil out that way seems to wash away easily and leave a lot of ruts, exposed roots and rocks waiting to grab a wheel and throw it 5cm to the left or right. It dares you to go faster until you bin it (which happens eventually).

In the past, its been fun but threatens to rattle my teeth loose. The Sentinel is feeling really nice after some time setting up the DPX2 shock and the Durolux fork. There is a really nice balance now. Both getting close to full travel when they should and both feeling nicely damped. Even in wet conditions today - it felt like the most grip and control I’ve ever had on Fall Line.

Last week I rode Lysterfield and sessioned Follow Me which I find is a good trail to get suspension right. It has a couple of reasonable sized drops to flat to test deep compression and has a section of fast root-infested flowing trail to test high speed smaller, repeated compressions. Also has a couple of small lips to boost of and a couple of small berms to get rebound and slow speed compression set up.

After a few runs down there, I realised I needed a couple more clicks of high speed compression on both the fork and the shock. Still only 2 clicks (of 5) on the fork and 3 clicks (of 10) on the shock. I also added a couple of clicks of slow speed compression on the fork and opened up the rebound a click on each.

It really settles in to landings now and even has enough in reserve that I’m not so concerned landing among roots as I know it can absorb the landing and still track over the roots as well.

I’m still loving how well this things turns into berms and holds a line. Bit surprised by that. In fact I’ve noticed that the slack head angle and short stem seem to make the wheel sort of ‘flop’ over into a turn. It means that it is really easy to initiate an aggressive turn. You just have to be deliberate about it.

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The other thing I noticed today was how well the back end comes around when you want it to. I’m not sure if it’s the geo, the suspension, the fact that I’m a bit ‘under-tyred’ on the back compared to the front or if it’s my ham-fisted braking technique but as I was riding down some of the slower, steeper and more tech trails - or even when charging hard but coming into a slower, tighter corner - the back end would easily oversteer just enough to open up the corner while still staying in control. Given the bike is a bit of a limo, it’s a handy trait to have.

In terms of some of the components, here is a quick snapshot:
Durolux - really impressed with stiffness and damping. I can’t compare to 36 or Lyrik but this is streets ahead of my old Marzocchi in terms of the damping feel. I like the integrated mud-gaurd and the axle system too. It’s a winner in my books.
PNW Bachelor and Loam lever - I’ve gone from 150mm on my old bike to 170mm now and really appreciated it today on the Deadwoods trails in the steeper, more tech sections. The other part of the equation is the really low top-tube of the Tranny. Leaves stacks of room to move around. The post itself is fine. Not sure there is much to say when a dropper works well. It’s not quite the smoothest in the world - but close enough. There is a tiny bit of side to side play but still feels solid. Return speed is fine and can be adjusted with more air pressure. I like it at the moment as it drops easily and with only a little weight on it. The lever is great and deserves all the accolades it gets.
Hunt Trail Wheels - I’m going to reserve judgement for a while. They are really good so far but I want to go over them with a tension metre in a couple of months and see if they have held up. I LOVED my previous wheels (Flow MK3 on Project 321 and Hope Pro4 hubs) so these have a lot to live up to...

On a related note, I had to send my rear brake (Magura MT8) off to Eurocycles to fix a slow leak where the hose enters the caliper. It’s pretty crap that they have been leaking there but I have to say the communication and service from Eurocycles was top notch. They’ve been fantastic.
 
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Oddjob

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Noice!

From a fellow monster truck driver, make sure the stem bolts on the steerer are done up tight. I've had the steerer slip on me and cause a digger when I've been hitting a berm.

If you continue to have reliability issues with the Maguras and want something utterly reliable but with good modulation have a look at the Trp Quadiems.

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yuley95

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If you continue to have reliability issues with the Maguras and want something utterly reliable but with good modulation have a look at the Trp Quadiems.
Funny you say that - I’ve been very tempted by a set for sale on here. I’m a bit low on cash though after putting this build together so should see if the fix works first. Eurocycles replaced the hose AND the caliper (all under warranty) so should be sweet
 

yuley95

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Nice bike!

How tall are you to be on the XL?
Thanks mate. I’m about 190cm.

The new style geo is interesting. It’s a much longer wheelbase and longer reach than my previous bike - an XL Yeti SB66.

But the effective top tube is a touch shorter and i have gone from a 50mm stem to a 35mm stem. As a result, it feels really comfortable and not as stretched out as the numbers might make it appear.

Also, I think that the really low top tube means that the bike seems to disappear when jumping. All in all, I’m really happy with the sizing.
 

Paulie_AU

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Thanks mate. I’m about 190cm.

The new style geo is interesting. It’s a much longer wheelbase and longer reach than my previous bike - an XL Yeti SB66.

But the effective top tube is a touch shorter and i have gone from a 50mm stem to a 35mm stem. As a result, it feels really comfortable and not as stretched out as the numbers might make it appear.

Also, I think that the really low top tube means that the bike seems to disappear when jumping. All in all, I’m really happy with the sizing.
Cool. I am looking at a 485 reach bike at 175cm tall. Thinking a 30mm stem. Hmm might create a thread regarding long reach.
 

teK--

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Interesting you mention Follow Me as a good tuning grounds. I am of the same view. It is a track that has a bit of everything but not too long so you can easily session a whole run, make changes, and then session again without forgetting how everything felt.

Build looks mint; love it!
 
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