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Stuck between bikes.

May 29, 2006, 12:28 a.m.
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Wondering if I can get some input/suggestions here.
Transition Gran Mal.

Devinci Ollie. 2005

Both roughly the same price give or take a few hund. transition asking 2800
devinci asking 2600

Thanks for any input.


May 29, 2006, 2:03 a.m.
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Take the devinci, it uses an FSR type suspension and will not jack like the Gran mal and pedal a little better….IMO….


May 29, 2006, 2:40 a.m.
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Difficult but id go devinci judging by what i can see of the spec. The transition however is still a very good bike and i think you would be happy with either one. What do you ride? As that could make descions slightly easier to make.

May 29, 2006, 6:40 a.m.
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Ollie been proven for several years now…Gran Mal is first season of production?

and Devinci offering lifetime warranties on frames

I had 2005 Ollie and beat the sh*t out of it in BC and England, no problemo!!


Mythic / Da Kine / Esher Shore / Freeborn

May 29, 2006, 9:22 a.m.
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wheelbase is fairly similar .25 inch difference, weight is pretty much the same as well. Go for the FSR (Ollie) it will hold a line better under high speed braking…

May 29, 2006, 10:11 a.m.
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The Gran Mal is a year newer, with a better rear shock (DHX vs. Swinger) if my eyes are right. It also appears to be in better shape. If a single ring is what you want it looks like the better deal.

A spec list would help us break it down. It does look pretty even.

May 29, 2006, 10:26 a.m.
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I would go with the Transition for sure. It is an 06 bike so you know it hasn't been ridin' that long, and the specs are alot better.

"Jumps aren't dangerous by themselves… confidence, now thats dangerous"

May 29, 2006, 10:37 a.m.
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HFX 9s vs Mags with razor rocks?
05 vs 06?
Swinger vs DHX?


May 29, 2006, 10:52 a.m.
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why not ride them both and see which one you like better? being so similar, only ride quality and preference will set them apart for you.


May 29, 2006, 11:01 a.m.
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HFX 9s vs Mags with razor rocks?
05 vs 06?
Swinger vs DHX?


-06 888 RCX2 vs 05 888 R (me thinks).
-Have heard nothing but praise about the guys at Transition.
-IMO, the Grand Mal "look's" better.

Decision - Grand Mal.

May 29, 2006, 11:56 a.m.
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Personally riding a Gran Mal and I must say I love it. Not to heavy of a frame, my complete build is a little under 41 lbs. I haven't noticed any brake jack yet. Its pretty good freeriding even better for downhill. With the 6 different shock placements you really have a lot of choice and a very versatile bike.

May 29, 2006, 12:04 p.m.
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Will mostly be riding whistler, and some shore
Here is a part spec.
2006 Transition Gran Mal (black) with DHX5.
2006 Marzocchi 888 RC2X (black).
Azonic Outlaw Wheelset.
Hayes Mag 8" Brakes with Bonz leverblades.
FSA Gravity crankset.
MRP System3 guide.
Funn bar, Amoeba post, Transition saddle and pedals.
Maxxis Minion 2.7f/2.5r SuperTacky tires.
XT derailleur, 105 Cassette, PC59 Chain, LX Shifter.

Devinci Ollie

20.97 kg / 46.1 lb
Marzocchi 888R 200 mm
Manitou Swinger 4 way
FSA Orbit Z1.5R
Shimano Saint M800
Shimano Saint M806
Race Face Diabolus X-type 36/24T
Shimano M751
Shimano HG50 9s 11-34T
Shimano HG53
Race Face X-type
Wellgo WAM-B19
Formula DH/DC91 20mm disc
Formula DH/DC36 disc
Mavic EX325 disc
DT Swiss stainless
Michelin DH Comp 32 26x2.8" [HTML_REMOVED] DH Comp 24.1 26x2.5"
Hayes El Camino HD 8" hydraulic
Hayes El Camino HD hydraulic
Race Face Evolve DH 31.8 mm
DH riserbar 40mm butted 6061 31.8 mm
Gel lock-on
WTB Power V Race
Race Face Atlas 31.6 mm
Devinci quick release

May 29, 2006, 12:35 p.m.
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BOth are great bikes very sim looks and prob same feel. id go divinci tho will ride nicer and prob have a better feel. dont just go parts over overall bike performance.

Shoots with Nikon D2H

May 29, 2006, 12:40 p.m.
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I have a Wilson and its great but with those part specs I'd lean towards the Gran Mal. But I dunno whether the lack of horst link makes a big difference

tough choice

WTB Frequency i23 rim, 650b NEW - $40

May 29, 2006, 12:44 p.m.
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I think with those specs the Gran Mal is teh better Whistler bike and the Devinci is the better Shore bike.

What a cop out huh? Still leaning towards the Gran Mal though. I think your resale value will be better too.

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