There is only one build kit offered for the Bandit29. The size Medium (18) tested weighs in at 30.5 lbs but with changes I made, the test bike actually weighs 31.5 lbs . Stock components are workmanlike as befits the Bandit’s reasonable price (US$3,549 / CAD$3,599).
Fox 34 Talas140mm forks are available as an option for an additional $100 USD. Both the stock Float 32 140 RLC and the optional Talas forks are black and tapered with Kashima coating.
Frame weight is 6.9 lbs / 3.1 kg (Medium Frame With Rear Shock). The complete weight of the Bandit 29er in Medium is 30.5 lbs / 13.8 kg
|Bandit 29 Frame with Fox RP2323 w/Kashima||$1599 USD||$1649 CAD||Price Varies|
|Bandit 29 Complete Bike w/Fox 34 Float 140 RLC F29 QR15 Tapered w/Kashima||$3549 USD||$3599 CAD||Price Varies|
Bandit 29 (left) meets the Bandit 26 (right)
Rear Shock: Fox RP23 BV Kashima
Fork: Fox 34 Float 140 RLC F29 Tapered Kashima QR15
Stem: Truvativ AKA 60mm
Handlebar: Kore Torsion Trail 740x35mm
Headset: FSA Gravity NO.57E
Crankset: SRAM S1400 GXP 10S 175 38/24
Brakes: Avid Elixir 9
Tires: Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.25 Rear & 29 x 2.4 Front
Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo
Saddle: TBC Park N Ride Diamond Stitch Race
Grips: ODI Cross Trainer X Lock-on
Cassette: SRAM PG-1070 10SP 11-36
Wheelset: TBC Revolution 28 29er
Rear Shifter: SRAM X7 10SPD
Front Shifter: SRAM X7 2SPD
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7 Medium Cage Carbon 10SPD
Front Derailleur: SRAM X7 HDM 2×10 38/36T
Chain: KMC X10.93
Pedals: Not Included
Optional Upgrade: RockShox Reverb Adjustable Seatpost
I made some changes which added a pound to the bike. In general, I tried to keep the changes to the bare minimum and only made changes that I felt any rider would make to personalize a ride. This includes:
- Maxxis Ardent 2.4 rear tire
- A Joplin 3 seatpost
Here are some random observations and notes about the components
- The Fox 34mm 140 Float is aftermarket and sent to me by Fox for testing. What better bike to test it on? The lack of a 20mm through axle is beyond disappointing, More ranting about that in the full review. I will note that the 2012 implementation of the FIT cartridge has much better dampening than the 2011 version which invariably seemed to dive through its travel ending with a bottoming out klunk.
- The Fox rear shock is 7.5 x 2.0 and is the Kashima-coated variation. Not much to say about it other than its the good old dependable RP23 that works just fine.
- The SRAM front derailleur spec’ed in build kits is a dual cable pull. Current Shimano 10 speed XT and XTR front derailleurs are all dual pull as well so would work fine as replacements.
- The headset is zero stack with 44mm top, 56mm bottom for tapered steerers. Obviously one can run 1.125″ steerers with a reducer.
- Applause for spec’ing a nice wide bar on the Bandit 29er. Those who wish to can cut them down of course.