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Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by ferday, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. ferday

    ferday Chimp

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    finally got my RIP built up and ridden a little. i was scared of 29er FS bikes, the long chainstays and all. fears were unjustified, she felt very similar to a 26er that i have. my manuals didn't suck any more than usual, downhills were 29er awesome with the benefit of good suspension.
    31# dead even, with rampage/exiwolf and tubes.
     
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  2. Lumberjack

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    Sharp lookin':clapping:
     
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  3. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Congrats on getting her completely built ferday. Glad you dig it. What is the chainstay length on the RIP 9? It isn't in that 18.2" range is it? I'd think with that suspension design they could have stayed in the 17.5 or 17.6" range. Correct?

    Let's see some RIP 9 in the great outdoors pics next!

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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  4. ferday

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    stays are 17.9

    it feels so much like the 2step, just lighter. should be a fun bike this year!
     
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    dexterq20 Turbo Monkey

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    What's with your bars? World's biggest backsweep?
     
  6. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Google On One Mary Bars for more information.

    Nice ride ferday - glad to hear it feels so similar to the 2Step - it should. :)

    the lighter part is a good thing though right!? ;)
     
  7. Tmeyer

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    Very nice ride, bars aren't my cup o tea but the niner looks HAWT! Enjoy it and post up a ride report soon!
     
  8. ferday

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    thanks guys. the bars are mary bars, 40' backsweep. i ride them on all my bikes and love them (i ride some very technical stuff with drops/jumps just fine, thanks)

    sorry MMcG, there won't be any good pics for a while, the big mountain riding is still a couple months away at best. i did get out for a good flogging on some dry local trails this weekend, so i'll offer a brief ride report...

    bike is slower to get going than a 26er, but that is fixed by dropping a gear (assuming you have one left). climbing traction is mind blowing, if i had the legs, i could climb a wall...
    suspension is amazing, plush plush plush with a nice bottomless feel on the jumps. downhill is typical 29er...once up to speed you can just plow over anything in your path. the head angle feels very in control and the chainstays never feel long, it's very easy to throw this bike around.
    the manitou is an interesting fork. it's very plush and tracks the ground rather nice. however under heavy braking it tends to dive and chatter a bit. we'll see how she breaks in.
     
  9. slowride

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    That thing looks sweet. How do you like the Rampages on a FS? I had them on my SS and they really slowed me down (which given my usual speed, makes me surprised that I went anywhere at all)...
     
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    Looks like you could ride here to the moon on that thing. Enjoy!