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    Any Ripley's running the X-Fusion Microlite?

    I just ordered one and should have it early next week. For the price I'm paying, I couldn't pass it up. It will come directly from X-fusion with a custom Ripley tune (proprietary). Anyone else out there ripping with one? Supposedly it should feel much more plush than the RP23 in the open, and a full lock out at a flip of a switch...we'll see

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    i have one...it feels plusher and the lockout is a true lockout

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    With the smaller body do you feel it fade (heat up) at all on longer rocky technical descents? How well does it climb on technical trails vs the RP23 in the open? I just like the idea of X-Fusion and Ibis working together on building a tune specifically for the Ripley.

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    haven't noticed any fade, but i'm in the northeast so no crazy descents...i feel like it climbs better full open

    honestly, i just didn't want to have any fox product...also running a sid up front

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    Any Ripley's running the X-Fusion Microlite?

    Nice! Well, if Lopes and Jeff Kendall Weed rips one, how bad could it be . I'll post back next week after I work it though the Santa Cruz mountains. Thanks!

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    I'm digging mine quite a bit, I just run it with less sag than recommended. I basically set it until it bottoms out at least once a ride, but I never feel it bottom out. I don't feel the need to use the lockout either. I turned it on just to try it and quickly flipped it back to open. I have the trace on the front set at 140mm and also lowered the pressure until it uses about 3/4 or 7/8 of the travel up front. It still climbs everything easily and the descending is really good so far. I'd like to try it with some wider rims and tires, but keep the semi slick rear tire such as Racing Ralph 2.3 or Rock Razor, or Specialized Slaughter. Just adding tire volume and lower tire pressure is like adding 10-20mm of suspension travel, better traction, and small bumps just disappear and everything is less bouncy, more marshmallowy. Some people don't like their bike to feel that way, but I like a smooth ride and maximum traction both climbing and descending. To summarize, I don't feel I would have any advantages by changing the Microlite nor the Trace, but I think the built in compression tune for both is just right for my weight, terrain, and style.

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    take it down new Flow Trail? One way to stretch it out! Add me to the eager to hears, really respect Joel Smith and what they're trying to do at X-Fusion...


    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    Nice! Well, if Lopes and Jeff Kendall Weed rips one, how bad could it be . I'll post back next week after I work it though the Santa Cruz mountains. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeIntelligencer View Post
    take it down new Flow Trail? One way to stretch it out! Add me to the eager to hears, really respect Joel Smith and what they're trying to do at X-Fusion...
    Better yet, come out and help us *build* the Flow Trail (plug for trail-building day this saturday) and then ride it. It's the best possible combo!

    re: the Microlite - I've run it on my Ripley and liked it. I started with the CTD and am now running the DBInline. The DB is the best-feeling of the three for technical riding. I like the idea of the full lock-out on the microlite but just don't use it much...the 'climb' mode on the CTD working in conjunction with the eccentric DW works darn well for trail-riding climbing. I've kept the microlite for the off-chance that I ride some sort of endurance race this year (I'm signed up for the boggs 8-hour but my fitness may lag behind my aspirations in a material way by May)...it would be perfect for a ride like that with long fire-road climbs (full lockout) with consistent singletrack descents.

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