Comparison between Ripley and an Epic
I think I am a future Ripley owner but wanted to get a comparisons between an epic and a Ripley. I currently have an Epic with a sid 120 fork, dropper post and some 720 handlebars. When I bought the epic I was torn between the ripley and the 2013 carbon comp epic. I test rode the ripley for a bit on pavement going up hill and was amazed at the stiffness and the fact that I could stand up and mash (on Pavement). It seemed like it had really good small bump compliance as well. Unfortunatly the rip[ley cost over 6000.00 when I tried it last year. Prices have gone down and I have some money saved up plus I have the epic to sell so the ripley is attainable for me now.
I want to know is if anyone has gone from an Epic to a ripley and what your thoughts may be between the two bikes. I really like the fact that I can stand up and mash on the epic, can I do the same on the ripley? How is the shock on the Ripley. On the epic it needs to get serviced every year or so. I have about 1500 miles on the epic in about 7 months and I know it is due. Will I have to worry about that with the ripley. Would I be better off just getting a replacement shock from specialized ($400) and swithcing it out every six months. I ride in No Cal in Tahoe-auburn and annedele ect ect. I race about 6 time a year. Will I be able to race on the Ripley?
thanks for any replys.
I owned an Epic a couple years back, and now own a Ripley. I find the DW link much nicer to ride than the Brain. The Brain always seemed kind of weird and gimmicky to me, it provided a great lockout but seemed to let go and give an all-or-nothing feel. Like you're riding along and everything is firm and then you hit a slightly larger bump and it wallows way into the travel.
Anyway, I find the DW to be as efficient on climbs as the Brain (yes you can stand and mash) but fully compliant and very predictable. Suspension feels a bit more taught and progressive than the (open) FSR feel, but you also get an extra inch of travel. I certainly won't be going back to FSR/Brain after riding lots of miles on DW and VPP.
And yes you can definitely race the Ripley, and also have more fun on it when you're NOT racing. Get one.
Comparison between Ripley and an Epic
I own both. I love the ripley more , it handles
beter BUT the 2014 epic absorbs alot better the small bumps making it a more confortable bike
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Having owned both and like the previous replies, the Ripley is definitely a more capable all around bike.
I've always wanted a Ripley, but don't actually own one... yet. On paper, it seems like it would fit my riding style and my local trails the most.
I've recently demo an S-Works Epic (non World Cup), and a Giant Anthem 29 Advanced. The Anthem (Front 120/Rear 110) destroyed the Epic on comfort, and traction. However, the Epic blew me away on pure speed and razor sharp handling! Pure speed and razor sharp handling is more what I'm looking for.
I'm looking for some fresh comparisons between Epic, and Ripley (LS and/or regular). This thread is over 2 years old, maybe there are more ride comparisons out there?
I still think the Ripley is the right bike for me, but the Epic was amazing!
Also, no, I can't demo the Ripley...
Are you looking for a xc race bike? If so, the Specizlized Epic is that. If you want a bike that you can do xc, trail and enduro, the Ripley LS is a great bike. If you want to keep it more xc, go with the standard version with the 928 or 935 rims. I ride an ls and feel it is very planted while climbing, super nimble and quick, but not twitchy descending. I do have the new 942 wheels which are outstanding. Am riding Lakes Basin which is very rocky and technical riding and this bike easily handles it and more. Depending on your height/inseam/reach and if you are at the top of the recommended height, I would consider going up a size.
Is DW faster than Brain?
I don't race, I just like riding my local trails. This past weekend was my first time riding my local trails on XC bikes, and it was awesome! Epic was like an e-bike, it even made the flat segments fun.
The Brain was weird though. That's why I'm considering a DW bike. I guess that's the question I'm asking: (for Midwest trails, flat) Is DW faster than Brain?
I'm 5'8", 31" inseam. If I do get a Ripley, I would consider regular geo, size large.
I haven't owned an epic but I've spent time on the epic, camber and stumpy.
Originally Posted by rollinrob
To answer your questions:
1. you should service your fork and shock every year, regardless of brand or model. The problem is the brain requires your to bring it to your lbs(and i think they send it back to specialized right?) Without the brain it is easy to service your own shock and fork, and your LBS should be able to do the service quickly and cheaply if you don't want to do it.
2. you can stand and mash on the ripley, alot depends on your shock tune, pressure and fork. I found it hard to stand and sprint with a pike, now i run an rs-1 and with the fork locked out It is an awesome platform (the sid, and fox 32-34 both have nice lockouts too). On a paved climb the epic responds better to standing and climbing. on a bumpy or chunky climb the ripley responds better. the ripley is slightly more active and doesn't have the lag of the brain.
3. you can race on the ripley, but I think it depends on what kind of races you want to do. I built mine up for long backcountry races. In that situation I think it better than an epic. On long xc races/marathons (3-4 hours) I would say they perform the same if they are built equal. The epic really shines on short, hard XC races, and is a purpose built bike for that. If that's what you want to do keep the epic, maybe the best bike in the world for that.
I regularly beat guys on hardtails and epic, and other guys beat me. It's about the motor right I bet I have more fun though
Dropping a bunch guys on 19lb hardtails and epics
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Ripley coming my way :)
Just pulled a trigger on a used Ripley. Very excited.
2016, Boost rear, size L, original geometry
I've always wanted an Ibis, I think their bikes are gorgeous. Looks sure is the most important thing when it comes to bike purchases!
Side note, I'm 5'8" 31" inseam. With a 100mm dropper it will work awesomely.
Thanks for all the comments on this thread!
Ripley VS Epic, ride report
Here is a quick comparison of my Ripley with the Epic S-Works (regular geometry, non WC) that I demo back in early August.
- I'm 5'8", 31" inseam.
Fit on Ripley OG Large:
- Command Post IRcc 100mm dropper about 15mm away from bottom out
- Saddle slide forward (the IRcc has a large setback)
- 90mm stem, 6 deg pointing downward
- 130mm Fox 34 + 175mm crank. Pedal strike here and there.
- Overall it feels great, the front could be slightly shorten but not a big deal.
Fit on Epic regular Medium:
- It had a ridiculous carbon short travel dropper.
- It had a long-ish (90mm?) stem
- The fit felt great. Didn't really think about it much.
Climbing, Sprinting on Ripley OG:
- with Ibis 928 wheels
- Fox Float DPS, fully open all the time
- It is a very efficient climber. There's still a very small amount of rear suspension movement, but hardly detectable.
- Technical climb is a breeze, decent traction
- Fire road up hill hammering with body weight on it definitely moves the rear suspension with the Fox DPS fully open.
Climbing, Sprint on Epic:
- Roval carbon wheels
- Specialized Fast Track tires, very skinny, break free easily.
- I recall that the rear was hardtail like, but still offered some traction.
- None technical climb is noticeably more efficient than the Ripley.
- Both handles sharp, Epic is bit sharper obviously.
- I kind of miss how sharp the Epic handles for the trails around me, but Ripley is also a great handler, so not a big deal there. I have no issues navigating the Ripley around tight single tracks at speed.
The two bikes are a little bit different. I picked the Ripley because as I want as much all out speed as possible but still want some burliness out of my bike. I want a bike that rewards hard effort, and encourages out of saddle sprints. Ripley certainly is that kind of bike. I'm having a great time on my Ripley and I'm glade I bought it
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