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.
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