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    Ripley pedal strikes

    Anyone having an issue with pedal strikes on the Ripley?

    I have had more of these with a few rides on the Ripley than I had with about 8-10 different bikes in 15+ years of mtn biking.

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    Not at all. The only one I had, was pedalling over a small roller, but that was my dumb mistake because I had the pedal at 6 o'clock (when I should have had it level).

    I definitely got more pedal strikes on my old 92 Merlin.

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    No problem with mine. Of course, I'm using a Pike 140mm fork so the bottom bracket is higher than it would be with a 120mm fork. I've had a couple of pedal strikes over the past 10 months, probably fewer than before. I think the DW link suspension keeps the bike higher in its travel, especially when climbing over rocky terrain. Also, I'm running about 30% sag, so that's pretty soft.

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    I get them. Lower BB than my HD, so I just need to adjust for that and all will be well again.
    I'll happily take a few pedal strikes for the enhanced handling of the lower BB. Though I don't ride much in places where a higher BB is a benefit.

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    I rode a med demo with 175mm crank arms and had a couple strikes then saw a lot of comments about the low bb height and pedal strikes. So I had mine built up with 170mm crank arms. My previous bike had 170s so I didn't think it would make a ride difference for me. My pedal strikes have been a non factor with the 170 arms. I did get some riding Gooseberry a couple weeks ago but no more then anyone else I was riding with. Only 5mm but I did it hoping to prevent the strikes. I know the bb is low and have been working my pedaling technique for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cas-pa2 View Post
    Anyone having an issue with pedal strikes on the Ripley?

    I have had more of these with a few rides on the Ripley than I had with about 8-10 different bikes in 15+ years of mtn biking.
    Nope. Fewer than my last 29er.

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    Yes with 120mm fork, more than my Tallboy with 100mm fork.

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    I have a 120mm fork and haven't noticed any increase in pedal strikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkeyrider View Post
    I have a 120mm fork and haven't noticed any increase in pedal strikes!
    donkeyrider, compared to what?

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    Yes, I get pedals strikes. The low slung Santa Cruz geometry, local rocky Colorado terrain and lot's of sag can cause issues. I even use a 140 fork and have big monster tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockinrod42 View Post
    donkeyrider, compared to what?
    Jet 9 RDO, Mojo SL, Cannondale Flash (26"). I'm running a small frame with 170mm XX1 cranks. Hope this helps. I've ridden my Ripley at the Breck Epic and Cape Epic without any problems.

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    For most, pedal strikes are inevitable with the Ripley if you ride in rocky terrain or terrain with roots. I rarely got pedal strikes on my Mojo and only occasionally on my Jet 9 RDO. I get pedal strikes more often on the Ripley, though I am learning to time my pedaling and lean to avoid most.

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    Make sure you don't leave your CTD Fox shock in the Downhill setting for all of your riding. I get a lot of pedal strikes if I have inadvertently done that. Once I flip it into "Trail" the problem goes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie View Post
    Make sure you don't leave your CTD Fox shock in the Downhill setting for all of your riding. I get a lot of pedal strikes if I have inadvertently done that. Once I flip it into "Trail" the problem goes away.
    Good to know. Thank you!

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