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    New question here. Ripley vs. Spider Comp

    I just posted this question in the 29-er forum: Ripley vs. Spider Comp

    The heart says Spider Comp, the mind says Ripley. Any Spider Comp owners that can compare the bike to a Ripley? I demoed the Ripley, but cannot find a demo Spider Comp...

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    I don't have a spider comp, but I do have a Ripley and a Carbine 275. The Ripley is a faster bike in the XC sense. VPP just does not compare to the DW-Link in that regard. VPP feels more plush on the downs and climbing, but it does seem to get hung up more on square edged hits while climbing. The Ripley is surprising because it is almost as capable as the Carbine on the downs and blows it away on the climbs. I though the geometry would be too steep on the Ripley, but with a 140mm fork it seems fine. That said, I really like the Carbine and would love to try a Spider Comp. I went with a Ripley because the Spider Comp seemed too close to the Carbine.
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    I would be interested in a real weight of the Spider comp. Who of you has weighed the frame? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortfeasor View Post
    I though the geometry would be too steep on the Ripley, but with a 140mm fork it seems fine.
    Thank you for your input. Did you get the 140 fork for plusher descends, or a correction of the geometry?

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    My large Spider Comp weighed 5.8lbs with a Cane Creek 40 headset fitted. Its a ripper!
    Complete bike with XTR, Haven Carbon wheels, Revelation 140 etc weighs around 26lbs.

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    Spider comp weight

    My Medium Spider comp weighs in at 29 lbs with full XT, Haven Magnesium wheels, Stealth reverb, Fox 34 140mm TALAS, Hans Dampf rubber. I didn't build it to be a lightweight, but it is anyway.

    Haven't ridden the Ripley, but I own a Pivot Mach 5 with DW link. I love the DW link, but to be honest, the VPP is just as good. A bit plusher, but the Spider still climbs like a beast. I came off a Tallboy, so already liked the suspension design for my riding style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Schultink View Post
    Thank you for your input. Did you get the 140 fork for plusher descends, or a correction of the geometry?
    Both, but mostly for geometry reasons.
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