I had a 2007.5 RIP 9 with a Maverick DUC32. The bike climbed like a dream, especially when I reduced the front travel on the fly as you can do with a DUC. I sold that bike sometime ago and purchased a 2010 RIP. I put a 2011 F29 Talas fork on it because of the ability to go from 120mm to 95mm on the fly and thought that it would mimic the feel of the old RIP with the DUC. Instead my perception is that it is actually more difficult to climb with the travel reduced rather than at the full 120mm. In fact I can feel an increase in pedaling difficulty as soon as I reduce the travel.
Does this make sense?
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