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    First ride on '12 Rip 9

    Instead of waiting to post my thoughts after my first ride I decided to make a preemptive strike as I assume I will love this bike. I just got done building my 2012 Rip 9 with the following specs:

    As built: 26lbs 14oz
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    Licorice w/ red accents
    2013 Fox Talas 120mm
    I9 wheels set
    Full XTR 2X10 drive train
    Avid Elixr 9 brakes
    King BB and Headset (red of course)
    Niner RDO Carbon Post, Bar, and Stem
    Selle SLR saddle
    XTR Pedals
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron front / Furious Fred rear


    I am super stoked to get out on it for the first time tonight. I am coming off a 26" Ellsworth ID so I am sure it will be an adjustment but just cruising on the street, the bike feels incredible!
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    That bike has so much bling I'd be afraid to even sit on it, much less ride it! Nice build.

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    Thanks! The final build definitely exceeded the vision I had going into it. It will be a shame to get it dirty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazycarlmtbkr View Post
    Instead of waiting to post my thoughts after my first ride I decided to make a preemptive strike as I assume I will love this bike. I just got done building my 2012 Rip 9 with the following specs:

    As built: 26lbs 14oz
    Medium
    Licorice w/ red accents
    2013 Fox Talas 120mm
    I9 wheels set
    Full XTR 2X10 drive train
    Avid Elixr 9 brakes
    King BB and Headset (red of course)
    Niner RDO Carbon Post, Bar, and Stem
    Selle SLR saddle
    XTR Pedals
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron front / Furious Fred rear


    I am super stoked to get out on it for the first time tonight. I am coming off a 26" Ellsworth ID so I am sure it will be an adjustment but just cruising on the street, the bike feels incredible!
    I believe you do win the award for being the first ever to show a RIP 9 with a Furious Fred mounted up on the bike.

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    Actually, the Fred wasn't the issue although I am curious why you're not a fan. The Ron was the problem. It was awful! Instead of rolling over the sand, the Ron wanted to dig in and took away all my momentum. I had heard that about Rocket Rons but since I had one I thought I would give it a shot. It will be coming off the bike today. I use Ralph's on my rigid 29er and those always seem to work great regardless of the conditions. The Ron seems to have a pretty square edge compared to Ralphs. I have to believe that is what causes the digging in. Even though the Fred wasn't an issue I am probably going to swap it out for a Ralph as well since I know what to expect with those.

    As for the rest of the first ride, the bike felt great but I definitely have some fit tweaks to make. It was a night ride so I wasn't at race pace but I could tell that the bike responded very well in the technical sections. I was afraid it wouldn't be as nimble as I was accustomed to with my ID but I can't say I felt any real issues with its flickability. Besides the front tire, one of the only real issues I had wasn't anything with the bike but I was having difficulty finding the right gear ratio on the 2X10 29er set up. Once I get that figured out things should be a lot smoother.

    There are a couple of adjustments I need to make; namely, I need to flip the stem negative and raise the seat a hair. Also I need to repair my rear wheel. My friend crashed in front of me and in the process of avoiding him, looking back I should have run him over, I managed to put a 2" branch in my rear spokes. I broke one and bent another. Luckily I9 sends extras!

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    That seems really light! Must be the tires?

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