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
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
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!
That bike has so much bling I'd be afraid to even sit on it, much less ride it! Nice build.
Thanks! The final build definitely exceeded the vision I had going into it. It will be a shame to get it dirty.
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.
Originally Posted by crazycarlmtbkr
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!
That seems really light! Must be the tires?