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    Ready to order new Rip 9

    I sold my Fuel today. On Monday I will call the Niner dealer to order a new Rip 9 alloy in green. I am planning on going with the XT build. Anything I should order at the same time? I was thinking of upgrading to I9 wheels for an extra 500 or a Pike for 400 but my proceeds of the Fuel were lower than hoped for. I will have them go tubeless right away. I also will have a 60mm race face turbine stem laying around. I may have that installed. Currently I have CB candy 2 pedals in orange but I was either thinking of doing the CB upgrade for $60 to the Candy 3 or a set of XT trail pedals. Anyone have a weight on a stock or tubeless set up rip xt in size med?
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    Ready to order new Rip 9

    Make up the difference of some of the money with a used frame? Like mine...!

    Shameless plug, but a viable option nonetheless.

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    Just a few days ago there was a 2013 Rip RDO that went for $2400 on ebay with free ship. That was a deal. I think it would have done better if they cleaned the bike before posting the pics.

    What color do you have?
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    I have even been considering the X01 build but hate the brake offerings and not sure about the Fox fork
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    I really like my I9 wheels a lot, But would give them up well before I would give up my Pike.

    Well done selling you bike, Good to see you going with the Green.

    I had a fun day on mine today ( Left the RDO at home )

    Also got some more back to back in between the 2012 & 2014 Rip9's & although the 2012 is still a good bike, The 2014 just so much nicer, Everywhere.

    As for X01, I really like it & would fit it to my next build for sure.

    The X01 on my green Rip9 is every bit as nice as the XX1 on my RDO.

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    From what I can tell on wheels is the Stans and my Bontrager Pro wheels seem about the same. Actually the Stans hubs have alittle bit faster engagement while the Bontragers have a nicer rim strip set up. While the set up is nice you don't notice it every day. The weight of the Bontragers is about 1950g and the stans 1960g. So it seems to me I wont be loosing anything in the wheel dept. In fact when I bought the wheels I was hoping for a more noticeable upgrade over the duster wheels. Luckly I only paid about $350. What I learned from that is at a point it costs a lot of money to get a real upgrade....I think they call this Utility from my past philosophy class. I guess what I am saying is I am afraid to spent the money not being able to try the product...I don't want to be disappointed not getting the results I hoped for. The i9 wheels would drop almost a full pound of rotating mass which is nothing to sneeze at. The dealer also suggested the Roval $1200 carbons. As for the Pike I am confused as it is 140mm travel and worry it may make the bike tilt is strengths to decending too much. My regular rides is more XC with as much up hill as down hill. I really hear good things about the pike and revelation though.

    I like the idea of XO1 and seemed to do fine on it during the demo. On the other hand XT across the board is hard to beat. Looking at a rear cassette for XT is $60 online while the X01 is about $300 online. God help me if I snag a stick and tear up a RD. I do think the prices of 1x will come down in the next couple years. XTR just release a 1x11 the other day. I see the 3x going away and being left with 1x or 2x.
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    I was a Kawasaki guy year back in my MX days.....that explains the must have green
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    I had the Jet9RDO set up with a 100m Reba and went to the the Rip9RDO with a 140mm Pike. As far as I can tell the climbing is about 90-95 percent as good for my longer super steep climbs that average about 20% and max at 32% (according to my Garmin). With technical climbs equal or better on the Rip due to the position of the seat and the shorter chain stays. For the most part the two bikes are a wash when climbing (according to my Garmin times on equal sections). The alloy version shares the same length chain stays as the Jet9RDO and 1 degree slacker seat angle so I bet it climbs some stuff like the Jet and some like Rip9RDO. Both of which climb about as good as any bike I have ever ridden.

    The pike is so damn nice that it makes it a no brainer for me, and I would highly recommend it to you. This Rip, the alloy is similar to the RDO, deserves a 140mm fork. I don't know about you, but I suffer the climbs to enjoy the downs and a 140mm fork makes the downs so so so much more fun.

    As for the wheels, maybe wait on them until you can swing some LB or Derby carbon rims and rebuild on your hubs. This offers a relatively cheap way into, what I feel is an absolute necessity on 29ers: carbon wheels. The stiffness of a beefy 26" AM wheel with the lightness of a XC wheel makes these bigger bikes sing like they never could before.

    Any direction you end up going, the bike is going to rock! Enjoy!
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    I do hear so much good about the Pike. There was a write up in MBA magazine.
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    I just put a 140 Pike on my 2014 RIP9. It replaced a two year old Reba, and there simply is no comparison between the two (not really apples to apples). The stiffness of this fork combined with carbon hoops is awesome and the bike now tracks and holds a line like never before. Plush, plush, plush.

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    I did find out you can buy a new air shaft for 38 and drop it to 130 mm if I need to. I like knowing I have the option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qfactor03 View Post
    I just put a 140 Pike on my 2014 RIP9. It replaced a two year old Reba, and there simply is no comparison between the two (not really apples to apples). The stiffness of this fork combined with carbon hoops is awesome and the bike now tracks and holds a line like never before. Plush, plush, plush.
    What wheels did you get? I am trying to upgrade wheels too. Looking at the $1200 roval carbons or i9 non carbons
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    I have a 120 air spring for mine sitting in the garage ready to go in. One thing to consider is the offset. I have the 51mm offset, and on steeper climbs, it feels like the front end is light and tends to wander a little. It's not terrible, but does require getting more forward on the saddle. I have a feeling that the 46 offset won't suffer from this quite as much as the frame was designed around the 46mm offset. The 51 tends to work better with frames that have a slacker front end.

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    Going with a 46 off set for sure
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    Atomik Carbon. The ones I'm on are early protos. Front is a very thick, hooked bead version and the rear is a hookless design. So far, after a few months of hard riding, they're holding up very well. I have to admit I'm a little paranoid about pushing the limits of lower pressures, but once you switch to a carbon hoop, you'll discover immediately if you're running the pressure too high.

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    How much? I may be looking for something like that. Alloy 2014?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    How much? I may be looking for something like that. Alloy 2014?
    I currently offer the Rip9 2013+ plate in ultra-duty ($40 + shipping). I have PayPal links in my ad (Rock protection for the Santa Cruz Tallboy Niner Ripley Ibis frames, and Ibis Ripley - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qfactor03 View Post
    I have a 120 air spring for mine sitting in the garage ready to go in. One thing to consider is the offset. I have the 51mm offset, and on steeper climbs, it feels like the front end is light and tends to wander a little. It's not terrible, but does require getting more forward on the saddle. I have a feeling that the 46 offset won't suffer from this quite as much as the frame was designed around the 46mm offset. The 51 tends to work better with frames that have a slacker front end.
    I have both 46 & 51 offset & I like the 46 better.
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    Got it ordered!

    2014 Rip 9 XT build in Green
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    Dealer will tape down tube and all cable rub areas with lizard skin type clear tape.

    I will ride the pike at 140 and may drop it to 130 if I need to. Dealer will do the work for about $70 with parts. Also plan on having the rear shock upgrade done in May. They have a new valving to give it the Pike characteristics for about $115.
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    And now the excitement of waiting for the call that it's sitting at the shop begins. Something about a new bike that we just never outgrow. I wish I had done the 46 offset now that I already own the 51. Is the upgrade to the rear shock something from RockShox themselves, or is it from a service like PUSH? I'm assuming you're talking about the stock Monarch that comes on the RIP.

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    Rock Shox factory hop up.

    First Look: RockShox DebonAir - Monarch Shock Hop-Up Kit - Pinkbike

    it was also on MTBR but cannot find the link.
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    I did see that on MTBR, jut didn't read through the entire article. I had no idea they were going to offer it as an upgrade to the current models. Thanks for mentioning that.

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    No Problem. It looks like a dealer should be able to preform the upgrade according to the article.

    Just placed an order to replace my worn out shoes and a new set of XT trail pedals. Getting rid of the Candy 2. Great deal on Nashbar. Got a pair of Shimano M162 shoes for $77! They have a one day sale, most shoes 30% off.

    Bike will probably be ready Saturday or Monday depending where Niner ships the bike from (CA or CO).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qfactor03 View Post
    And now the excitement of waiting for the call that it's sitting at the shop begins. Something about a new bike that we just never outgrow.
    I'm in the same boat. Finally, my RIP got ordered last week, and should be here pretty much any day now.

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    I wonder if Niner builds to order or have a few instock ready to ship of the popular size and spec?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Got it ordered!

    2014 Rip 9 XT build in Green
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    Dealer will tape down tube and all cable rub areas with lizard skin type clear tape.

    I will ride the pike at 140 and may drop it to 130 if I need to. Dealer will do the work for about $70 with parts. Also plan on having the rear shock upgrade done in May. They have a new valving to give it the Pike characteristics for about $115.
    I am going to go out on a limb and say right here, right at this moment, that you are going efffin love this bike. Congratulations and ride it like you stole it!

    I am curious about the rear shock upgrade you are referring to. Does this frame come with a Rockshox rear shock now? Or are you sending it out to Avalanche or Push?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oaklandish View Post
    I am going to go out on a limb and say right here, right at this moment, that you are going efffin love this bike. Congratulations and ride it like you stole it!

    I am curious about the rear shock upgrade you are referring to. Does this frame come with a Rockshox rear shock now? Or are you sending it out to Avalanche or Push?
    Possibly the Debon Air upgrade?

    Congrats, OP! You're going to love the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Possibly the Debon Air upgrade?

    Congrats, OP! You're going to love the bike.

    Yep, Should be able available in June area.
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    Right, so your shop is letting you trade the used CTD shock in for the Debon Air Monarch for $115?

    That sounds like a pretty good deal to me, especially if the shock turns out as good as the Pike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oaklandish View Post
    Right, so your shop is letting you trade the used CTD shock in for the Debon Air Monarch for $115?

    That sounds like a pretty good deal to me, especially if the shock turns out as good as the Pike.

    No, the alloy comes with a rock shox monarch. I will be able to get the debon air hop up/ upgrade parts for $115.
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    OK, Now I got it.

    That new Monarch sounds like they might be on to something. I await your detailed review when the mod is completed.

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    Make sure to set aside $100 for new tires. I really don't understand why they put weak ass Nobby Nics on such a beastly bike.

    I'm rolling a 2012 raw RIP and when I bought it you couldn't get a green one but now you can get a green one! ****! Mega jealous. That will be a cool ass ride.

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    Tires not holding up? They seem like a decent tire but will wear quickly. When those wear out I may go to a Conti or another set of Bontrager 29-3. Those were a fast tire and predictable.

    I will talk to my bike shop and see if they can back order that shock hop up.
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    So I am here wasting time looking at MTB stuff waiting on my bike, so I gave my shop a call to see how things are progressing.

    Bike should be dropped off today per tacking number
    Wheels already there
    Pike fork not in as of yet....It would be great if it is on the same fedex truck as the bike (wishful thinking?)

    FYI the shop is calling to see the status of the fork and will ask about the details of Debon air shock hop up kit. I will post for those interested when I find out.

    I asked how much of the bike needs to be assembled, it seems I have seen pics of niners needing pretty much a full assembly while Trek and other big bike names need very little assembly. He was not sure as this was their first full kit bike ordered since Niner changed how they ship full kits. In the past it has been mostly frame only.

    Ok back to getting fat watching mtb videos
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    Dude! Put it together yourself. You get it earlier and you get to share with us the stoke of putting together a functional giant lego set.

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    Bike is in!

    I just picked up the bike and got home. I have to wait til Monday to get it out for a ride. I got a couple questions. I got rear sag set at 25% which happens to be my weight, How many clicks out on rebound? Also the Pike is set to 80psi (recommended setting on fork leg). I need some assistance or recommended setting and definition of the low speed rebound and high speed rebound. I never had a fork with LS rebound.

    I just also finished taping up possible cable rub areas and setting the release on the XT trail pedals.

    I had the bike weighed....28.7 with pedals and tubless
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    It seems the seat is not a WTB seat. I think it came with a somewhat generic Niner labeled saddle.
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    Start with the rebound in the middle, and then fine tune it from their to your preference.

    The low speed compression basically puts a little platform on the fork so it's not active until you hit a certain level force. It helps with cutting down on brake dive, or unwanted bobbing from the fork when putting the power down. If you get it right for your preference and weight, it'll still be quite responsive over the little stuff as well as the big hits.

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    Should I set the LS rebound in the middle also?
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    Man, you know how to create bike envy! Please post how you like the wheels as I am thinking about a set. That is a killer bike you have, ride it hard and long!

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    Thanks!

    Taking it out on Monday for a long ride. It will be tame trails but I need to adjust from CB pedals to shimano, new bike, and have not ridding in three weeks.

    When I checked the weight on the niner using the same scale it only weighs .7 lbs more than my Fuel 29er did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Should I set the LS rebound in the middle also?
    Sorry low speed compression
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    I wonder why the long 90mm stock stem? I put on my 60mm stem for my first ride. From the parking lot ride I may want a 70. I also think a wider bar may be in order....740 maybe. Anyone know if niner is still doing the 20 percent off RDO bar and trail stem offer that was posted on the niner Facebook page? I will ride it as is first to see if it is comfortable.
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    Ready to order new Rip 9-dsc02356.jpgReady to order new Rip 9-dsc02357.jpgI wrote Niner about the seat. It seems the bike should have come with the WTB saddle like others have received on my same bike, also the spec sheet says it comes with a WTB. The seat that I received seems cheaply made and nowhere what should have come on a bike of this level.

    Also noticed some deep scratches on the left crank arm. I know it is a mtb bike but I intend to keep it as nice as possible considering I am taping up wear/scuff points.
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ID:	890621I wrote Niner about the seat. It seems the bike should have come with the WTB saddle like others have received on my same bike, also the spec sheet says it comes with a WTB. The seat that I received seems cheaply made and nowhere what should have come on a bike of this level.

    Also noticed some deep scratches on the left crank arm. I know it is a mtb bike but I intend to keep it as nice as possible considering I am taping up wear/scuff points.
    I spend days 3M taping my bikes before I use them, Even after a year I get people asking if it's my bikes 1st time out.

    I get people say it's a MTB don't bother, But to me the more I can get for it when I sell it the easier it is to upgrade to a new model when it comes out.

    Not being the guy that always falls off also helps. ( Our trails are more dirt based than rock ) That also helps.

    So get out with the clear tape.
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    Agreed with your philosophy. My dealer did a fantastic job taping the down tube with some sort of helicopter blade tape. It seems to be like 3m and fairly thick. I taped a few other parts. Thinking about taping the swingarm curved tube. I also think my rear derailleur cable needs to be shortened so it don't rest on the top of the fork. I put tape there for now but may have my LBS shorten it some. I also ordered crank arm end boots. Its kind of anal but I got a lot of coin in this bike and like you want to keep my investment at its best.

    Don't you have a pike fork? I am working on setting it up. I set the psi at 80 per the recommended on fork leg. I looked on the Trek website as they have a suspension calculator for LSC and Rebound settings. Unfortunatly the only bike they have with a pike is the slash 160mm travel. Anyway I went with those suggested LSC and rebound settings of 8 clicks out each.

    For the LSC I think turning it fully to the right then back to the left (out?) eight clicks

    For rebound turn all the way to the turtle (slowest) then back to the rabbit 8 clicks.

    Correct?

    Tomorrow I will adjust my rear shock rebound. I got the PSI set at 170 w/ 25% sag.

    Also good call on the Pike. From just a parking lot ride I can tell this fork is going to make the Fox 32 feel like a noodle. This is a very substantial feeling fork with no weight penalty.
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    Also the XT gear feels really solid compared to my SLX/XT combo. I think it is the shifters mostly
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post

    Also good call on the Pike. From just a parking lot ride I can tell this fork is going to make the Fox 32 feel like a noodle. This is a very substantial feeling fork with no weight penalty.
    It's also very supple on the small stuff. I had mine out for its first real ride Wed.,, and like you, it was pretty easy trails, but even the little root stubble on those trails this fork just seemed to swallow them up without even working. My old Reba, I could still feel it hitting and then absorbing this stuff, but the Pike just flows over it like it's not even there.

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