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    RIP9 ROD - blue or black?

    I know this is a matter of personal taste, but to those of you who have seen both colors in person and preferably out on the trail, which would you get? I'm about to upgrade from my Raw Alloy RIP9 to the RIP RDO. I was dreaming of getting it in black, but it turns out I can get a significantly better deal on a blue one. So, for people who have seen both, given the choice, would you go blue again or go black (assuming you could have only one). I'm a little concerned about the blue being too easy to spot during races making it easier for competitors to keep track of me if I'm doing well. I saw the blue in the store - it is beautiful, but BRIGHT! I haven't been able to see the black.

    For those of you with the blue, have you ever wished you had gotten the black instead (whether that choice was available at the time or not)?

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    Since you're talking looks...
    I have the blue and my friend has the black. I personally like the blue as it is striking! The black shows dust real easily and like a black car... it looks awesome when clean and really shows dirt when even slightly dirty... and since washing your bike often isnt that great of an idea, i went for blue.

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    The blue is gorgeous, as you know. My Licorice black comes in tomorrow so I'll let you know how it looks in comparison. I already have a turquoise bike (SB95C) so for me the choice was obvious.

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    RIP9 ROD - blue or black?

    Blue!! It looks awesome!!

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    I have the black and wish I would have went with the blue instead. I had only seen pictures of the blue online and it didn't do it for me, but when I saw it in person I knew I made a mistake. Oh well, either way it's still one bad bike!

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    I have the Blue & it looks awesome.

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    Re: RIP9 ROD - blue or black?

    Thanks guys! I found out that it would be at least a month before I could get the black, even if I went outside of my local shop...so I pulled the trigger on the blue one that my local shop has in the store. We are making a few component changes to it, but I should have it by next weekend (the 14th).
    So it looks like I will be getting the best of all worlds - a great deal, a local shop, minimal wait time, AND the BLUE!

    I also realized that sticking out and being easy to find during a race is not as big of a deal in mountain bike racing since there aren't the same pack dynamics, attacks, etc as there are in road racing. On the trail, you are either fast enough to be near the top or your not. :beer:

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    RIP9 ROD - blue or black?

    If you are fast enough for comp to worry about, then you are fast enough. Get the blue.

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    I have a black Jet RDO and blue Rip RDO... The blue Rip RDO is way nicer. The black shows dirt and dust...a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cytoe View Post
    I have a black Jet RDO and blue Rip RDO... The blue Rip RDO is way nicer. The black shows dirt and dust...a lot.
    I'm getting blue to match Cytoe
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    Re: RIP9 ROD - blue or black?

    Got the blue!




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    Wanted black, went with blue for availability.
    Blue looks pretty good.

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    Rip 9 rdo

    got the blue with white fork, I think it looks cool.

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    That does look nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by mychikine View Post
    got the blue with white fork, I think it looks cool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mychikine View Post
    got the blue with white fork, I think it looks cool.
    USA! USA! USA! I think this is what Captain America would ride, if he did indeed ride a 29er as rumored Looks Great!

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    Blue, White, Red are also the french flag colors...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mychikine View Post
    got the blue with white fork, I think it looks cool.
    Best looking blue RDO thus far.

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    Here is mine:
    Size large, XT, Fox Float 34 140, Reverb.


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    That is a beautiful blue.

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    Very nice - is that a large frame? What's your saddle height, center of BB to top of saddle? Trying to decide if the medium or large would work best. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mychikine View Post
    got the blue with white fork, I think it looks cool.

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    It's a M, saddle height is 780mm, my size is 180cm.
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