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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Time View Post

    And this is what the travel looks like:

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    It looks like the wheel against the wall has the same amount of travel as the one on the bike.

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    The Green Machine

    Here is my Completed Rip 9 which I’ve named “The Green Machine”

    Group Sram XO with Wolftooth 26T
    Brakes Sram Guide RSC
    RockShox Pike
    Project 321 Hubs with Stan’s Arch EX
    A bunch of Red Anodized from all over the place.

    I really like how the Lizzard Skins Chainstay Protector almost disappears.
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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)

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    Here is my Completed Rip 9 which I’ve named “The Green Machine”
    How Cavalier of you, DCIandrew...

    (What are the odds you'll understand me, here?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    How Cavalier of you, DCIandrew...

    (What are the odds you'll understand me, here?)
    If I used Google would I Drum something up.

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    I really like the anodized red parts on the green frame, very nice bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by dciandrew View Post
    If I used Google would I Drum something up.
    Did you march?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Did you march?
    Nope. Just used google to see if anything would stand out and sing to me, or perhaps see a
    Cymbol.

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    Idea!

    I'm so glad that I found this thread; there are so many great bikes being posted.

    Here is my build:
    2011 XL Rip 9
    Marzocchi Roco lite gold. (Excellent shock, I'm loving it so far)
    Rockshox Reba RLT Ti 140mm
    Full XT group set, except for the Saint rear hub.
    Mavic 719 rims
    Fire eye pedals
    Drive-train is set up as 1x10
    KMC Gold chain

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    My blue Rip9 RDO

    So far I have 5 rides on my Rip9 RDO. I'm getting quicker on it every ride. I got one Hell of a Deal from Pricepoint that I could not pass up.

    2014 Blue Rip9 RDO
    2016 Fox 34 140mm Fork
    Reynolds R29 AM wheel set
    Continental Mountain King II tires.
    Shimano SLX cranks, Front Derailleur
    Shimano XT Rear Derailleur
    Easton Haven Carbon Bars
    Hayes Gram Carbon Brakes
    Cytoe Guard
    WTB Valcon SLT carbon Saddle
    All Mountain Style Frame protection
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    Nice bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Ryan View Post
    So far I have 5 rides on my Rip9 RDO. I'm getting quicker on it every ride. I got one Hell of a Deal from Pricepoint that I could not pass up.

    2014 Blue Rip9 RDO
    2016 Fox 34 140mm Fork
    Reynolds R29 AM wheel set
    Continental Mountain King II tires.
    Shimano SLX cranks, Front Derailleur
    Shimano XT Rear Derailleur
    Easton Haven Carbon Bars
    Hayes Gram Carbon Brakes
    Cytoe Guard
    WTB Valcon SLT carbon Saddle
    All Mountain Style Frame protection
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Thank you, I'm really enjoying it. I'm just having a hard time deciding what dropper post to go with and over all length.

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    Agree, very nice ride.
    I've now got a half a season on mine which I paid about $1300 for after AJ rebate and continue to love it. I not only feel completely at one with it on fast, technical descents but as if I got a complete steal on the frame. It seems like roughly another $1k on top of what I paid to get other comparable frames...

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    Just looking at your setup, I would say 355mm Reverb with 100mm Drop.

    More info on seat height would help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Ryan View Post
    Thank you, I'm really enjoying it. I'm just having a hard time deciding what dropper post to go with and over all length.
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    From the top of the seat collar to the top of the seat it is 260mm-265mm is how much extension I have out of the frame.

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    Hey all, I'm a happy new owner of a 2011 RIP9 alloy and thought I'd introduce myself. I've set it up as a B+, aka 27.5+ : 27.5+ Frame Compatibility Thread. Post your setup! - Page 4- Mtbr.com

    Having bought it used, and furthermore since I tore it down to fit into 2 regulation boxes to fly home to Colorado from Missouri on Southwest with no baggage charge, I got to know how it's put together quite well and am very impressed! The only thing it needed was a new bottom bracket; other than that I just inspected and lubed all the pivots.

    Though it's heavier than my carbon 26er, I find it climbs as well or better on most terrain, and on the descents it's no contest, great stability and confidence at higher speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3rb View Post
    Hey all, I'm a happy new owner of a 2011 RIP9 alloy and thought I'd introduce myself. I've set it up as a B+, aka 27.5+ : 27.5+ Frame Compatibility Thread. Post your setup! - Page 4- Mtbr.com

    Having bought it used, and furthermore since I tore it down to fit into 2 regulation boxes to fly home to Colorado from Missouri on Southwest with no baggage charge, I got to know how it's put together quite well and am very impressed! The only thing it needed was a new bottom bracket; other than that I just inspected and lubed all the pivots.

    Though it's heavier than my carbon 26er, I find it climbs as well or better on most terrain, and on the descents it's no contest, great stability and confidence at higher speeds.
    That looks like a pretty cool set up. How much more does your bike weigh as a 27.5 + bike compared to if you had a standard 29er wheel set up? Also, how does it feel? Specifically, how much do you notice the extra wheel weight and rolling resistance?

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    RIP 9 RDO setup for BCBR 2015

    Hi Guys,
    posting my setup for the race in two weeks. still considering an Angle-Set to reduce HA to 68.5. would appreciate your thoughts:?...? how does it change steering in the up?

    Rider Weight 200 w.th Gear, Height 6'
    RIP RDO Large with Monarch RT3 Debonair Shock at 230PSI
    Pike 140mm Fork with 46mm Offset at 85PSI
    Atlas 35mm/50mm Stem
    Sixc 35mm Bars cut to 760mm
    XT Brakes 180/180 (considering 200 up front)
    X01 Drivetrain (shifter, Derailer, Cassette)
    XX1 Cranks
    Reverb Post 125mm
    Fabric Saddle
    American Classic Wide Lightening Wheelset
    Conti MK 2.2 in the back and 2.4 up front (not sure i like these for the race... any recommendations?)
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    weighs in at 27.5 lbs

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    I think it might work well, However, I'm not so sure that changing something like an Angle head set is such a good idea just 2 weeks out from a Race that maybe important to you.

    I would be more incline to do the race as it is & change it when you get back, To make sure you don't have any problems with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedal-on View Post
    Hi Guys,
    posting my setup for the race in two weeks. still considering an Angle-Set to reduce HA to 68.5. would appreciate your thoughts:?...? how does it change steering in the up?

    Rider Weight 200 w.th Gear, Height 6'
    RIP RDO Large with Monarch RT3 Debonair Shock at 230PSI
    Pike 140mm Fork with 46mm Offset at 85PSI
    Atlas 35mm/50mm Stem
    Sixc 35mm Bars cut to 760mm
    XT Brakes 180/180 (considering 200 up front)
    X01 Drivetrain (shifter, Derailer, Cassette)
    XX1 Cranks
    Reverb Post 125mm
    Fabric Saddle
    American Classic Wide Lightening Wheelset
    Conti MK 2.2 in the back and 2.4 up front (not sure i like these for the race... any recommendations?)
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    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Thanks Muzzanic!
    i have the bike only for a week now. i am afraid that with all the steeps in BC, i may be excerting too much effort with the HA as it is.... i don't have enough steeps around where i live to justify... i may try it for one long ride and see if it is too much.
    will a 68.5 HA play well with a 46mm offset for the fork?

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    Yes no problems there.

    Quote Originally Posted by pedal-on View Post
    Thanks Muzzanic!
    i have the bike only for a week now. i am afraid that with all the steeps in BC, i may be excerting too much effort with the HA as it is.... i don't have enough steeps around where i live to justify... i may try it for one long ride and see if it is too much.
    will a 68.5 HA play well with a 46mm offset for the fork?
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    You mention a RS monarch debonair shock, but I see a fox shox on there. Didn't think you could fit a debonair on an RDO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodstockMTB View Post
    You mention a RS monarch debonair shock, but I see a fox shox on there. Didn't think you could fit a debonair on an RDO.
    It's the regular monarch. Not the plus.
    Swapped the shock after I took the pic.

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    Cool. What you do like about the Monarch compared the Fox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedal-on View Post
    Thanks Muzzanic!
    i have the bike only for a week now. i am afraid that with all the steeps in BC, i may be excerting too much effort with the HA as it is.... i don't have enough steeps around where i live to justify... i may try it for one long ride and see if it is too much.
    will a 68.5 HA play well with a 46mm offset for the fork?
    I took my Rip 9 2014 Alloy /w 140mm Pike to Blue Mountain Bike park. I rolled every trail there. I was there shortly after the East Coast Enduro, I rolled that trail several times. It's hard for me to imagine trails much steeper & rockier than what I saw at Blue Mountain. I was in Moab for a week last year, road Ahab, Mag 7, WE, and a couple of others, none of it was as gnarr as Blue (except for the snotch, I did not roll that, I walked it).

    I share all this to say... if you change your HA now or later, I'm thinking you'll have plenty of bike either way. I'd go with the option that gives you the most mental confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedal-on View Post
    It's the regular monarch. Not the plus.
    Swapped the shock after I took the pic.
    So you had the Monarch Debonair on it, but have since changed it for the Fox?

    What was the reason? What didn't you like about the Debonair? I'm thinking about doing the Debonair upgrade for my shock, but have seen no info or reviews of whether it will work on the RIP, and what effect it has on the ride.

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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-image.jpgPicked this 12 model up a few months back. Been dropping weight on it hear and there.
    Medium frame
    Fox 32 forks
    Xx1 crank
    Thomson masterpiece seatpost
    Ergo carbon pro saddle
    Fsa carbon bars and stem
    Formula r1 brakes
    Kcnc rotors
    Stans Arch ex wheelset
    Raceface direct mount chain ring 1x10 setup.
    Xtr pedals
    tubeless
    26.7lbs

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    I have a new Rip 9 carbon and was curious what rear shock pressures/rebound settings people are running, any info would be great.

    Bike details
    2015 rip 9, medium
    Saddle height from bb - 74cm (Important b/c as seat goes back a lot as seat goes up)

    I'm 5'10 & around 220lbs w gear

    Current shock set at 230psi and that's around 25% sag - does that sound high?

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    Ice Ice Baby!

    2015 Matte White/Green RIP9 RDO Medium (a.k.a. "Vanilla Ice")
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    Pike RCT3 150mm 46 offset / stock Fox CTD
    M9000 11-speed XTR w/1x NW Hope 30t on M970 XTR Crank / XTR Pedals
    Chris King / ZTR Arch / DT Supercomp
    Hans Dampf Trailstar 2.35 front / Nobby Nic 2.25 rear / Homebrew sealant
    Magura Marta w/183 front and 160 rear
    Cane Creek 40 / Syntace F109 60mm / ENVE Sweep 700mm / Ergon GA1 EVO
    WTB Silverado Team / Niner RDO Kermit Green 30.9
    3M Clear Tape / Cytoe Lower Guard / Dr. Beasleys Matte Paint Sealant

    Bike weight 26.5 lbs
    175 lbs on saddle, 150 psi shock, 60 psi fork
    Tubeless tire psi: 22 front, 28 rear
    28mm headset spacer stack
    Last edited by SKFLOW; 07-10-2015 at 08:45 PM.

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    Nice looking bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by SKFLOW View Post
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    M9000 11-speed XTR w/1x NW Hope 30t on M970 XTR Crank / XTR Pedals
    Chris King / ZTR Arch / DT Supercomp
    Hans Dampf Trailstar 2.35 front / Nobby Nic 2.25 rear / Homebrew sealant
    Magura Marta w/183 front and 160 rear
    Cane Creek 40 / Syntace F109 60mm / ENVE Sweep 700mm / Ergon GA1 EVO
    WTB Silverado Team / Niner RDO Kermit Green 30.9
    3M Clear Tape / Cytoe Lower Guard / Dr. Beasleys Matte Paint Sealant

    Bike weight 26.5 lbs
    175 lbs on saddle, 150 psi shock, 60 psi fork
    Tubeless tire psi: 22 front, 28 rear
    28mm headset spacer stack
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    A couple poser shots

    Here are a couple of Poser shots of my RDO. I posted before just adding another view. The only thing that has changed from the pics is the addition of an Ardent to the rear.

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    littlemd,
    That sounds extremely high at 230 psi. What shock is on your bike? I weigh about 200 lbs with gear, have a Fox Float CTD on my Rip 9 RDO and have about 135psi with about 25% sag.
    "Studies have shown that riding your bicycle everyday makes you more awesome then the general population"

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    I think you have the shock pumped up to close to its maximum pressure.

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    Hi All

    I picked up a 2015 RIP 9 RDO frame that will be delivered this week. I currently have a 2011 RIP 9 Alloy. I plan to swap components over.

    If I do this all I need a buy is:
    1) S3 low direct mount bottom pull front derailleur
    2) New shift cable housing to run thru frame (will also do new cables)
    3) 12x142 rear axle conversion kit for my Stan's rear hub
    4) Make sure my seatpost is at least 370mm up from 350mm from the alloy

    It looks like according to the encyclopedia that the headset and the bottom bracket (73mm threaded) are compatible between the two.

    For those that bought a 2015 RIP9 RDO frame, did it come with a headset? Last year my Jet9 RDO said it didn't (Colorado Cyclist) but then it did have a headset in the box. Any idea if a frame from Pricepoint will have the headset included?

    Thanks for any input.

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    I ordered my complete Rip 9 RDO from price point.com. You might give them a call to see if the frame comes with the headset. If not order a Chris King. Best headset ever.


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    The RDO frame does not include the headset. Niner recommends using their headset (a rebranded FSA I believe), because supposedly the tolerances are better. Some people have had trouble getting a tight fit with other brand headsets. FWIW, my Cane Creek 40 fits fine in MY frame.

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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-img_0013.jpgThe RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-img_0015.jpg

    Pictures taken during my maiden ride. She rides awesome. Can't wait to get her up on the trails near Tahoe.

    5'11" 32" inseam 195LBS Size Medium

    Model 2015 Niner RIP9 RDO 4-Star X01 Medium
    Fork RockShox PIKE RCT3 Solo Air 140mm, 15mm
    Brakes Shimano XT M785 ICE Tech Pads with 180/160mm Rotors
    Wheels NOTUBES 3.30/ZTR Flow EX, 15MM Front, 142 X 12MM Rear
    Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin 2.35
    Handlebar Niner Flat Top RDO, Cut to 700mm
    Stem Niner Trail Stem 70mm
    Seat Post RockShox Reverb
    Grips Ergon GS2
    Saddle WTB Rocket Race
    Shifters SRAM XO1 11sp (Right Only)
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 11sp
    Chain SRAM PC 1170
    Cassette SRAM XG 1195 11sp 10-42t
    Crankset SRAM X1 GXP 32t
    Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
    "Studies have shown that riding your bicycle everyday makes you more awesome then the general population"

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    Delivered today and yup - no headset. This info is buried on the Niner site as I stumbled on it tonight. Since my J9 RDO came with one, I thought this would too. My mistake. Saw the issues with headset fit in another thread. Will get one from Niner from tomorrow. Hope they have expedited shipping....

    Quote Originally Posted by OhioPT View Post
    The RDO frame does not include the headset. Niner recommends using their headset (a rebranded FSA I believe), because supposedly the tolerances are better. Some people have had trouble getting a tight fit with other brand headsets. FWIW, my Cane Creek 40 fits fine in MY frame.

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    Great looking ride. Which size and drop reverb did you go with?


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    Pictures taken during my maiden ride. She rides awesome. Can't wait to get her up on the trails near Tahoe.

    5'11" 32" inseam 195LBS Size Medium

    Model 2015 Niner RIP9 RDO 4-Star X01 Medium
    Fork RockShox PIKE RCT3 Solo Air 140mm, 15mm
    Brakes Shimano XT M785 ICE Tech Pads with 180/160mm Rotors
    Wheels NOTUBES 3.30/ZTR Flow EX, 15MM Front, 142 X 12MM Rear
    Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin 2.35
    Handlebar Niner Flat Top RDO, Cut to 700mm
    Stem Niner Trail Stem 70mm
    Seat Post RockShox Reverb
    Grips Ergon GS2
    Saddle WTB Rocket Race
    Shifters SRAM XO1 11sp (Right Only)
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 11sp
    Chain SRAM PC 1170
    Cassette SRAM XG 1195 11sp 10-42t
    Crankset SRAM X1 GXP 32t
    Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP

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    dba4life,
    It has a 380mm length 125mm drop Reverb.
    "Studies have shown that riding your bicycle everyday makes you more awesome then the general population"

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddydc View Post
    dba4life,
    It has a 380mm length 125mm drop Reverb.
    Thanks. Think I am going the exact same route RIP RDO....I am 5' 10'. 30in inseam.

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    What psi's are you running for the front and rear suspension??

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    Here's my small 2010 Rip9 that I've had since new. She has served me well over the years and I've done some upgrades over the years. Here's the current setup

    RockShox Pike 140mm
    w/ NSD Cartridge Seal Head
    Fox DPS EVOL rear shock
    RWC Needle Bearing Kit
    Sram XX1 drivetrain w/ gripshift
    Hope Evol M4 Brakes
    XTR RT99 IceTech Rotors
    180mm Front and 160mm Rear
    DT Swiss XRC 1250 Carbon wheels
    15mm Front 12x142 Rear
    Hans Dampf Front and Conti Mtn King Rear
    DT Swiss 54 tooth Star Ratchet
    KS LEV Ti 125mm dropper
    KS Southpaw Lever
    Specialized Phenom Saddle
    Easton EC70 flat bar
    50mm Azonic Stem
    Hope F20 Flats
    Spurcycle Bike Bell
    28.37lbs



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    Great looking bike. Are those white spokes? And if so, what brand?


    Quote Originally Posted by arashi View Post
    Here's my small 2010 Rip9 that I've had since new. She has served me well over the years and I've done some upgrades over the years. Here's the current setup

    RockShox Pike 140mm
    w/ NSD Cartridge Seal Head
    Fox DPS EVOL rear shock
    RWC Needle Bearing Kit
    Sram XX1 drivetrain w/ gripshift
    Hope Evol M4 Brakes
    XTR RT99 IceTech Rotors
    180mm Front and 160mm Rear
    DT Swiss XRC 1250 Carbon wheels
    15mm Front 12x142 Rear
    Hans Dampf Front and Conti Mtn King Rear
    DT Swiss 54 tooth Star Ratchet
    KS LEV Ti 125mm dropper
    KS Southpaw Lever
    Specialized Phenom Saddle
    Easton EC70 flat bar
    50mm Azonic Stem
    Hope F20 Flats
    Spurcycle Bike Bell
    28.37lbs



    Single Track Rules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arashi View Post
    Here's my small 2010 Rip9 that I've had since new. She has served me well over the years and I've done some upgrades over the years. Here's the current setup

    RockShox Pike 140mm
    w/ NSD Cartridge Seal Head
    Fox DPS EVOL rear shock
    RWC Needle Bearing Kit
    Sram XX1 drivetrain w/ gripshift
    Hope Evol M4 Brakes
    XTR RT99 IceTech Rotors
    180mm Front and 160mm Rear
    DT Swiss XRC 1250 Carbon wheels
    15mm Front 12x142 Rear
    Hans Dampf Front and Conti Mtn King Rear
    DT Swiss 54 tooth Star Ratchet
    KS LEV Ti 125mm dropper
    KS Southpaw Lever
    Specialized Phenom Saddle
    Easton EC70 flat bar
    50mm Azonic Stem
    Hope F20 Flats
    Spurcycle Bike Bell
    28.37lbs



    So it looks like the DPS Evol fits on the Rip 9 but not the Rip 9 RDO (canister contacts frame on compression). I put one on my Jet 9 RDO and finding it a great upgrade over the original RP23. I was hoping to also replaced the CTD on my Rip 9 RDO with the DPS Evol but heard it was not compatible.

    How are you liking it on the Rip 9?

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    I run about 80psi in my RS Pike 140mm RCT3 and about 155psi in the Fox CTD Shock. With gear I way about 205lbs and like to run the sag on both at around 25%.
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    I had to replace some rings as a result of what I think is pretty premature drive train wear. I only got about 8 months of riding from my 28t Wolftooth front ring and the stick 42t cog on my xx1 cassette.

    I replaced both this week, opting for a 24t stainless steel Wolftooth front ring and a blue replacement 42t cog for the cassette (also from Wolftooth). The 24t in front lets me get of the 42t and use gears 2 and 3 more on my climbs. Those gears are steel, so arent subject to wear as much as the 42t one is. The blue cog is a nice matchy-matchy touch with the blue niner paint.

    Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but it is definitely a chain line issue. I used a spacer on the non-drive side (that's apparently how GXP works) and moved the chain line over a bit. Hopefully that should reduce wear in gears 1/2/3 a bit. The 28t front ring was completely ground down on the outside due to sharp chain line in the granny gears (which I use a lot around here!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddydc View Post
    Can't wait to get her up on the trails near Tahoe.
    I hope you have gotten out in the Tahoe area on this bike. I had the pleasure of visiting a friend there in August and bringing my RIP9RDO along for three days of punishing rides. The bike performed pretty well, I did feel a few times like I could use more travel on the rear and that the CTD shock shows its limitations on things like Mr Toads wild ride, but overall I was impressed at how well the bike delivered on 75 miles and many thousands of feet of up/downs during my 3 days there. Some of the most memorable riding I have ever done, the views are insane!

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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)

    Quote Originally Posted by backinmysaddle View Post

    Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but it is definitely a chain line issue. I used a spacer on the non-drive side (that's apparently how GXP works) and moved the chain line over a bit. Hopefully that should reduce wear in gears 1/2/3 a bit. The 28t front ring was completely ground down on the outside due to sharp chain line in the granny gears (which I use a lot around here!)

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    Have same chainline issue with my xx1 drive. I found these chainrings with improved chainline and it really helps. I can now back pedal when in 42t without the chain jumping down the cassette. FWIW, I'm also liking the "melon" or oval.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseNotes View Post
    Great looking bike. Are those white spokes? And if so, what brand?
    The DT Swiss XRC 1250 Carbon wheelset comes with DT Swiss white bladed aero spokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuttermax View Post
    So it looks like the DPS Evol fits on the Rip 9 but not the Rip 9 RDO (canister contacts frame on compression). I put one on my Jet 9 RDO and finding it a great upgrade over the original RP23. I was hoping to also replaced the CTD on my Rip 9 RDO with the DPS Evol but heard it was not compatible.

    How are you liking it on the Rip 9?
    I guess I was just lucky the shock doesn't make contact because I wasn't aware of any fitment issues. Do you know for a fact it will make contact with the frame? I just ordered the Fox DPS EVOL with the correct shock stroke and eye to eye measurements. I think whoever is claiming the shock won't fit is referring to the Fox Float X with the extra reservoir. You can order the shock from Jenson USA since they offer a 100% guarantee so you can return it even if you've already mounted it and for some odd reason it doesn't fit. I'm 99% sure you won't have any clearance issues on your Rip9 RDO as long as you order the correct size. You should double check but I believe the correct size is:

    Shock size: 7.875”(200mm) x 2.0”(51mm) - 4.9”(125mm) travel

    I love the increased small bump compliance on the DPS and I had a custom tuned RP23 from Push Industries so my previous shock was better than the stock Boostvalve one. The DPS seems to ride higher in its travel with better small bump, better mid stroke support and I'm still able to use all my travel without bottoming out. I have no complaints!
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    I'd double check for contact by letting all of the air out of the shock and then letting it compress the entire way. It looks like Niner actually decreased the full stroke of the Monarch RL so the canister didn't impact the frame on the Rip 9 Carbon. The EVOL has an even larger canister I think.

    That said if the EVOL doesn't impact on a size large frame, I might have to upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Time View Post
    I'd double check for contact by letting all of the air out of the shock and then letting it compress the entire way. It looks like Niner actually decreased the full stroke of the Monarch RL so the canister didn't impact the frame on the Rip 9 Carbon. The EVOL has an even larger canister I think.

    That said if the EVOL doesn't impact on a size large frame, I might have to upgrade.
    I did that when I first installed the shock to check for any clearance issues and there were none.

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    Oh, you're on the first gen RIP. Fitment issues are with the carbon and RDO models that came later. Got confused, sorry. Sadly it still looks like the EVOL won't be on my shopping list.

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    Hello, first post here, recently got a rip 9 rdo frame and paired it to stuff carried over from my old trek rumblefish. Loving how light and nimble it feels and the effortless way it swallows both climbs and descents. I am considering installing a monarch xx in the rear, since I love the climb lock on the rt3 vs cod, and find the xloc remote an intriguing solution, especially since the front dérailleur internal routing channel is available due to my running a sram 11 speed.
    I went through this thread and found no mention of this shock/frame combo. Has anybody else tried it?
    Oh, while I'm at it, is the ctd factory really tuned to the rip or is it just a standard off-the-shelf unit that just so happens to match it well? Judging by how often people get it PUSHd etc etc, I would guess it's case #2. Correct?
    Any input is very welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by elias View Post
    Hello, first post here, recently got a rip 9 rdo frame and paired it to stuff carried over from my old trek rumblefish. Loving how light and nimble it feels and the effortless way it swallows both climbs and descents. I am considering installing a monarch xx in the rear, since I love the climb lock on the rt3 vs cod, and find the xloc remote an intriguing solution, especially since the front dérailleur internal routing channel is available due to my running a sram 11 speed.
    I went through this thread and found no mention of this shock/frame combo. Has anybody else tried it?
    Oh, while I'm at it, is the ctd factory really tuned to the rip or is it just a standard off-the-shelf unit that just so happens to match it well? Judging by how often people get it PUSHd etc etc, I would guess it's case #2. Correct?
    Any input is very welcome
    I called Fox when I was looking at options for replacing the CTD on my RDO. The one on the RDO has a "light" tune. The standard off the shelf one is a "medium" tune.

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    New frame and 1x10 conversion using Wolf Tooth Stop Drop chain ring, 17T and 42T cogs and Goatlink

    Frame: 15 RIP 9 med in black (5' 10", 31" inseam)
    Headset: CK InSet i4
    Fork: RockShox Revelation 140mm, 20mm TA
    Shock: RockShox
    Bar: Easton Havoc 35 780mm
    Stem: Easton Havoc 35 50mm
    Grips: ODI Rogue
    Brakes: XT 785
    Shifters: XTR 980
    Ders (Rear): XTR 986
    Crankset: XT 785 and Wolf Tooth Stop-drop 30T
    Wheelset (Front/Rear): Hope Hoops, Flow EX rims
    Tires (Front/Rear): Maxxis Ardent 2.4
    Seatpost: RockShox Reverb 355mm/100mm drop
    Pedals: Spank Spike platform


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    Quote Originally Posted by arashi View Post
    Here's my small 2010 Rip9 that I've had since new. She has served me well over the years and I've done some upgrades over the years. Here's the current setup

    RockShox Pike 140mm
    w/ NSD Cartridge Seal Head
    Fox DPS EVOL rear shock
    RWC Needle Bearing Kit
    Sram XX1 drivetrain w/ gripshift
    Hope Evol M4 Brakes
    XTR RT99 IceTech Rotors
    180mm Front and 160mm Rear
    DT Swiss XRC 1250 Carbon wheels
    15mm Front 12x142 Rear
    Hans Dampf Front and Conti Mtn King Rear
    DT Swiss 54 tooth Star Ratchet
    KS LEV Ti 125mm dropper
    KS Southpaw Lever
    Specialized Phenom Saddle
    Easton EC70 flat bar
    50mm Azonic Stem
    Hope F20 Flats
    Spurcycle Bike Bell
    28.37lbs



    Sick bike. I still think the 10-12 RIPs look better than the current iteration, carbon or alu, though there's a pretty clear performance difference, IMO.

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    Nice bike,

    These can be a real fun bike, Enjoy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolling In Peace View Post
    New frame and 1x10 conversion using Wolf Tooth Stop Drop chain ring, 17T and 42T cogs and Goatlink

    Frame: 15 RIP 9 med in black (5' 10", 31" inseam)
    Headset: CK InSet i4
    Fork: RockShox Revelation 140mm, 20mm TA
    Shock: RockShox
    Bar: Easton Havoc 35 780mm
    Stem: Easton Havoc 35 50mm
    Grips: ODI Rogue
    Brakes: XT 785
    Shifters: XTR 980
    Ders (Rear): XTR 986
    Crankset: XT 785 and Wolf Tooth Stop-drop 30T
    Wheelset (Front/Rear): Hope Hoops, Flow EX rims
    Tires (Front/Rear): Maxxis Ardent 2.4
    Seatpost: RockShox Reverb 355mm/100mm drop
    Pedals: Spank Spike platform

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    I'll looking for a little Rip RDO history. I know Niner doesn't do model years but The Blue RDO was 2014, The Licorice is 2014 and 2015? The white is the currently shown on the Niner page, so it's 2015? Are there any differences between these RDOs besides the color?

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    They switched to a new carbon layup process for the 2015 models. Supposedly it's a bit more compliant where it needs to be and a bit more stiff where it needs to be. I don't think there was any weight loss on the RIPs. Basically they are able to make the carbon much more uniform with the new layup process.

    The Blues are probably uniformly the old layup process and the Whites are almost definitely all the new layup process. They stopped making the black RDO earlier this year but there were some made with the old layup process and some made with the new. I think you can tell by the sticker on the bottom with the serial numbers but I'm not exactly sure how, I just know I have the newer layup (I bought mine earlier this year).

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    Thanks! That explains a lot.

    Rip owners:
    I have some wheel questions: Niner is equipping the lower and mid end (1,2 & 3 stars) packages with a wheel sets they call Niner AM alloy. I've read somewhere that these are made by Formula for Niner. How are these wheels holding up? Are they tubeless friendly (I doubt they are tubeless ready)? Any idea on weight? I wasn't able to figure much out going to the Formula website.

    I really would prefer some Flows Ex instead but just interested in how they compare, if anyone knows.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I can't help with info on the niner wheels, But I have a couple of sets of flow EX wheels & a couple of sets of carbon wheels.

    Having ridden many sets of wheels, I would hold out until you can put the likes of Light bike 30mm inside Dia carbon wheels or Derby rims on it, They really make the bike come alive.

    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    Thanks! That explains a lot.

    Rip owners:
    I have some wheel questions: Niner is equipping the lower and mid end (1,2 & 3 stars) packages with a wheel sets they call Niner AM alloy. I've read somewhere that these are made by Formula for Niner. How are these wheels holding up? Are they tubeless friendly (I doubt they are tubeless ready)? Any idea on weight? I wasn't able to figure much out going to the Formula website.

    I really would prefer some Flows Ex instead but just interested in how they compare, if anyone knows.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Thanks Muzz,
    My current thinking is to pull the wheels off from any Rip I buy (new) and sell them on ebay. Then buy some Carbon wheels. I've never looked at carbon wheels, so I'll take any info I can get. I see the light bike wheel you are speaking of. It has hope pro 2 hubs and the set weights 1500g for the price I could get some Flows. Good stuff? Tubeless works well? I'd like to keep the wheelset cost at or below $600

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    Yes good to sell them new, Dig deep when going for the carbon wheels.

    I have had a good run with the LB 23mm inside carbon rims, I haven't myself run the 38mm LB rims, but have got the Derby rims & like the wide rims over the more narrow rims
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    Stem length, seatpost setoff question.
    i have a Medium Black alloy Rip 9 (2014?) frame coming. I am 5'11" 32 inseam. what length stem should i go for? I am using Salsa Bend 2 at 17 degrees with the "wiggle" putting the grips more forward then other bars with that backsweep.
    Also, thoughts on set back for seatpost?
    thanks.

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    I would have went with a large and a 50mm stem. With the medium I'd probably get a 70mm as you might end up feeling cramped on a 50mm. YMMV.

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    I'm 6' & ride a large with55mm stem,780mm bars & 11 deg back sweep & it feels good.

    As for the set back seat post, Because of the seat tube angle the top of the seat post is already quite a long way back, It might be better to just see how that goes after you have ridden it.

    Quote Originally Posted by icenoir View Post
    Stem length, seatpost setoff question.
    i have a Medium Black alloy Rip 9 (2014?) frame coming. I am 5'11" 32 inseam. what length stem should i go for? I am using Salsa Bend 2 at 17 degrees with the "wiggle" putting the grips more forward then other bars with that backsweep.
    Also, thoughts on set back for seatpost?
    thanks.
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    When I was test-riding Rips to figure out my size, I never felt comfortable on the medium frame. Granted, these were just short rides on the street and such, but I always felt a bit cramped up, uncomfortable. So I ordered a large. I knew it was too big for me inseam-wise, as I have short legs, but I have a longer torso, and the front to back felt right. Been totally happy with the bike, but still always had that nagging feel that maybe I could fit on a medium.

    Went to a Niner demo a few weeks ago, and managed to spend about an hour out on a medium on the trails. Took my tape measure and hex wrenches, and got to play around with fit and dial it in right. At the end, I decided that the medium was the right size for me. So went to my local dealer, and had him order one of these. Dealer said I got the last of these in medium that Niner had. Guy at the demo said Niner had only had 50 frames total built in this color.



    A bit disappointed when it got here. I think it was a combination of buyer's remorse, having to get rid of my trusty black and silver Rip, and that this frame was matte instead of glossy blue. But now that I've got it built up, and have ridden it a couple times, I'm really loving it. The old large felt like it would roll through and over anything. This just feels more responsive, more agile and nimble. it feels like it's carving the trail. Here it is with my parts moved over.



    Running a rigid post until my new Lev gets here. I could probably use my 100mm drop Lev, but the bottom of the post is right where the bottom of the seatpost/toptube weld is, and I'm just a little leary about that. the 125mm travel post will extend down another 5cm, offering a lot more support

    Frame: Niner RIP 9 Blue/bluer 2015, medium
    Fork: Pike RCT 140mm
    Shock: Monarch RT HV
    Handlebar: Niner alloy flattop 710mm
    Stem:Hope 70mm
    Grips: Ergon GP3
    Bottom Bracket: Hope 30mm
    Chain: KMC 10 speed
    Crankset: Hope crankset with Slick bashguard, Race Face 22/36 rings
    Cassette: SRAM PG 1070 11-36
    BrakeSet Hope Tech X2 SE 183mm, braided cables
    Shifters: SRAM X9 2x10 speed
    Deraileur R: SRAM X9 Type 2 10 speed med cage
    Deraileur F: SRAM X7 S3 DM
    Headset: King Inset 2
    Saddle: WTB Rocket Pro
    Seat Post: KS Lev 125mm drop
    Seat Post Clamp: Niner
    Wheel Set: Hope/Stan's Arch 15mm Thru Axle Front/142mmx12mm Rear
    Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph front/ Maxxis Ikon rear
    Pedals: Hope F20
    Cables: Jagwire
    Accessories: Cytoe's linkage shield, Hope matchmakers

    Thinking of going with a beefier tire in the front, maybe an Ardent or the new Nobbie Nic, and may try out a 50mm stem as well.
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    Nice! I myself prefer matte over gloss, so I don't think you should have any remorse there. I'm pretty happy with the Hans Dampf on my front, really great offroad.

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    So i just received my Rip 9 Alloy frame from Pricepoint. I had them install the headset -
    build:
    Headset: Cane Creek 40
    Bars: Salsa Bend 2, 17Deg.
    Truvative AKA Stem, 70mm
    Fork: X-Slide 120
    Wheelset: PWB build - Easton Arc 27.5, BHS/ Bitex hubs
    Brakes: Shimano SLX
    Cassette: SLX
    Triggers: Saint
    Mech: Zee
    Pedal: Time atac.
    Cranks: SLX with Abs. Black Oval ring
    Post: Easton carbon T40
    Grip: Ergon
    Tires: Ardent 2.4, Ikon 2.35.

    Wheels wont ship for a week, pics when its done.

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    Just set mine up with some new Industry Nine's, LOVE the look.

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    In case anyone was searching, here's a link to my renewed mtbr ad for Niner protection plates. I've added several new models (RKT9 RDO, One9 RDO, and Air9 RDO)

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    Couple shots of my new Rip out in the wild. Sitting in my livingroom, I think, man I'm gonna get tired of this color, I should've stuck to the black, and then i look at it out on the trail..........................




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    Hello i have a Niner RIP 9 Alloy 2011 and i want to buy a new buy a new Rear Shock.
    I decided to get a Monarch RT3 and the dealer asked me which version of Shock i need and gave me this list:

    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Low/Comp-Low 3 (CF-60lbs ) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Low/Comp-Low (CF-80lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Low/Comp-Mid (CF-97lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-Low 3 (CF-60 lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-Low (CF-80lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-Mid (CF-97lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-High (CF-110lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-High/Comp-High (CF-110lbs) soft threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Low/Comp-Low 3 (CF-60lbs ) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Low/Comp-Low (CF-80lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Low/Comp-Mid (CF-97lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-Low 3 (CF-60 lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-Low (CF-80lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-Mid (CF-97lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-Mid/Comp-High (CF-110lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-High/Comp-High (CF-110lbs) firm threshold, LF-320, C1
    Tune Assy, Monarch RT3 Reb-High/Comp-High (CF-110lbs) soft threshold, LF-430, C1

    So i am completly confused - what Version of the RT3 do i need fpr my RIP 9 Alloy 2011?

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    Shimano Side Swing Front Derailleur on RIP 9 RDO

    Wanted to share my experience with installing a Shimano Side Swing Front Derailleur on my RIP 9 RDO. I ran a full length housing through the normal insert point in the headtube, but then I squeezed the housing out of the same port used for the rear derailleur housing. I didn't need to modify the rubber gromet, just squeezed it through.

    I have been out for a few rides and this FD is AMAZING!! The shift effort is easily half that of the old bottom pull model. I am using an XTR 980 front shifter, and a 26-38 crankset. Both play nice with the new XT side swing derailleur. If you run a Shimano double setup, I highly recommend swapping to a side swing FD.

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    I pulled the trigger on a Blk Rip RDO bike off of Price Point. I'll be pulling off a few items for sale and replacing them with better components. The bike did not come with a dropper post, so I'll be looking for one of those. I won't receive the bike for a week or so (Ca to Fl). Here's my question: Is there a port or any existing hole that I could use for a "stealth" dropper post? I really like the clean look of a internal fixed cable but my guess is, there is no port, otherwise Niner would be installing a Reverb Stealth, instead of the std Reverb. I'm not too impatient to wait for the bike to arrive, I just know that at this time of year a lot of deals come up and if one does, I need to grab it. I guess my choices are the Reverb, Thomson, Fox Doss or a KS. The 9point8 looks interesting but it's stealth.

    Of course, making my own port would violate the warranty.

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    Not to mention the structural integrity of the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    I pulled the trigger on a Blk Rip RDO bike off of Price Point. I'll be pulling off a few items for sale and replacing them with better components. The bike did not come with a dropper post, so I'll be looking for one of those. I won't receive the bike for a week or so (Ca to Fl). Here's my question: Is there a port or any existing hole that I could use for a "stealth" dropper post? I really like the clean look of a internal fixed cable but my guess is, there is no port, otherwise Niner would be installing a Reverb Stealth, instead of the std Reverb. I'm not too impatient to wait for the bike to arrive, I just know that at this time of year a lot of deals come up and if one does, I need to grab it. I guess my choices are the Reverb, Thomson, Fox Doss or a KS. The 9point8 looks interesting but it's stealth.

    Of course, making my own port would violate the warranty.
    No internal routing, its whats keeping the rip rdo from perfection
    IMHO, the KS Lev defeats the need for internal routing. However, the clever external dropper cable routing system even makes the reverb (which I'm still using) ultra tidy, the cable never got in the way like it did on my previous 3 bikes.
    Still considering swapping it for a KS Lev.
    I think I'll go for a 2016 monarch XX instead tho...

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    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    I pulled the trigger on a Blk Rip RDO bike off of Price Point. I'll be pulling off a few items for sale and replacing them with better components. The bike did not come with a dropper post, so I'll be looking for one of those. I won't receive the bike for a week or so (Ca to Fl). Here's my question: Is there a port or any existing hole that I could use for a "stealth" dropper post? I really like the clean look of a internal fixed cable but my guess is, there is no port, otherwise Niner would be installing a Reverb Stealth, instead of the std Reverb. I'm not too impatient to wait for the bike to arrive, I just know that at this time of year a lot of deals come up and if one does, I need to grab it. I guess my choices are the Reverb, Thomson, Fox Doss or a KS. The 9point8 looks interesting but it's stealth.

    Of course, making my own port would violate the warranty.
    If you run a 1x11 system that would free up one of the internal ports that would have been used for the front derailleur cable routed out of the head badge so you could run a stealth dropper. That's just my speculation though since I don't own a carbon Niner. Just seems to make sense. Otherwise like the previous person mentioned the KS LEV works great since the external cable starts at the seat collar and doesn't move when the seat moves up and down.

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    Thanks guys, I forgot about the KS Lev...I'll have to look for some reviews.

    [QUOTE=elias; However, the clever external dropper cable routing system even makes the reverb (which I'm still using) ultra tidy, the cable never got in the way like it did on my previous 3 bikes.

    Could you further explain? Are you saying your Niner came with the Reverb and the superior cable routing? If so, any idea where I could see this routing so I could duplicate? No Niner dealers anywhere near me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    Thanks guys, I forgot about the KS Lev...I'll have to look for some reviews.

    Could you further explain? Are you saying your Niner came with the Reverb and the superior cable routing? If so, any idea where I could see this routing so I could duplicate? No Niner dealers anywhere near me.
    I bought just a frame and a reverb just because I was familiar with it.
    What I meant to say is, the cable routing on the RIP is good in spite of the fact that it's external, firstly because the angle between the seattube and the top tube isn't too steep and thus doesn't leave a lot of loose cable hanging when dropped, which means it never gets in your way OR ever touches the rear tire. Secondly there is specific routing for it along the left lower side of the top tube, compared to other bikes that only leave a couple of fixings between the steering and seat tube, or none at all and expect you to use the brake/derailleur frame mounts instead. It may not look as aesthetically pleasing as an invisible internally routed cable, but it will never get in your way or require fiddly hose guides to keep it from rubbing against your frame.
    The KS Lev though should be a better choice because the cable attaches to the seat tube collar instead of the top clamp, thus you get NO moving parts. The reason why I went with the reverb was that I almost killed my previous one (31,6, so couldn't transfer it to the RIP) and the rockshox service kit made it as good as new which, I believe, deserves some customer loyalty

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    Elias....thanks for the detailed response, very helpful.

    The external cables don't bother me all that much, but I don't like the idea of the loop. It's just not an elegant solution (especially when you buy a new shiny bike).

    I've been doing a lot of reading and it appears that the Reverb and Thomson customer service is excellent (quick response). The Fox Doss appears to be a very reliable system but has some features I don't like. However, KS seems to have a bad rep for customer service. I like the KS Lev design approach the best, but I'm a bit concerned about CS.

    So more research.... It may just come down to a killer deal, if I find one, I may let that make my decision. Sounds like the loop on the RIP isn't all that bad, if I go that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    Elias....thanks for the detailed response, very helpful.

    The external cables don't bother me all that much, but I don't like the idea of the loop. It's just not an elegant solution (especially when you buy a new shiny bike).

    I've been doing a lot of reading and it appears that the Reverb and Thomson customer service is excellent (quick response). The Fox Doss appears to be a very reliable system but has some features I don't like. However, KS seems to have a bad rep for customer service. I like the KS Lev design approach the best, but I'm a bit concerned about CS.

    So more research.... It may just come down to a killer deal, if I find one, I may let that make my decision. Sounds like the loop on the RIP isn't all that bad, if I go that route.
    My loop was a little too wide so the cable rubbed on the rear wheel with the dropper fully lowered and under compression of the rear shock. So if you spend a lot of time in a bike park make sure it doesn't rub when lowered. No excuse for no stealth routing on a 2015 frame. That's the cable that belongs in the frame not the rattling shifter ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    Elias....thanks for the detailed response, very helpful.

    The external cables don't bother me all that much, but I don't like the idea of the loop. It's just not an elegant solution (especially when you buy a new shiny bike).

    I've been doing a lot of reading and it appears that the Reverb and Thomson customer service is excellent (quick response). The Fox Doss appears to be a very reliable system but has some features I don't like. However, KS seems to have a bad rep for customer service. I like the KS Lev design approach the best, but I'm a bit concerned about CS.

    So more research.... It may just come down to a killer deal, if I find one, I may let that make my decision. Sounds like the loop on the RIP isn't all that bad, if I go that route.
    This is as bad as the loop gets on mine, 125mm reverb fully compressed.The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1447572180.535690.jpg
    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1447571991.021147.jpg
    I purchased the right hand control version for the reverb, flipped it over and use on the left side upside down. You can see the routing better on the second pic, most rip pics on the net appear to be from the drive side at least back when I started looking...
    Totally agree with the previous poster, it's quite a letdown on a '15 bike of this class to lack internal routing , however niner isn't such a mainstream, refresh the entire line every year kinda company and this is something I can live with considering the alternatives to the rip.
    Simply put, I don't think there are any.

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    If you don't use the last cable tie the hole thing works so much better.

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    I purchased the right hand control version for the reverb, flipped it over and use on the left side upside down. You can see the routing better on the second pic, most rip pics on the net appear to be from the drive side at least back when I started looking...
    Totally agree with the previous poster, it's quite a letdown on a '15 bike of this class to lack internal routing , however niner isn't such a mainstream, refresh the entire line every year kinda company and this is something I can live with considering the alternatives to the rip.
    Simply put, I don't think there are any.
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Elias, you are right, I could find no picks of the left side of the bike. Thanks so much for the pictures, I've got it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    If you don't use the last cable tie the hole thing works so much better.
    Those were my first thoughts too, then I feared the cable would rub along the downtube much more than in would with all cable ties in use. Will give it a try as soon as I get some transparent tape to cover the tube, thanks for the tip!

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    My bike is clear taped with 3M stone guard & with my bike being somewhere around 2 years old & having run the Reveb from day 1, there isn't any signs of marking on the tape.


    Quote Originally Posted by elias View Post
    Those were my first thoughts too, then I feared the cable would rub along the downtube much more than in would with all cable ties in use. Will give it a try as soon as I get some transparent tape to cover the tube, thanks for the tip!
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Muzz....do you have the Reverb? Any comments on dropper posts?

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    Hi yes I have the Reverb on 5 bikes at the moment & all going good.

    Mine are 125mm drop, My wife has 100mm drop.


    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    Muzz....do you have the Reverb? Any comments on dropper posts?
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    I just ordered a Reverb for my RDO a few days ago. Merlin has some good deals if you fit the size they have left: https://www.merlincycles.com/rocksho...ost-54780.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioPT View Post
    I just ordered a Reverb for my RDO a few days ago. Merlin has some good deals if you fit the size they have left: https://www.merlincycles.com/rocksho...ost-54780.html
    Thanks! That's just the price point I was hoping for, below $250 but I may have to wait, not sure I can fit the longer post. I'll have to wait until the bike gets here to set my seat height, and take the necessary measurements.

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    What seat height do you run ??
    What frame size ?

    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    Thanks! That's just the price point I was hoping for, below $250 but I may have to wait, not sure I can fit the longer post. I'll have to wait until the bike gets here to set my seat height, and take the necessary measurements.
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Large, 28 1/8 in (714 mm)

    Well just for reference, I'm 6 1. If I measure from the top of the seat post (the split, the center line of the seat rail) to the center of the crank, I get about 28 1/8 in (714mm). It's a RIP RDO, size Large. I suspect the 420 mm seat post will fit, but I don't where the post will bottom out at. I also don't know how much heavier the 420 mm post is then the 380 mm post (and of course if I don't need the longer post, why take the weight hit). But we are likely only talking 30 grams, or 50 grams at most, so maybe I should even consider that.

    I've narrowed down my choice between the KS Lev and the Reverb. I prefer the clean look of the new LEV (blk) with the stationary cable, but I like and know the function of the Reverb (I actual ridden bikes with it) and the superior CS of SRAM over KS. At $240, I would choice either I guess, using price as tie breaker.

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    What 420mm KS Lev post? All i see on their site is the 150mm drop post which is 435mm long. Or are we looking at Reverb numbers? Are you looking at 150mm drop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    What 420mm KS Lev post? All i see on their site is the 150mm drop post which is 435mm long. Or are we looking at Reverb numbers? Are you looking at 150mm drop?
    I was speaking of the Reverb at Merlin Cycles on sale for $241. They only have the 420 length. Not looking at the LEV in this case. Sorry, wasn't clear.

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    So now we have to add up heights. You have 150mm for travel, approx 20mm for the cradle at the top, and approx 35mm for the collar at the bottom. All told, 205mm, +/-. This is the height of the post above the seat tube, if the post is slammed all the way in. It looks like you will need to have this post slammed, for the seat tube length of the large is 509mm, center of BB to top. 509 +205 = 714mm, your proper seat height.

    You subtract that 205 from either the 420 or 435 overall length of the posts, and you end up with 215/230 length, the length of seatpost that will need to fit inside the frame. I just stuck an old rigid seatpost into my old large frame, and all the way in, the measurement of post inside the frame comes out to be 205mm. So both the 420mm reverb, and 435mm KS Lev will be too long for your proper seat height, by 15, and 30mm respectively.

    I think you'll need to go with a 125mm travel post. unless I've totally fracked these calculations.

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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1447708586.241673.jpg
    You may find this helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motox72 View Post
    I was speaking of the Reverb at Merlin Cycles on sale for $241. They only have the 420 length. Not looking at the LEV in this case. Sorry, wasn't clear.
    Not sure if that's going to fit, even at the 125mm travel. Art's Cyclery says the Reverb seat tube to saddle rail distance with the post jammed all the way into the frame is 190mm. Subtracting that 190 from the 420mm overall length leaves you with 230mm of post that needs to be in the frame, and as I measured, the Rip will only take 205.

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