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  1. #451
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmilam View Post
    I'll admit that I've been intrigued with these Lightbicycle carbon AM rims that BB has been calling "game changers" to add to my RIP. I currently am riding Stans Arch's with i9 hubs and have had to have the rear wheel trued twice. I moved everything over from my XC bike, but the RIP came in at almost 31#'s. How can I justify buying the carbon rims over the new Arch Ex rims when it would only save me about 100g?
    BB is right they are game changers & moving forward you will see mor & more of them & you will hear the game changer Quote over & over.

    However they will make BB 26Ib Rip9 light up much more than your 31 Ib Rip9.

    At 31 Ib there is much you could do to get the bike more alive & the Carbon wheels are going to get cheaper & more important than that they are going to get better.

    Wheel weight makes a much greater difference than frame weight & with the carbon wheels you don't only get the less weight but get a big jump in stiffness as well.

    However good choice in tyres can be a real game changer as well & weight savings out that far can be greater than the wheel weight as well.

    But taking a good look at your bike & getting ride of some un needed weight will help alot to.

    I don't own a set of carbon wheels yet ( & I will when they make what I want ) but for me at the moment Owning a Jet9 RDO with a good set of Arch EX's is cheaper & more of a game changer than Owning a Rip9 With a Good set of Carbon wheels IMO.

    I ride on so many different types of trail I have 4 sets of wheels set up at any one time with different tyres because that is almost the greatest game changer of all time being on the right tyre for the Trail you ride.

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    Get out & ride your Rip9 hard, They are an awesome bike & don't worry about the carbon wheels

    How does the saying go ? If you have to ask the price you can't afford it.

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    Kick ass it says, kick ass it does

    My new Pisgah slaying machine
    I'm sold on the super short stem/ wide ass bars and big fat tires set up. It makes this bike such a pleasure to ride.
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    Size: Small Ht: 5' 10" Inseam: 32"
    Fork: Lefty Max with spacers from Mendon Cyclesmith to 110mm and P321 clamp on adapter
    Headset: FSA integrated
    Wheelset: i9 classic and lefty hub laced to ZTR Arches
    Tire: front--Panaracer 2.35, back--Bontrager ACX 2.2 tubeless
    Cranks: XTR m975 triple crankset Cassette: 11-32 XTR m975 9 spd cassette
    Shifters: XO 9 spd twist shifters
    Skidplate: Cytoe
    Seatpost: S-works carbon layback
    Stem: Specialized 90mm
    Bar: On One Mary bar
    Seat: Specialized Henge
    Brakes: Avid BB7's w/203mm front and 160mm G3 rotors
    Pedals: Ti eggbeaters
    Grips: Ergon
    Front Derailleur: XTR m971 Rear derailleur: X0 9 spd
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    Thanks for the input Muzz-- I have been wondering what kind of shoes to put on my new steed. Today was my first ride on the RIP on our local trail that is highly technical with many short steep climbs on rooty, rocky, dry pack. I am coming from a Vassago Optimus Ti with a lefty and Ti seatpost (25 lbs) that was an absolute bullet on the trails and was as plush as a HT could get IMHO, but can say that the FS RIP was very plush and I'm extremely pleased with the new bike.

    I felt much less beat up after today's ride. I've never ridden a FS bike and can tell that it will take some getting used to. The new RIP is about 5-6 lbs heavier and I can definitely tell it on our trails as I felt every ounce of new weight on the climbs--not complaining, I knew it would be heavier and will just have to get stronger.

    I may have to upgrade the brakes as the BB7's were having a hard time pulling the reins back on the RIP effectively and I would end up wide on sharper turns. I also noticed that my front end wanted to washout or elevate moreso than my Optimus Ti on slower turns so I was pretty tentative on carrying much speed into the turns like I would have wanted to due to this and the issue with the brakes. So I couldn't burn through parts of the course like I was hoping to. Overall, I'm really pleased and am no weight weenie but am considering ways to shave some weight on this badboy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmilam View Post
    Size: Small Ht: 5' 10" Inseam: 32"
    Fork: Lefty Max with spacers from Mendon Cyclesmith to 110mm and P321 clamp on adapter
    Headset: FSA integrated
    Wheelset: i9 classic and lefty hub laced to ZTR Arches
    Tire: front--Panaracer 2.35, back--Bontrager ACX 2.2 tubeless
    Cranks: XTR m975 triple crankset Cassette: 11-32 XTR m975 9 spd cassette
    Shifters: XO 9 spd twist shifters
    Skidplate: Cytoe
    Seatpost: S-works carbon layback
    Stem: Specialized 90mm
    Bar: On One Mary bar
    Seat: Specialized Henge
    Brakes: Avid BB7's w/203mm front and 160mm G3 rotors
    Pedals: Ti eggbeaters
    Grips: Ergon
    Front Derailleur: XTR m971 Rear derailleur: X0 9 spd
    Nice! Just wondering how is the handling of your rip with the mary bar? I have one with me and it is just stored in my garage. Used it on my hardtail for urban cruising, but recently switched to a 15 degree backsweep flatbar, i find it better for controlling in trails. Would like to try it on my rip just for the fun of it, we can never tell maybe after testing it will leave it on my rip. The cool factor of not running traditional risers of flats seems to appeal to me. My rip now has the 720mm fleegle bars, just love this bar.

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    Front disk changed to 203 mm.

    Just after Rolling 120 km, 9 hours 5 mins In Peace over roots, rocks and mud at Etusivu - TahkoMTB (sorry, Finnish only). Setup was proven right.




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    Here is mine, finally. I've been too busy riding it to post up in here haha

    RIP 9 Raw finish in Small
    142 x 12 thru axle
    Fox Float 34 140mm Kashima
    Fox RP23 Kashima
    XX Crank w/ RWC Bombproof Ceramic GXP BB
    XTR M980 shifters
    XTR M988 brakes (XT ice-tech 6 bolt rotors)
    XTR derailleurs (Rear is Shadow Plus w/ clutch)
    XT 11-36 cassette w/ KMC X10SL chain
    Stan's Flow wheelset
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Deity bars & stem
    Deity pedals
    KS i900 dropper post & WTB Valcon seat
    Skid plate

    No expense spared


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    Nice build/bike FMX_DBC.
    Where did you get your skid plate?
    I saw another post saying Cytoe.
    Wondering if they are really necessary or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    Nice build/bike FMX_DBC.
    Where did you get your skid plate?
    I saw another post saying Cytoe.
    Wondering if they are really necessary or not!
    Thanks! I did get it from him. It depends on where and how you ride in my opinion. I took it out on the very first ride and started to ding the low hanging linkage by rocks just flying up off the tires. I live in Phoenix, AZ so the rocks are abundant and unforgiving which is why I immediately purchased the skid plate after that first ride. It is very well made and protects the linkage nicely with some soft velcro patches that cushion between the linkage & skid plate itself.
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    Which skid plate did you get?
    I see standard, HD, and Ultra Duty?
    Thanks

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    I believe I purchased the HD
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    -Main purpose (XC, AM, etc): Everything.
    -Trail location/terrain: AM, mainly North Wales/Midlands (England), occasional visits to Scottish trail centres & the Alps. Some very mild DH and UK Gravity Enduros.
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 12/XL/Raw.
    -Rider Weight: 217lbs.
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 6'4"/34"
    -Stem (length/rise): Renthal Duo, 50mm, 0 rise.
    -Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb.
    -Handlebar: Renthal Fat Bar, 20mm rise.
    -Rear Shock: Fox RP23.
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): Max PSI, middle settings (need to have a play!!)
    -Fork: Rockshox Reba.
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): As shock!!
    -Brake Setup: Avid Elixer R/180mm both ends (About to order new XT's)
    -Drivetrain Setup: 2x9 SLX.
    -Tires: Maxxis Ardent (picture shows WTB Exiwolf)
    -Wheels: ZTR .
    -Build Weight: Before the Reverb and Ardents it was 33lbs.

    -Other 29er bikes owned: On-One Inbred, fully rigid with Shimano Alfine 8, 2010 RIP9 in tang.
    -Mileage on RIP9: Not sure, only had this one since June, probably 3-400 miles.
    -Future Changes: Brakes, was toying with hub gears but now have other ideas!!
    -Comments, etc: A warranty replacement for my 2010 which though I was disappointed that it broke, Niner customer service was exemplary. This is my do anything bike, it is perfect.


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    Nice ride there! FWIW I had that same fork with 20mm axle on my Rip9,
    and liked it. I then got a Fox 34 140mm and it really opened up the possibilities
    of the Rip9 from XC to AM. For your weight and size I think it would be a win!

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    Just picked up my new RIP 9. Straight from the shop to one of my favorite trails. I'll save the review until after I've had a bit of time to get this dialed in. Had to stop mid ride to let some air out of the tires, though didn't have a pump so was leary on letting too much out. Dropped the stem 1/2" when I got home. Gonna do a few more runs then I can evaluate. Though, one thing is for certain, I had a huge grin on my face the whole ride!

    -Main purpose: Cross country, getting a bit more into AM
    -Trail location/terrain: Southern California
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 12/XL/Raw.
    -Rider Weight: 200lbs.
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 6'4"/34"
    -Stem (length/rise): Truvativ AKA, 80mm, 0 rise.
    -Seatpost: Truvativ
    -Handlebar: Truvativ high rise730mm
    -Rear Shock: Fox RP23
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): 215 PSI, 6 clicks from full rebound, open compression
    -Fork: Fox Float 29 CTD 32 120mm
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): 70psi
    -Brake Setup: Shimano XT, 180F, 160R
    -Shifters: XO front and rear
    -Drivetrain Setup: 2x10 XO Front, 36/22, rear 11-36
    -Tires: Front - Knobby Nic, Rear - Racing Ralph
    -Wheels: ZTR Arch EX, Hope Pro 2 hubs, 32H front and rear. 15mm front, 142/12 Maxle rear. Running tubes for now
    -Build Weight: Guessing around 30 lbs


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    How's the ride with the new FIT CTD 120? Eagerly awaiting the arrival of frame, fork, and a few parts.
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    FWIW the skid plate I purchased for my RIP has broken completely off. I have no idea when or how it happened, but it did. I noticed it sagging a little lower than normal a few weeks ago and then I looked the other day & it just wasnt there
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    I need to make or buy a skid plate for my RIP. The lower link is starting to get a bit beaten up.

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    fmx, was this a cytoe plate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    fmx, was this a cytoe plate?
    yes it was
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    Finally, it's done, just before the new 2013 RIP9 is out, i got the old mode of frame on hand. It's almost 10 months from i kicked-off this project. Let's see.

    -Main purpose: Cross country, getting a bit more into AM
    -Trail location/terrain: North China
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 12/M/Raw.
    -Rider Weight: 180lbs.
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 6'1"/32"
    -Stem (length/rise): Sunline V1, 90mm, 0 rise. (too long for me)
    -Seatpost: Sunline V1
    -Handlebar: Sunline V1 flat, 762mm
    -Rear Shock: Fox RP23 old one
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): TBD
    -Fork: Fox Float 29 CTD 32 120mm
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): TBD
    -Brake Setup: Shimano XT, 180F, 160R
    -Shifters: XT front and rear
    -Drivetrain Setup: 2x10 Raceface Turbine Front, 32/24, rear 11-36
    -Tires: Cont. Mountain King 2.4
    -Wheels: Sun EQ25, Shimano XT hub, 32H front and rear. 15mm front, 142/12 Maxle rear. Running tubes for now
    -Build Weight: Guessing around 30 lbs
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    This is a feeler

    Quote Originally Posted by FMX_DBC View Post
    Here is mine, finally. I've been too busy riding it to post up in here haha

    RIP 9 Raw finish in Small
    142 x 12 thru axle (Also have the 135mm dropouts to be included with sale)
    Fox Float 34 140mm Kashima
    Fox RP23 Kashima
    XX Crank w/ RWC Bombproof Ceramic GXP BB
    XTR M980 shifters
    XTR M988 brakes (XT ice-tech 6 bolt rotors) (Will be sold with Avid XO brakes that have a couple scuffs but work perfectly with Avid rotors)
    XTR derailleurs (Rear is Shadow Plus w/ clutch)
    Sram 11-36 cassette w/ KMC X10SL chain
    Stan's Flow wheelset
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Deity Dirty30 bars & Deity Fantom stem
    Deity pedals (Pedals not included in sale)
    KS i900 dropper post & WTB Valcon seat (Will be sold with FSA SL-K Carbon seatpost)
    RWC needle bearings in the shock
    WTB Valcon saddle
    (Hope seatpost clamp not included. Will come with standard clamp)
    Nearly new WTB Bronson 2.2 tires (Front has 3 rides, rear has 1 ride)

    No expense spared


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    Would anyone be interested in buying this bad boy?
    I think I'm gonna get a DH bike instead. It has been babied with not even enough usage to wear out the chain. There are a couple scrapes & scuffs on the fork lowers from being cramped on a rack with 2 other bikes to & from Colorado. A couple small dings on the XX cranks but I've never bashed any rocks. Other than that this bike is nearly perfect.
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    How much are you looking to get, FMX?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    How much are you looking to get, FMX?
    I've got over $5k into it... I need to get $3k to cover the cost of a Specialized Status
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMX_DBC View Post
    I've got over $5k into it... I need to get $3k to cover the cost of a Specialized Status
    Truly a steal for someone looking for a sweet ride. Unfortunately, I can't read, and missed where it's a small, so I'm out. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Truly a steal for someone looking for a sweet ride. Unfortunately, I can't read, and missed where it's a small, so I'm out. Best of luck.
    No worries. Thanks for asking
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