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    I'm a hair over 5'11" so right on that M/L line too (and I went L). What I have found after a couple of months of riding is that on the large I just stay seated in the same position a lot more than I have ever done on other bikes, very little need to slide back and no sliding forward uphill. I think the front-back length and weight distribution of the large is perfect for my size. I've said before that with my Reverb all the way down, I am not as flat footed on the ground as I would like, so it is a bit too tall for me. But given the tradeoffs, I'd rather have the front-back length and weight balance, I'm glad I went with the L.

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    I have put a bunch of miles on the bike over the past couple of weeks, everything from fast flowy goodness to gut wrenching techie climbs. I am very happy with the way the bike fits me but do notice that the front end gets very light and sketchy when going up something really steep, so I've adjusted my style a little to shift forward a bit to compensate. I may try a straight seatpost at some point to see if I like it better, or just ride it! It's a fantastic bike, can't go wrong.

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    My new Rip 9 RDO

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    Thinking about swapping out the stock Stans Flow rims for some American Classic Wide Lightnings. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Time View Post
    Thinking about swapping out the stock Stans Flow rims for some American Classic Wide Lightnings. Any thoughts?
    I;m wondering the same thing. I'm comparing them to the chinese carbon wheels, and for whatever reason i just don't want those things... The Wide Lightnings look pretty legit.

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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-20150330_191959.jpgThe RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-20150330_192010.jpgThe RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-20150330_192023.jpgThe RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-20150330_192102.jpg

    Me: 6'3"

    2015 Size XL
    XT 10 speed w/ OneUp 42 cog and 30 ring
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    Waiting on a Works Components -1 headset.

    XL is definitely not too big for 6'3". Wouldn't want to go any smaller...

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    That white really does look nice. Wish they offered the green/black combo on the RDO.

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    Nice titus...did you weigh yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodstockMTB View Post
    Nice titus...did you weigh yours?
    28.5 w/ Thomson post. Havent weighed it with the Lev. Plenty of stuff that isnt the lightest and I run a bunch of Stans in the tires.

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    Nice

    I'm thinking mine comes in around 28 with dropper

    Built mine up a week or so ago, but too much IPA and I ended up with a misscut steer and poorly sealing tires. Oops...I'll get one up next week.

    • Rip 9 RDO (Small)
    • Pike 140
    • XT 1x10 everything except SRAM X9 Crank & 30t Wolf Tooth DM Ring, RAD Cage & ONeUp 42T
    • Thomson 70mm stem(May go to 80mm as it feels cramped), 730mm Carbon Bar
    • KS Lev 125mm post
    • Fizik Gobi
    • I9/WTB Kom i23 wheels
    • Spesh Puratory 2.3/Ground Control 2.3

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    Is there any visible way to ensure that my black frame has the new carbon compaction tech? The white it's obvious but the black paint scheme stayed the same. Is there any year info anywhere on the bike? This is the inside of my frame:

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    Looks pretty well compacted I guess, I imagine I got the new one but just wanted to make sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Time View Post
    Is there any visible way to ensure that my black frame has the new carbon compaction tech? The white it's obvious but the black paint scheme stayed the same. Is there any year info anywhere on the bike? This is the inside of my frame:

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    Looks pretty well compacted I guess, I imagine I got the new one but just wanted to make sure.
    You can tell by the serial number label; the new frames have the new style label with niner logo, the barcode, and the serial number w/ black background.


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    Well then, my picture above is what the new carbon compaction looks like. It'd be interesting to see a comparison to the previous gen RDO.

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    Got the custom rock protection plate from you cytoe. Saw it and was perplexed by the asymmetrical dimple in it and then realized that it's actually in the perfect position due to the pivot being shifted away from the drivetrain side. Fantastic fit and finish, well thought out pad positions, the part that wraps under is the exact right curve, and it's just overall a great product, thanks! Highly recommended!

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    I finally got around to doing an accurate weighing of my blue 2014 RIP 9 RDO size L. Pike, X01, Rockshox seat dropper and Stans Arch w lots of extra sealant... not by any means a superlight build, but weighs in a hair over 28 lbs.

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    Holy long cables there backinmysaddle. Cut those down and you'll be down to 27#s :-)
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    Finally posting pics of my '14 RIP9 ROD. Thanks for all the input on this and other threads. I leaned a lot and poured that into my build. I'm coming from an '08 Titus Racer X 29. I loved the Titus but it's amazing how far 29er suspension has come since then.

    I purchased from Backcountry via Active Junkie. I swapped to carbon bars and 28T ring before shipping. After the bike arrived I returned a bunch of parts as well. It was great to return items for a refund rather than having to sell on my own. The Active Junkie rebate paid for my Light Bicycle 35mm carbon wheels!

    Beyond stock I am running the following:
    - Light Bicycle 35mm carbon rims, Hope front, King rear, DT Revolution, brass nipples
    - Thomson post
    - WTB Silverado saddle
    - Syntace F110 60mm stem
    - 3TT Exsero Team carbon bar
    - Sram XO GripShift
    - RedMonkey Karv 6.5mm grips
    - Bar Fly 3.0 computer mount

    I'm loving this bike. It took a few rides to dial in the suspension but now feels pretty darn good. The rear still feels a little soft on paved/fireroad climbs coming from the Titus but it's amazing climbing technical singletrack and flies down everything I've ridden thus far. The carbon rims have made a big improvement too.

    From yesterday's 23 mile 6k day:


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    Yeah, I know. I dread snipping them, what a PITA it is to bleed these SRAM brakes, and the rockshock reverb isnt a piece of cake either. Sending it in to the shop to have them do it this week while it rains a bunch this week...

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    Holy long cables there backinmysaddle. Cut those down and you'll be down to 27#s :-)
    And mtnfiend, sweet build, congrats on getting it together and amen on the 28T!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by backinmysaddle View Post
    Yeah, I know. I dread snipping them, what a PITA it is to bleed these SRAM brakes, and the rockshock reverb isnt a piece of cake either. Sending it in to the shop to have them do it this week while it rains a bunch this week...
    Didn't bleed mine. No issues. As long as you don't let air in the lines I've never had a problem cutting upon first install.


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    Yeah the 28T is the perfect setup for me given the types of rides I do. That pic was taken at the top of an approximately 100-150yd section of >15% trail. I needed every bit of 28x42.
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    Ok. I think I like the black the best now:)

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    Cool, Let us know what you think of the new wheels.

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    Hey, that's my bike! I'm still trying to decide which wheelset to buy so give us a report on your wheels after you've got some miles on them. Great looking bike! I'm totaling enjoying mine. So much smoother than my Jet 9 RDO. But I loved my Jet too!

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    looks like we all are going back to black.... This warranty replacement seems to be completely defect free
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    My turn!

    Meet the newest member of my family:The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-img_1090.jpg

    Thanks again for all the info, I'm psyched with how she rides. This bike is just more fun than the others I've ridden.
    Medium ended up being a great fit for me (5'11 32-ish inseam). I'm certainly grateful for the extra bit of clearance I have over the top tube.
    A few details:
    Pike 140
    Roval Traverse Fattie SL Wheels
    Sram x9 with 30t RaceFace Narrow/Wide Chainring
    Truvative Noir T30 bars 700mm
    RaceFace Evolve Stem 65mm
    Crappy old truvative crankset, waiting on Next Sl
    Crappy old Truvative seatpost, not sure if I'm going carbon or dropper

    As currently built comes in a hair over 27lbs.

    My only (extremely minor)complaint with the bike is the loss of bottom bracket clearance created by the lower linkage. I'm not terribly graceful anyways, but there have been a couple times where I just can't clear obstacles (tall steep rocks) that I could on other bikes. This complaint is so far outweighed by how well the thing shreds that I can easily look past it.
    Another quick plug for Cytoe's guard: I made use of it a few minutes into the first ride, and on numerous occasions since. Extremely glad I've got it. Perfect fit and looks OEM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZmtncycler View Post
    looks like we all are going back to black.... This warranty replacement seems to be completely defect free
    Not me, I like my colors.

    Wasn't happy I could only get the WFO9 in Black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    Not me, I like my colors.

    Wasn't happy I could only get the WFO9 in Black.
    Not to worry..... still have one of those as well.
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    Good to see, We don't want everybody going to the dark side.

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    Not to worry..... still have one of those as well.
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    On a medium Rip9Carbon, is 100mm dropper travel enough or do I need 125? This would be a KS Lev(blk). 4inches doesn't seem a whole lot (never used a dropper)...even 5inches doesn't seem like it would be worth the almost $400+extra grams. I'm 5'10 (or used to be) so I'm not sure a 150mm would bring the seat too high. Not even sure I can get those other sizes, as so far I could only find 100 in my city.

    So..anyone running 100mm KS lev on a medium and feel it's more than enough?

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    Depends on your sizing. I'm 5'7"

    I had a medium Jet 9 RDO and used a 100mm dropper. Seemed great as far as the drop went, but I was not riding tough terrain demanding much more.

    I moved to a small RIP 9 RDO and had to get a 125MM dropper simply to get the seat post length wanted and still have enough post in the frame to be safe.

    At 5'10, I'd say you'd want a 125mm dropper in the medium.

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    A dropper is totally worth the weight and cost. However, you should be looking for a better deal. You can get a ks lev for around 250 if you look online.


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    Thanks, will look around for longer travel. One of the sucky things about living in the third world is the limited choices (therefore higher cost) of certain things, and the crappy shipping and Customs. I've already accepted the fact that my bike is going to roughly equal to getting it at srp in the good ol' U.S of A. So to all ye americans, don't forget to appreciate such things as big discounts and mucho choices (gear AND stores).
    Thanks again & I hope to settle this soon so I can post my build here & y'all can tell(bs) me that the high(over)price I paid was worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseNotes View Post
    Hey, that's my bike! I'm still trying to decide which wheelset to buy so give us a report on your wheels after you've got some miles on them. Great looking bike! I'm totaling enjoying mine. So much smoother than my Jet 9 RDO. But I loved my Jet too!
    LOL. I also have a Jet9 RDO... I just rode it and it's definitely a different animal from the Rip9 RDO. Perhaps it's the narrower bars I have on it, the craptastic talas fork, or lack of dropper post...

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    Make sure you get a good measurement on your inseam length. I bought my Medium from competitive cyclist and I wanted a reverb 125, but they didn't have one, so they gave me a thompson dropper. I thought I had an awesome step up. But turns out my inseam isn't long enough for the 400mm post, and I had to buy a 380mm 125 drop reverb. I'm 5'9 and wear a 30" Levi.

    If your 5'10 you should be good for a 125mm drop post. My .02 is buy a reverb or anything under 400mm overall length.

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    It all comes down to what seat height you run to start with,

    I run my seat on my Lge at 800mm high so a 100mm drop would only drop me down to the height some of my friends ride any way, So I run 125mm drop reverb,

    My wife rides a small Rip9 & only uses a 685mm seat height so we had to go 100mm drop/355mm Reverb to make it all fit.

    Without knowing your seat height I'm guessing 125 drop & 380mm total length.
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    6'3" on an XL RIP 9 RDO. I have to use a 4" dropper (KS LEV Ti) due to Niner's excessively long seat tubes in sizes L and XL. I don't notice any difference vs. the 5" dropper on my other bike...and that's in very technical terrain.

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    So here's my med 2015 Rip 9 Carbon:


    Niner RDO 80mm Stem/Handlebar
    Rockshox Pike 150 fork (macho badass lookin' fork)

    XTR M9000 Trail Groupset 36/26 chaining- (the great deal I got for it was cancelled out by the fact I couldn't use the center lock freeza rotors & clamp FD)
    XTR M9k pedals

    KS LEV 125mm dropper post- 385mm (got the worst deal ever, but I couldn't get past the color of the DOSS & was so frustrated I couldn't find a non-stealth-30.9-Reverb anywhere local I just went ahead & overpaid for the KS...but hey, it's black!)

    IODINE2 wheelset (everyone here seems to hate these...but I wanted to save somewhere, and my Cobalts on my HT served me well, so thought its worth a shot...& I think they look cool! I also like the fact it's a mature product, which means it's gotten the screwups out of the way already)

    Tires- Hans Damph 2.35 front/ Nobby Nic 2.25 rear

    AiNEON ASHIMA 180mm rotors (adapter for the rear to fit) These are the only ones I'm not sure about. I was looking' at those funky DirtyDog rotors but these were sooo much lighter. I just hope they brake well enough- not a whole lot of surface there.

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    Okay after seeing that I definitely like the Carbon's color scheme more than my RDO. Wow that thing looks great. Love the look of those Cobalts.

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    I do like the color scheme. Any idea what it weighs? Also, check out slikgraphics.com. You can get matching fork decals.


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    thanks guys, yeah, I was actually all set to get the white rdo until I saw the Satin black. They weighed it at the shop at 13.2 kilos, but I'm not sure if I trust the mech scale, I'll weigh it in the morning as soon as I find my digital luggage scale. But I don't think it reaches 30lbs though....

    edit- ok, I just weighed it- 29.4 lbs. Not bad I think considering the iodine2 is kinda heavy (relatively speaking).

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    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-w5l7mjnl.jpg



    I love this bike. Hit up the trails in Massanutten this weekend and had an absolute blast. Was a little tired on the last day but got that video of my favorite trail there.

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    what camera did you use? for the video, looks good

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    GoPro Hero 3+

    Secret is shooting in 60fps, ProTune, and the flat color setting. Then I bring it into Premiere and work on the colors and white balance. I still want totally happy with it (too blue in the beginning) but it definitely looks better than the default GoPro settings.

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    I also did a quick and dirty stabilize on it, you can see the black sections pop in around the edges.

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    It's awesome how you barrel thru the rocks with your Rip9. Can't wait till I get to do that with mine.

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    Quick question about the Float rear shock on the RDO: How do I tell if it's truly bottoming out? Will the black sag check ring fall down off the shaft or am I effectively bottoming it out when it gets to the Kashima logo? I haven't gotten it below that Kashima logo and I was just wondering if I should be letting out some air. Also not bottoming out the Pike, even on that trail I posted above, so it looks like I could drop the pressure on that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Time View Post
    Quick question about the Float rear shock on the RDO: How do I tell if it's truly bottoming out? Will the black sag check ring fall down off the shaft or am I effectively bottoming it out when it gets to the Kashima logo? I haven't gotten it below that Kashima logo and I was just wondering if I should be letting out some air. Also not bottoming out the Pike, even on that trail I posted above, so it looks like I could drop the pressure on that too.
    just let the air out and cycle it to see.

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    Heh, that was my plan for my lunch break.

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    IMO, the Pike feels better at less sag. Add the benefit of the last half inch or so of travel when you case something and go hard into your handlebars. It's kept me afloat more than once.

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    Looks like mine bottoms out at the middle of the Kashima logo:

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    Your dog is freaking me out.

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