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    If you buy a set, you will not be dissapointed. They are incredibly fast. I haven't had to touch a spoke!

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    Just under 28lbs as pictured. Took 4 months but it is finally finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderPar View Post


    Just under 28lbs as pictured. Took 4 months but it is finally finished.
    Nice bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderPar View Post


    Just under 28lbs as pictured. Took 4 months but it is finally finished.
    Specs please.
    Nice setup. 1x10
    Size of chainring? Nice.
    My rip is around 34lbs. Well i am 220lbs, so guess will just have pedal damn it.

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    Specs:

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    Fork- Fox 120 RL
    Wheels – Arch Ex
    Crank – S1400
    Ring – 30T HBC
    Cassette – 990
    Derailleur – X7 short
    Shifter – XO twist
    Skidplate - Cytoe
    Seatpost – KS i950
    Stem – Origin 8 50mm
    Bar – Bontrager carbon
    Seat – Sette Evo
    Brakes – SLX M666

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    Panda & Niner - Black Licorice at its best

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    Size - Small (174 cm, 80 cm inseam)
    Fork - Revelation RLT RL 140 mm
    Headset - Angleset - 1.0 deg
    Wheels – Hope Pro II + Flow - Rohloff Speedhub + Flow
    Tires - Racing Ralph 2.4" + No Tubes Tire Sealant
    Crank – TA + White Industries Titanium + Power2max
    Rockring - Blackspire, modified for Power2max
    Ring – 35T Surly
    Sprocket – 17T Rohloff
    Chain tensioner – Rohloff
    Chainguide - Rohloff
    Chain - Rohloff 8
    Shifter – Rohloff
    Cables - Nokon
    Cable Stopper - DIY
    Rohloff mounting - OEM2 axle plate + modified Formula brake adapter
    Skidplate - Cytoe
    Seatpost – Easton EC70
    Stem – Easton EA70 90 mm
    Bar – Easton EC70 MonkeyLite Lo rise
    Seat – Fizik Gobi
    Brakes – Formula R1
    Pedals - Shimano XT
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    I'm planning on putting a lefty on my "new to me" small RIP 9 soon and will have the Project 321 tapered lefty adapter, but I'm curious as to which is the best headset to put on it. I would appreciate any input.

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    Couple upgrades today...

    Thompson Elite Seat Post
    Thompson Stem
    Niner Bars
    Schwalbe Hans Dampf Tires (Finally Converted to Tubeless!)





    Got myself a new Jersey to wear as well!


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    More RIP9 love!

    My first 29er:
    2011 Rip9 med. frame built up with good stuff.
    First iteration with Rock Shox Reba Team 120mm
    and standard air can on the RP23.
    BB was 13.3 and I needed to run about 40% sag to get full traval.
    Still liked the bike.
    The RIP9 Setup Thread (all years, forever and ever)-p1020185.jpg

    Second Build (and the best IMO)
    Fox34 Talas 140mm AND HV air can for the RP23.
    BB is 13.6 in. and I can run 25% sag and get most of the travel 90% of the time!
    Absolutely love this bike. It rocks and rolls the up and downs now!


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    Nice.
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    Has anyone tried putting a 140mm for on their RIP 9?
    I am contemplating doing it on my RIP 9 2010 to change the headset angle and make it even more of an AM beast.

    2010 Rip9 (large) Raw
    2010 Reba Team 120mm / 20mm Maxle
    FSA Integrated headset
    Shimano XT Dynasys 3x10 shifters, front and rear derailers (XT 11-36 cassette), XT chain
    XT 175mm cranks (24/32/42)
    Shimano XT Brakes 180mm front 160mm rear
    Crank Brothers Acid
    Flows on ZTR 2 hubs
    Gravity Droper Turbo (Loaded seatpost clamp)
    Thompson Elite Steam 90 mm
    Loaded Pecision AmXc 720mm bar
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    Yes myself & many others have & it works very well.
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    I also put a fox34 talas 29. Worlds apart from my previous fox 32 talas 29 in terms of plushness. 220 rider here, with 105psi pressure, can't seem to bottom it out. With my fox32 pressure should be around 130psi so as not to bottom out the fork, but ride is harsh n hard. Swapped it out n never been happier with this upgrade. Put my fox 32 on my chuba hx2. Swapped it out you won't regret it. But stancion of your 140mm fork should be 34 or higher not the 32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Has anyone tried putting a 140mm for on their RIP 9?
    I am contemplating doing it on my RIP 9 2010 to change the headset angle and make it even more of an AM beast.
    Camaleon what drop-outs are you running on your Rip9?
    Besides going to a 140mm fork up front with a thru axle
    you can also convert the rear drop-outs to a thru axle set-up if your hubs can be converted.
    You can either go 142x12mm or 135x12mm drop-outs for $89. (they are back ordered right now tho!)
    I think this is even stiffer than a 135x10mm bolt set-up.

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    Rockin' the Chinese Carbon AM rims from light-bicycles on my RIP. Wheelset weighs 1540g which is not too bad for an AM wheelset on the RIP. Nobby Nic 2.35's and it's official - carbon rims continue to be game changers.

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    Update of my rip9 with fox 34 talas 29 140mm, true am machine. Plush ride with 110psi, 220lbs rider here geared up. The fox32 was installed in my hx2.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    Camaleon what drop-outs are you running on your Rip9?
    Besides going to a 140mm fork up front with a thru axle
    you can also convert the rear drop-outs to a thru axle set-up if your hubs can be converted.
    You can either go 142x12mm or 135x12mm drop-outs for $89. (they are back ordered right now tho!)
    I think this is even stiffer than a 135x10mm bolt set-up.
    Thanks for the info.
    I am running 9mm QR in the rear and 20mm true axle in the front fork.
    My hubs are ZTR so I will loll in to the rear axle conversion.
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    I have a line on a good deal on an RIP9 frame, size L, but I'm trying to figure out how the fit's going to work out.

    I'm confident the reach will work for me, maybe with a 60 or 50mm stem. The only thing that has me slightly concerned is standover clearance for The Gents. I'm 6' even, with an inseam (shoes and all) of just under 35". I should have plenty of seatpost showing (planning to run a 100mm dropper, and that should fit without issue), I'm just a tad concerned about top tube clearance once I slide off the front of the saddle.

    Anyone with a 34.5-35" inside leg riding a large RIP9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2468 View Post
    I have a line on a good deal on an RIP9 frame, size L, but I'm trying to figure out how the fit's going to work out.

    I'm confident the reach will work for me, maybe with a 60 or 50mm stem. The only thing that has me slightly concerned is standover clearance for The Gents. I'm 6' even, with an inseam (shoes and all) of just under 35". I should have plenty of seatpost showing (planning to run a 100mm dropper, and that should fit without issue), I'm just a tad concerned about top tube clearance once I slide off the front of the saddle.

    Anyone with a 34.5-35" inside leg riding a large RIP9?
    I'm 6 ft & have about the same inseam, & had the Lge Rip9 & there is a heap of stand over.

    What seat height do you use ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    I'm 6 ft & have about the same inseam, & had the Lge Rip9 & there is a heap of stand over.

    What seat height do you use ?
    I have about 7" of seat post showing on my GT, which has pretty much the same seat tube length. About 30-30.5" between BB center and top surface of saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2468 View Post
    I have about 7" of seat post showing on my GT, which has pretty much the same seat tube length. About 30-30.5" between BB center and top surface of saddle.
    Lge Rip9 with 125mm drop Reverb & set set at 800mm or 31.49 inch's
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2468 View Post
    Anyone with a 34.5-35" inside leg riding a large RIP9?
    See photo above of my size XL RIP with a 120mm fork that I ride. I've got about the same inseam as you (35) and have no clearance problems on the size XL. I'm pretty sure the size L will be fine for you in terms of standover.

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    Thanks, all. Sounds like it's going to be well worth a test ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2468 View Post
    I have a line on a good deal on an RIP9 frame, size L, but I'm trying to figure out how the fit's going to work out.

    I'm confident the reach will work for me, maybe with a 60 or 50mm stem. The only thing that has me slightly concerned is standover clearance for The Gents. I'm 6' even, with an inseam (shoes and all) of just under 35". I should have plenty of seatpost showing (planning to run a 100mm dropper, and that should fit without issue), I'm just a tad concerned about top tube clearance once I slide off the front of the saddle.

    Anyone with a 34.5-35" inside leg riding a large RIP9?
    6 feet flat here with 34 inseam riding on an 09 RIP9. There's a lot of breathing room for the jools. There should be no issues there.

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    xl RIP9
    Reba RLT Ti 120
    full XT 2x10
    Thompson SP, Easton bar & stem
    black flag pro wheelset 12x142 & 20mm maxle axles
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    I took a few more pictures yesterday. The Ardents are really good tires for this bike. Feels like there's more travel in the bike with them.




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    Nice looking bike.
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    Thanks. I like building so I did plan the look also, but not at the expense of handling characteristics.

    I think the short stem was a really good upgrade. I used to have a longer one. Steering is much better. That stem (Syncros FRIC) is only 45 mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by In Hiding View Post
    Thanks. I like building so I did plan the look also, but not at the expense of handling characteristics.

    I think the short stem was a really good upgrade. I used to have a longer one. Steering is much better. That stem (Syncros FRIC) is only 45 mm.
    I'd be putting a dropper seat post on it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raketmaskin View Post
    Here's mine, a large, black RIP. Fox Talas forks, SRAM X0 throughout, Hope Pro II/ ZTR Arch wheels, Thomson/ Niner cockpit and a weight of 12,3kg or 27,1lbs on a not too steady scale.

    I've had one season on it, and can't wait for the next to start!

    That bike looks amazing. Love the front end. Where did you take the second picture?

    *****

    @muzzanic: Yes, I've been thinking about a dropper post, but I'm not sure yet. This has been sufficient for my needs. My seat is a bit lower than the "regular" fitting rules instruct. I haven't had pedaling problems, I can move behind the seat easily and I don't race so...

    It could be more fun though!

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    What's the right XT front derailleur for the RIP?

    Will the top-swing version of this:

    Shimano Deore XT 10-speed Front Derailleur - Normal Shipping Ground

    work OK?

    edit: hurf durf no of course not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2468 View Post
    What's the right XT front derailleur for the RIP?

    Will the top-swing version of this:

    Shimano Deore XT 10-speed Front Derailleur - Normal Shipping Ground

    work OK?

    edit: hurf durf no of course not.
    No. On your link the correct FD would be the FD-M781
    with the high clamp and bottom pull and bottom swing one.

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    What brake system are you using on with your RLT Ti?

    I have Avid XO's that have been a pain in the butt. Thinking of going with Shimano XT's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcap23 View Post
    What brake system are you using on with your RLT Ti?

    I have Avid XO's that have been a pain in the butt. Thinking of going with Shimano XT's.
    XT's with a 6 bolt ice-tech rotor. They're awesome brakes. Super strong, great modulation, one finger control, no fade, no squeal.
    I had trouble getting them installed straight until I faced the mounting posts and got everything square.

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    I had a set of Avids for about 3 days... didn't like them.
    I have had Hayes and was happy with their performance and now I am running XT solid brakes for abour 2 years now all I have done is chnage pads in the back maintenance free as far as I can tell and the newer XT Ice-Tech suppouse to be even better.
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    Thanks

    Sounds good. Looks like XT brakes have a pretty good reputation. Now I just need to get rid of teh Avid XO's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcap23 View Post
    Sounds good. Looks like XT brakes have a pretty good reputation. Now I just need to get rid of teh Avid XO's.
    I have XX on my bikes & XT Trail on my wifes bike, My wife does like the XT alot although didn't have any problems with here XO

    I think most people find the XT easyer to set up & look after but the right person can Avids to work very well.
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    I wouldn't be suprised if it was user error, however I just had the bike in for a full tune including new pads and have brake rub front and rear immediatley after my ride.
    Sorry for the thread hijack.

    On another topic, I will be relocating to Santa Cruz here shortly and will be looking for a new front tire for the RIP. I have a Nevegal which has not impressed. I was thinking the 2.4 Ardent or the Nobby Nic.

    I have a Nobby Nic rear which has worked great. Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    What do you dislike about the nevegal?

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    The Nevegal feels pretty loose in the corners. I would prefer something that had more traction and less rolling resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcap23 View Post
    The Nevegal feels pretty loose in the corners. I would prefer something that had more traction and less rolling resistance.
    Try the Han Damp for a front. Working well for me on my Rip.
    Not sure you can get good traction WITH low rolling resistance tho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcap23 View Post
    I wouldn't be suprised if it was user error, however I just had the bike in for a full tune including new pads and have brake rub front and rear immediatley after my ride.
    Sorry for the thread hijack.

    On another topic, I will be relocating to Santa Cruz here shortly and will be looking for a new front tire for the RIP. I have a Nevegal which has not impressed. I was thinking the 2.4 Ardent or the Nobby Nic.

    I have a Nobby Nic rear which has worked great. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Toss another 2.35 Nic up front. Love mine. I'll be in Santa Cruz next Friday and Saturday as a matter of fact.

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    I'm not even sure what rolling resistance is, but I'm pretty sure my nevegals don't have any of it. I happy with mine, but would be interested in trying something that had more grip is it is out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDM View Post
    I'm not even sure what rolling resistance is, but I'm pretty sure my nevegals don't have any of it. I happy with mine, but would be interested in trying something that had more grip is it is out there.
    Riding something as knobby as the Nevegal I'm pretty sure you have some rolling resistance. It's a good tire, but certainly not a fast rolling one. Maybe you just haven't tried something like the Maxxis Crossmark or Ikon which have less resistance and haven't been able to appreciate the difference.

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    I'm just teasing about the rolling resistance. It was a silly way of saying that I don't really care too much about that. I was just wondering what 29er tires are out there that have better grip than the nevegals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danvar View Post
    Riding something as knobby as the Nevegal I'm pretty sure you have some rolling resistance. It's a good tire, but certainly not a fast rolling one. Maybe you just haven't tried something like the Maxxis Crossmark or Ikon which have less resistance and haven't been able to appreciate the difference.
    Yes but both of those tyre sadly lack grip.

    I think Racing Ralph have ok grip for there rolling resistance.

    The 2.4 Ardent has alot of grip & rolls quite well but is heavy.

    There are always trade off's

    I'm liking the Hans Dampf & Nobby Nic's

    But sadly the best way to cover all base's is to have many sets of wheels set up with different tyres.

    Also it's even better if your wheel rack is another bike.
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    Try the TIOGA Psycho Genius is not a bad tire last longer than the NN it has a stronger carcass and it's cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Try the TIOGA Psycho Genius is not a bad tire last longer than the NN it has a stronger carcass and it's cheaper.
    Nice looking tyre, Looks alot like the Ignitor that I really like.

    Shame it doesn't come in a 2.35 or 2.4
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    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?

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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.

    My 2 C

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

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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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    -Main purpose (XC, AM, etc): XC, getting into "trail"
    -Trail location/terrain: Southern California - Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mtns. - everything from buff singletrack to rocky descents
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 12/M/Licorice Ano.
    -Rider Weight: 175lbs
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 5'10/32"
    -Stem (length/rise): Thomson X4 10 degree 90mm
    -Headset: Cane Creek 110
    -Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    -Handlebar: Truvativ Noir T20 (carbon)
    -Rear Shock: Fox RP23.
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): currently stock - have yet to put it on a trail
    -Fork: 2013 Fox 32 Float FIT CTD w/ Trail Adjust
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): see rear settings
    -Brake Setup: 2012 XT w/ Ice Tech pads and rotors (180F, 160R)
    -Drivetrain Setup: 2x10 XT
    -Tires: Nobby Nic 2.35 front, Racing Ralph 2.25 rear - running tubeless
    -Wheels: Stan's Arch EX
    -Saddle: WTB SST Team
    -Pedals: VP Vice
    -Grips: ODI Ruffian (black)
    -Build Weight: 28.5 lb with pedals
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    Anyone use the Bionicon V.02 chainguide on their RIP?

    I really don't wanna replace a perfectly good X.0 derailleur with a new X.0 Type 2 derailleur. Looking for a cheaper alternative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    Anyone use the Bionicon V.02 chainguide on their RIP?

    I really don't wanna replace a perfectly good X.0 derailleur with a new X.0 Type 2 derailleur. Looking for a cheaper alternative.
    I just tried one on my '10 RIP to deal with the frequent chain drop/suck issue I've been dealig with. So far I've ripped it off twice... not impressed. Keep in mind, though, that I live in AZ an the Sonoran Desert eats bike parts.

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    An updated pic, now with full XT drivetrain and brakes, Arch wheelset and new tires


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    -Main purpose: Cross country, smile maker
    -Trail location/terrain: Southeast (GA, NC, TN, AL and more)
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 10/XL/Tang.
    -Rider Weight: 300lbs.
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 6'4"/34"
    -Stem (length/rise): Niner 100mm/0 rise.
    -Seat post: Niner
    -Handlebar: Race-face
    -Rear Shock: Fox RP23 (Push'd w/ Big hit kit)
    -Rear settings: 300 PSI,
    -Fork: Rock Shox Revelation RCT dual air/120mm
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.):150psi
    -Brake Setup: Shimano XT, 180F, 160R
    -Shifters: XTR front and rear
    -Drivetrain Setup: 2x9 Saint cranks Front, 36/22, rear Sram 11-36 F & R D: XT
    -Tires: Front - Knobby Nic, Rear - Knobby Nic
    -Wheels: Halo/DT Swiss hubs built by Mike C. (Lacemine29) maxel rear
    -Headset: Cane Creek tall
    -Seat: WTB Pure V
    -Grips: Race-Face

    Just finished the buildup, rode Fort Yargo (GA) on Saturday and Tsali (NC) on Sunday. The bike is exactly what I wanted and the first thing I noticed was that my lower back did not hurt halfway through the ride. Been a while since I was on a bike that truly fit my extra large frame. My only issue is that I seem to be washing out the front end on tight dusty turns. This is my first 29'r and I. Like. It.






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    Nice build! I will be curious to see if you have any issues with chain drop/suck. I have a '10 RIP with a bashguard on front, and if I drop to the granny under any sort of load or when the suspension is working the chain gets sucked between the seatstay and the crankset. Got a Bionicon C.guide, gave up on it after I ripped it off twice. Please post up if your setup works well.

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    Can't say that I had any problems at all with the drive train during the rides but then again I'm running a completely new drive train. Most of the time it's not the bike when dealing with chain suck but the meshing of the teeth and rollers.

    Here is a good read on the subject...

    Chain suck

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    winter is coming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sureal View Post
    winter is coming...
    I love to see a Rip9 covered in mud.
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    I'm putting together my RIP 9 right now but have a question about installing the crankset.

    How many spacers do you use when installing the crankset? I'm installing the shimano slx M665

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiebs915 View Post
    I'm putting together my RIP 9 right now but have a question about installing the crankset.

    How many spacers do you use when installing the crankset? I'm installing the shimano slx M665
    Check the Shimano web site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiebs915 View Post
    I'm putting together my RIP 9 right now but have a question about installing the crankset.

    How many spacers do you use when installing the crankset? I'm installing the shimano slx M665
    I use 1 on the drive side.
    I have a 6 Berth Motorhome that I rent out . It is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    I use 1 on the drive side.
    Yep...one on the drive side.

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    Thanks guys. I did did one on the drive side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiebs915 View Post
    Thanks guys. I did did one on the drive side.
    Pics, dude! I love to see a new project coming together. Reminds me of when I built mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Pics, dude! I love to see a new project coming together. Reminds me of when I built mine.
    I will post some pics up when its finally done. I'm still trying to figure out all the shifting... Its my first time. I also have to get the fork faced at a shop and cut the extra tube off. Once that's done I'll upload my pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiebs915 View Post
    I will post some pics up when its finally done. I'm still trying to figure out all the shifting... Its my first time. I also have to get the fork faced at a shop and cut the extra tube off. Once that's done I'll upload my pics.
    Having just built my first bike, I would say it's a good idea to get the steer tube cut at a shop, but you'll realize while they're doing it that you could have done it no problem. The real issue is measuring 5x before you mark where you want it cut. Have fun!

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    Just bought a new RIP 9 and Rock Shox RCT3 fork combo from Jensonusa during there 12 days of Christmas deal of the day.
    What headset do you guys recommend? The Cane Creek 40 series is going to run $62 thru Amazon is it decent or should I spring from a King Inset? It sucks that they no longer come with a headset as its a pain to get one and then have a shop install it. I can build everything else but don't have a facing tool or headset press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazynate View Post
    Just bought a new RIP 9 and Rock Shox RCT3 fork combo from Jensonusa during there 12 days of Christmas deal of the day.
    What headset do you guys recommend? The Cane Creek 40 series is going to run $62 thru Amazon is it decent or should I spring from a King Inset? It sucks that they no longer come with a headset as its a pain to get one and then have a shop install it. I can build everything else but don't have a facing tool or headset press.
    Why not just get a CC 40 series from Jenson to save on shipping?
    King's are good but for the $$ so are CC 40 series headsets.
    Also just have a lbs install the headset for you if you don't feel comfortable doing it youself.
    As far as the Rip needing any chasing or facing, it does not. Should be good to go out of the box!
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    The 40 is definitely fine. I have a 110, but only cuz I got a screaming deal on it.

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    Here is my build. I will post an updated picture of the bike after the headtube is cut.

    -Trail location/terrain: Wisconsin, still looking for new trails!
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 2012, Medium, RAW
    -Rider Weight: 165lbs
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 5'11/32"
    -Stem (length/rise): Thomson X4 0 degree 90mm
    -Headset: Cane Creek
    -Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    -Handlebar: Easton Haven (Carbon)
    -Rear Shock: Fox RP23.
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): will update once ridden more
    -Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 140mm
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): will update
    -Brake Setup: 2012 XT w/ Ice Tech pads and rotors (180F, 160R)
    -Drivetrain Setup: 2x10 SLX+XT
    -Tires: Maxxis Ardents. Front-2.4, rear-2.1, running tubeless
    -Wheels: Stan's Flow EX
    -Saddle: San Selle Marco Blaze
    -Pedals: MG-1
    -Grips: Crankbrothers
    -Build Weight: about 30lbs



    Last edited by Hiebs915; 12-31-2012 at 08:33 PM.

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    I'm still trying to figure out a shifting problem which can be found here:
    Can I use a sram xx front derailleur with shimano xt shifter pod?

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    Cool, Now buy a dropper post for it & the Job is done.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiebs915 View Post
    Here is my build. I will post an updated picture of the bike after the headtube was cut soon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    Cool, Now buy a dropper post for it & the Job is done.
    Maybe a future upgrade or when I find a good deal.

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