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    Tall RIP 9ers - controls setup?

    So i rode an XL air 9 scandium all last year with 120mm stem - 0 deg, 725mm flat bar and 100mm reba.

    in dec i found one of the screaming deals on a RIP and built one up. I feel LOTS faster in general, but i am still trying to get a feel for handling.... i still feel more confident on the AIR, but i dont know if that is just b/c its what i am used to or if i need to do some more handling (stem/bar/fork) tinkering....

    XL RIP, 6'6", 37" inseam, 220#

    100mm stem - 6 deg down, 800mm bars - 140mm travel fox talas 32

    any other tall guys on XL RIPs? what are you running? how did you get it dialed in?

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    Bike fit is very much a rider specific thing so take this with a grain of salt, but it sounds to me like maybe you could try a shorter stem. Granted, I'm 3 inches shorter than you are, and I ride a Large not an XL, but my current setup (which I love) is a 60mm stem with 6 deg rise and a 785mm wide 3/4" rise bar. I'll concede that I'm quite a bit shorter than you are but that XL you're on has a long top tube, you've got a long(ish) stem and some very wide bars on there. I think a shorter stem might be worth experimenting with. I've gradually come back from a 100mm stem to 80mm and now to 60mm and for me the 60mm stem (combined with the wide bars), has really dialed the bike in. I've got a friend who is your height and he runs an 80mm stem on his Jet9 RDO which he seems to think is perfect.

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    You might want to post this in the Clyde section too just maybe get responses from bigger guys. But, I am 6'5" and I ride an XL WFO. I weigh quite a bit more than you, but I don't think that is too important for this though. I also don't have quite the inseam that you have. My pant inseam is 32" but my bike inseam is 35". On my WFO I have a 90mm 0 deg stem, 750mm bars and I run a Thomson set back seatpost. When I first got the bike the stem was too low and I had a straight seatpost, which was killing me. But I was able to add spacers under my stem and then I put the setback seatpost on and it's super comfortable for me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatpig View Post
    So i rode an XL air 9 scandium all last year with 120mm stem - 0 deg, 725mm flat bar and 100mm reba.

    in dec i found one of the screaming deals on a RIP and built one up. I feel LOTS faster in general, but i am still trying to get a feel for handling.... i still feel more confident on the AIR, but i dont know if that is just b/c its what i am used to or if i need to do some more handling (stem/bar/fork) tinkering....

    XL RIP, 6'6", 37" inseam, 220#

    100mm stem - 6 deg down, 800mm bars - 140mm travel fox talas 32

    any other tall guys on XL RIPs? what are you running? how did you get it dialed in?
    6'4" size XL RIP. 35.5" inseam.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4744397579/" title="Muddy RIP by BBcamerata, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4138/4744397579_502688706a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Muddy RIP"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/7770273948/" title="Rockin'TheRip9 by BBcamerata, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/7770273948_4ef5b7e79c.jpg" width="364" height="500" alt="Rockin'TheRip9"></a>

    I use a slammed 120mm Ritchey stem flipped negative (not sure if it's -5 or -6) with the 120mm Fox fork. Bars are not that wide (trimmed down to 650mm) as I don't like anything wider than 660mm for XC riding in the tight, tree-lined Midwest singeltrack.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/7288163982/" title="P1010011 by BBcamerata, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7079/7288163982_565d9bdf36.jpg" width="500" height="318" alt="P1010011"></a>

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