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    Wow!

    First ride impressions on my RIP RDO XX1 Pike - Ahhh Mazing!!! So stoked. Thanks to all who post intelligently about bikes here to guide tough decisions.

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    Got my maiden voyage in yesterday. Still need to fine tune a thing or 2 but it is a very nice bike.

    How does yours look like?

    This one is mine.


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    Hotness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damdegraff View Post
    First ride impressions on my RIP RDO XX1 Pike - Ahhh Mazing!!! So stoked. Thanks to all who post intelligently about bikes here to guide tough decisions.
    Good to see you loving it.

    Tell us more about the build & why you went that way?

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    Just ordered one for mine too, can't wait!

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    Wow!-img_0179.jpg

    Here's a pic of mine!

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    I chose the Rip9 RDO after a ton of research, a little bit of demoing, and a lot of faith. I've been riding on my 6 year old Cannondale Prophet and in serious need of an upgrade. I demo'd the Ibis Ripley and have ridden my friend's SC Carbon Tallboys. I can use any help given on climbs and longer grinder days, so I wanted a trail bike that could climb, but also something that excelled on the downhills. Your basic quiver killer - as I am not going to have the option for multiple bikes any time soon.

    The Ripley climbed amazingly and was pretty nimble - however due to the size and setup, I felt slightly undergunned on the downhills. The Tallboys with less travel descended better. I think I could have made the Ripley work with a size XL and a 140 shock, but I didn't want to fit a square peg so to speak.

    I seriously considered the Yeti SB95c, but due to some comments here was swayed to the Rip9. Plus it has an internal water bottle cage which is really nice for the shorter 2 hour rides. I thought I couldn't go wrong with either bike, but pulled the trigger on the Niner.

    And so glad I did! It really felt like a trail bike that is 80% all mountain and 20% XC. It climbed and accelerated beautifully but just wanted to be unleashed on anything flat or downhill. Unlike the Ripley, I felt I was holding the bike back.

    I've only had 1 ride as I left for Phish Gorge the next morning and just got back but the Pike shock felt so plush. I never even opened it to the full downhill setting.

    The XX1 32t felt perfect as well. So nice to not have to worry about what ring you are in!

    Can't wait to get back on it this week!

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    Wow!

    Nice bike...glad you like it.

    Btw does your pike have sag gradients On the stanchions?

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    Just chiming in, but my 150mm Pike had sag gradients and the 140mm did not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    Just chiming in, but my 150mm Pike had sag gradients and the 140mm did not.
    I have a 140 mm and they aren't there indeed that is why i asked because i see different pics.

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    What size stem are you guys running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redball409 View Post
    What size stem are you guys running?
    Currently 80 mm but want to go 50 mm but have to test first.

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    I'm 6 ft, Ride a large & use a 50mm stem & 780mm RDO flat bar.


    Quote Originally Posted by Redball409 View Post
    What size stem are you guys running?

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    Muzz you still using the Niner trailstem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand0kan View Post
    Muzz you still using the Niner trailstem?
    I have it on my EMD at the moment.

    I have got an Easton Haven 50mm stem on the Rip9 RDO at the moment while I work out if I'm going to run 50mm stem & the bars at 780mm.

    Or if I will cut the bars down a little & go back to a longer stem.

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