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    Any other bikes I should be considering?

    I have a V1 Evil Following and just kind of have an itch to get a new bike. It's the best bike I've ever owned but I'm ready for something new if all the right boxes are checked. It's always been just a hair too small for me. I'm 6'6" and would like something with at least 630mm stack, 29" wheels, and 115-140mm rear travel. I also want something that pedals well—I don't want to ever have to flip a lever to climb trails and no room for a water bottle *inside* the front triangle is a deal breaker.

    I'm considering the Santa Cruz Hightower (non-LT), Pivot Switchblade, and Ibis Ripley V4 (in no particular order).


    Ruled out:
    Pivot 429 Trail - stack too low
    Stumpjumper - not a fan of FSR, seems to need the bandaid of a firm shock to climb well
    Trek Fuel - stack too low
    Yeti SB100/130 - sooo many threads about cracked frames. That and the extra maintenance of the Switch system is enough to turn me off.

    Am I missing anything?

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    Maybe:
    GG Trail Pistol
    Spot Mayhem

    Good luck!

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    Ibis Ripley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legbacon View Post
    Ibis Ripley.
    That’s on the list I have in the first post

    Ripley, Hightower, Switchblade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    That’s on the list I have in the first post

    Ripley, Hightower, Switchblade
    More coffee.
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    Trance 29 Pro 1 (because it has the DPX2).

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    I am 6'5" and the XXL Fuel is the best fit of any bike I have ever riden (going on 30 years). Stack is 650. At 6'6" you owe it to yourself to try some proper big bikes. The Fuel is decent. The new version due in a month may be better....

    GG have always interested me for TT, Reach, and Stack.

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    The Ripley is short. 6'6" might be too small, even in XL. You might need a XXL bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    The Ripley is short. 6'6" might be too small, even in XL. You might need a XXL bike.
    Measurements are all a little bigger than my Evil if I remember right. I will compare again before purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Measurements are all a little bigger than my Evil if I remember right. I will compare again before purchasing.
    My son is 6'2" tall and fits nicely on a Ripmo, if that helps with comparisons to the Ripley.

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    I would also wait for the new Hightower to hit the street before making a decision.

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    GG Trail Pistol or Smash

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    Quote Originally Posted by telejefe View Post
    I would also wait for the new Hightower to hit the street before making a decision.
    Yea I think a new Switchblade is probably on the horizon too

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    I've owned a lot of the bikes mentioned, in XL and I'm 6'2, 34 inseam, +2 ape.

    Assuming you have normal limb proportions at your height, I seriously can't imagine any XL bike truly fitting you properly. Except the GG Smash, which I didn't like personally from a suspension standpoint, but it'll be the right size.

    You really should demo some XXL stuff just to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    I've owned a lot of the bikes mentioned, in XL and I'm 6'2, 34 inseam, +2 ape.

    Assuming you have normal limb proportions at your height, I seriously can't imagine any XL bike truly fitting you properly. Except the GG Smash, which I didn't like personally from a suspension standpoint, but it'll be the right size.

    You really should demo some XXL stuff just to see.
    Not to hijack, but what didn't you like about the Smash suspension?
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    The Guerrilla Gravity stuff would be good for your size.
    Revel Bikes Rascal is sweet, but don't know if it'd be big enough for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    My son is 6'2" tall and fits nicely on a Ripmo, if that helps with comparisons to the Ripley.
    I am 6'1" and fit nicely on a XL Ripley. At 6'6", it would be very weird. I think I would need a 120mm stem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    I am 6'1" and fit nicely on a XL Ripley. At 6'6", it would be very weird. I think I would need a 120mm stem!
    Figures below are Ripley/Following. Seat tube is the only place the Ripley is smaller and that's probably to accommodate longer droppers. Are there any other measurements I should be looking at?

    Seat tube - 482 / 508
    Top tube - 658 / 647
    Stack - 631 / 617
    Reach - 500 / 457

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    You should be looking at a pole evolink 110 or 131.

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    I'm in the same boat as the OP. I have a V1 Ibis Ripley and am considering getting a different 29er.

    An easy choice is the new V4 Ripley, however, I'm interested in researching other brands, there are countless these days: Whyte, Guerilla Gravity, Norco, Devinci, etc...

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    Rocky Mountain Instinct. I'm 6'4" and the stock XL felt too big for me (but I was riding a L before). I changed the stem from 50 to 40mm and moved the saddle forward the most I could so I could feel "at home". Stack at 630 made the seatpost be on the maximum insertion, and the min rear travel is 140mm. Checks all your boxes.

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