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  1. #1
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    DV9 vs Ripley V3

    I have a size large DV9 but am looking at a size large Ripley V3. I've never owned a full suspension and do plan on test riding one but before I do can someone clarify a couple things?

    The geo between the two seems very similar for reach and head tube angle. I'm not sure about the seat tube angle and how that would make a difference and how the bike feels seated climbing.

    I guess what I'm getting at is, does the DV9 have the same feel seated pedaling down a flat section of singletrack at a Ripley (not counting the fact that the rear shock will absorb the chatter)?

    I'm 5'10 and ride the large DV9 and still feel the reach is a touch short.

    Thanks for any help you could provide!

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    I'm 5'11 and had both in size large. Fit felt roughly the same between the two in terms of seated pedaling. I rode the V3 for over a year and loved it, but I did not keep the DV9 very long as it felt harsh and slightly more cramped (in terms of reach). The difference was small but noticeable, and the bike did not feel very composed in high speed chatter. If I had to pick one, V3 all day.

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    Thanks for the insight. That was kind of what I was hoping to hear. I went ahead and ordered a V3 today. Just gonna change all my parts over to the V3. Only bummer is I have a Fox 34 Step Cast in 120 I'm gonna have to use until I can bump it up to 130.

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