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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Yet there are people who have the one up and say wait to they redo the cable mechanism, since the sleeve has to move. Seems strange way to do it and people have mentioned problems.
    Iíve heard about some people who got some of the first ones that had to big of an o-ring and the lock would slide off
    But thankfully I got the proper one. Just curious what the other problems are that you are referring to that donít have anything to do with improper installation?

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    Just for the record after two warrantees on my KS 175mm I bought the One Up. I saved money and it works great. The fox has also worked well but is more expensive.


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    Demo 2019 Ibis Ripmo GX

    I just got to demo a 2019 Ibis Ripmo GX. Cool bike.

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    I video recorded my demo ride. You can see it here:

    https://youtu.be/mrSMAi8YVeI

    The Rimpo is a strong climber with the DW Link in the back.

    Yet it opens up during the downhill.

    The Ripmo is the big brother to the Ripley (another fun bike).

    Ibis hit it out of the park with this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2MTB View Post
    I just got to demo a 2019 Ibis Ripmo GX. Cool bike.

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    I video recorded my demo ride. You can see it here:

    https://youtu.be/mrSMAi8YVeI

    The Rimpo is a strong climber with the DW Link in the back.

    Yet it opens up during the downhill.

    The Ripmo is the big brother to the Ripley (another fun bike).

    Ibis hit it out of the park with this bike.
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    LBS being straight with me?

    After 8 years on a couple of Lenzís, I sold my Lenz Lunchbox a lot faster than I expected so Iím without a trail bike on the Front Range and leave in 4 weeks to be gone on 3 week trip so I want to get some good riding in during June. Didnít realize the lead time on some of these bikes is so far out there. Iíve usually built up the bikes I ride myself over the winter every 3-5 years, but the timing just worked out this way and I guess Iím in the market for a complete bike. I like to support a local LBS if I can. Got one here in town with some Ibisís on the sale floor and some to demo.

    Anyways, the Ripmo is on my short list. Demoing the size Large today to make sure it will work for me. The shop also has a size Large on the floor for sale today so if this size is good, I really want to pick it up because I can put the $100 I spend on the demo towards a new bike. Iím a regular at a different 1-man shop but they donít carry Ibis and Iím really wanting to try this DW configuration - felt good on a spin through the neighborhood around the shop too.

    So Iím in there Sunday scheduling the Demo and trying out this new bike they have on the floor. Itís the GX build with the Factory Fox 36, standard DPX2, and Ibis Carbon rims and hubs. So the sales guy says, ďweíve got this size large here, itís normally $6,700 but for some reason the manager has it marked down to $6,400.Ē They had a tag made up for the bike with that price on it too. Iím thinking to myself at the time, that this sounds sweet. Ask if they can put a hold on it until tomorrow after I do the demo and they say sure. But then I get home and look up the price on Ibis and see that it should actually be $6,300. So I call them up and ask about the price discrepancy and the guy on the phone says he isnít sure why that was...but then goes on to say that the bike was actually just returned by someone after having it for a few days. He says heíll mark it down to $6,000, and I tell him thatís much appreciated.

    But then I started going through my mind some of the details of the build and Iím absolutely sure they have the KS dropper on it and not the Bike Yoke like it says the GX build should be. Going back today to pick up the Demo so Iíll look at the details on the other parts of the build, but makes me think it should be priced below the $6,000 as well. I know the Ibis website says pricing and specifications are subject to change, but I looked up builds on Jenson and Competitive Cyclist and they both put the Bike Yoke on the GX build.

    Any advice? Iíve always felt really good working with the LBSís Iíve spent time in over the last 25 years...but Iíve always been the guy having them order me parts for frames Iíve picked up on my own...and with my first complete bike purchase since I was a teenager, this is leaving me sour to the process.
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    i think at that level the bikeyoke is a factory option.

    KS dropper is as good as a tent stake long term and the bikeyoke upgrade is worth $400 or more.

    here's a brand new ripmo L in palo alto being sold by the bike connection. $6300. 1K off list price. higher build i think but still no bike yoke. im not affiliated with shop.

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bid...896774083.html

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    If this is the black large at FC in Boulder on Pearl, that bike has been there for probably 6 months. I have no idea why it hasn't sold, given how hard Ripmos are to find. I'm in there all the time. I think the older builds may have come with the KS but now come with the Bike Yoke. I wanted to buy from my LBS too but when I talked to them they weren't willing to move on the price and I was able to do a completely custom build from an online retailer for a good amount less than that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FactoryMatt View Post
    i think at that level the bikeyoke is a factory option.

    KS dropper is as good as a tent stake long term and the bikeyoke upgrade is worth $400 or more.

    here's a brand new ripmo L in palo alto being sold by the bike connection. $6300. 1K off list price. higher build i think but still no bike yoke. im not affiliated with shop.

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bid...896774083.html
    That looks like a sweet build. Wonder if theyíd ship? At least it has a Transfer on it. KS is crap.

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    they probably will. just ask them via phone so to avoid any franchise restrictions on their part.

    if they won't and it's a good enough deal for you, i'm local to bay area and can facilitate getting it to you for a fee. just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ackshen View Post
    If this is the black large at FC in Boulder on Pearl, that bike has been there for probably 6 months. I have no idea why it hasn't sold, given how hard Ripmos are to find. I'm in there all the time. I think the older builds may have come with the KS but now come with the Bike Yoke. I wanted to buy from my LBS too but when I talked to them they weren't willing to move on the price and I was able to do a completely custom build from an online retailer for a good amount less than that bike.
    Probably the same one. What vendor did you work with?
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    Sigh. I ordered my large charcoal frame in late April and was told late May for a ship date. I just heard from my dealer and Ibis has pushed shipping back to August.
    I'm sure there are business decisions in production ( Ripley V4) and that Scot , Hans and co. aren't happy about missing sales, but why does Ibis have such a problem meeting demand after a year of production?

    Before anyone thinks Im bashing here's some history. I owned a Spanky back in the day, yep I'm old, and since then I have owned 5 carbon Ibises starting with a first gen. Mojo. To get it I had to talk a local shop into becoming a dealer since there were no dealers in the area (2006-2007 if I remember right). It took 2+ months to get it.

    When I replaced it with a Mojo SL it took over 3 months for that frame to arrive. My Lugi was a short wait-6 weeks and my Lugi disc was super speedy. 3+ weeks.
    When the v1 Ripley was shipping I was ready to place an order but all the regional dealers were telling me 3-4 months if I was lucky. So after leaving the Ibis MTB fold for a while when the Ripmo came out I was ready to jump back in. So I figured I'd wait a year for the production on the Ripmo to get up to speed but Damn- I'm right back to a 3 months wait to get a frame.

    It seem that by not being able to supply small dealers who can't maintain an inventory, it forces potential customers who want the bike/frame to the larger online companies or larger online shops that have enough capital to order lots of inventory. It seems to me that this just furthers the consolidation of scale- sort of the opposite of the small producer ethos Ibis has always been known for.
    Dammit Ibis don't make me ride a Santa Cruz! OK. rant over. I feel better. Or could be the beer.

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    3 months wait for a large. Again.

    Sigh. I ordered my large coal frame in late April and was told late May for a ship date. I just heard from my dealer and Ibis has pushed shipping back to August.
    I get that there are business decisions in production (Ripley V4) and that Scot and Co. aren't happy about missing sales, but why does Ibis have such a problem meeting demand after a year of production?

    Before anyone thinks I'm bashing here's some history. I owned a Spanky back in the day, yep I'm old, and since then I have owned 5 carbon Ibises starting with a first gen. Mojo. To buy locally I had to talk a small local shop into becoming a dealer since there were no dealers in the area (2006-2007 if I remember right). It took 2+ months to get it.

    When I replaced it with a Mojo SL it took over 3 months for that frame to arrive. My Lugi was a short wait-6 weeks and my Lugi disc was super speedy. 3+ weeks and my HakkaMX- over a month.

    When the v1 Ripley was announced I waited about 6 months and was ready to place an order but all the regional dealers were telling me I wouldn't see it for 4+ months if I was lucky. So after leaving the Ibis MTB fold for a while when the Ripmo came out, I was ready to jump back in. So this time I figured I'd wait a year for the production on the Ripmo to get up to speed but Damn- I'm right back to a 3 months wait to get a frame if I want to use a local shop.

    It seems that by not being able to supply small dealers who can't maintain an inventory, it forces potential customers who want the bike/frame to go to the larger online companies or larger shops that have enough capital to order lots of inventory. And this just furthers the consolidation of scale- sort of opposite of the small producer ethos Ibis has always been known for.
    Sigh.
    Dammit Ibis! Don't make me ride a Santa Cruz! OK. rant over. I feel better. Or could be the beer.

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    uh oh. that's not good. new Intense Primer will be out then. 140+mm

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    Sad people are having issues getting their hands on frames. Best bike Iíve ever owned and the perfect all mountain/duro bike. Patience is key but there are other options out there.


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    Sorry to hear about the long wait times. I ordered my bike late April, was told May 15, then June 15 and unexpectedly it showed up at the bike shop 2 weeks early. Not sure what's up with deliveries from Ibis.

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    It's not just Ibis
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    I hope the same happens with my order!

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    Really? What bike do you have order? My friend had to wait 5 weeks for his SB130 but thats not 3 months!

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    CC/BC seem to have all sizes in stock? Well, I guess not since it won't let me put anything into the cart.
    2019 Yeti SB5C
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    My friend and I ordered at the same time and got our bikes at the same time. His was a large, mine a medium. Ripmo, XT build with Factory Fork upgrade and Ibis Carbon wheels. They were ordered on May 12'th and arrived on May 28'th.
    My name is Chris and I ride a Ripmo now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yerma View Post
    Sigh. I ordered my large coal frame in late April and was told late May for a ship date. I just heard from my dealer and Ibis has pushed shipping back to August.
    I get that there are business decisions in production (Ripley V4) and that Scot and Co. aren't happy about missing sales, but why does Ibis have such a problem meeting demand after a year of production?

    Before anyone thinks I'm bashing here's some history. I owned a Spanky back in the day, yep I'm old, and since then I have owned 5 carbon Ibises starting with a first gen. Mojo. To buy locally I had to talk a small local shop into becoming a dealer since there were no dealers in the area (2006-2007 if I remember right). It took 2+ months to get it.

    When I replaced it with a Mojo SL it took over 3 months for that frame to arrive. My Lugi was a short wait-6 weeks and my Lugi disc was super speedy. 3+ weeks and my HakkaMX- over a month.

    When the v1 Ripley was announced I waited about 6 months and was ready to place an order but all the regional dealers were telling me I wouldn't see it for 4+ months if I was lucky. So after leaving the Ibis MTB fold for a while when the Ripmo came out, I was ready to jump back in. So this time I figured I'd wait a year for the production on the Ripmo to get up to speed but Damn- I'm right back to a 3 months wait to get a frame if I want to use a local shop.

    It seems that by not being able to supply small dealers who can't maintain an inventory, it forces potential customers who want the bike/frame to go to the larger online companies or larger shops that have enough capital to order lots of inventory. And this just furthers the consolidation of scale- sort of opposite of the small producer ethos Ibis has always been known for.
    Sigh.
    Dammit Ibis! Don't make me ride a Santa Cruz! OK. rant over. I feel better. Or could be the beer.
    There are plenty of places with Rimpos in stock. I just cancelled my Ripley order and got a Ripmo instead because they had one in stock. I was getting told it will be month(s) on the Ripley. I got a deal so I should be able to ride this frame all summer/fall and then dump it without losing much if I decide to.

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    Quick Opinion Question. I can afford to either get both the Fork and Shock upgraded to the 36 Factory and Factory X2 or the Wheels upgraded to the S35 Carbon. I'm thinking I may just do the suspension as I could just build a custom set of wheels a year down the road or so. That said I've only ever demo'd the bike with a carbon wheel set and don't know how much I'd feel the difference on the flats/climbs. Anyone have any thoughts on where the best value sits when purchasing this bike? Budget is approximately $5800 if that helps. I'm about 180lbs geared up and mainly ride blacks/blues in the PNW with the occasional trip down stuff a bit rougher than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoKiD View Post
    What size Rotor are you guys running on the rear? Currently I have a 160 but im about to order a 180. Can anyone have shoot me a link to the right adapter I need for the rear? Thanks in advance.
    203 in both front and rear. However Iím a big guy at 6í2Ē and about 220lb and am smash gravity focused

    In the end never harms to have too much on an LT. MTB

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoKiD View Post
    What is your stem spacer situation looking like? Anyone running their stems slammed? Thinking of cutting my steerer tube to get rid of the excess above the stem.
    Nope didnít slam as nice to have some spacer so play with and experiment. Plus I also run the K step Garmin
    Mount for my 1030 edge - fits perfect with the IBIS stock stem in terms of clearance and is a little forward over stem than being right over the top tube.

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    I agree I did a deal with my LBS and bought an NX WERX then upgrades drive train to XO1, 4pot XT brakes and the dropper to factory with wolf tooth remote at discount- worked out about £1600 less than stock XO1. I then sold the ďoldĒ parts on eBay and got more cash back.

    Never pay sticker and Iíd aim for at least 5% to 10% discount for a stock build or a deal on upgrade parts.

    The ibis hubs and 942 carbon hoops are fantastic and well worth the werx upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acme54321 View Post
    There are plenty of places with Rimpos in stock. I just cancelled my Ripley order and got a Ripmo instead because they had one in stock. I was getting told it will be month(s) on the Ripley. I got a deal so I should be able to ride this frame all summer/fall and then dump it without losing much if I decide to.
    Yep, Im sure if I started to go down the list of Ibis dealers I could find one. But like I said in my post, Iím trying to stay local and... my local dealer is giving me a price break. Not sure why some dealers are able to order and get them in in a short period of time and others can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acme54321 View Post
    There are plenty of places with Rimpos in stock. I just cancelled my Ripley order and got a Ripmo instead because they had one in stock. I was getting told it will be month(s) on the Ripley. I got a deal so I should be able to ride this frame all summer/fall and then dump it without losing much if I decide to.
    I think you can find a Ripley on the east coast - NY State


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yerma View Post
    Sigh. I ordered my large charcoal frame in late April and was told late May for a ship date. I just heard from my dealer and Ibis has pushed shipping back to August.
    I'm sure there are business decisions in production ( Ripley V4) and that Scot , Hans and co. aren't happy about missing sales, but why does Ibis have such a problem meeting demand after a year of production?

    Before anyone thinks Im bashing here's some history. I owned a Spanky back in the day, yep I'm old, and since then I have owned 5 carbon Ibises starting with a first gen. Mojo. To get it I had to talk a local shop into becoming a dealer since there were no dealers in the area (2006-2007 if I remember right). It took 2+ months to get it.

    When I replaced it with a Mojo SL it took over 3 months for that frame to arrive. My Lugi was a short wait-6 weeks and my Lugi disc was super speedy. 3+ weeks.
    When the v1 Ripley was shipping I was ready to place an order but all the regional dealers were telling me 3-4 months if I was lucky. So after leaving the Ibis MTB fold for a while when the Ripmo came out I was ready to jump back in. So I figured I'd wait a year for the production on the Ripmo to get up to speed but Damn- I'm right back to a 3 months wait to get a frame.

    It seem that by not being able to supply small dealers who can't maintain an inventory, it forces potential customers who want the bike/frame to the larger online companies or larger online shops that have enough capital to order lots of inventory. It seems to me that this just furthers the consolidation of scale- sort of the opposite of the small producer ethos Ibis has always been known for.
    Dammit Ibis don't make me ride a Santa Cruz! OK. rant over. I feel better. Or could be the beer.
    I ordered around the first of April and I am getting the same run around as you.

    I am told the frame are in stock but they are waiting on parts for full builds... but I see full build Ripleys posted on line every day so...
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    Anyone have experience with setting a ripmo with factory 36 and dpx2 up on a really light rider. Have a friend that is coming for a visit and I'm gonna give her my bike to use. She's 5-5 and about 110 lbs. She's too light for the stock setup yes I know but I myself use about 13lbs less pressure in the fork than spec so I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience setting up for a really light rider.

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    Make sure there are no green bands in the negative spring chamber of the shock. Back out front rebound and compression damping all the way obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotDishman View Post
    Quick Opinion Question. I can afford to either get both the Fork and Shock upgraded to the 36 Factory and Factory X2 or the Wheels upgraded to the S35 Carbon. I'm thinking I may just do the suspension as I could just build a custom set of wheels a year down the road or so. That said I've only ever demo'd the bike with a carbon wheel set and don't know how much I'd feel the difference on the flats/climbs. Anyone have any thoughts on where the best value sits when purchasing this bike? Budget is approximately $5800 if that helps. I'm about 180lbs geared up and mainly ride blacks/blues in the PNW with the occasional trip down stuff a bit rougher than that.
    I'd say you're on the right track. I would invest first in your suspension. Carbon wheels aren't for everybody. But quality suspension is. When/if your wheels die, upgrade then, if you feel the need. A back up wheelset is never a bad idea either IMO. I have a pair of carbon and alum wheels for what it's worth. And I also bought a frame only Ripmo. So I wasn't constrained by what Ibis offers as a bike build.

    But then again, some folks say the X2 is overkill. But for your riding and terrain, I assume the X2 will feel right at home. I'm from CO and have never ridden the PNW (besides Whistler...is that PNW?) But yeah, X2 is a rad shock. I love it. So tuneable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotDishman View Post
    Quick Opinion Question. I can afford to either get both the Fork and Shock upgraded to the 36 Factory and Factory X2 or the Wheels upgraded to the S35 Carbon. I'm thinking I may just do the suspension as I could just build a custom set of wheels a year down the road or so. That said I've only ever demo'd the bike with a carbon wheel set and don't know how much I'd feel the difference on the flats/climbs. Anyone have any thoughts on where the best value sits when purchasing this bike? Budget is approximately $5800 if that helps. I'm about 180lbs geared up and mainly ride blacks/blues in the PNW with the occasional trip down stuff a bit rougher than that.
    Definitely suspension first, then wheels later. I'm a full on Carbon Wheel convert, but the wheels don't really matter if your squishy bits suck Get the suspension dialled, then you'll actually be able to feel the wheelset making a difference in all the other aspects than weight alone

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    Ive read a few places that the Ripmo regressive suspension curve doesn't work for coli by have come across this: https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/...mo-2018-880094

    Is it a viable option? Seems to suggest it is specifically for the Ripmo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotDishman View Post
    Quick Opinion Question. I can afford to either get both the Fork and Shock upgraded to the 36 Factory and Factory X2 or the Wheels upgraded to the S35 Carbon. I'm thinking I may just do the suspension as I could just build a custom set of wheels a year down the road or so. That said I've only ever demo'd the bike with a carbon wheel set and don't know how much I'd feel the difference on the flats/climbs. Anyone have any thoughts on where the best value sits when purchasing this bike? Budget is approximately $5800 if that helps. I'm about 180lbs geared up and mainly ride blacks/blues in the PNW with the occasional trip down stuff a bit rougher than that.
    I would do the wheels. The performance suspension on the Ripmo is actually really solid. If you could manage to pull off the fork upgrade too for 6k I'd really try and aim for that. The carbon hoops reinforce the compliment nature of the bike while giving it a little more pop out of the turns.

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    Very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oghunt View Post
    I would do the wheels. The performance suspension on the Ripmo is actually really solid. If you could manage to pull off the fork upgrade too for 6k I'd really try and aim for that. The carbon hoops reinforce the compliment nature of the bike while giving it a little more pop out of the turns.
    Iíd recommend holding off on the X2 and trying the DPX2 - especially if you like pop. Also the DPX2 is a hell of a lot easier to live with and set up than the X2. If you are going to use for mostly trails and like popping off stuff and value ease of set up - but still work great - DPX2 all the way.
    Itís also an easy upgrade in future.

    Demo a ripmo with an X2 and and one with DPX2 and see difference - everyone is different above was just my view

    The carbon rims with the Ibis hubs would make a way more noticeable better bang for buck vs an x2.

    I ride v rocky trails and used mine for amateur enduro racing too. Carbon rims made it more alive and precise (especially in corners) in my opinion.

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    Anyone know if the Fox Performance 36 specced on the GX build has the Grip or Fit 4 damper?

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    Grip damper.

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    Grip not grip 2. It is my fovorit fox shock.... it has a single level that ties the low speed and high speed compression together. You can quickly adjust it from open to closed and anywhere in between. As long as you are within the shocked tuned rider weight there is no reason to upgrade imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groundskeeperwilly View Post
    Ive read a few places that the Ripmo regressive suspension curve doesn't work for coli by have come across this: https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/...mo-2018-880094

    Is it a viable option? Seems to suggest it is specifically for the Ripmo?
    MRP Hazzard coil shock has an progressive spring option that would get you where you need to be. otherwise, you could run a higher rate spring to get the end stroke support the frame needs to be safe.

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    Why in the world can you not spec a factory dpx2 from Ibis? OCD has me hating the mismatch.

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    so you can save money on the performance and buy a super deluxe or manitou mara aftermarket

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti0200 View Post
    Sorry to hear about the long wait times. I ordered my bike late April, was told May 15, then June 15 and unexpectedly it showed up at the bike shop 2 weeks early. Not sure what's up with deliveries from Ibis.
    I ordered the frame from a small dealer on the east coast May 8th and it arrived May 28th.


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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I figure I'll do a GX build with carbon wheels and upgrade the damper for the fork in a month or so. At 5'9" with short legs long torso would most people go with a size large or a size medium? I've demo'd a size large and it felt pretty good, but my shoulders felt more tired then normal at the end of the ride. I've always ended up with bikes that are too small for me (medium canfield riot most recently) and I'm wondering if I may be trying to over compensate by going to a large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotDishman View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies. I figure I'll do a GX build with carbon wheels and upgrade the damper for the fork in a month or so. At 5'9" with short legs long torso would most people go with a size large or a size medium? I've demo'd a size large and it felt pretty good, but my shoulders felt more tired then normal at the end of the ride. I've always ended up with bikes that are too small for me (medium canfield riot most recently) and I'm wondering if I may be trying to over compensate by going to a large.
    I'm 5'9" with shorter arms and 30" inseam. I came off a med Riot which too felt small. I went with the med. Ripmo, 40mm stem, feels great for long pedally days, front end stays down on steep ascents, but yet the reach and positioning is dialed for the descents. The only thing that would have me going to a large would be for longer wheelbase, however thats a trade off for less maneuverability on tight trails. I have owned many mediums from super short Riot to stretched out Strive Race and this one feels like it ticks all the boxes as far as all--in-one fit goes. Perfect reach and stack and front center/CS length balance gets you in just the right position for ups and downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotDishman View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies. I figure I'll do a GX build with carbon wheels and upgrade the damper for the fork in a month or so. At 5'9" with short legs long torso would most people go with a size large or a size medium? I've demo'd a size large and it felt pretty good, but my shoulders felt more tired then normal at the end of the ride. I've always ended up with bikes that are too small for me (medium canfield riot most recently) and I'm wondering if I may be trying to over compensate by going to a large.
    I'm 180 cm always loved smaller fits as for reasons started above. I'm supposed to be specd large went with a med glad I did. These new longer bikes are good for stability and speed of your a proper racer. For us fun loving poppy playful I like that slight more nimbleness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotDishman View Post
    Quick Opinion Question. I can afford to either get both the Fork and Shock upgraded to the 36 Factory and Factory X2 or the Wheels upgraded to the S35 Carbon. I'm thinking I may just do the suspension as I could just build a custom set of wheels a year down the road or so. That said I've only ever demo'd the bike with a carbon wheel set and don't know how much I'd feel the difference on the flats/climbs. Anyone have any thoughts on where the best value sits when purchasing this bike? Budget is approximately $5800 if that helps. I'm about 180lbs geared up and mainly ride blacks/blues in the PNW with the occasional trip down stuff a bit rougher than that.
    I would without a doubt go wheels first. I'd prefer the DPX2 over the X2 for my style of riding and pretty sure I couldn't tell the difference between a Fox Performance and Factory fork, plus, I don't want all that tunability. So easy decision for me. Carbon wheels on the other hand make a difference you can fell, and the new Ibis wheels look dope.
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    Curious if any Ripmo owners had the chance to compare it to the revved GG Smash? Since I need an XL (size 4 in GG), I would need to wait until fall to get a Smash, which has created a stronger interest in the other bike that seems to get universally rave reviews, the Ripmo. Geo seems similar, GX builds seem comparable, and both companies get high praise for their culture/business practices.

    I've got demos set up for the Ripmo and Transition Smuggler, the two other strong contenders behind the Smash. All three get high reviews for the rocky, uphill terrain on the Front Range CO.

    I've seen a couple reviews from Ripmo owners coming off an alloy Smash, but have not seen any Revved comparisons. If you have ridden both, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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    So, I ended up demoing the Large. The Ripmo is a great bike. The large was too small for me though at about 6í1.5Ē, and I also pedaled around an XL at a different shop and it just felt too big.

    Ultimately I felt like I was square between sizes on the Ripmo and decided to get on a frame that left me more room for adjustment in either direction if need be. If I wasnít in this situation - I would have gone with the Ripmo for sure. Ibis is great bang for the buck too.

    Rowdy backcountry riding in northwest Boulder County is where Iím at with plenty of up, and lots of super chunky downhill is what I ride most. Came off 5 years on a Lenz Lunchbox. Iíve ridden the Ripmo, SB150, Firebird 29 and Megatower. Didnít want to go with less travel than the Ripmo. Ultimately I felt the Firebird 29 was the bike for me. Felt most at home on it. Wanted to buy through a shop too. Demoed most of these except Ripmo from Sports Garage in Boulder. Great team to work with. Happy to buy a bike from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G_T View Post
    Curious if any Ripmo owners had the chance to compare it to the revved GG Smash?
    These are going to be quite different, IMHO. Geo puts the Smash far more descent oriented than the Ripmo (e.g., longer front-center, head angle, wheelbase).

    Without having ridden the Smash, I'd only say that the general characteristics of the Horst-link suspension when climbing are often less desirable than other types, meaning you'll probably have to utilize shock features to control bobbing. (Obviously not the end of the world.) In other words, a more adjustable (expensive) shock may allow you to better compensate for design characteristics without resorting to a lockout switch.

    Your Smuggler choice seems like the odd-man out. The Sentinel seems more closely related to the Ripmo & Smash.

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    Firebirds are fking sick if you need the travel.

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    Has anyone put 27.5 wheels on the ripmo? I live in CT where the trails are really tight and I think I'd prefer to have the smaller wheels for maneuverability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimit View Post
    These are going to be quite different, IMHO. Geo puts the Smash far more descent oriented than the Ripmo (e.g., longer front-center, head angle, wheelbase).

    Without having ridden the Smash, I'd only say that the general characteristics of the Horst-link suspension when climbing are often less desirable than other types, meaning you'll probably have to utilize shock features to control bobbing. (Obviously not the end of the world.) In other words, a more adjustable (expensive) shock may allow you to better compensate for design characteristics without resorting to a lockout switch.

    Your Smuggler choice seems like the odd-man out. The Sentinel seems more closely related to the Ripmo & Smash.
    This is good perspective. I've only demo'd a prototype Smash so far (as well as several other non contenders), so my basis for the 3 bikes is entirely based on these forums. The Smash, much like the Ripmo, seems to be held in such high standard that often the rave reviews about the climbing prowess may lack the necessary subjective element I require.

    I think I arrived at the 3 bikes this way:
    GG Smash - Impeccable reputation, owners rave about the excellent climbing and ungodly descending. CO company, I can convert it to a short travel Trail Pistol fairly easily, and get to pick my components at a good price. Can't have one until fall, however.
    Ripmo - Sounds like there is not an all around better bike to be had. Climbs very well and descends like a champ. Great company to work with, and I can have one fairly quickly.
    Smuggler - though a 'short travel' 29er, outpunches it's weight on the descents. This is the bike that several independent LBS owners have recommended, though I think they all are likely far better riders than I am/will be. Sentinel doesn't possess enough climbing prowess to be considered, and the Smuggler sounds like it has enough for my needs. Can have on in a couple days.

    They seem to be very different bikes on paper, but do what I'm looking to accomplish effectively, albeit in different ways. In the end, my demo rides will determine how I feel about what fits me best, I was just hoping for as much perspective as I can get so I can make less of an emotional decision and more of a pragmatic one.

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    I donít get the GG rave - their 2nd tier build is $5000 - thereís no bargain there ... you need to wait as well ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CF700 View Post
    Has anyone put 27.5 wheels on the ripmo? I live in CT where the trails are really tight and I think I'd prefer to have the smaller wheels for maneuverability.
    A bloke down here in Oz did it. Jump on the forum in Australia called rotorburn and you'll find it. Pretty much flopped. As it lowered bb he kept pedal striking and biting the bb and just felt like shit he said. He sold it as didn't want a29er and it just wouldn't work as 275 iho

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    Need a quick sanity check before I take the plung. Just a bit of background...long time Ibis owner and currently on a Ripley LS first with a 140 MRP stage 51 offset and now experimenting with a 140 ribbon in 46mm. Iím also running an DB Air IL and love it. The fork upgrade was in preparation for a new frame this year, a ripmo, then the rumor of the new Ripley hit and I held off. I really wanted the new rip to be 130mm and despite the glowing v4 reviews I think Iím going to pull the trigger on a ripmo. I had a HD3 once upon a time and it was a bit overkill and not as punchy as i wanted and that led me to the Rip LS. So what Iíd like to do is build up a trail oriented bike (155/145) that slots a bit between a full blown Ripmo and a bit more aggressive than a Ripley v4. So looking at xo/gx eagle, a dB Air IL and a ribbon bumped up to 150 or 155. At 155 the MRP atc length should be pretty darn close to the 567 recommended atc keeping the bb where it needs to be. Anyone see any issue with the IL not playing nice with the suspension and extra 15mm of travel? Itís been solid on my LS and much better than the Air inline that it replaced.

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    X2 is a heavy shock boys. and what's this? RS red graphics and a Super Deluxe Ultimate on a Ripmo? Am i turning into a SRAM homer?

    New X2 for grabs here - https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2587351/

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    Super deluxe is about the same weight as a fox Dpx2 which is it's fox competitor. X2 is a big step up from either. All depends on personal preference and the feel u want.
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    I know what you're saying, but all the current sponsored riders are running this shock body in either air or coil form. I'd be willing to bet oil volume is closer to X2 than DPX2. It does have one less base valve though and lacks valve preload on the compression base valve (for HSC). I'd be willing to bet the mid valve does more work than with the X2 and the shock is more tunable if less digression is desired. See: cannondales dbl shock setup to get around fixed curves of X2.

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    Bet thatíll look nice when its built up with the red and black..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramjm_2000 View Post
    Need a quick sanity check before I take the plung. Just a bit of background...long time Ibis owner and currently on a Ripley LS first with a 140 MRP stage 51 offset and now experimenting with a 140 ribbon in 46mm. Iím also running an DB Air IL and love it. The fork upgrade was in preparation for a new frame this year, a ripmo, then the rumor of the new Ripley hit and I held off. I really wanted the new rip to be 130mm and despite the glowing v4 reviews I think Iím going to pull the trigger on a ripmo. I had a HD3 once upon a time and it was a bit overkill and not as punchy as i wanted and that led me to the Rip LS. So what Iíd like to do is build up a trail oriented bike (155/145) that slots a bit between a full blown Ripmo and a bit more aggressive than a Ripley v4. So looking at xo/gx eagle, a dB Air IL and a ribbon bumped up to 150 or 155. At 155 the MRP atc length should be pretty darn close to the 567 recommended atc keeping the bb where it needs to be. Anyone see any issue with the IL not playing nice with the suspension and extra 15mm of travel? Itís been solid on my LS and much better than the Air inline that it replaced.
    that's pretty hard to read. regarding ribbon.stage - it will ride higher in its travel than either a fox or especially a rock shox, so there's that. that said, BB is still quite low at 567 A2C, so i'd be careful going much under that. 160 Stage/Ribbon should be ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by philstone View Post
    Bet thatíll look nice when its built up with the red and black..
    thank you! i'm to have decals redone sans white lettering, but loving it so far. will post when it's all finished.

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    Anyone got any insight in this?

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    EXT are great shocks. I would be super scared to run a coil on this bike though and would be curious to see the spring rate curve for that progressive spring. Noah at MRP somewhere on mtbr explains that you need a pretty long stroke to really benefit from a progressive spring and Ripmo leverage rate is REgressive at end of stroke. I have my shock jammed full of tokens and it's still almost not enough.

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    The interesting thing with the V3 is the HBC system. It may or may not solve the spring curve issue by what I interpret it as a 2 stage compression where the last 15% is a lot stiffer. Combined with a progressive spring that is far from optimal it might just work... or do I just want it to work?

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    Any heavier riders care to chime in on their fork/shock pressures?

    I'm 6'6" 230lbs and ran 95psi (Pike 130mm) and 280psi (Fox DPS Evol) on my Evil Following. My first ride on the Ripmo is going to be tomorrow and I'm trying 80psi in the Fox 36 fit4 and 300psi in the DPX2. Even 300psi I think I might be sagged too far but that was as far as my pump went. I think I'm probably too low on the fork psi but I'll find out soon enough.

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    i'm about 185 w/ 100 psi in my 36 fit4. maybe something is wrong w/ mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    i'm about 185 w/ 100 psi in my 36 fit4. maybe something is wrong w/ mine
    You have a Talas Fox 36 and they have a smaller air chamber than the Floats and need more air psi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Any heavier riders care to chime in on their fork/shock pressures?

    I'm 6'6" 230lbs and ran 95psi (Pike 130mm) and 280psi (Fox DPS Evol) on my Evil Following. My first ride on the Ripmo is going to be tomorrow and I'm trying 80psi in the Fox 36 fit4 and 300psi in the DPX2. Even 300psi I think I might be sagged too far but that was as far as my pump went. I think I'm probably too low on the fork psi but I'll find out soon enough.
    Iím 6í2Ē and weight 260ish. I had to go all the way to 350 on the DPX2 just to get 14-15 mm of sag.

    The fork was at 115 ish.

    I lowered the fork to 100 psi last night because I still had some stroke left in it. But Iím running the grip performance fork.

    I was a little surprised the the OEM DPX2 did not come with the low speed compression settings though for the open position.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ttengineer View Post
    Iím 6í2Ē and weight 260ish. I had to go all the way to 350 on the DPX2 just to get 14-15 mm of sag.

    The fork was at 115 ish.

    I lowered the fork to 100 psi last night because I still had some stroke left in it. But Iím running the grip performance fork.

    I was a little surprised the the OEM DPX2 did not come with the low speed compression settings though for the open position.


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    I accidentally put 70 in when I wanted 80 (looking at gauge upside down) and was using like 80% of my travel on the fire road in. Bumped up to 85 and kept the 300 I had in the shock. Used about 80% of my front and rear travel on the XC trail I was on (first ride, taking it easy) so I think Iím pretty close to dialed.

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    I ordered one and should have it in two weeks.

    According to Ext it works really good thanks to HBC, which can be fine tuned on the fly.

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    No insight but it is interesting - where did you get that info?

    A few suspension guys have told me no go with Coil on the Ripmo for various reasons even using a progressive spring...

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    There's a Pinkbike intereview with Ibis that says:

    "From there, we added clearances for a fork, piggy back shock, and a 26-ounce water bottle"


    My XL crams a 24oz bottle if it touches the shock but I don't know if that creates any undue stress on compression. I don't think the shock pivots to make the fit any tighter, but it's still constant upward pressure on the shock.

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    There's a Pinkbike intereview with Ibis that says:

    "From there, we added clearances for a fork, piggy back shock, and a 26-ounce water bottle"


    My XL crams a 24oz bottle if it touches the shock but I don't know if that creates any undue stress on compression. I don't think the shock pivots to make the fit any tighter, but it's still constant upward pressure on the shock.
    You must have a very long 24oz bottle. My camel back podium (24oz)with a Specialized Zee cage clears by a mile. Size Large


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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhand80 View Post
    You must have a very long 24oz bottle. My camel back podium (24oz)with a Specialized Zee cage clears by a mile. Size Large


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    Does the bottom of the water bottle make contact with the frame (at the seat tube)? I've experimented with a couple of spare cages/bottles and couldn't find a combo that didn't result in some contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle View Post
    Does the bottom of the water bottle make contact with the frame (at the seat tube)? I've experimented with a couple of spare cages/bottles and couldn't find a combo that didn't result in some contact.
    No it does not. The Zee cage has slotted holes which allows me to adjust the position so the bottle will not hit the seat tube. I had practice finding the right combo when I had a Ripley LS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhand80 View Post
    You must have a very long 24oz bottle. My camel back podium (24oz)with a Specialized Zee cage clears by a mile. Size Large

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    I have that same bottle.

    I think your x2 shock gives more space. I have dpx2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groundskeeperwilly View Post
    No insight but it is interesting - where did you get that info?

    A few suspension guys have told me no go with Coil on the Ripmo for various reasons even using a progressive spring...

    When I ordered mine EXT confirmed to me that Storia LOK V3 was tested with Ripmo and will work as required thanks to HBC. I will know for sure in two weeks when I get mine delivered.

    I'm really looking to getting rid of X2.

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    Iíve got a medium Ripmo in bound and will be moving some of my components over from my LS. My rear brake line is 1500mm any chance someone measured their line when installing on the Ripmo?

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    i'd wager it's too short.

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    I have that same bottle.

    I think your x2 shock gives more space. I have dpx2.
    That would be it since the can on yours is at the front mount.
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