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    Ripmo riders - how's your rear end?

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a new Ripmo. Easily the most fun and capable bike I've ridden. Cannot wait to get mine, but...

    One thing concerns me: every Ripmo I've seen in the wild has damage in the upper linkage area where stones accumulate and get caught.

    I think Ibis is now shipping the frames with a little 3M tape in there to provide some protection, but I wonder if it's enough to do the trick.

    Any feedback on this, or hacks to prevent it?

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    Ripmo riders - how's your rear end?

    The nutcracker area gets scratched up, but Iíve never seen damage from rocks getting caught between the link and frame. They do have a little neoprene adhesive backed pad in there starting with 2019 models, but mines pretty chewed up and half hanging on. One could fabricate a small fender-like piece to cover that area if so inclined.

    This is from shortly after I bought the bike. The pad looks like beef jerky now.




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    So, has anyone fit a mudcatcher-style fork fender on the rear of the Ripmo?

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    There was a pic of a small Ripmo on ibis' instagram yesterday with a mash guard fitted there.

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    Here you go


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    And how does it fit/work?

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    Even with my mudhugger, I still get pebbles there sometime. I donít think that will do much. Wrapping a piece of inner tube around the pivot and using a patch to connect the ends would probably work better.




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    Quote Originally Posted by isleblue65 View Post
    Even with my mudhugger, I still get pebbles there sometime. I donít think that will do much. Wrapping a piece of inner tube around the pivot and using a patch to connect the ends would probably work better.




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    Seems kinda ridiculous to have to come up with these sort of hacks.

    Why wouldnít Ibis have sorted this better?

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    I put some 3M 2228 Mastic Tape in this spot instead of the Ibis supplied pad. It works brilliantly, most likely much better than the Ibis version as it is quite a lot thicker.

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    Honestly the best fix would probably be a slight change to the shape of the link so there's room for rocks to fall out rather than get caught/crunched. It's tough to fabricate an effective fender or rock-catcher there because of all the moving parts and tight tolerances.

    My own approach is that it's a mountain bike and will get some paint scratches. I installed the Ibis rubber patch and have put many happy miles on the bike since.

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    I fabricated an easy to do mini fender in the link and also received a foam protector for the lower link from Ibis. Zero issues.


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    I took off the rear triangle and put on 3M 6mm tape. Then I wrapped the upper stays in orange electrical tape, along with mastic tape. I'v always put some sort of frame protection on all my bikes.
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    I have over 800 miles on mine and the link looks great. I donít ride in the rain and mud though.


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    Ive had pretty good luck with a taping some 3M tape that attaches to both the linkage and the frame. Itís flexible and covers the opening nicely. Prevents stuff from getting stuck between the frame and the linkage.

    But itís a mountain bike, so it should have some scratches of you use it properly 😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbn921 View Post
    I took off the rear triangle and put on 3M 6mm tape. Then I wrapped the upper stays in orange electrical tape, along with mastic tape. I'v always put some sort of frame protection on all my bikes.
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    6mm tape. Pretty impressive, lol.

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    To me works this

    Whatever mudguard, custom shape, just make sure you split that for 2 parts.

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    I run mine w/o protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    6mm tape. Pretty impressive, lol.
    LOL Mil not mm

    I sent this to Ibis. we will see if they are interested in producing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossmaxx View Post
    I put some 3M 2228 Mastic Tape in this spot instead of the Ibis supplied pad. It works brilliantly, most likely much better than the Ibis version as it is quite a lot thicker.
    This ^^^^^ is what I've done and I have no issues. I keep finding uses for the Mastic tape and it's brilliant stuff.

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    The new Ripley has the same issue as far as I can tell. I demo'ed a Ripley last weekend and someone had used zip ties with some rubber (possibly an old tube?) and wrapped the link. I should have taken a picture but it slipped my mind... :-(

    I chose the Ripmo in the end. Since my bike is still on order I've yet to figure out how, but I'm probably going to do something with an old Tube... Seems awful to have to do this on a brand new bike but if this is the worse problem I have I'm going to be ecstatic. I _really_ liked the ride of this bike. Especially being short with short legs.

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    awesome stuff. they sent me a wedge of motofoam to stick in there, but i haven't gotten around to messing with it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FactoryMatt View Post
    ...they sent me a wedge of motofoam to stick in there...
    Who? Ibis?

    I took delivery of the Ripmo (amazing - love the way it rides) and it came with the Ibis-installed black pad (definitely not foam, more like a tape). Keen to put something a little more in there.

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    I have the Ibis supplied foam wedge for the lower link. It works like a charm. I also made a very minimal mud flap for the upper linkage. Both items are unnoticeable and work extremely well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chowdapilot View Post
    I have the Ibis supplied foam wedge for the lower link. It works like a charm. I also made a very minimal mud flap for the upper linkage. Both items are unnoticeable and work extremely well.


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    Do you have photos of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle View Post
    Who? Ibis?

    I took delivery of the Ripmo (amazing - love the way it rides) and it came with the Ibis-installed black pad (definitely not foam, more like a tape). Keen to put something a little more in there.
    yea Ibis. you can call and ask for it and they will send it free, or type it in the description for the "Z Part" listing in their store. It's a good deal because good aftermarket motofoam isn't cheap.

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    The Moto Foam piece works as intended, but it still can be ejected off your bike from jumping and hard landings. I almost lost my second one yesterday. Keep an eye on it. I hope Ibis comes up with something more permanent.

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    Ripmo riders - how's your rear end?

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    Homemade mudflap and foam protection from ibis. Works perfectly, no scratches or issues for almost 2 full seasons.

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    anyone having issues with headset creak? i'm hoping it's not the lower cup to HT interface....

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    Check your saddle and cables. I love my bikeyoke but the saddle tends to creak if not properly tightened. Also the cables can make a little creaking noise at the frame entry points when turning the bars. Both may sound like the headset (but are not) and are easy to fix once you identify the issue.


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    thanks for the tips, this is definitely front-end stuff. the cups didn't go in all that smoothly as i think theres some lack of uniformity in Ibis' reaming and theres 0.001-0.002" in uneven gaps here and there at both ends - either the cups are bad or the HT might need facing.

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    hoping these were the culprit. fingers crossed...

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    Not a Rip, but chiming in with what I did to block the rocks in the linkage on my HD3. Just used an old inner tube and a zip tie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wired_af View Post
    Not a Rip, but chiming in with what I did to block the rocks in the linkage on my HD3. Just used an old inner tube and a zip tie.
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    This looks very similar to what I saw on the Ripley that I demoed.

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    I make my mud flaps out of tool box drawer liner, itís black and reinforced and lays nice and flat when cut correctly, plus a piece of double sided 3M tape that you can get from autozone helps keep it in place and reduces the amount of zip ties used. I used one for years on my v1 ripley and it helped double or triple the lifespan of my eccentrics

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    Quote Originally Posted by iweiny View Post
    This looks very similar to what I saw on the Ripley that I demoed.

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    Similar to what I did, I used tape vs. zip. Works perfectly.


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    Finally picked up our new Ripmos!!!

    First pic is during our first ride, proving the need for something.

    Had some trouble figuring out what size to make the tube. Ended up with a piece of tube 1 5/8" x 8 1/2" on my wifes black frame. The tube fragment shown here (I got blue) is shorter than that; 7 1/2" probably.

    Will probably remove the zip ties and add some frame protector under new ones for a final solution.

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    That tube may get a bit flappy, that is why I used some thin cardboard (card material) and sealed w gorilla tape.


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    I've been running my 3D printed fender for a couple months now. Works well at keeping rocks out of the linkage area and clears the seat under full compression. I would like to change the mounting method from zip ties to a bolt-on solution. Similar to what alexbn921 described, using the linkage bolts for attachment.
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    That's neat!

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    Beautifully done Bolo240.

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    Very nice @bolo240

    You should sell these...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolo240 View Post
    I've been running my 3D printed fender for a couple months now. Works well at keeping rocks out of the linkage area and clears the seat under full compression. I would like to change the mounting method from zip ties to a bolt-on solution. Similar to what alexbn921 described, using the linkage bolts for attachment.
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    Would you be interested in sharing the STL file?

    What material did you use?


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    Thanks all! Happy with how it turned out.

    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle View Post
    Very nice @bolo240

    You should sell these...
    Great idea!
    Maybe after the re-design.


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    Would you be interested in sharing the STL file?

    What material did you use?


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    I'd rather not share the file at this time, sorry. I used PLA+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolo240 View Post

    I'd rather not share the file at this time, sorry. I used PLA+
    NP I totally understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FactoryMatt View Post
    yea Ibis. you can call and ask for it and they will send it free, or type it in the description for the "Z Part" listing in their store. It's a good deal because good aftermarket motofoam isn't cheap.
    Here's another photo. 80mm x 65mm x 20mm (WxHxD). Notches roughly 28mm x 12mm. Fairly soft foam. Wouldn't be difficult to cut your own - YT has videos on how to turn a cheap soldering iron into a hot-wire foam cutter.
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