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    Ripmo XT 11sp or 12sp SLX build

    I can get a Ripmo with the XT 11sp build for a few hundred less than the SLX 12build. Which would be your choice and why?

    I see the following differences besides the drive train and brakes.

    XT 11sp Build
    Fox Factory RC2 fork
    Ibis 938 Wheelset
    Ibis carbon bar
    Thompson stem
    Fox transfer dropper

    SLX 12sp Build
    Fox Performance fork
    Ibis S35 Wheelset
    ibis alloy bar
    ibis stem
    Bike yoke revive dropper

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    Few hundred? Hmmm... Those specs look like a pretty comparable tradeoff. FOX Factory fork stands out on one, Bike Yoke dropper on the other. Not listed were shock or tires, that may be the deciding factor.🤔
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    The XT build has DHF and Aggressor tires. The SLX has assagai or Nobby Nic tires. I do a lot of climbing so I think the tires on the XT build would be a big plus.

    Both builds have DPX2 Evol shock.

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    I'd choose the SLX version. The Performance fork is great. Thompson stem in my mind is garbage with the tiny bolts, Bikeyoke is smooth as butter and the SLX drivetrain is just way better than the old XT.

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    I would go with the slx drive train as well, have one on my hardtail and it's taken a beating but has been problem free.

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    Those 4 pot XT brakes are amazing. I have the XT 11 speed build with the Factory fork. Tough call though. Alloy or CF rims? I'm not clear on that. The Assegai is supposed to be an awesome tire. But the DHF / Aggressor combo is really nice. But tires are just a transitory thing. I'm getting a new Vittoria Agarro 2.6 for the rear. Can't wait! The other consideration I had was the 11 speed Shimano drive train. It is on 4 bikes in my house now, so switching was not something I wanted to do. So many spare parts.
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    Both are alloy rims. It sounds like the new rims on the slx are a bit lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clout026 View Post
    I can get a Ripmo with the XT 11sp build for a few hundred less than the SLX 12build. Which would be your choice and why?

    I see the following differences besides the drive train and brakes.

    XT 11sp Build
    Fox Factory RC2 fork
    Ibis 938 Wheelset
    Ibis carbon bar
    Thompson stem
    Fox transfer dropper

    SLX 12sp Build
    Fox Performance fork
    Ibis S35 Wheelset
    ibis alloy bar
    ibis stem
    Bike yoke revive dropper
    I'd get the SLX unless you really want the factory . Few hundred off, better wheels/ want to try bike yoke, new SLX sounds great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale-Calgary View Post
    I'd choose the SLX version. The Performance fork is great. Thompson stem in my mind is garbage with the tiny bolts, Bikeyoke is smooth as butter and the SLX drivetrain is just way better than the old XT.
    Old XT? Yeah wouldn't want any proven current technology on a new bike....
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    SLX is 100x better than the previous XT. Between that, the Bike Yoke, and the microspline freehub not being prone to gouging like the previous Shimano freehub design, I'd definitely go with the newer model.

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    For me it would be a toss up. If you say you do a lot of climbs...I'd get the SLX build and some different tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Old XT? Yeah wouldn't want any proven current technology on a new bike....
    "proven" is subjective when the new stuff is so much better. yeah, it's durable and cheap, but the new 12 spd performance blows it out of the water, and you won't have to worry about your freehub body gouging and developing play/creaks. I was skeptical initially, but you really need to ride the new Shimano stuff to appreciate how good it is, because it's hard to put into words.

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    I'm sure it is. Meanwhile I put a parts order in with xtr/xt 11 spd for a new build. Guess I'll just go stick my head back in the sand now. 😏
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    Is the "gouging" freehub really a thing? I've seen bite marks on the splines from cassettes...but that's about it.

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