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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.
    My name is Chris and I ride a Ripmo now.

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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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    Get The SLX 12 speed. If you run a 30 tooth chainring, you get same climbing gears as the old 2 x 10 setup. The 51 tooth cog is so much nicer climbing than my XT 1 x 11 w/ 46 rear cog. My entire XT 1 x 12 groupo is better than what I was riding until 2 months ago. I was a 12 speed skeptic. I am a believer now, because the gearing is so much better, the brakes are similiar to Saint, rear derailleur is completely re enginered, and the shifting is even a bit more crisp. EDIT: I ordered 30 tooth Chainring separate and sold the 32 NEW on Ebay.

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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
    Better Fork, probably better shock, better bar, better stem, better brakes, better shifters, better derailleur ... but arguably less reliable dropper (?). I personally would go with the XT. The only issue might be the cassette range, but you can always upgrade to a wider range aftermarket cassette (Garbaruk has 1150) , although remember that we all went around happily with 1042 for years. If you really want 12 instead of 11 you could also get a SLX drivetrain on ebay for $200, plus the hub driver, that should be available for the 938 rear wheel. The difference in components would still make the process more than worth it.

    And I would not base the choice on the # of speeds, it is always surprising to me how we tend to think that bigger is better. 11 speed can easily handle a 1050 range (I am using 1048 and XTR and cannot be happier), and 11 vs 12 is just fairly irrelevant on the trail.
    Last edited by Davide; 12-09-2019 at 08:31 AM.

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