Ripmo AF vs '21 Stumpjumper Evo

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Ripmo AF vs '21 Stumpjumper Evo
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Posted: Oct 7, 2020 at 14:07 Quote
The Ripmo AF is supposed to be an amazing value. It is $4K with the SLX build and highly adjustable DVO suspension front and rear.

However, the new Stumpjumper EVO is just $4100 with SLX build and Fox suspension, but with the advantage of a carbon frame.

Both are 160/150 bikes, but the specialized bikes have swat storage, stem storage and highly adjustable geometry.

On paper, the EVO seems to be a superior value spec-wise, but does the AF have any advantages I'm over looking?

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 at 14:09 Quote
suspension. the DW link is very efficient and apparently pairs amazing with a coil

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 at 14:19 Quote
I was just about to revise my post to add the DW Link.

In years past, I've been very underwhelmed with the pedaling efficiency of specialized's Horst link, and that's putting it politely. The amount of bob was flat out embarrassing.

Some initial reviews claim pedaling efficiency is vastly improved but hard to tell if that's just PR or actual reviewer feedback.

Demo events seem not to be available for the near future, so I may have to lean heavily on reviews.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 at 14:58 Quote
the last couple pages on http:// offer some insight into the kinematics, although it seems nobody has actual riding experience yet. R-M-R thought that it would have significantly higher anti squat due to the axle path, which can be an indicator. there is also a video explaining the kinematics, although i did not watch it. Hope this helps!

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 at 18:51 Quote
The Ripmo AF looks goofy and outdated. Get the new Stumpjumper Evo. Look’s like a killer bike!

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 at 20:07 Quote
I almost bought the Ripmo AF two nights ago, decided to hold off a day. Boom, Stumpjunper Evo released while drinking coffee the next morning. Called the shop and ordered it instantly.

The SLX build with a carbon frame and the geometry numbers/customization were key selling points. The Fox 36 and DPX2 are solid as well, although I might try to get a Lyrik with the 2.1 charger.

The suspension design seems to be significantly improved with more anti-squat and a progressive design. Here’s a video on the suspension kinematics:

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 at 11:57 Quote
Sure, I've read about the improvements. I'm interested in how this bike performs out on the trail. Let us know your thoughts once you've got some rides in!

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 at 12:06 Quote
The Ripmo AF is a great bike even if it's a bit ugly. However, the new stumpjumper looks outstanding on paper and the Comp and Expert builds are a solid value. Light frame and integrated storage would be worth the additional cost to me. Only way I'd consider the Ripmo AF is if your budget is only going to allow the $3k Deore build. Which is still great.

Posted: Jan 25, 2021 at 4:57 Quote
The same convo is going on here:
Hope it gives you some more input.

Posted: Feb 14, 2021 at 12:13 Quote
I was in the same boat but ultimately ended up choosing a 2020 EVO Pro on close out for $4200 so it was a no brainer... both bikes are nearly impossible to find right now but after having the EVO for a few weeks it flys down the trails and pedals decent. I think the Ripmo would probably pedal better with fewer pedal strikes but the EVO crushes the downs.

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