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bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 9:25
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
I noticed my 2.5 aggressor on my ripmo picks up a lot of fun stuff to suck though the chainstays. Theres a lot of clearence but still makes a ruckus when rocks get pulled through. This weekend at the Santa Fe BME i crunched a couple pine cones through the swingarm too. Ive only noticed it at low speeds. Besides that their awesome in dry and hardpack
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 9:16
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
Im 6'1 with a 33-34 inseam and i like the large. The XL would be way to long for me. When i had mine on order i was looking into 35-40mm stems but once i rode it i havent thought twice about the short stem. My NX build came with the Ibis 50mm stem and i upgraded to the 20mm rise Ibis bar thats cut down to 792mm.
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 9:05
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
@m1dg3t: I despise pedal bushings too but i think pedals are a completely different application though. Consecutive thousands of full 360 degree rotations vs. ~10 degrees of rotation
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 8:59
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
I did a orbea shop demo in Sedona a few months ago. I have my go to 18 mile loop around the whole Hogs/Hiline area and i was not really WOWed. I tell people the orbea just felt like a 150mm cross country bike. Going to standing on punchy stuff the rear end honestly felt like a hardtail. Some people like that, my climbs are way to technical for that. I felt like i couldn't get the rear to soak the chatter up unless it was 35-40% sag. It deflected off stuff more than my Ripmo did when i rode that same loop 2 weeks ago. And ive settled for aprox 28-30% sag on the Ibis. It may have just been a shock tune issue with the orbea but i did play with shock pressure with my electronic shock pump to get it as good as i could get it on a short ride. Both bikes had the exact same offset Fox 36 Grip fork, similar wheelbase, same chainstay length, and they both cornered great but i think the Ripmo tracked slightly better through chunk for me. Like the rallon felt a little twitchy when making adjustments mid turn Neither bike felt to long either, and that's saying something because I'm coming off of a 2013 rocky mountain with a close to 430 reach on a large. The Orbea and the Ibis honestly felt about the same seated. The Ripmo is slightly longer when standing which helps descending. The orbea was the first time i ever encountered a seat tube so short there were comparability issues with seatpost and my longish 765mm seat rail height. That was until i bought the Ripmo. On the large Rallon i had the stock Aeffect post to the max line. On the Ripmo, the stock 150mm KS wouldn't fit. My Bike Yoke 160mm would not fit, for some stupid reason bike yoke says the 185 wouldn't fit either, for $80 extra the 175mm KS would barely clear. So my options were slim. Instead of spending $450 on a 9point8 long travel i got a fox transfer 150mm that cleared by less than an inch. If your a shorter build you'll appreciate the low seat tube though
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 7:52
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
The finish on my blue Ripmo is stunning in the sunlight. I didn't notice one thing out of the box. It looked better than the finish on the Red/Black Rallon I rode. After hammering some hard miles in the AZ kitty litter there is 1 bad part of the frame finish. When the frame gets to bottom out position and that dam 2.5 aggressor is packed with rock it destroyed the finish off of the back of top link mount. Hard to explain it but the top frame mount on the seat tube. I actually just read a review of the Pivot Firebird on Enduro-mtb and she had the exact same issue on that DW link bike
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 7:39
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
My race ready build is currently under $4700. I glanced at the $7200 build and iwas surprised to see if my bike an Eagle drivetrain and a fork upgrade its the exact same build. That's just alittle higher than YT pricing and instead of a 5/2 year warranty the Ibis guys take care of you for 7 years. And frame quality is amazing
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 7:32
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
It was a shock pressure issue for me. I ordered right after launch anticipating the crazy backorder. I initially ordered it with the X2 upgrade, then a coupe days later the owners manual was updated to include the shock tuning guide. At 220lb rider weight the X2 is at the max pressure. I changed my order and put the money into Code brakes and a carbon rider bar upgrade
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 7:26
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
Im 220lb with gear and my Ripmo has the base Performance DPX2 shock because the high leverage rate on the shock combined with the low max PSI of the X2 shock. I just got back from the Santa Fe BME round yesterday and that was the gnarliest course I've ever seen. I had it set to 282 PSI with stock spacers and i only felt one bottom out on a 4' drop into a minefield. The max on my shock is 350psi so it can take it, I just assume my oil and seal life is shorter than normal
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2018 at 7:18
May 28, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
When i bought my ripmo I upgraded to the carbon Ibis riser 800mm bar for $68 extra because i saw little gain to the bigger diameter. IMO i like the increased stack height over the stock flat bar because i come from racing motocross and I currently focused on enduro.
bubba31147 mikekazimer's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 23:27
Jul 22, 2014
FINISHED: Yeti Cycles - Ask Us Anything
I'm planning on upgrading my aluminum Yeti SB95 with a new carbon frame, will this Switch Infinity technology debut on next years 29er model?
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