rkillianjr46

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May 1, 2019 at 11:42
May 1, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@sutter2k: that certainly makes sense. If I didn’t go back to 29 for my most recent bike purchase I likely would have gone with a frame only and swapped parts. For what it’s worth I’ve been happy with the NX drivetrain in terms of performance so far. It’s at least equal to if not better than the SLX/XT mix I had on my last bike. Heavier? Apparently so but I can’t say notice it simply because the bikes are too different.
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
May 1, 2019 at 11:37
May 1, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@cortosis2009: that’s not what I’m seeing when I look on niner’s site. The full carbon jet 9 (which I would say is the most similar bike to the Ripley) with NX is $4200. And that’s with a rhythm fork instead of the lighter performance one. Again full carbon frames with an NX drivetrain and similar level components seems to be the norm for the industry today. I’m by no means endorsing that pricing model just pointing out that no one should really be shocked to see that anymore.
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 15:47
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@bicycle019: not a bad deal at all for those components. I still stand by my original point that most bike brands sell pretty similarly spec’ed full carbon bikes in the $4k range.
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 15:36
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@Leethal-1: yes I know. I was referencing the GG trail pistol frame as having an alloy rear
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 10:08
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@pinhead907: True. Intense is a sort of hybrid of direct to consumer but also sold in shops. Before they changed their sales model though you can bet that sniper would have probable been over the $4100 of this bike. Probably also why intense bikes were almost always in monthly deal posts on this site.
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 10:05
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@nlibot33: Yes it is. But they are direct to consumer, and their bike has an alloy rear triangle. Not at all a bad thing. Otherwise the spec sheet reads with components at similar or lower levels. If GG wasn't a direct sales brand I bet their cheapest complete bikes would be in the same price range.
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 10:02
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@naleski: That bike pretty much proves my point. It's $4500 but you do go a level up to GX. You get the heavier rhythm fork instead of performace 34 on this new ripley. Giant uses their house dropper and Ibis uses an KS. I can't comment on which is the better value there. Yes, Giant gives you their own carbon wheels which I suppose gives you some value too. But its a similarly priced and spec'ed bike otherwise. Trek has a fuel ex that's similarly spec'ed and similarly priced (and that's with an alloy rear triangle) Specialized has a full carbon stumpy that's also spec'ed and priced similarly. This Ibis is hardly the first full carbon frame with these components at the $4000 mark. I'm not happy about it anymore than anyone else. This just seems to be the norm though and has been for about the last product cycle or so.
rkillianjr46 mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 9:30
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
I can't disagree with you, that is more than a chuck of change. But, is there really a full carbon frame complete bike out there on the market right now, that was designed/released in the last year or two, that doesn't also have NX level components for about the same price? Outside of some direct-to-consumer brands, I don't think so. I'm not saying we as consumers need to passively accept these prices but are they really that surprising any of us anymore?
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