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Fast and Furious
5 5

Great Bike!

� � i recently had the pleasure of riding this bike for several hours and I must say I was very impressed with it. The RDO stands for Race Day Optimized and it has one goal-to get you across the finish line first! i found the bike handled extremely well over varied terrain. It definitely excels in out of the saddle climbing as it has a stiff bottom bracket giving the bike an unmistakable feeling of surging forward with every stroke of the pedal. It also felt very grounded when decending and i was able to really let it go as the balanced geometry gave me a very confident experience. The bike is very comfortable too which sometimes is the downfall of a stiff hardtail. I rode the bike for 3+ hours and did not feel beat up when i got off of it. All in all this bike is a steal for this price. If you are looking to up your game with one of the fastest,most comfy hardtails on the market, the Air 9 RDO is definitely the bike for you.




� These are custom builds so components can be changed/swapped out. We also have a select number of �white frames in small,large and XL available too. Contact me for details�
Wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396x4074

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Fast and Furious!
5 5

i recently had the pleasure of riding this bike for several hours and I must say I was very impressed with it. The RDO stands for Race Day Optimized and it has one goal-to get you across the finish line first! i found the bike handled extremely well over varied terrain. It definitely excels in out of the saddle climbing as it has a stiff bottom bracket giving the bike an unmistakable feeling of surging forward with every stroke of the pedal. It also felt very grounded when decending and i was able to really let it go as the balanced geometry gave me a very confident experience. The bike is very comfortable too which sometimes is the downfall of a stiff hardtail. I rode the bike for 3+ hours and did not feel beat up when i got off of it. All in all this bike is a steal for this price. If you are looking to up your game with one of the fastest,most comfy hardtails on the market, the Air 9 RDO is definitely the bike for you.

** These are customs builds so components can be upgraded or swapped. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have with the bike.
My direct line is 801-736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com.

*** we have a limited number of white frames in in large and XL we could offer at the same price-contact me for details

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5 5

The Tallboy has been one of our best selling bikes over the last few years,and for good reason. There are still plenty of people who believe 29rs are the best practical XC bikes. Ive had been on the Tallboy several times and love the ride quality and geometry of this bike. It has a very nice, balanced geometry which allows it to feel well grounded on the trail without feeling too squirlish. It performs really nicely on climbs as it is light weight and agile and also allows you to rip it going down hill. Whether going up or down the bike is a great choice for an all around XC bike that you can certainly race with and also do longer epic rides for just fun.

If you have specific questions or need help configuring it shoot me an email at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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5 5

I have had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and love it. For a long travel bike it is extremely efficient on the trail, climbs well and rips downhill. Probably its best attribute is its balanced feel on the trail-from front to back and never noticed the suspension bottoming out. The suspension has a very controlled feeling and makes the ride quality buttery smooth. Adding the 1x11 set up is icing on the cake! Whether you are racing or joy riding its definitely a bike that will leave a smile on your face and i highly recommend it.

I work for CC and if you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me direct. I can be reached at (801)736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com.

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5 5

I have had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and love it. For a long travel bike it is extremely efficient on the trail, climbs well and rips downhill. Probably its best attribute is its balanced feel on the trail-from front to back and never noticed the suspension bottoming out. The suspension has a very controlled feeling and makes the ride quality buttery smooth. Whether you are racing or joy riding its definitely a bike that will leave a smile on your face and i highly recommend it.

I work for CC and if you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me direct. I can be reached at (801)736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com.

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5 5

his is one of the better long travel bikes to come out in a long time.I had the opportunity of riding it at Outerbike last fall and was very impressed.Its designed for the casual trail riders to the enduro racers who are looking to assault the trail both up and down.
The frame is made with a hollow box,high compression internal molding process which creates very dense frame walls and allows the bike to take impacts but is laterally stiff and lightweight.
The pedaling on the bike I found to be very efficient. Its a combo of the updated DW-Link rear suspension, the updated upper link shock mount and the Fox Float X shock ( a sweet combo). It gives the bike cross cross county like efficiency and smoothness.
The DW Link provides an awesome platform for climbing-no pedal bob and anti squat. Its probably the best long travel climber I've tried.
On cornering the bike performed very well. The combo of the short rear end and the slack front end gave the bike a very balanced feel and allows for very quick 180 degree turns.
Pivot took everything we look for in a fun,aggressive trail bike and magnified it in a big way. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

***These are custom builds so you can switch out or upgrade components. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me direct. My number here is 801-736-6396 x 4074 or email wbranham@competitivecyclist.com



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simply amazing
5 5

I just recently purchased this bike after much debate over several brands.Being in the bike industry I have the opportunity to demo many bikes and after riding several models the Ripley rose to the top. This bike performs extremely well over various types of terrain and conditions. Its light weight and very responsive. The unusually short wheelbase (close to a 26" bike) makes it ridiculously flickable and fast in twisty singletrack, big wheels and all! Even tight uphill switchbacks are no problem. I chose to match the frame with the 120mm G2 Fox fork which matches the 120mm of rear travel giving the bike a more balanced feel from front to back. Its a bike you can certainly be deadly on the race track with but feel at home doing long,epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

Cut and paste this most recent article on the Ripley for Sept '14 MBA magazine
http://www.ibiscycles.com/downloads/MBA_Ripley_Sept_2014.pdf



*** This is a custom build so components can be upgraded or swapped out. Hit me up for questions or guidance-wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

Wes

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Simply Amazing
5 5

I just recently purchased this bike after much debate over several brands.Being in the bike industry I have the opportunity to demo many bikes and after riding several models the Ripley rose to the top. This bike performs extremely well over various types of terrain and conditions. Its light weight and very responsive. I have mine built up with XX1 and Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and it weighs in at 24 lbs. The unusually short wheelbase (close to a 26" bike) makes it ridiculously flickable and fast in twisty singletrack, big wheels and all! Even tight uphill switchbacks are no problem. I chose to match the frame with the 120mm G2 Fox fork which matches the 120mm of rear travel giving the bike a more balanced feel from front to back. Its a bike you can certainly be deadly on the race track with but feel at home doing long,epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
Hit me up with questions or if you need guidance

wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

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5 5

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in under 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Dura-Ace 9000 (11speed) group, the stability of HED Ardennes LT plus Wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build socomponents can be switched .. We can also cut the ISP to your specification.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com if ya have questions
Wes

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5 5

This is one of the better values we have on the site.Santa Cruz was on a mission, with this bike, to be the most versatile, easy-to-ride XC/trail 29er in the entry-level dual-suspension 29er market. I've ridden a lot of 29ers in the 100mm category and I felt right at home on the Superlight 29. In fact just recently purchased one for my wife,which she loves. There are reasons why single pivot designs are still relevant and the superlight highlights them all. It climbs,decends and corners with ease. The geometry is also really nice-giving the bike a perfectly balanced feel on the trail and the XT components are a nice addition for reliable,no non sense, componentry. If you are looking for a new XC 29r and dont want to break the bank, I highly recommend picking one up while they last!

*** these are custom builds so all non-drivetrain components can be upgraded or swapped-including wheels. Contact me direct for questions or guidance at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or direct at 801-736-6396 x 4074.


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5 5

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in at 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Sram Force 22, the stability of Mavic wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build so if you want to specify cranks,stem lengths or cassette let me know.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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5 5

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in at 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Ultegra 6800 (11speed) group, the stability of HED Ardennes LT Wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build so if you want to specify cranks,stem lengths or cassette let me know.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com if you have additional questions or need guidance
801-736-6396 x 4074
Wes

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