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Corywrote a review of on June 13, 2019

Plush XC Racer?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, my purchase experience with CC was excellent, from the person on the phone who took my order, to the packaging of the bike.

Regarding the Ripley, the bike is phenomenal, even the NX build. It rides like a plush xc race bike. Excellent climber, and very fun on the descents. I plan on swapping out the Level brakes for XTs on my previous bike, and ultimately the NX drivetrain (when it wears out) with XT 12 speed. (No issues with Level brakes and NX drivetrain, just a preference towards XT, especially the brakes).

UPDATE: The Level brakes needed to be bled after ~100 miles so I swapped them out with XT brakes. Routing the rear brake line through the internal routing was a breeze. It took all of 10 seconds to push the brake line through!

Aside from the weight, which I probably dont notice while riding, the NX drivetrain is pretty good and does what its supposed to.