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Daniel P.

Daniel P.

Daniel P.

Daniel P.wrote a review of on June 3, 2018

Too busy riding the Ripmo to do a review
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Excellent bike... Climbs like a beast, will pretty much clear anything climb you point it at, and descends like a bat out of hell. I find myself clearing jumps I used to come up short on because it carries so much speed/momentum. Feels very stable at higher speeds compared to other bikes I have ridden. Though not quite as nimble through the technical stuff as a 27.5 160mm bike, I find I can pretty much just roll over most of the gnarlier without thinking twice. The front end is pretty high being that it's a combination of 29" wheels and a 160mm fork, so I have the stem down to one spacer away from the frame and it feels great for our trails here in Bellingham WA. If I lived in the bay area still I'd probably go with no spacers.

Comparisons: Whereas I have found myself occasionally wanting for a 170 fork on my prior "big bike" an Evil Insurgent and even now and then on my current big bike an Ibis HD4, the Ripmo feels very well equipped at 160. I did notice a bit "29er" feeling on my first climb compared with riding my Evil Following and Ibis HD4, but it only took a ride to get used to that and now I prefer climbing on this bike to both thanks to gobs of traction and the "go for it" attitude it brings to the table... I am faster climbing on the Ripmo vs the HD4 and when it gets rough on the climbs it feels less disrupted vs the Following which can be thrown off by rougher climbs. I highly recommend this bike for most riders unless you're pure XC or purely looking for a jumping bike in which case I prefer the HD4 for its more nimble feeling. The Ripmo is a high speed trail conquering PR setting beast.

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Daniel P.

Daniel P.wrote a review of on September 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great value. Both my brother and I have been punishing the Zoic Ether as our go-to shorts for well over a year for a cumulative 3,000+ miles. As long as you don't dry them they hold up pretty darn well and can definitely take a beating as they are a tough material which also provides some protection. The Ether is a great cut/length that's not too "Enduro" but not too "XC" either. Great pockets from size to location, stuff doesn't fall out or option to zip in a car key or something that you simply can't lost... and a very good, minimalist chamois provides nice mobility. Highly recommend.

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Daniel P.wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

Everything they say and more...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ripley is the ultimate do-it-all, full suspension bike. Having changed to hardtail last year, I thought I was a hard tail rider for life... until my friend picked up a Ripley and it opened my eyes. If your focus is climbing, go with a 120 fork, if your focus is Enduro/Trail/DH go with the 140 fork. I have basically blown away all my course records with this bike. It never feels like a tall 29er, it's totally point and shoot like a 26/27.5 bike, it descends and climbs like a rapid beast. It is a nimble climber but it descends with confidence and awesome roll over.

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Daniel P.wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

Smooth and Reliable - Best There Is
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As of 4/2014 I consider this the best dropper on the market. Here are the top 3 reasons why:

1) Fixed/external cable doesn't move when seat goes up/down. For those that don't have internal routing as an option (all DW Link bikes) this is so much nicer than a cable moving around and sticking out in weird directions.
2) Smoothness of button and post modulation. Having had both the Rockshox Reverb and Specialized Command post, the KS Lev gives me the smoothness/control of the Reverb's hydraulic button with the low maintenance of a cable pull. The seat does what you tell it to at the speed you tell it to do it, and the button shape is easy to fit on almost any handlebar configuration, on either side.
3) Reliability. It's sort of an industry joke that some of the other posts, despite their $300-400+ price tags are disposable products. Granted servicing is available but the cost is inordinate given the initial cost, often 25-30%+ that of a new post. The KS seems to last longer and perform more reliably than the other options on the market.

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Daniel P.wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I had a bearing issue on the drive side bearing. I tried to remove using the Park Tools BBT 90.3 and both bearings were knocked out of the housing rendering it useless. I had used a sealant when installing to reduce noise, not sure how that might have played a part.

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Daniel P.wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

Ardent EXO Best All Around Front Tire
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I truly think the Ardent EXO does it all. I weigh 155 and run the 2.4 at 17-18psi up front, the 2.25 at 18-19psi. In terms of cornering the Ardent 2.4 is right up there with the best cornering tires I have ridden (Minion/High Roller 2/Trail King all weigh much more). Though the Ardent may not be the lightest on the market the EXO sidewall is worth its weight in gold providing better stability, better traction due to lower psi allowance, better pinch flat resistance, and I have yet to burp one which I cannot say for any other tire brand I have run including Schwalbe (with snakeskin), WTB, Specialized, etc. It's a good roller though it's no Ikon/Racing Ralph.

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Daniel P.wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

2014 Yeti ARC Rocks!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Being 5' 10.5" I often seem to be between a Medium and Large in brands such as Santa Cruz, Jamis, etc. The Yeti ARC Medium is the perfect frame for my height. It allows me to run it as a light/fast/confident XC bike with a 100mm fork (70degree head angle) or transforms into an AM wonder bike using a 120mm fork and a meatier front tire (slacker/high-60's head angle) . The Zero Stack headset adds much flexibility for getting the cockpit and bar height just right. Stand over is awesome while allowing me to use a standard 350mm Thomson Masterpiece without maxing it out, and the top tube length is just right (in my case using an 85mm Easton Haven Stem). It is not often I find a bike that just fits so well. I find it to be one of few 29ers that doesn't really feel like a 29er in terms of handling and overall height. I have gone through many bikes that just didn't quite do it for me the past few years... I think the ARC Carbon is a keeper. I would like to take it for a few more rides at the tougher local trails but I just listed my other bike for sale. Only caveat is I suggest buyers consider black vs. green as the paint doesn't seem great with some atypical flaking vs. competitor paint jobs.

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