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Mountain Biking

Robert Jensen's Bio

You can find me most everyday riding one of bikes! MTB, Road, even a little TT and Fatbiking in the winter. I have my own personal fleet to keep me busy. We have three dogs and Ridley (named after the bicycle) gets to spend time out on the trail with me in either snow or dirt. I also spend some time in the winter snowboarding w/ a little cross country skiing tossed in for good measure. My MTB of choice is currently my Ibis HD4. Point it down the trail or in some cases lack there of and hit fast and loose, the rougher the better.

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Now I didn't ride the Beti version but I did ride the SB100

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)



Version Ridden:

Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

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

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)



Version Ridden:

Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just to be clear I didn't ride the Beti but I did ride an SB100

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)



Version Ridden:

Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)



Version Ridden:

Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don't feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it's built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don't want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i'm a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn't feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I've ridden in the same class. Now it's not a weight thing as I've weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch lighter, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it's not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6"
Feels heavy (it's not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" Inseam / 180 lbs.
Sag 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded Cane Creek Helm 120 fork
Upgraded SDG Radar Saddle
Upgraded I9 Enduro 310 Carbon Hydra wheels
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

Fun never looked so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

XC bikes are not my thing so I had no problem with taking the Yeti SB100 out for a weekend of tech climbing, loam carving in the trees with a little rock garden smashing thrown in.

I don’t feel the SB100 is a true XC bike, I think it’s built for someone who likes to go out and have a great time ripping it up no matter the terrain. Sure you probably don’t want to enter the local enduro, but you could!

The Version I got to ride in our demo fleet was a Large ( a bit big for me i’m a medium in Yeti) with AXS X01 Eagle, Factory shock, I9 Hydra 310 Carbon wheels and a Helm Fork, yeah I did feel a bit spoiled!

I really enjoyed the bike and also had the Pivot Trail 429 at the same time. The Yeti was able to make me feel almost invincible on the tech climbs, maybe that was Hydra help who knows. I was punching it up everything I could find and just generally ripping and pedaling as hard as I could. It just never felt like I was going fast enough, now granted I was flying (for me) and pushing it everywhere I could. Not once did this bike ever let me down. I would say the only negative thing in my opinion is that it just didn’t feel as light and playful as the other bikes that I’ve ridden in the same class. Now it’s not a weight thing as i’ve weighed each one and the Yeti was a touch littler, so maybe it was the size. Take all this with a grain of salt as ALL the bikes are really good and it’s not like you can pick a bad one anyway.

If you really want to narrow it down, buy the bike that looks like you want to go out and ride it!

What’s that you say, you don’t want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I’ll check the demo tour in your area and we’ll get you out on one.

Pros:
Begs you to go faster
Efficient pedaling
Feels like it has more travel than it does

Cons:
More tire clearance would love to fit a 2.6”
Feels heavy (it’s not)
High Speed corner exits (probably due to the frame size)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs
Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
Turq X01 AXS w/ Factory shock size Large
Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 120
Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

The unicorn you've been looking for!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

THE UNICORN YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!
Familiarity I've used it several times
Well you've found it! This is probably one of the most versatile forks you will currently find on the market. What makes it so versatile you ask well it's quite simple actually. Adjustable Length, adjustable negative chamber and no need to buy air tokens it as it all!

I've ridden this fork on three different bikes in the last three weeks. I've ridden on the Ibis Ripley as a 140mm, the Yeti SB100 as a 120mm and just last weekend on my HD5 as a 150. On each bike it performed flawlessly and has some of the best small bump compliance in the business. I throw it on my wife's bike who likes a bit softer of a ride and I simply adjust the negative chamber for her.

The fork comes with everything you need to adjust travel minus the tools. A 13mm, 19mm and 22mm wrench and you can change the travel yourself in about 5 minutes with a little practice. Service intervals fall in line with Fox, Rockshox etc..

What stands out on this fork is the attention to detail and ease of use. All the knobs are precisely machined and have positive clicks. Want to change an air token, remove the air cap, spin wing nut, move the ramp control disc and spin the wing nut back down. Takes about 5 minutes and you don't need any additional parts. Sag setup is also quite simple. Pump the fork up to about 1/2 your weight, equalize the negative chamber by pushing in a presta type valve on the bottom of your fork and that's it. (well as long as it's in your sag range)

My only real complaint is the D-Loc axle (not shown but does come with fork) Nothing wrong with it, it quick and easy to use but I would simply prefer some threads.

Pros:
Excellent Small bump Compliance
Adjustability
Bang for your buck

Cons:
D-Loc Axle
no 37mm offset for the new crop of 27.5's
does not come with a fender

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

The Unicorn you've been looking for!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

THE UNICORN YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!
Familiarity I've used it several times
Well you've found it! This is probably one of the most versatile forks you will currently find on the market. What makes it so versatile you ask well it's quite simple actually. Adjustable Length, adjustable negative chamber and no need to buy air tokens it as it all!

I've ridden this fork on three different bikes in the last three weeks. I've ridden on the Ibis Ripley as a 140mm, the Yeti SB100 as a 120mm and just last weekend on my HD5 as a 150. On each bike it performed flawlessly and has some of the best small bump compliance in the business. I throw it on my wife's bike who likes a bit softer of a ride and I simply adjust the negative chamber for her.

The fork comes with everything you need to adjust travel minus the tools. A 13mm, 19mm and 22mm wrench and you can change the travel yourself in about 5 minutes with a little practice. Service intervals fall in line with Fox, Rockshox etc..

What stands out on this fork is the attention to detail and ease of use. All the knobs are precisely machined and have positive clicks. Want to change an air token, remove the air cap, spin wing nut, move the ramp control disc and spin the wing nut back down. Takes about 5 minutes and you don't need any additional parts. Sag setup is also quite simple. Pump the fork up to about 1/2 your weight, equalize the negative chamber by pushing in a presta type valve on the bottom of your fork and that's it. (well as long as it's in your sag range)

My only real complaint is the D-Loc axle (not shown but does come with fork) Nothing wrong with it, it quick and easy to use but I would simply prefer some threads.

Pros:
Excellent Small bump Compliance
Adjustability
Bang for your buck

Cons:
D-Loc Axle
no 37mm offset for the new crop of 27.5's
does not come with a fender

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

The Unicorn you've been looking for!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well you've found it! This is probably one of the most versatile forks you will currently find on the market. What makes it so versatile you ask well it's quite simple actually. Adjustable Length, adjustable negative chamber and no need to buy air tokens it as it all!

I've ridden this fork on three different bikes in the last three weeks. I've ridden on the Ibis Ripley as a 140mm, the Yeti SB100 as a 120mm and just last weekend on my HD5 as a 150. On each bike it performed flawlessly and has some of the best small bump compliance in the business. I throw it on my wife's bike who likes a bit softer of a ride and I simply adjust the negative chamber for her.

The fork comes with everything you need to adjust travel minus the tools. A 13mm, 19mm and 22mm wrench and you can change the travel yourself in about 5 minutes with a little practice. Service intervals fall in line with Fox, Rockshox etc..

What stands out on this fork is the attention to detail and ease of use. All the knobs are precisely machined and have positive clicks. Want to change an air token, remove the air cap, spin wing nut, move the ramp control disc and spin the wing nut back down. Takes about 5 minutes and you don't need any additional parts. Sag setup is also quite simple. Pump the fork up to about 1/2 your weight, equalize the negative chamber by pushing in a presta type valve on the bottom of your fork and that's it. (well as long as it's in your sag range)

My only real complaint is the D-Loc axle (not shown but does come with fork) Nothing wrong with it, it quick and easy to use but I would simply prefer some threads.

Pros:
Excellent Small bump Compliance
Adjustability
Bang for your buck

Cons:
D-Loc Axle
no 37mm offset for the new crop of 27.5's
does not come with a fender

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

everything about this bike is awesome!
5 5

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

What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I've ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i'm demoing this sweet ride I'd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well.

It's been a while since I've been out on a bike, I'm coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn't till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that's when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it's still a 29" current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out.

I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn't think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn't want to get any dirt in the forks.

If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn't on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it's just that good!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Super Sharp handling
Efficient pedaling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone

Cons:
Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right)
Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem
Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs
Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
GX Eagle w/ Factory shock option size Medium
Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 140 (up from OEM 130) Fork
Upgraded * Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset
Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

everything about this bike is awesome!
5 5

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

What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I’ve ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i’m demoing this sweet ride I’d also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well.

It’s been a while since I’ve been out on a bike, I’m coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn’t till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that’s when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it’s still a 29” current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out.

I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn’t think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn’t want to get any dirt in the forks.

If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn’t on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it’s just that good!

What’s that you say, you don’t want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I’ll check the demo tour in your area and we’ll get you out on one.

Pros:
Super Sharp handling
Efficient pedaling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone

Cons:
Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right)
Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem
Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs
Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
GX Eagle w/ Factory shock option size Medium
Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 140 (up from OEM 130) Fork
Upgraded * Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset
Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

Everything about this bike is awesome!
5 5

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

What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I've ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i'm demoing this sweet ride I'd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well.

It's been a while since I've been out on a bike, I'm coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn't till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that's when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it's still a 29" current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out.

I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn't think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn't want to get any dirt in the forks.

If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn't on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it's just that good!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Super Sharp handling
Efficient pedaling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone

Cons:
Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right)
Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem
Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs
Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
GX Eagle w/ Factory shock option size Medium
Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 140 (up from OEM 130) Fork
Upgraded * Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset
Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

everything about this bike is awesome!
5 5

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

What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I've ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i'm demoing this sweet ride I'd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well.

It's been a while since I've been out on a bike, I'm coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn't till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that's when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it's still a 29" current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out.

I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn't think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn't want to get any dirt in the forks.

If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn't on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it's just that good!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Super Sharp handling
Efficient pedaling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone

Cons:
Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right)
Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem
Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good)

Rider Details:
5'9

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

Everything about this bike is awesome!
5 5

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

What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I’ve ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i’m demoing this sweet ride I’d also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well.

It’s been a while since I’ve been out on a bike, I’m coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn’t till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that’s when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it’s still a 29” current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out.

I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn’t think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn’t want to get any dirt in the forks.

If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn’t on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it’s just that good!

What’s that you say, you don’t want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I’ll check the demo tour in your area and we’ll get you out on one.

Pros:
Super Sharp handling
Efficient pedaling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone

Cons:
Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right)
Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem
Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good)

Rider Details:
5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs
Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing)

Version Ridden:
GX Eagle w/ Factory shock option size Medium
Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 140 (up from OEM 130) Fork
Upgraded * Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset
Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle
Pedals: Deity TMAC

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

Everything about this bike is awesome!
5 5

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

What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I've ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i'm demoing this sweet ride I'd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well.

It's been a while since I've been out on a bike, I'm coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn't till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that's when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it's still a 29" current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out.

I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn't think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn't want to get any dirt in the forks.

If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn't on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it's just that good!

What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.

Pros:
Super Sharp handling
Efficient pedaling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone

Cons:
Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right)
Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem
Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good)

Rider Details:
5'9 32" inseam / 180lbs
Sag: 30% rear seated 20% front standing

Version Ridden:
GX Eagle w/ Factory Shock option size Medium
Upgraded the following parts: Cane Creek Helm 140 Fork - Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset - SDG Radar Saddle - I used Deity TMAC pedals.

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

27.5's get it done
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27.5's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simply runs into a ledge then decides if it wants to climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it.

Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it.

Version Ridden: 2019 Carbon 27.5+ R Size Large

Pros:
Lifetime frame warranty
Crushes the downhill
Sweet colors

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
Limited aftermarket shock options
Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks

Rider Details:
5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 22, 2020

27.5's get it done
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27.5's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simply runs into a ledge then decides if it wants to climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it.

Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it.

Version Ridden: 2019 Carbon 27.5+ R Size Large

Pros:
Lifetime frame warranty
Crushes the downhill
Sweet colors

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
Limited aftermarket shock options
Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks

Rider Details:
5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs

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