Welcome to the Future
With a wheelbase that would have been unimaginably long only a few years ago, and a relaxed head angle once considered unrideable on 29 inch wheels, one would be forgiven for thinking the RipMo might be a handful to ride. And yet, the reality is that this machine is remarkably responsive and far more versatile than you'd expect. The two keys that enable this balance are reduced fork offset and a steeper seat angle. The shorter fork offset results in a higher trail measurement, which moderates the tendency of the front wheel to wander at low speeds. Furthermore, that increased trail enhances stability at higher speeds. And to keep the rider from feeling like a passenger, the seat angle has been steepened dramatically, placing more weight on the front wheel for a quicker, livelier cornering feel … an added benefit of providing a more natural climbing position on steeper trails. The upshot is that for experts and relative newbies alike, this geometry is easier to ride fast or slow, up or down, than the class leaders from just a few years ago.