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I understand and get it. I appreciate the response. Maybe I am overly reading this, but it seems like your assumption is that people are more likely to size up on the Ripley than other bikes - though the Tallboy was mentioned. Interestingly, I finally had a chance to compare numbers between the Phantom, Ripley, Optic, and Tallboy - all medium size and they are nearly identical in reach when you account and adjust to a similar stack height. For a stack height of 25.1 inches, the reach numbers are 17.2, 17.2, 17.1, 17.4. These are about as close to similar reaches as one get get based on your test, because reach is influenced by headangle for which by design was selected to be within a certain range. By sizing up the Ripley to a large - for a 25.1 stack, it is a 18.5. The diagonal - BB to handlebars, is even closer in fit, suggesting across mediums the fit is nearly identical. The differences lie in the front center, rear center, and suspension. I was curious how the Ripley stacks up against these 3 other bikes. Apples to apples comparison removes additional variables that confuse findings. Thanks again for the great review. Cheers!

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/24/2020 7:10 PM
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Great review and article! However bummed by the sizing up on the Ripley. It would have been better to leave it out then include it, because it questions the statement about handling, not so much the suspension. A major point of the article - geometry is important - oh wait we sized up on the Ripley - ignore the statement that geometry is important.

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Liked a comment on the item Next Level Bike Geometry: An Interview with Chris Porter 10/22/2019 8:00 AM

@teamrobot isn't wrong. Robots are never wrong.

What you are describing however isn't new, nor is it isolated to mountain biking. I have zero idea what the number is but my two cents worth of a guess is 95% of all the shit marketed to dudes never gets used near...more

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Congrats Chainwhip - its only taken you 100 new bikes to finally secure BOTDwink!!!!

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Yeti Beti SB5 Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/9/2017 9:06 AM
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Thanks - interesting! For some reason, I thought RockShox was using the entire stroke for metric shocks to improve their shock operation, where as Fox was just adapting to size, but didn't need the additional length for their operation - hence the extra visible stroke. If neither company is using the entire stroke for metric shocks, I am kind of at a loss for the benefit on metric? Ignoring the Hubble imperial/metric conversion mistakes. I realize this is outside the scope of this article.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Yeti Beti SB5 Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/9/2017 6:00 AM
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Question/comment: I own an SB5v2, which is similar to the Beti. It is important to recognize that the visible stroke on the metric shock is longer than the actually stroke. The actual stroke is about 2/3rd of the visible stroke. You can see in the video above highlighting the suspension that it stops about 2/3rd of the way through the visible stroke. If you set your shock to 30% of the visible stroke, you are setting too much sag. It should be set to 30% of 50mm=15mm. I made this mistake and the bike rides okay, but not great. My friend demoed a Yeti and the shop made the same mistake and his ride experience was so so. When I explained this to him, he went back set the sag at 15mm and the experience was night and day. Based on the comments above, it sounds very similar to oversagging the shock owing to the visible stroke. As I find 14mm sag, less than recommend allows the bike to uses its travel much more effectively. Yeti and Fox need to place a line on the shock to avoid this confusion.

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Added a comment to Dude!'s bike check 3/19/2016 7:18 AM
2016 Knolly Delirium 650B

The carbon Warden and Delirium have different purposes and excel at this purposes. The Warden is my all around bike, but for shuttling or aggressive days that still require a pedal to the top, the Delirium is great. The Warden is a long-legged trail bike. The Delirium is a very aggressive AM, freeride bike. The Delirium is a great bike fork folks that don't need a DH bike but ride aggressive trails. Both are very very fun!

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Added a comment to Dude!'s bike check 3/19/2016 7:13 AM
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160mm Lyrik - feels very good with this length. The Lyrik I think has a longer a2c than the fox, so a fox at 170mm is close to a Lyrik at 160mm. I had a Fox 36 but prefer the Lyrik.

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Added a comment to Dude!'s bike check 3/18/2016 7:39 AM
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Thanks - it is a medium. It rides better than it lookssmile! It is such a great handling bike. I can't believe it is my bike!

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