I agree the Ridgeback looks badass Would love to test one out.Fantastic looking bike. Odd that MTBR can't be bothered to post the work of a legend Like Brent Foes but they have a ton of piddly stuff on the front page.
I honestly dont care about 2 pounds at the frame. It matter the least on the frame. My Foes hardtail is about 27 pounds, but feels like when riding.Can't really blame mtbr for not having something on the bike when Foes website doesn't have any info on the bike other than "pre order now", then nothing else... (I miss the days when bike makers went to Interbike and MTBR.com had all the coverage, it was cool! Course the flip side is we get new bikes all year long now...?)
The Ridgeback "looks" like a cool bike. Looks to be several out in the wild. But I don't see any testing or reviews yet? Someone mentioned theirs being 2lbs heavier than a 5010. I assume that's a carbon to aluminum comparison. (I think there is also an aluminum 5010 available?) Don't know how much of that was build difference? And don't know enough about the Ridgeback to know if that's an apples to apples comparison to a 5010. (the newest 5010 is longer travel and more aggressive geo so maybe? Sort of almost took over for the last bronson and the bronson got a little bigger/badder, etc.) 2 lbs isn't the end of the world, but it's a higher penalty than I'd expect. Makes me wonder how effective all the machining and assembly work is? I mean it's awesome! No doubt about that... Anyway, would be cool to see some for sure apples to apples weight comparisons.
The same facebook post on the Ridgeback mentions the weight was worth it because of it pedaling better than the 5010. I know suspension kinematics and dampeners have come a long way and just about any suspension design can be made effective these days. But it would still take some back to back test riding to convince me a linkage driven SP pedals better than a dual mini link bike? (course maybe if it was a first gen 5010/SOLO, but still from all reviews they "pedaled" very well, just could be a little harsh depending on the rider/shock tune)
Anyway, I could see someone saying it pedals good enough that the difference doesn't matter? But new SC bikes seem to pedal pretty amazing to me?
Yes, I went through the pre-order process with them and they asked if I wanted 27.5 or 29. I may have made up the 27.5+ part, I'm old and I've been shopping a number of bikes but I recall very clearly the tire size question.I'm pretty sure that's not true. Did you call them?
It's just 27.5 or 29/27.5+
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