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But, is the Rip better? If I can get the same characteristics in climbing with MORE travel on the Rip, I might just have to upgrade!!! I cannot believe how smoooooooth the Jet9 is. :thumbsup:
 

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I have both & the Rip9 is so close it really comes down to how you like your bike to feel.

In lap times there is not not much in it,If you like to throw a bike around stick with the Jet9 because the Rip9 has so much grip it is harder to throw around.

The Rip9 is such a Inspiring bike & it just laughs at you no matter how hard you push it & if you are not a super brave rider stick with the Jet9 because if you don't have the nuts to push the rip it will feel slow even though it is not.

I did a 12 hour relay race 10 months ago & did lap about on the Rip & Jet & the jet felt alot faster than the Rip but the lap times were the same.
 

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edgerat said:
But, is the Rip better? If I can get the same characteristics in climbing with MORE travel on the Rip, I might just have to upgrade!!! I cannot believe how smoooooooth the Jet9 is. :thumbsup:
Yup, it's smooth - but so is the RIP. Think of the JET as a pretty pure XC and XC race bike. The RIP, with an additional 1.5 lbs in frame weight over the JET, different angles, more travel (4.7" vs. 3") as a plush XC bike that can lean into AM as well as XC and endurance racing when wanted. More of a one bike does it all type of frame for the RIP.

You have to use ProPedal in the rear and lock out the front 120mm shock on the RIP to get anywhere close to the climbing abilities of the JET (along with light wheels and tires). And even then, it's not exactly the same goat as the JET. But going down the hill with Pro Pedal off and the fork unlocked - there is no comparing the difference.:thumbsup: :cool: :D If they were cars, we would say the JET gets much better (or more efficient) gas mileage while the RIP requires you to fill your tank more often. Call it the added fuel expense for the fun factor.

Many of us who own both really didn't "intend" to own both.:skep: Believe me, I'm not complaining about having to choose between the two every time I go for a ride in the dirt.

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Thank you for that info fellas! That is what I had assumed and am glad to hear your opinions. I will stick with the jet9 for now and enjoy the ride! Really, I can't believe how good it is, this is the first full-squish bike I have EVER ridden that would climb like this and keep the rear-end from bobbing.
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yes they are both go where you want to ride them bikes. set up the jet with lighter parts and it screams xc racer. put on a bigger fork and tires with the rip and you got a trail bike almost without boundies.

now switch the parts and they don't work as well. the rip is heavier/slacker and the jet too upright for longer forks. but with the same right parts them are kinda similar. again you might feel the weight and geo difference depending on the terrain.

depends on what you want to ride and build the bike to do that. i use the jet9 for endurance/all day rides and for really rough xc races. i ride some trails that are more suited for the rip, but the jet gets me through with no problems, keeps me fresh and is a blast to ride.

 

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Yes the Rip9 is a awesome bike but don't sell the Jet9 short,It handles the rough well also,much more so than even I would have thought with only 3 inch rear travel.
 

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OilCan, why the Fox fork on the jet9 in that photo instead of your lefty? Your post on my thread in the Endurance thread got me thinking about the jet9 :)
 

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Not sure, I was going to buy a TallBoy but then a deal came up on this Jet9 and I wanted to try it. I may still buy a TallBoy to test.
 
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