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:
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.