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Hey gang,

I know I don't post much around here anymore, but I thought I'd throw out some impressions on parts after a season of riding on my new rig. Some of these parts were hard to find reviews on when I bought, so maybe I can add some insight.

As for the rider, I'm 6'3", 205 lbs in the flesh. I ride mostly xc, but spend the occasional day at the resort riding the lift. My standard rides are dusty and rocky, but the bike has seen mud, downpours, Moab sand, and the occasional snow ride. All of these parts are from the original build and have been along for every ride since March.

RIP 9 (large) - The greatest frame I've ever owned. Fun, fun, fun. Something about this bike just suits me. I'm actually glad I picked up the frame before the new face lift. Not that the new one isn't a ton of fun (it is), but the old frame fits me like a glove.

Manitou Minute 120mm - The perfect match for the frame. I almost went with the 100mm and I'm really glad I didn't. I love the feel of the combo. On it's own merit, the fork is as plush as my old Fox Talas and way less flexy than the 29" Reba I had on my One 9. I disregarded the factory specs and went with Rainman's suggestions on pressure. Two thumbs up from me.

Velocity Blunts - I don't know if opinions have changed, but a year ago these weren't too highly recommended. Mike Curiak didn't like them and there were a few complaints about weak side walls. Based on a couple favorable reviews and a great price to weight/width ratio, I dove in. I built these around Hope Pro II with alloy nips and supercomps. They build up easily and have been rock solid. They've yet to need a truing. I nailed a rock and dented the hell out of the bead hook and sidewall, but it hasn't made for any problems. The width of the rim is great for tire volume, part of the reason I bought them. While building, they seemed slightly flexy, but it's nothing I've ever noticed while riding. They're not super easy to set up tubeless, but not impossible. All in all, I couldn't be happier.

Schwalbe Racing Ralph - I like these. They track really well and don't wear out like a pure race day tire. I've had them all season and just recently got the sidewall gash that they're apparently prone to. The 2.4 up front is incredibly confidence inspiring. I may replace the back with an ignitor just to avoid any future gashes, but they're great tires. If you ride a lot of mud, you might want to look elsewhere, but for most anything else you'll be happy with them.

Formula Oro Puro - Awesome. If you can afford them, get them. One of the few parts that lives up to the hype. No squeals, warbles, or turkey gobbles. Tons of power. I went with the 200mm rotor up front and a 180mm in the back, despite some warnings that I'd have a surplus of power. Not so. For me, it just makes for easier modulation with stomach turning stopping power right below the surface. Highly recommended.

Rotor Agilis cranks and SABB - This was a total left-field purchase based almost solely on info from Rotor. Don't ask me why...maybe because they're so dang purty. Luckily for me, they perform as nicely as they look. Stiff and solid. They've taken plenty of abuse without complaint or flex. I love them. If you don't end up with the cranks, the SABB is definitely still worth consideration. I was skeptical about the self aligning business, but so far I haven't heard as much as a single squeak. It may, in fact, be the first BB I've owned that doesn't start creaking every few months. Good stuff, give it a look.

Rotor Q-ring - With the novelty of a new bike to ogle, I completely forgot about the q-ring for a few rides. Eventually, I noticed that my pedal stroke was abnormally smooth and finally remembered the ring (I'm a genius, I know). Anyway, it has definitely evened out my stroke. It's a subtle change, for sure, but a change for the better. Highly recommended.

Rotor S1 stem - Sure, it's pretty and weighs nothing, but stick with the Thomson. It took me months to get the bugs worked out of their dual thread system. By cranking the sh!tballs out of it, I'm to the point that crashing no longer results in off-centered bars, but it still creaks and groans regularly. Bike porn...skip it.

That's about it for the unique stuff, but just for the sake of reinforcement, these have been great parts as well. Runs as advertised, no breakdowns, no complaints:

Hope Pro II - loud, but solid. I like the noise
X-0 pod and rear der. - nothing but good, I love it
Salsa carbon bar - not broken yet, what else can I say?
Straitline bash guard - heavy duty without being heavy - cool colors and shapes

I think that about does it. Hope that helps for anyone that's considering any of these parts. Let me know if there's anything else I can add. It's been a great season of riding for me and the bike is certainly one of the reasons. Thanks to Niner for making an unparalleled bike. Steve, beers on me next time.:thumbsup:

Gavin
 

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One might think the Large size small for your height, but you're very happy with fit.

Out of interest what is your rider's inseam? You seem to have only a modest amount of seatpost out, so I'm guessing you are fairly balanced in legs and torso?

I am just under 6'3" and am looking at changing bikes soon. Presently mated to an XL RIP but was considering downsizing to the L 09 RIP. I am long in the torso so need the TT reach me thinks

BTW, :thumbsup: on rotor & frok size

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I have a 34" inseam, so I'm pretty well balanced torso to leg. I've ridden the XL frame and it's too big for my taste. Realistically, either size is a ridable fit, but I prefer the L. If you need the extra length, you can always go with a longish stem and layback post. FYI, mine is a 100mm stem.
 
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