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    I test rode a niner rip9 today

    Its was fun to get back on the trail. The niner rode "ok". Unfortunately i spent as much time patching and pumping up pinch flats as I did riding. Is it just me or does this bike have a propensity to get flats? (Yes I had plenty of pressure, there was no tube, rim stip, bead damage, etc.) The frame felt very flexy and really rolled out from under you around the high speed turns. I'll keep looking in my quest for a full squish 9er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidmartinek View Post
    Its was fun to get back on the trail. The niner rode "ok". Unfortunately i spent as much time patching and pumping up pinch flats as I did riding. Is it just me or does this bike have a propensity to get flats? (Yes I had plenty of pressure, there was no tube, rim stip, bead damage, etc.) The frame felt very flexy and really rolled out from under you around the high speed turns. I'll keep looking in my quest for a full squish 9er.
    try the stumpy fsr 29er.. I have the XL.. its pretty low on the flex meter, which is interesting for a big-wheel'd beast of that size..

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    I have the Rip as one of my two 29er's, and I love it. I am a big guy, 200lbs, and I don't feel any flex at at all. It ripped this past summer at the BC BIKE race and took all that I could give it.

    It could of been the wheel set that caused you to feel "flex". On one of my wheel sets it definately feels different. Also, the forks make a big difference. The Fox is much more stiff then the "regular" Reba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidmartinek View Post
    Its was fun to get back on the trail. The niner rode "ok". Unfortunately i spent as much time patching and pumping up pinch flats as I did riding. Is it just me or does this bike have a propensity to get flats? (Yes I had plenty of pressure, there was no tube, rim stip, bead damage, etc.) The frame felt very flexy and really rolled out from under you around the high speed turns. I'll keep looking in my quest for a full squish 9er.
    Quote Originally Posted by trailsurfer View Post
    I have the Rip as one of my two 29er's, and I love it. I am a big guy, 200lbs, and I don't feel any flex at at all. It ripped this past summer at the BC BIKE race and took all that I could give it.

    It could of been the wheel set that caused you to feel "flex". On one of my wheel sets it definately feels different. Also, the forks make a big difference. The Fox is much more stiff then the "regular" Reba.
    +1.... sounds like you had some shite wheels on there. The fact that you got so many pinch flats, and the percieved frame flex were more than likely from a crap wheelset. If Niner spec'd this one with the American Classic wheelset, try a different wheelset. I had the AC's on my Sir 9 and hated them. Pinch flats galore, flexy as hell (thought is was just cause I was heavy 180lbs). My King/DT wheelset is stiff and I rarely pinch flat unless pressure is low and I hit an obstacle wrong. Don't give up on it yet.

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    I had a RIP9 when they first came out and enjoyed it but it did have a few issues. Even with really good wheels I felt like the back end was not very stable. I cracked the frame at the head tube, which could have ended really bad, but I caught it. I also had a lot of problems with the lower BB of the RIP9. At first it took getting used to the way the lower BB changed the handling, particularly going down hill. Eventually it took a lot of getting used to the way the low BB caused me to hit all sorts of rocks with my cranks and chainring. Stuff I cleared no problem on my SS or on 26" bikes.

    End of the day I sold my frame replacement because I felt like the RIP, which looked cool, was not the best bike for the money. While my frame was out for replacement I spent some time on an El Rey and found that it did not have the same BB and rear end issues the RIP had. It also had a smoother functioning rear end. End result I ordered a custom True Fab FS using the Ventana rear end. No fault with the original Ventana design, I just wanted it in steel.

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    When I was in the market for new 29er last year the low BB on the RIP9 is what turned me off. I suggest you test ride a Ventana El Rey, HH has one to try out.

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    I also have an 08 RIP and I'm a big guy (250 currently ). I can see a little flex at the bottom bracket when I apply pressure in a low gear while "sitting still", but when I'm actually riding it, I don't feel any flex or rear end wash. I'd say the wheelset, and/or suspension setup probably played a big part in your experience. I'm not trying to convince you its the right bike for you, or to defend my purchase, just conveying information. YMMV...

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    I never felt significant flex on the Rip and I was around 220.

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