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Back into MTB after 15+ year hiatus

26 Aug 2015 19:37

Well, I have a bunch of buddies who ride MTB a lot, and I'm liking the idea of something new(ish) and not getting clobbered by some arse-wipe texting while they're driving, so I'm getting back into MTB after a long road hiatus. I'm in the bay area, so there are tons of options around here and also Tahoe where we spend a lot of time.

Just pulled the trigger on an Ibis Ripley which I found a screaming deal on (2014, X01 Build, Blue) and it should be here in less than a week. Very stoked. Anyone have this bike? I rode one the other day at my LBS, and loved it, and while they were offering a killer deal as well I really wanted to get into the 1x11 X01 rather than the 2x10 XT build. Really smooth, quick and nimble. I actually liked it better than the cheaper and well-decked out Santa Cruz 5010. Found it more maneuverable (surprisingly) and predictable, and just more fun with a lot more zip and stiffness.

Not my bike but the build looks very close.
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26 Aug 2015 19:54

welcome back

i am very similar in that i am now full time on the mtb after many years on the road scene

it's a nice change and one i'm enjoying immensely as you'll read in a few other threads

i don't have that bike
but i would like it

i think you'll have a lot of fun on that ibis
please post back some comments on the 1X11
i'm intrigued
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26 Aug 2015 22:08

JackRabbitSlims wrote:welcome back

i am very similar in that i am now full time on the mtb after many years on the road scene

it's a nice change and one i'm enjoying immensely as you'll read in a few other threads

i don't have that bike
but i would like it

i think you'll have a lot of fun on that ibis
please post back some comments on the 1X11
i'm intrigued


Thanks, and yeah will do. Obviously not having ridden a mountain bike in 15 years I won't have much to compare the 1x11 to, but will happily give impressions. Actually not a bad blog post idea, newbie mountain biker reaction to 1x11.

Anyway. Got a 32 front and the back is 11-42. Wondering if I should go 30 and then get a 32 later. Probably doesn't matter, I'll figure it out.

Kind of can't wait 'till it gets here. Feeling like a kid at Christmas.
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26 Aug 2015 23:29

yeah
it's a lot of fun

i found that for the first few rides i just went out on my own to get the feel dialled in and getting used to very responsive, very accurate hydraulic brakes

plus avoiding the embarrassment of my mates watching me deck it

now riding with a group who are well skilled and can rip the trails
i have found that just like skiing
your performance improves when you hang with those more skilled than yourself
plus you push a bit harder and don't hesitate or drop nuts when you encounter a difficult section
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28 Aug 2015 13:13

I don't have one but I know people who do and never heard a bad word about them, fantastic bikes.

Stick with the 32, 30-11 would be too spinny on the flat. I'm considering 1x and if I go for it I'll probably run a 34 or 36 with 11-36 at the back.
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28 Aug 2015 15:43

King Boonen wrote:I don't have one but I know people who do and never heard a bad word about them, fantastic bikes.

Stick with the 32, 30-11 would be too spinny on the flat. I'm considering 1x and if I go for it I'll probably run a 34 or 36 with 11-36 at the back.


Thanks! Ordered and on its way. I'll get whatever other chainrings I need as I go along. Appreciate the input.
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28 Aug 2015 16:05

It's a bit like road biking but reversed, rather than changing the block at the back you'll change the front ring depending on where you ride.

The jumps in gears will feel weird at first compared to a road bike but you get used to it very soon.
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05 Sep 2015 14:26

Took it out for the first time last night. Fun! Definitely will get a smaller chainring though, I could use a couple more gears. Full suspension is amazing, you just flow over everything. My style needs to adjust for sure.
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07 Sep 2015 17:31

pics please??
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Re: Back into MTB after 15+ year hiatus

08 Sep 2015 22:09

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09 Sep 2015 19:16

Saaaar-Wheat Bro!!

please enjoy

i like that colour
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09 Sep 2015 20:11

JackRabbitSlims wrote:Saaaar-Wheat Bro!!

please enjoy

i like that colour


Yeah, thanks! There was a green/black one locally, but it was XT 2x10 and I like the blue much better. I had a question about the frame and called Ibis, they said I was lucky to find one in blue, they're apparently pretty rare at this point.

Got some decent shoes and looking to take it to Tahoe this weekend. Should be fun!
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09 Sep 2015 21:40

looking to take it to Tahoe this weekend

envious
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10 Sep 2015 02:44

WOOHOOO! Nice rig! Welcome back to the FUN side! Enjoy! :D
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10 Sep 2015 09:31

That's a lovely looking bike right there! Dropper post too, expecting some video of mad descending :D
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10 Sep 2015 11:36

Thanks guys!
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11 Sep 2015 04:25

Shot from the ride tonight. 94 degrees at ride start, 6:00 pm. Cooled to 80 an hour later. Nice ride. Working up to some longer ones, just tooling around the local trails.

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No Tahoe this weekend. I shall be forced to do a group ride in the Marin headlands. :rolleyes:
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14 Sep 2015 04:01

So cool! Welcome back!
For me, from the mountains, MTB more practical, good frame and wheelset is also very important.
I like carbon frame and wheelset, and have a variety of carbon frame.
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16 Sep 2015 08:58

So Red_Flanders... Fully bitten by the MTB bug? :D

I find I swap between road and MTB and end up spending more time on one than the other (road this year due to me being an idiot...) but every time I get out for a proper ride on my MTB I'm reminded why I love all forms of cycling. There really is nothing better than being out in the hills on a sunny day with a few mates blasting down some steep, rocky trails :D
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16 Sep 2015 17:19

King Boonen wrote:So Red_Flanders... Fully bitten by the MTB bug? :D

I find I swap between road and MTB and end up spending more time on one than the other (road this year due to me being an idiot...) but every time I get out for a proper ride on my MTB I'm reminded why I love all forms of cycling. There really is nothing better than being out in the hills on a sunny day with a few mates blasting down some steep, rocky trails :D


Not sure I'm fully bitten yet, but had a great ride in Marin and really enjoying it! No interest in road riding at this point. Lots of skills to brush up on, but I'm riding we'll both up and downhil compared to the folks I've been riding with. Got to get out with some friends and get pushed a bit, but a good couple of shakedown rides have been useful to make sure the bike is set up properly.

Looking forward to pushing things a bit this weekend.

It is really nice to be out on the trails, in the quiet and off the roads. Honestly the people are nicer as well.
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