Here’s a recap of this week’s most popular customer questions submitted by email and on cycleogicalbikes.com.
I am thinking of upgrading my first generation Ripley LS, which I love but I want more travel. What should I choose between Yeti SB130, SB150, or Ibis Ripmo?
This is a tough call and depends on where you primarily ride and what your goals are. First, if you are riding the REALLY nasty stuff in the Laguna steeps or are regularly hitting up the chair lifts in the mountains, then you would probably lean toward the SB150. But we find the majority of riders want a good balance of long travel while still being a capable climber. The geometry and technology of today’s bikes are vastly improved over your Ripley, so you are going to see a big performance boost with either the Ripmo or SB130. You could agonize for days over the details of each bike’s build specs, but they are pretty comparable at each build level with relatively small price differences. It might just come down to which paint job you like better!
|Yeti SB130||Ibis Ripmo||Yeti SB150|
I’ve been on my Santa Cruz Tallboy LT for a few years now and I think it’s time to upgrade. I am trying to decide between the Pivot Firebird 29 and the Santa Cruz Megatower. I’m in the Clydesdale division at 6’2”. I like to ride the typical San Clemente trails and I’m pretty aggressive with speed, but stop short of downhill racing or any aerial stuff. And I still need to ride uphill - and those can be steep in this area. Any advice?
Both of those bikes are perfect for the riding style you described. You would be an XL in the Megatower, but could choose between Large or XL in the Pivot. Both bikes are capable climbers - we’ve been on the Firebird 29 for a while and loving it. Early feedback on the Megatower is the new lower-link VPP is an extremely solid climbing platform, and with a slightly more upright seat tube it just might outclimb the Pivot. But what’s all this talk of climbing? We want to go down and we want to go fast. Both bikes have adjustable flip chips to give flexibility in geometry settings. Pivot provides a slightly bigger range making it adaptable to multiple terrains. The Megatower has an additional option to lengthen the chainstay which feels more centered for larger sized riders. You can extend the fork out to 170mm in the Megatower’s low setting and retain the same riding position as the stock 160mm/high setting. BTW, we have all of these bikes available as demos.
|Santa Cruz MegaTower||Pivot Firebird 29|
What is the difference between the Pinarello Prince and the Prince FX model?
The FX version of the Prince brings a few upgrades from the Dogma F8/F10, namely: an upgraded Pinarello Onda fork, aerodynamically optimized downtube, and an E-Link junction box for easier access to Di2 ports. It gives you the biggest bang for your buck in the Pinarello lineup, short of throwing down around $12K for the F10.
There is also the Prince Disk model that comes with Ultegra 9100 disc brakes. The Disk model frame is the standard Prince model frame without the Dogma upgrades.
|Pinarello Prince Disk|
Just a huge thank you to Shaun, he adjusted our brakes and derailleur on the spot a couple weeks ago! Our new favorite bike place! Thanks!!!
Awesome! Glad to hear it!