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WesB wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

Fast!
5 5

Ive had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and I must say its one of the best race bikes on the market.There is a reason why the backcountry.com race team chose this bike as their go-to race machine.-- Lightweight and responsive, it really handles tight, twitchy single track with ease yet comfortable enough to do longer, epic rides with your buddies on the weekends. It also is an extremely fast climber and the CVA suspension doesn't allow pedal bobbing,making a for a nice stiff platform to really hammer power on. Set these attributes aside, it looks really good too and sure to turn heads on the trail. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

** Ive put together a couple of different packages to maximize the highlights of this bike. Contact me direct for info
801-736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesB wrote a review of on July 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

his is one of the better long travel bikes to come out in a long time.I had the opportunity of riding it at Outerbike last fall and was very impressed.Its designed for the casual trail riders to the enduro racers who are looking to assault the trail both up and down.
The frame is made with a hollow box,high compression internal molding process which creates very dense frame walls and allows the bike to take impacts but is laterally stiff and lightweight.
The pedaling on the bike I found to be very efficient. Its a combo of the updated DW-Link rear suspension, the updated upper link shock mount and the Fox Float X shock ( a sweet combo). It gives the bike cross cross county like efficiency and smoothness.
The DW Link provides an awesome platform for climbing-no pedal bob and anti squat. Its probably the best long travel climber I've tried.
On cornering the bike performed very well. The combo of the short rear end and the slack front end gave the bike a very balanced feel and allows for very quick 180 degree turns.
Pivot took everything we look for in a fun,aggressive trail bike and magnified it in a big way. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

***These are custom builds so you can switch out or upgrade components. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me direct. My number here is 801-736-6396 x 4074 or email wbranham@competitivecyclist.com



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WesB wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

simply amazing
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just recently purchased this bike after much debate over several brands.Being in the bike industry I have the opportunity to demo many bikes and after riding several models the Ripley rose to the top. This bike performs extremely well over various types of terrain and conditions. Its light weight and very responsive. The unusually short wheelbase (close to a 26" bike) makes it ridiculously flickable and fast in twisty singletrack, big wheels and all! Even tight uphill switchbacks are no problem. I chose to match the frame with the 120mm G2 Fox fork which matches the 120mm of rear travel giving the bike a more balanced feel from front to back. Its a bike you can certainly be deadly on the race track with but feel at home doing long,epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

Cut and paste this most recent article on the Ripley for Sept '14 MBA magazine
http://www.ibiscycles.com/downloads/MBA_Ripley_Sept_2014.pdf



*** This is a custom build so components can be upgraded or swapped out. Hit me up for questions or guidance-wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

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WesB wrote a review of on June 11, 2014

Simply Amazing
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just recently purchased this bike after much debate over several brands.Being in the bike industry I have the opportunity to demo many bikes and after riding several models the Ripley rose to the top. This bike performs extremely well over various types of terrain and conditions. Its light weight and very responsive. I have mine built up with XX1 and Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and it weighs in at 24 lbs. The unusually short wheelbase (close to a 26" bike) makes it ridiculously flickable and fast in twisty singletrack, big wheels and all! Even tight uphill switchbacks are no problem. I chose to match the frame with the 120mm G2 Fox fork which matches the 120mm of rear travel giving the bike a more balanced feel from front to back. Its a bike you can certainly be deadly on the race track with but feel at home doing long,epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
Hit me up with questions or if you need guidance

wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

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WesB wrote a review of on June 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in under 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Dura-Ace 9000 (11speed) group, the stability of HED Ardennes LT plus Wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build socomponents can be switched .. We can also cut the ISP to your specification.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com if ya have questions
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WesB wrote a review of on June 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of the better values we have on the site.Santa Cruz was on a mission, with this bike, to be the most versatile, easy-to-ride XC/trail 29er in the entry-level dual-suspension 29er market. I've ridden a lot of 29ers in the 100mm category and I felt right at home on the Superlight 29. In fact just recently purchased one for my wife,which she loves. There are reasons why single pivot designs are still relevant and the superlight highlights them all. It climbs,decends and corners with ease. The geometry is also really nice-giving the bike a perfectly balanced feel on the trail and the XT components are a nice addition for reliable,no non sense, componentry. If you are looking for a new XC 29r and dont want to break the bank, I highly recommend picking one up while they last!

*** these are custom builds so all non-drivetrain components can be upgraded or swapped-including wheels. Contact me direct for questions or guidance at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or direct at 801-736-6396 x 4074.


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WesB wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in at 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Sram Force 22, the stability of Mavic wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build so if you want to specify cranks,stem lengths or cassette let me know.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesB wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an amazing ride at an incredible value. I have had the opportunity of riding the Helium and i must say it is special. Very light weight (this build weighs in at 16 pounds) and handles extremely well climbing and descending. Its just stiff enough to punch out amazing power yet still incredibly comfortable for longer distances. Combine that with the durability of Ultegra 6800 (11speed) group, the stability of HED Ardennes LT Wheels and a dependable Zipp cockpit makes this bike very well rounded and competitive. If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up (while they last!)
This bike is a custom build so if you want to specify cranks,stem lengths or cassette let me know.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com if you have additional questions or need guidance
801-736-6396 x 4074
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WesB wrote an answer about on May 19, 2014

looks like we are sold out of the XS in the sale frame-however, we do have a 2014 framset available-it comes with a standard seat post instead of the ISP. It would be a $799.00 upgrade for the 2014 frame- still an amazing value. Contact me direct and I can get it set up for you. 801-736-6396 x 4074

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ridley-helium-rs-2014?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6aGVsaXVtOjE6MTQ6aGVsaXVt&skid=RID001C-BLA-XSM

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