Comments on: Carbon 29er Comparison: Ibis Ripley and Pivot Mach 429 All bike, all the time Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:53:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ibis Ripley | zjoonk : bikes Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:25:49 +0000 […] BikeIntelligencer Ripley v Pivot 429 […]

By: Paul Andrews, BI editor Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:05:06 +0000 Pivot advises against 140 on the 429…

By: Simon Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:04:40 +0000 Did somene test the pivot with fox 140 34?

By: Paul Andrews, BI editor Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:17:25 +0000 I’m 6-1 in bike shoes and ride a large. The fit kit says I should be on a medium but I have a long torso and arms. You may want to actually test ride before ordering, because sizing on the 429 is something of a black art. See Pivot forum for further discussion, thanks!

By: Noah Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:31:19 +0000 Curious your size (6’?) and which size frame of the 429 you rode and your impressions on how it fit you? I know Pivot recommends people put 6’1″ ride a M…. can’t get my head around that.

By: Dede Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:42:33 +0000 I’ve been looking at both these bikes so I really appreciate the review. But in looking closely at the frame specs, I’m wondering if the experience you had isn’t also related to the fact that you say you rode both bikes in size Large, but in terms of the recommended height (of person), top tube length and wheel base, the 429 carbon Large is more equivalent to a Ripley XL, not a Large.

Rec Height Medium 429C=5’9″-6’1″
Rec Height Large Ripley=5’9″-6’2″
Rec Height XL Ripley=6′-6’6″
Rec Height Large 429C=6’1″-6’4″

Medium 429C TT=24″
Large Ripley TT= 23.8″
XL Ripley TT=24.6″
Large 429C TT=24.75″

Medium 429C WB=44.17″
Large Ripley WB=44.1″
XL Ripley WB=44.9″
Large 429C WB=44.96″

Obviously there are other important measurements you mention, like head/seat tube angle and front end height, but seems like the Ripley runs small, which would explain in part why it felt better going up and worse going down. Wondering what you would have thought of the Ripley in an XL or the 429C in a medium. Thoughts?

By: Jeremy Sat, 01 Jun 2013 05:23:41 +0000 So I have had the Ripley for a few weeks went with XT build size medium and specialized roval control carbon wheels, oh yeah its a 140/34 up front with some 2.3 ground control and purgatory tires. It took a few rides to get everything dialed.

In a word, epic. Just slack enough, smooth, playful, and climbs like mad. The wheels and fork make it a do everything xc/trail charger. Full reviews posted on mtbr. It’s a worthy bike.

By: Joe Woollaston Tue, 21 May 2013 03:33:44 +0000 Oh, I think I get it now, Paul …by latency you mean the suspension is fractionally “late” to respond?
I was puzzled because the word already exists, but with quite a different meaning to that.

Best regards,

By: urbiksux Fri, 17 May 2013 20:26:13 +0000 Really good way to distinguish two seemingly similar bikes. Nice juxtaposition on wheelbase and head tube length. Great review.

By: rich Mon, 06 May 2013 05:26:47 +0000 Seems like the ticket would be to use a Talas fork so you can ascend at 110MM and descend at 140MM. Would this affect a steeper headangle for climbing and a slacker one for descending for the best of both worlds? Or is my logic flawed?