Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3 GX Eagle Complete Bike 2018

Here’s the thing with bikes, manufacturers do not re-engineer new models every year as that would be cost prohibitive, instead they often simply change color schemes and tweak hardware choices to create new models for a new year. This means that sometimes you can get amazing deals on “last year’s model”. That is exactly the case with the subject of this post the IBIS RIPLEY LS CARBON 3 GX EAGLE build at Competitive Cyclist where you can save $1540.00 versus what the bike sold for originally.

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2019 Off To A Slow Start

December 15 was my last ride of 2018, it was my last lap at Hop Brook Lake in Middlebury, Connecticut. It was a nice ride I reflected on all the gains made that year and I daydreamed of what 2019 would deliver. I looked ahead to what my winter rides would be like. Unfortunately nothing went as planned.

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RIPROW Mountain Bike Trainer

Some folks think there smart phones spy on them by listening to what they say. Well I often feel that way too but now I will take it one step further, I think my phone can read my mind. Yesterday I was out mountain biking after an 8 week layoff due to a bum knee and bad weather I found that my stamina and strength was already reduced. Prior to this I wrote about getting a Fox Transfer Dropper Post installed on my Ibis. I noticed with the new found territory behind the saddle that I was missing some key muscles that would improve my riding. This two things got me to thinking that someone should make a trainer for mountain bikes. Well in a strange turn today my iPhone showed me an instagram ad for the Riprow Mountain Bike Trainer.

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I managed to put about a little over 100 miles on the seatpost at my local park, Hop Brook Lake Park in Naugatuck and Middlebury Connecticut. I must say I’m not only impressed with the Transfer Seat Post but I am more impressed on how much of a game changer it is for my riding. Going over obstacles like trees and rocks is so much simpler and safer with the seat out of the way. The seatpost is also a real benefit on steep drops. It is such a relief to get my butt way back over the rear wheel and not have my shorts get stuck on the seat while I return to riding position.

The Fox Transfer Dropper Seatpost is an outstanding addition to a mountain bike and worth every dollar it cost. Operation is smooth and deliberate and performance is flawless.

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