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2009 "Big Ripper"
like it ?or hate it?
Big Ripper
I like it [ 42 ] ** [46.67%]
Not my cup of tea [ 26 ] ** [28.89%]
I WILL buy one [ 22 ] ** [24.44%]
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post Jul 13 2008, 08:35 AM
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I'm only 5'7" but one of the most comfortable bikes to just "ride" was my old 26" King Sting. I'm sure plenty of bigger guys would feel very comfortable on this 29"er. It looks cool, plus if it fits you vbetter than a 20" it will prompt you to actually ride your bike more often, which is a good thing.

BTW Alex (pk ripped), you mentioned that this bike just isn't bmx to you. I understand what you're saying, but SE has other bikes in their lineup that aren't bmx at all. Take a look at their single speed catagory. It doesn't surprise me at all that they would market this type of bike. It's just enough bmx to lure some of the bmxers to try their single speed lineup.
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post Jul 13 2008, 09:17 AM
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QUOTE (Brian L @ Jul 13 2008, 02:28 AM) *
I am nearly 6'2 and weigh well over 200 lbs (yes, I know I could stand to lose some weight) and to be honest, I just can't get comfortable on a 20" anymore. I have a nice 2004 P.K. Ripper that rides quite nicely, but frankly, I feel a tad bit foolish at my size riding around on a 20." I also have no desire to get a road or MTB, so those are out of the question.

For us big guys to cruise around on, a 29" would be perfect. I agree that they would probably be too big to race, and once I am back in shape, I won't be afraid to take my 20" out to the track, but for a guy my size, a 20" just doesn't cut it for cruising around town, especially for any significant distance.



Dude, I totally hear ya. I'm 6'0'' 185lbs. With today's 74 Degree steering angles and the relative lack of gyroscopic stabilization offered an adult, from 20" wheels, there is a good argument for cruisers. I can admire a lot of the cruisers that members post up. I hope they keep posting them. I just think they look proportionally stupid. When compared to a 20. As well, I think some of these extremely long 20s are starting to look silly.

I will always "ride 20" and admire, from a distance, what an adult mind can come up with, for a 24"resto as an expression of art. You people continue to amaze me.
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post Jul 13 2008, 11:42 AM
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QUOTE (Stodgy @ Jul 14 2008, 02:14 AM) *
Here's a better scan:

(IMG:http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/stodgy1/SE/bigrtipper.jpg)

Gotta say - I like it, but then again I am 6'4" tall, so perfect for me.

Stodgy can you get a better scan on the OM's? I really think I will just get another one. I do like the big ripper, but I really LOVE the OM flyer.
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post Jul 13 2008, 02:03 PM
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Here are some pics direct from TL...

(IMG:http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d19/karltoys/BIG-RIPPER.jpg)

(IMG:http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d19/karltoys/BIG-RIPPER-1.jpg)
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post Jul 13 2008, 04:09 PM
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Does anybody have any pricing info? I would love to know what one of these is going to cost.
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post Jul 13 2008, 04:17 PM
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Thanks Captain! I now have new wallpaper for my computer!

I'd also love to know how much they will cost... so I know how many kidneys I'll need to sell...
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post Jul 13 2008, 05:32 PM
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Haha, Big Ripper!!!!!....OMFJ, that's we call a loud and long fart around here! Cool bike, bad name.
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post Jul 13 2008, 05:54 PM
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cool looking...but reminds me of this
(IMG:http://www.offroaders.com/directory/monster_trucks/images/bigfoot-1.jpg)
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post Jul 13 2008, 06:00 PM
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Quote - "BTW Alex (pk ripped), you mentioned that this bike just isn't bmx to you. I understand what you're saying, but SE has other bikes in their lineup that aren't bmx at all. Take a look at their single speed catagory."

Yeah, but they arent calling them "Road Rippers" are they (Todd, if you lift my idea, I'll need 10%, lol).

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post Jul 14 2008, 09:06 AM
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I don't know about SE's offering, but I have the 29" Firemans Texas Cruzer, and can happily report that it's a total blast to ride. Acceleration is a little slower than on smaller wheels (I also have a K-26), but once it gets up to speed, it's like a runaway train. The big tires gobble up road chatter and really smooth out the ride. The bike itself is not as "flickable," due to the longer wheelbase, but the more I ride it, the more it feels like a normal BMX bike, in terms of handling. The steering felt sluggish at first (those big hoops have a greater gyroscope effect), but I learned that you really just have to tell the front end what to do - it's not as "telepathic" as some bikes, but it totally responds to rider input. And if you're tired of your knees kicking your chin during seated pedaling, these 29ers will be a revelation. For all day distance rides, commuting, or just messing around with the kids in the park, it's one of the most comfortable, fun bikes I've ever ridden.

(IMG:http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/Bianchijoe/CIMG2132.jpg)
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