Thoughts on how a Ripley AF frame fits in this conversation as a mis-matched platform to build on?
Coming from long, low, slack steel hardtails with 140-150 forks... I find myself wondering if a Ripley AF with a 140-150 Lyrik and maybe a -1* headset would ride at 20% sag out back. The build would be in similar spirit as the Rift mentioned here: enough rear travel to take the sting off, but not enough to truly try to compete with a longer travel bike. Also, being a DW Link, you'd have to believe that it would be efficient and would provide a traction advantage over a steel hardtail.