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Getting better with age.
Ibis returned to their beloved Ripley Mountain Bike frame design this year, fine-tuning it for a second version of this 29er that likes to do a little bit of everything. When it was first conceived, Ibis imagined the Ripley would be used mostly for XC, but quickly realized that many riders were also using it for all-mountain riding. To answer to this, it made a few alterations to complement the already versatile frame.
For this model, Ibis only saw the need for minor modifications to the Ripley's signature geometry. The construction process remains the same — the process begins with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps threads intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong.
The swingarm and clevis are filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while adding as little weight as possible to the 5.5lb frame. Responding to the trend of ever-lengthening droppers, Ibis lowered the seat mast by 1/2in for added stability when dropping-in. The Ripley also adopts a few features from the Mojo this year, including its popular port system designed for a stealth dropper and its rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protectors.
This year's Ripley has also been updated to include the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the Ripley's DW-link suspension to make a firm and consistent pedaling platform for the 2016 Ripley. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley's tapered 70 degree head tube, makes for plenty of responsiveness even while sprinting uphill.
Adding stiffness in the rear was a key goal for the new Ripley, so Ibis engineers revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-link suspension, modifying the cores and adding extra carbon to the frame for increased stiffness and power transfer. In addition to adding tire clearance, the redesigned right-side upright between the chain and seatstay and the return of a swingarm-mount for the front derailleur contribute to an overall stiffer rear triangle. The chainstays also contribute to stiffness by remaining impressively stubby.
Concerned over inconsistencies with press fit cups, Ibis abandoned the press fit bottom brackets used in last year's Ripley, returning to the reliable precision of a CNC-machined, 73mm threaded bottom bracket — yet another indication of the obsessive attention to detail Ibis poured into the Ripley's redesign.
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- Q & A
THE Quintessential Versatile Trace Bike
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is exactly the bike I was going after. In my mind I wanted a bike with a bit more 'shreddability'; but I'm also a lycra wearing, leg-shaving, loves-to-climb type of guy. A trail bike and a xc race bike. I am 5'11" and went with the large frame. This bike transitions so quick from climbing beast- to shredding the gnar so quick. The bike handles very quickly for a 29er with this amount of travel (130 F 120R). The versatility is what I love most about it. I can race XC competitively, or go to Moab or St. George and do a bit more techy trails. If you are looking for something that is a bit more trail- but still handles and climbs XC and don't plan on getting too crazy on the tech trails- this is your bike! Feel free to hit me up with any questions on the Ripley:
These frames are availble as custom builds- hit me up if you're interested in one or if you just want to chat bikes.
Jan 17 Update: The SLX builds are THE value bike of the year. I would highly consider checking them out.
Scott Gartman::Expert Gearhead-Bike
Versatile and fun!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I built up the Ripley in January and finally was able to get in a bunch of great riding in southern Utah. I built up the Ripley as a longer travel cross country bike that would not beat me up as much on technical trails.
I went with an XX1 drivetrain, ENVE M50 wheels with BOOST spacing and a Fox Float 34 140mm BOOST fork. As always, the XX1 1x11 is outstanding, but the real revelation with the spec was the new BOOST spacing. The Ripley is laterally stiff, but adding the lateral stiffness of BOOST wheels makes the handling precise and predictable. BOOST also allows for shorter chainstays, which gives the Ripley the ability to turn on a dime. This is most notable on tight switchbacks.
With a total weight of 25lbs, with pedals, along with the anti-squat properties of DW Link suspension, my Ripley not only tames the rough trail, but can climb like a mountain goat. I have to say, I love this bike!
I am 5'11" and went with a large frame. If you prefer a bit more top tube length, going with an XL would work also.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I demoed many brands before I finally decided on the Ibis Ripley for my next bike. It is the one that was the closest to the perfect "do it all" bike for me. I was nervous about buying a bike online and over the phone but Competitive Cyclist and especially Brett Cole made the process easy. Brett was great at answering questions and helping me dial in a great build. It was awesome to have someone so knowledgable about the bike and all the options I had to choose from! The 2016 Ripley was definitely worth waiting for and I am enjoying it on many Utah trails this Fall. The Fox 34 fork was the right choice for me. I'm loving how well it climbs and descends for a 29er. There is no doubt that the 2016 Ibis Ripley was the way to go!