Why We Like The Ripley AF Deore Mountain Bike
Budget and trail-friendly the Ibis Ripeley AF Deore Mountain Bike brings fun to the trail while we’re out ripping old loops and discovering new ones. This beauty of a trail bike leaves no stone unturned, or untouched, when it comes to building an ideal trail bike for all our riding needs. The 130/120mm travel rig is as responsive as it is plush, giving us a solid base on the climbs and supportive performance on the downs. Fitted standard with a dropper post, and designed in part with suspension guru Dave Weigel, we’re beyond impressed with what Ibis delivered this time.
Geometry on the Ibis makes the bike feel much more aggressive than it may look to be on paper. The slacked-out 65.5° head tube angle pairs nicely with the 130mm fork, getting us to send the bike off the deep end more confidently than ever. A nice steep 76° seat-tube angle helps keep the bike comfortable when we’re churning up long fire roads or ascending techy single-track. Ibis has dialed in the reach on the bike too, with a size large getting 475mm to give us plenty of room to move in the cockpit. Fox Performance suspension works with this geometry, and the Dave Wiegel design means that pedal bob is all but eliminated. Performance suspension gets all the tech of its more expensive Factory cousin but without the excessive price tag. We find the Fox 34 supports our more aggressive endeavors, whether it’s a quick stop at the bike park for an afternoon of ripping downhill or a loop on the local cross-country zone.
Ibis has specced this version of the Ripley with a full Deore groupset, refusing to cut corners where other brands might find an easy way to skirt costs. Deore performs incredibly well, enjoying much of the high-end tech seen in more expensive Shimano groupsets. The 12 speed 10-51t cassette is paired to a 30t chainring on all models, giving us plenty of range to climb over the next mountain. The rear derailleur gets the Shadow+ treatment from Shimano, so there’s no need to throw on a chain guide to keep our drivetrain happy. Hyperglide+ from Shimano makes an impossibly smooth drivetrain, promising to shift as smooth under load as it would in a bike stand.
We’re hopping on our new Ibis Ripley Deore AF’s and sending old and new trails more confidently than ever. A full Ibis finishing kit specs out the rest of the bike, with the stem, handlebars, and wheels coming under the Ibis branding. With DW-link suspension, it’s almost easy to snag a few PR’s on the climbs, and the slack and long treatment gives us a more than competent bike for the descents. We’re pushing the Ibis to its limits, and with a 7-year warranty on the 35mm internal rims, we’re not so worried about sending bigger stuff season after season. The Ibis Ripley AF Deore is more than just a trail weapon when we’re riding it, this all-rounder means to be the only bike we truly need in our quiver.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Aluminum frame treatment and aggressive geometry update on the new Ripley
- 120mm rear suspension travel sits firmly in the trail bike category
- Slack head-tube angle makes for an aggressive trail bike
- Ibis supplied 29in wheels with a forgiving 35mm inner width
- DW-link suspension eliminates pedal bob
- Steep seat-tube angle for climbing wall-like mountains
- Durable alloy frame won't fret over a few rock pings
- Low standover allows for a longer travel dropper post
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