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Ripley Carbon 4.0 Mountain Bike Frame
Back for a whole new flavor of all-mountain shredding, Ibis' Ripley Carbon 4.0 Mountain Bike Frame features oodles of new geometry that's hungry to challenge the sum of its numbers. Ibis satiates our appetite for a do-it-all 29er by taking the Ripleys racy cross-country roots, and offering the ever popular longer-slacker-steeper treatment that sends modern bikes into bigger terrain than ever before, but fortunately for you, the engineers used some restraint to keep the steed true to its snappy pedaling roots that still excel when its time to bust out some XC hot laps. After seeing a hoard of bikes stretched out to the max, we're happy to see that the head tube is only slackened a single degree, while the bulk of the changes took place in the rear end, with redesigned chassis that elevate the bike's playful characteristics, and keeps things rolling quickly.
The Ripley 4’s major update meant that Ibis’ engineers could start from the ground up, and they chose to start with the heart-and-center of the bike, updating the dual-eccentrics used in the past to a new design based on the Ripmo, which still holds DW-Link suspension tucked neatly in the front triangle, but without as much weight, and with a huge boost in stiffness. This change in the frame’s chassis allows massive weight savings of over a half-pound on the frame alone, giving your all-mountain machine a little more pep in its step when you’re pushing up grueling climbs, and a more nimble feel when you’re flicking it around tight switchbacks.
Weight savings aside, one of the biggest benefits we see with the drop of the double-eccentric design is extra room in the seat-tube, which enables taller riders to run dropper posts up to 185mm. This long-dropper length lets Ibis’ engineers carry forward with even more geometry tweaks, like an extra-low stand over height, so you can pick your frame based on reach, eliminating seat-tube size from your list of limiting factors on your new-bike hunt.
Changes didn’t stop with the eccentrics though, the Ripley has been tweaked all over, including a one-degree slacker head tube for a stretched wheelbase that adds a bit of confidence to the descents, and a three-degree steeper seat tube angle that keeps you in the center of your cockpit perched nicely for climbs. On the rear end of things, Ibis shortened the chainstays by a whopping 12-millimeters to boost stiffness, and make the suspension a bit more progressive, without letting go of the lively pedaling characteristics of the previous Ripley.
- Tackle all-mountain lines with Ripley's playful short-travel 29er
- Modern longer-slacker-steeper geometry increases capability
- New chassis inspired by Ripmo shaves 1/2lb of weight
- Keep pedaling snappy and responsive with DW-link suspension
- Low standover height lets you base sizing on reach for better fit
- Extra-long dropper post is enabled thanks to new chassis design
- Stiff and light carbon fiber keeps things snappy and reliable
- Item #IBSB04J
- Frame Material
- carbon fiber
- Rear Shock
- Fox Float Factory DPS with EVOL
- Rear Travel
- Bottom Bracket Type
- English threaded
- Brake Type
- Rear Axle
- 12 x 148mm Boost
- Recommended Use
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 7 years
What do you think about this product?
February 22, 2020
Everything about this bike is awesome!
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? Iâve ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while iâm demoing this sweet ride Iâd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well. Itâs been a while since Iâve been out on a bike, Iâm coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasnât till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and thatâs when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but itâs still a 29â current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out. I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldnât think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didnât want to get any dirt in the forks. If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isnât on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list itâs just that good! Whatâs that you say, you donât want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at email@example.com and Iâll check the demo tour in your area and weâll get you out on one. Pros: Super Sharp handling Efficient pedaling Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone Cons: Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right) Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good) Rider Details: 5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing) Version Ridden: GX Eagle w/ Factory shock option size Medium Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 140 (up from OEM 130) Fork Upgraded * Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle Pedals: Deity TMAC
September 22, 2019
What's included with the Ripley frame (headset, rear axle, seat post clamp, derailleur hanger, etc)?
September 23, 2019
Shimano 148mm rear axle, rear derailleur hanger and seat post clam are included. Headset is not included.