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We're accustomed to seeing the SL acronym splashed across myriad bits of bike-related components to indicate that they are indeed "Super Light" and by extension super amazing. Ibis flips the story a bit with its Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame. Not to say this frame isn't light (it is), but the swapped order designates this Ripley as Longer and Slacker than its standard kin. The LS' wheelbase expands from the standard 1,125mm to 1,167mm with a head tube angle that drops from 69.2 to 67.5 degrees for a size large frame paired with a 140mm fork. That bigger, slacker footprint empowers those of us who have already been pushing the original Ripley to its limit, taking the bike in Ibis' words from "sporty" to "gnarly".
Other than those geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been throwing around in all manner of terrain. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric 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 Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version.
The Ripley includes the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. 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 LS's 67.5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes.
Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility. To this end, Ibis engineers added a Boost rear axle and revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-Link suspension, modifying the cores and adding extra carbon to the frame for more responsive power transfer. In addition to adding tire clearance, the redesigned right-side upright and inclusion 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, and the CNC-machined threads of the 73mm bottom bracket grant peace of mind with less creaking than a PressFit model.
- Ibis' versatile trail machine gets even hungrier
- 4.7in of responsive DW-Link suspension
- Tackle big lines with longer, slacker LS geometry
- Light and stiff carbon construction
- Threaded bottom bracket shell reduces creaking
- Boost rear axle increases stiffness
- Item #IBS003M
- Q & A
If you plan on running a reverb you will need to get three dripper post ports
The ones that come with the frame will not fit the thicker diameter of the hydraulic hose.
I really would love to have 3 or 4 mountain bikes, but it just isn't in the cards. If you are looking for a bike that is one of the most versatile bikes on the market, here it is.
You don't have to sacrifice uphill climbing ability for downhill performance with the technology today. The LS (longer and slacker) is more than capable of climbing like a XC bike and descending like a playful trail bike, especially if you put a 140mm up front. The 67.5 head tube angle certainly helps push and plow the downhill and will push your confidence to the limits and beyond;) This has been one of my favorite trail bikes that I have ridden the last couple of years. I pieced this build together:
Rock Shox Pike 140mm up front.
50mm stem with 780mm wide bars -
Carbon rims laced to Hope hubs -
SRAM X01/XX1 mix on the drive train
Race Face Turbine crank (30T chainring) - a little heavy but strong.
Shimano XT m8000 brakes - can't go wrong.
150mm dropper post
If you are looking to build something or have any questions at all please reach out to me directly.
Saddle Height: 71.5
Size: Large, could ride a Medium no problem
Customer Account Manager
Fast and Versatile
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Ibis managed to engineer a true one bike quiver killer with both the Ripley and Ripley LS (longer, slacker). The optimized DW link suspension with eccentric pivoting cores provides a phenomenal pedaling platform that transfers the riders energy efficiently with very little pedal bob. When the trails point downhill, the 120mm of rear travel soaks up rough terrain as if it had more than the specs suggest.
This bike is a blast to ride and own. If you have any question regarding the build or would like to pick my brain on this bike, feel free to call me directly or send me an email.
Account Manager & Expert Gearhead
2 questions about this frame:
1. Is this model designed with internal dropper seatpost cable routing?
2. What is the difference between "factory" and "performance" for the rear shock?
hi Franck, this does have internal cabling for the dropper. The factory version of the shock is the higher end with kashima coating. the performance version is a little less money but not quite as high end, just a step down from the factory. Let me know if you have any other questions on the Ripley.
If you look at the picture you will see a cable port on the seat tube meant to route a dropper cable. Factory is kashima coated and performance is not. Factory also had additional low speed compression adjustment in the 'open' mode.