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Whether you’ve been under the Ripley’s spell for years now or you’re building up a dream bike after years of riding stock parts, trust the new Ripley LS Mountain Bike Frame to deliver enduro confidence far beyond its XC/trail roots. From machine-built flow to old school singletrack, this version of the Ripley has grown up—the LS distinction stands for Longer Slacker—and it’s hungry for terrain befitting of its new enduro physique. With a longer top tube and slacker head tube angle, the Ripley LS craves committing lines and weekends on slickrock, but it manages to retain the quickness that earned it such a devoted following.
Through ledgy descents and jackhammering rock gardens, your old Ripley may have hesitated slightly, but the LS Ripley’s stabler, slacker geometry will keep it barreling aggressively without making you feel like you’ve gone through a washing machine. Its DW-Link suspension, newly reworked this year, delivers a consistent, responsive pedaling platform that won’t leave you bottoming out on rollers, and 4.7in of rear cush smooths crunchy terrain and remains quick in tight switchbacks.
As for the frame, prepare to run out of excuses on your regular climbing loops. Sure, you’re getting a slacker bike with a greater affinity for enduro, but Ibis meticulously shapes the LS Ripley from the same monocoque carbon layup as its predecessors. The frame feels feathery on climbs, and the precise manufacturing process eliminates the need for filler or excess material to hit impressive strength-to-weight ratios.
- Updated classic conquers bigger lines but keeps its trail roots
- 67.5 degree head tube angle maintains stability on descents
- Threaded bottom bracket delivers creak-free stiffness
- Reworked DW-Link internals transfer power faster
- Carbon fiber construction saves on weight and maintains strength
- Item #IBS001K
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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 donât 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
AM trail bike with XC speed
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The new Ripley LS is just as playful and quick as the original Ripley, but much more confidence inspiring when the trails point down hill. A slacker head tube angle makes this bike much more capable than its predecessor in rougher terrain and at higher speeds. I had the opportunity to build my dream bike with the Ripley LS this past season and it completely changed my perspective on what a 29er trail bike can do.
If you have any questions regarding this bike and would like to pick my brain a bit more, please contact me directly.
Account Manager - Bike Expert Gearhead