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Ibis Ripley Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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    6 Reviews


    Getting better with age.

    Ibis returned to its 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 took two steps: adding Boost rear spacing and revisiting the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-link suspension. The first change, a Boost hub out back, really needs no explanation beyond the old wider-is-better adage. The second change is a bit more complicated, but it boils down to Ibis 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.

    • Item #IBS001J

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon fiber monocoque
    FOX Float DPS with EVOL
    Wheel Size
    Rear Shock
    FOX Float DPS with Kashima coat
    Rear Travel
    Head Tube Diameter
    1-1/8 - 1-1/2in
    Bottom Bracket Type
    73 mm BSA threaded
    ISCG Tabs
    Cable Routing
    Front Derailleur Mount
    high direct mount
    Brake Type
    post mount disc
    Seatpost Diameter
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm Boost
    Claimed Weight
    5.5 lbs
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years on frame

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    What do you think about this product?

    Have questions about this product?

    Yes Indeed

      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 limit and beyond;) This has been one of my favorite trail bikes that I have ridden the last couple of years. I pieced mine 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

      WTB saddle

      If you are looking to build something or have any questions at all on this build please reach out to me directly.

      Saddle Height: 71.5

      Size: Large, could ride a Medium no problem

      Bill Sherman

      Customer Account Manager



      Yes Indeed

      Fast and Versatile

      • 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.

      Trevor Linthorst

      Account Manager & Expert Gearhead

      P: 801.204.4563

      E: tlinthorst@backcountry.com

      Fast and Versatile

      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.

      **3/17 update: The Eagle X01 build is going to be the bike of the year. Nothing can touch it at this price. Period. **

      Scott Gartman::Expert Gearhead-Bike

      THE Quintessential Versatile Trace 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.

      Versatile and fun!

      Dream Bike!!

      • 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!