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Ripley SLX Complete Mountain Bike
Contrary to the popular belief that all mountain bikes should be as long and slack as possible, we think that there's a balance to be achieved—especially in the trail-bike department. Though the Ibis' newest iteration of its Ripley does see a full redesign that does include the modern longer-slacker-steeper treatment, we think it finds a moderate landing place that's still capable of quick-rolling power and nimble control. That's because the engineers at Ibis didn't go too overboard. Instead, they opt for just a one-degree shift in the head tube to slacken things, lengthening the wheelbase just a touch to extend the reach in the cockpit 45mm to give you a little more room to move around, while the seat tube shifts up 3-degrees for the perfect perch when you need to attack climbs. The Ripley 4 features an all-new chassis, taking queues from its beefier brother, the Ripmo, offering more room for dropper posts, shorter chainstays, and the lively and reliable DW-Link suspension.
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 chassis allows massive weight savings of over a half-pound on the frame alone, giving your trail 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 standover 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, in addition to the geometry tweaks we mentioned above, Ibis shortened the chainstays by a whopping 12-millimeters to boost stiffness and balance the lengthened wheelbase with nimble handling, and they also made the suspension a bit more progressive for hard chargers, without letting go of the lively pedaling characteristics of the previous Ripley.
- Take to the trail with Ibis' short-travel speed machine
- New steeper seat tube angle perches you for punchy climbs
- Boost descending stability with slightly slacker headtube
- Redesigned chassis adds stiffness, drops 1/2-lb frame weight
- DW-Link suspension for small-bump compliance and supple support
- New chassis and shorter standover allows for longer droppers
- Short standover height enables you to fit bike based on reach
- Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain shifts cripsly across a wide gear range
- Item #IBSB05R
- Frame Material
- carbon fiber
- Rear Shock
- Fox Float Performance DPS with EVOL
- Rear Travel
- Fox Float 34 Performance
- Front Travel
- Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
- Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
- Rear Derailleur
- Shimano SLX M7100 Shadow Plus 12-speed
- ISCG Tabs
- ISCG-05 compatible with seperately sold adapter
- Shimano SLX M7100
- Chainring Sizes
- Crank Arm Length
- [small, medium] 170mm, [large, x-large] 175mm
- Bottom Bracket
- Shimano SLX BB52
- Bottom Bracket Type
- BSA (English threaded)
- Shimano SLX
- Cassette Range
- 10 - 51t
- Shimano SLX M7100
- Shimano SLX M7100 2-piston
- Brake Type
- hydraulic disc
- 180mm Shimano SM-RT66
- Ibis Alloy 31.8mm
- Handlebar Width
- Lizard Skins Charger Evo
- Ibis Alloy 31.8mm
- WTB Silverado Pro 142mm width
- Bike Yoke Revive Dropper
- Seat Collar
- Ibis S35 Aluminum
- Ibis Logo
- Front Axle
- 15 x 110mm Boost
- Rear Axle
- 12 x 148mm Boost
- [front] Schwalbe Hans Dampf, [rear] Schwalbe Nobby Nic
- Tire Size
- 29 x 2.35in
- not included
- downtube protector, swingarm protector
- Recommended Use
- cross-country, trail
- Manufacturer Warranty
- [frame] 7 years, [IGUS bushings] lifetime
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? I've 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 i'm demoing this sweet ride I'd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well. It's been a while since I've been out on a bike, I'm 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 wasn't till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that's 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 it's still a 29" 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 couldn't 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 didn't 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 isn't on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it's just that good! What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at email@example.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll 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
October 29, 2020
How long is the backorder on this bike?
November 28, 2020
Approximate backorder dates will vary depending on the frame size and color you'd like to order. Contact our bike team at 1-888-276-7130 for more information!
June 30, 2020
Am i able to upgrade to the fox factory option front fork as ibis says on thier site?