This bike was my first time riding an Ibis, and now I can understand the hype. This bike was amazing! It was flat-out a fun bike to ride, and not only that, but it was surprisingly fast compared to what I had expected it to feel like. Granted, the big 2.6 tires are not doing it any favors in terms of weight and rolling speed, but I felt that they made up for it in terms of the grip that they offer and higher volume helped give little extra squish on top of the 130/120 travel this bike offers.
I felt that the suspension did a good job offering support on the climbs, even when you need to stand up and mash on the pedals. It was also really nice to be able to open the suspension and point this bike down the trail. It felt really great on the flowy sections of trail, but when things got a bit bumpier, I realized just how capable this bike actually was! It felt so stable and fast on rougher trails, and I hate to say it, but it really was "confidence-inspiring"! This bike was not afraid to take the rougher line, and handled the unexpected drops with no complaints. On the climbs, it felt fairly quick and I wasn't completely cooked after taking it up some longer climbs. For the XC-minded cyclist, don't think of this as your race bike, but more of your all-around fun bike.
Overall, I liked the spec on this bike, however I think that the brakes could be upgraded. Everything else was excellent. It would be interesting to try this bike with a more traditional, narrower tire to see if it still feels as plush and grippy. Nice work Ibis!