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Ibis is known in the cycling industry for the expert craftsmanship and high-grade materials that go into the manufacturing of their bicycles. To understand how it all started, take a trip back in time to1980. Ibis founder, Scot Nicol read an article about the new “Klunker Bike” movement in the Spring issue of CoEvolution Quarterly—a friendly hippy magazine. The seed was planted. In 1981, in a workshop in Mendocino, California, the first Ibis bicycle was made. Glassy eyed onlookers saw the bicycle and asked Scot if he could produce more. Fast forward 30 years to present-day Ibis: a renowned boutique bicycle manufacturer with humble beginnings that continues to raise the bar in the mountain bike world.
The Ibis Ripley 29 has been a long time coming. After about a half decade of R&D, Ibis has proudly released the Ripley 29er. Ibis’ goal was to create a nimble, responsive, and light 29er. Take note that these adjectives are not generally associated with 29er, thus the multiple years of R&D. The Ripley 29 is a true trail bike, one that allows you to throw on a helmet and explore the ends of the earth. Once you throw your leg over the Ibis Ripley 29, you’ll experience a new kind of cycling. A 29er rolls over obstacles easier, due to the lower approach angle.
Carry on a conversation as you and your buddies climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ripley 29 climbs like a young mountain goat! You’ll surely crack a smile as the wind rustles through your helmet, while you enjoy the local singletrack trails. The 70 degree head angle allows you to securely point the bike back down the mountain, and put those on a 26” wheeled bike to shame. Ibis Cycles researched what people liked in a 29er geometry, and they found mountain bikers yearned for the steering of a 26” bike, but with the advantages of the bigger wheels. The 70 degree head angle (with a 120mm travel fork) provides downhill confidence, while the 51mm fork offset gives the responsiveness that riders love.
Constructed of high quality carbon fiber, the frame is impeccably lightweight. The Ibis Ripley frame paired with a Fox RP23 CTD rear shock weighs in at an astounding 5.2 lbs. Not only is the carbon fiber frame lightweight, but it absorbs trail shock, as well. Not to mention, the lack of weld lines looks sleek. The heart of the Ibis Ripley 29 is the dual- eccentric DW- Link Suspension. 120mm of DW- Link travel gobbles up debris on the trail, while preserving the pedaling efficiency. DW- Link suspension features excellent small bump compliance, predictable travel through the range with no walling or harsh bottoming out. To ensure superior maneuverability, the Ripley 29 has a tapered head tube. Internal top tube cable routing with molded carbon cable stops provide an aesthetically pleasing finish to the bicycle. The Ripley 29 is definitely a bike you’d take home to meet your mother.
The Ibis Ripley features an impressive component group. Fox suspension pieces provide smooth and reliable suspension. The Float rear shock has been tuned specifically for the Ibis Ripley 29’s DW- Link suspension. Shimano XT components are light weight, strong, and reliable. The Shimano XT shifters communicate with the Shimano XT front and rear derailleurs to provide fast, smooth, and seamless gear shifts. Shimano XT hydraulic brakes bring the bike to a complete stop, once you’ve decided you’ve had enough fun for the day. Stan’s ZTR Arch 29er wheels round out this package, as they are lightweight and rigid against flex.
Choose your poison. Perhaps you have an unhealthy addiction to cross country riding, trail riding, or you’re an enduro cyclist. The Ibis Ripley 29 has you covered!
"This is the perfect bike for the trail rider who races occasionally, has an interest in endurance riding, and likes to get rowdy on hard terrain."
Read the full review of the Ibis Ripley 29 at OutsideOnline.com.
|Frame||Ibis Ripley Carbon Fiber Monocoque, Tapered Headtube|
|Fork||Fox 32 Float 120 Kashima 15mm axle, tapered steerer|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 series, ZS44/EC49|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD|
|Wheelset||Stan's ZTR Arch EX, 15mm front 12x142mm rear|
|Brakes||Shimano XT M785 hydraulic disc brakes, 180/160mm rotors|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M780 2x10|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano XT M781, Direct Mount, Top Pull, Down Swing|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M786, Shadow+, SGS, 10spd|
|Crankset||E*thirteen TRS+ 175mm, 24-34T, Black|
|Cassette||Shimano XT M771, 11-36T, 10spd|
|Handlebar||Ibis Carbon bar, 740mm wide, 225g|
|Stem||Ibis 3D Forged 31.8 Bar/28.6 Steerer 7075|
|Saddle||WTB Rocket V saddle, CroMo rails|
|Seatpost||Ibis 31.6 x 350mm, 7075 220g|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|Geometry (120mm fork - 520.8mm Axle to Crown)|
|Seat Tube Length||15" (381mm)||17" (432mm)||19" (483mm)||21" (533mm)|
|Effective Top Tube Length||564mm||584mm||605mm||625mm|
|Head Tube Length||78mm||94mm||100mm||107mm|
|Chain Stay Length||442mm||442mm||442mm||442mm|
|Standover Height (mid toptube)||700mm
|Sizing||5'0" - 5'5"
|5'4" - 5'9"
|5'9" - 6'2"
|6'0" - 6'6"