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Ibis Ripley Mountain Bike Frame - 2015

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In 2005, when Ibis' modern Mojo first touched dirt, its pedigree wasn't what caused a stir in an industry dominated by beer-can frames. An organic shape, progressive material choice, and extensive development -- which undoubtedly pointed to the future -- caused a period of high consumer demand and sent competitors scrambling. Like that Mojo, the 120mm-travel Ripley Mountain Bike Frame's six-years of development has kept the big-wheel club on their toes with anticipation for what this team of Californians are capable of.

And, given the successful re-launch of Ibis and intelligent evolution of the Mojo into the SL/SL-R/HD line, 29er enthusiasts have just reason to be excited for an Ibis twist on the 29er FS platform. For starters, Scot Nicol's engineers set their sights on applying the advantages of larger wheels to a playful trail bike -- where they felt 29er merits are best applied. In order to achieve this, they needed a lightweight and nimble chassis that took advantage of all modern standards.

With monocoque carbon fiber already mastered, the lightweight-chassis box was an easy one to check. But in order to achieve nimbleness -- a mystical trait for sprung 29ers that's easily lost to wheelbase-stretching linkages and front derailleur placement -- the team had to push boundaries. And to do that, they enlisted the help of a suspension specialist that goes by the name of Dave Weagle.

Yes, the same Dave that brought DW-Link magic to the Mojo. This time around, though, suspension linkages were the focus of scrutiny as they are a main contributor to elongated chainstays. Mr. DW had his work cut out for him if he was going to retain the lauded characteristics of his original design in a compact package. What he came up with is a twin-eccentric system, optimized around 32 -34t front chainrings. This provided the same anti-squat pedaling efficiency and active motion that initially crowned Weagle suspension guru.

One cause of the Ripley's extended development period was due to fine tuning the eccentric bearing system. In fact, Ibis concurrently designed two systems -- one exploring long-life, lightweight, and adjustable bushings, while the other using proven, but heavier angular contact bearings. In the end, steel balls triumphed over the bushings, and Ibis focused on refining the interface to reduce weight and complexity.

The result is a durable system that uses standard bearings for serviceability. It's simple to disassemble and reassemble with a minute weight penalty. While this is the first 29er Ibis and the first Ibis to receive an eccentric suspension design, those are not the only firsts for the Ripley. Its carbon structure is also the first Ibis to use a micro balloon foam core.

Forming monocoque carbon fiber structures without voids requires molds, both internal and external -- and like the Mojo SL-R, the Ripley uses an internal bladder to create a smooth, joint-free lay-up. But certain areas -- in tighter places where complex shapes are required -- it's impossible to use bladders. This was the case for the Ripley's swingarm uprights and clevis (the component connecting the swing arm to the shock).

To solve this problem, most manufacturers will use foam or aluminum for structure to layer the carbon over. This adds significant weight to a frame, and extra weight was not within the Ripley's design parameters. Ibis' solution to this problem, the micro-balloon or microsphere core, not only added strength and rigidity to the Ripley, it also tipped the scale to half what traditional foam cores would. This undoubtedly contributed to the Ripley's feathery five-pound weight, but, as stated before, Ibis also wanted a nimble 29er. And, while DW's eccentric design opened up the door to this goal, geometry would be an essential part to the Ripley's objective.

The Mojo is praised and loved for its handling and set the bar for what the Ripley had to achieve -- after all, Ibis athletes will hop on an HD for a day at the park, or throw a leg over the SL-R for a little XC action. What this led to was Ibis exploring multiple current-29er geometries to try to find the holy grail, but everything fell short of expectations.

Ibis set out to produce a bike that handled how they felt a 29er should handle by placing riders on multiple bikes with Anglesets, and exploring trail options. Not trail in the sense of singletrack, but the relationship of steering axis, offset, and tire contact patch. It's a measurement used frequently within competitive suspension design in motorsports, but has seen little publicity among mountain bikes.

After quantifying the independent observations of the riders, what they found is the Ripley rode best with a 70-degree angle from 120mm travel forks and 68.5-degree angle from 140mm ones. This is where the rake measurement mentioned before comes into play. With a 140mm fork, the Ripley displayed traits within the realm that riders preferred for more aggressive terrain.

The 120mm fork, on the other hand, ended up feeling best with longer rake -- unfortunately that was a competitor's exclusive. Luckily, the exclusivity recently ended, and now the FOX Racing Shox 32 FLOAT 120 G2 CTD is available to anyone. Ibis felt the Ripley was ready to, for lack of a better term, rip. This combination, along with the stubby 17.5-inch chainstays, a bottom bracket height that hovers slightly above or below 13-inches depending on which fork you use, and a 73-degree seat angle offered all the ride characteristics Ibis desired from the Ripley.

Completing the picture is a mixed tapered (ZS44/EC49) head tube that permits a comfortable fit for small frames, a direct mount, swing-arm located front derailleur, a 12x142mm rear thru-axle, and a BB92/PressFit bottom bracket interface. We can confidently say the Ripley checks all the right boxes. And if that's not enough feature packing, the Ripley uses internal cable routing for the derailleurs to keep lines clean, while a top tube mounted guide permits remote seat-dropper operation.

The Ibis Ripley Mountain Bike Frame - 2014 uses a 160mm post-mount rear disc brake and a 31.6mm seatpost. It comes in Sizes Small through X-Large, and two colors: Blue and Matte Black.

  • Monocoque carbon fiber frame
  • Direct mount, swingarm-located front derailleur
  • 12x142mm rear thru-axle
  • BB92/Pressfit bottom bracket
  • Internal cable routing

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Rear Travel:
120 mm
Rear Shock:
FOX CTD Kashima
Cable Routing:
internal
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Bottom Bracket Type:
BB92
Rear Axle:
12x142mm thru-axle
Headset Included:
no
Recommended Use:
all mountain, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited
ISCG Tabs:
no
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Actual Weight:
Matte Black, M: 2500g

Geometry chart

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Geometry Chart

 

Ripley
120mm Travel Fork
 A. Seat Tube
(c-t)
B. Effective Top TubeStackReachG. StandoverF. Head Tube LengthD. Head Tube AngleE. Seat Tube AngleC. Bottom Bracket HeightH. ChainstayWheelbase
S 15.0in 22.2in 23.6in 14.9in 27.6in 3.1in 70.0 deg 73.0 deg 12.8in 17.5in 42.4in
M 17.0in 23.0in 24.2in 15.6in 29.1in 3.7in 70.0 deg 73.0 deg 12.8in 17.5in 43.3in
L 19.0in 23.8in 24.4in 16.3in 29.1in 3.9in 70.0 deg 73.0 deg 12.8in 17.5in 44.1in
XL 21.0in 24.6in 24.7in 17.0in 29.1in 4.2in 70.0 deg 73.0 deg 12.8in 17.5in 44.9in
140mm Travel Fork
 A. Seat Tube
(c-t)
B. Effective Top TubeStackReachG. StandoverF. Head Tube LengthD. Head Tube AngleE. Seat Tube AngleC. Bottom Bracket HeightH. ChainstayWheelbase
S 15.0in 22.4in 24.0in 14.3in 28.0in 3.1in 68.5 deg 71.5 deg 13.25in 17.5in 42.9in
M 17.0in 23.2in 24.6in 15.0in 29.5in 3.7in 68.5 deg 71.5 deg 13.25in 17.5in 43.7in
L 19.0in 24.0in 24.8in 15.6in 29.5in 3.9in 68.5 deg 71.5 deg 13.25in 17.5in 44.5in
XL 21.0in 24.8in 25.1in 16.3in 29.9in 4.2in 68.5 deg 71.5 deg 13.25in 17.5in 45.3in

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Avg. ride time: 11h 36m per week
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Stoked on the Ripley!

Stoked on the Ripley!
Avg. ride time: 11h 36m per week
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5 5

For a Mom who Rips!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I owe a lot to my mom, including my love for the outdoors and cycling. We were lucky enough to find a bike from Ibis, that is nearly awesome as she is....and she is loving it!

"I love this bike! I demoed nearly a dozen 29 inch bikes on the trails in Moab during Outerbike and The RIPLEY was by far my favorite bike. Most 29ers just feel too big for me- my last bike was a 26er and I was nervous in making the switch. The Ripley is so easy to handle, it doesn't feel too big at all. It climbs amazingly well and I feel like I can just float over obstacles. It pedals so smoothly. I've ridden this bike on a lot of technical trails and it's just a blast to ride. From the carbon wheels, amazing suspension, flawless dropper post and x01 gearing, this is a dream bike. (She went with the full WERX Build) And to top it off it has a beautiful blue paint job. I can't say enough good about this bike and I don't have one single complaint. I'm 5'5" and went with the medium frame. "

If you have any questions on the Ripley frame, custom build or ordering process, I will be happy to help you out. I am usually in the office Monday-Friday afternoons, and you can request me on chat or reach me by phone (1.888.276.7130 ext. 4579). You can also send me an email @ tjackson@backcountry.com at any time.

5 5

Believe it or not!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To start off, I have never been a fan of anything 29 wheeled. This is based solely on the 29ers I?ve owned and ridden from popular brands). At 5?7? I can fit on any of wheel size and feel comfortable but the handling characteristics always seem to put a damper on the known advantages of larger wheels.

That was until I got on the Ripley. It completely changed my mind about 29 wheels.

Bike Setup: XT groupo, Ibis 928 Wheelset, Fox 32 140mm

Climbing: One of the easiest ways to test if the suspension design works is to run the rear shock open or in descend mode (in this case with the Fox rear shock). All I have to say is the Ripley climbs like a hardtail even when the shock is in descend mode. There was not even the hint of rear wheel movement while climbing out of the saddle. This bike is quick and likes to go fast. Steep and tight switchbacks were no problem on this bike which surprised me. It handles like a smaller wheeled bike: Nimble with razor sharp handling.

Descending: The bike descends well and was impressed with how well is railed tight corners. On really steep downhills I found myself rubbing my rear end on the tire (I?m short so not a real surprise). While billed as a trail bike it would make a great endurance xc bike. I would like to try this bike with a 120mm fork just to see how different it would behave. Handling was still very agile with the 140mm fork.

Thoughts: This is a bike that you could pedal all day and cover a wide variety of trails. If you have a 29er that handles like a garbage can with flat tires this bike will spice up your riding life. Comparing the new HD3 to the Ripley? It?s a different animal than the HD3 so if you are thinking about one bike or the other have a good talk with yourself and figure out where and what you ride the most to help make your decision (Although most likely you?ll end up with both).

Who would like this bike: Endurance junkies, people that like xc riding, and anyone who likes a balanced dose of climbing and descending.

Believe it or not!
5 5

Amazing 29r!

I just recently purchased this bike after much debate over several brands.Being in the bike industry I have the opportunity to demo many bikes and after riding several models the Ripley rose to the top. This bike performs extremely well over various types of terrain and conditions. Its light weight and very responsive. I have mine built up with XX1 and Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and it weighs in at 24 lbs. The unusually short wheelbase (close to a 26" bike) makes it ridiculously flickable and fast in twisty singletrack, big wheels and all! Even tight uphill switchbacks are no problem. I chose to match the frame with the 120mm G2 Fox fork which matches the 120mm of rear travel giving the bike a more balanced feel from front to back. Its a bike you can certainly be deadly on the race track with but feel at home doing long,epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
Hit me up with questions or if you need guidance

wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

Amazing 29r!
4 5

Nimble for a 29er

It truly handles like a 26er, nimble, easy to flip, great in single track and climbing. The 29er just rolls over everything! I am 5'11" 195 pounds and on the downslope thing definitely get a bit hairy. The frame is a lot more flex than my Pivot Mach 6. A bit nerve racking but the climbing strength of the bike makes for a good compromise. You truly can't feel any kind of peddle bob when you are climbing be it in the saddle or out. Going to put a pair of Enve carbons on it to stiffen the ride up a bit. The Mavics are good but I can feel the hoops flex when riding hard. Think it's just a weight thing as I am a bit of a Clydesdale and like to hammer the pedals when I ride.

Can cc spec the frame with the db inline?

Responded on

Joshua,

We can special order a frame with the CC inline but we don't stock that frame. Upgrade price is only $60 but it does have a 2-3 week delivery time. Contact me directly and we can set this up if that's what you are looking for.

My number here is 801-736-6396 x 5630 or email adewitt@competitivecyclist.com

Avg. ride time: 3h 56m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

Super Rad Bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on this bike for 2 months now, and it absolutely rips. It can be built for pure xc race, or given a little more travel to be a rad all mountain bike. I suggest the Pike / DB Inline build, but that's just me.

Super Rad Bike
5 5

MTBR Enduro Compar-O Best Climber 2014

http://www.ibiscycles.com/info/news/mtbrs_enduro_compare_o_best_of_test

5 5

Singletrack Magazine's Best Bike 2013

http://www.ibiscycles.com/info/news/singletrack_magazine_editors_choice

5 5

LOVE THIS BIKE!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First I want to thank Brett Cole @ Competitive for helping me spec this bike. He was awesome. Thank you Brett!

My last bike was a 2003 era Blur... nice bike... BUT, I didn't realize how much technology had changed and the Ibis Ripley is ridiculous. I built it with XX1 and love the gruppo. I also built it up with a 120mm fork and it has more than enough travel for me. Not that this really matters but the bike is gorgeous too. The lines are amazing... a fully functional work of art.

The bike is SO plush on downhills.... SO nimble when climbing.... SO plain old awesome.

Thank you Ibis!!!!

5 5

Everything they say and more...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ripley is the ultimate do-it-all, full suspension bike. Having changed to hardtail last year, I thought I was a hard tail rider for life... until my friend picked up a Ripley and it opened my eyes. If your focus is climbing, go with a 120 fork, if your focus is Enduro/Trail/DH go with the 140 fork. I have basically blown away all my course records with this bike. It never feels like a tall 29er, it's totally point and shoot like a 26/27.5 bike, it descends and climbs like a rapid beast. It is a nimble climber but it descends with confidence and awesome roll over.

Everything they say and more...
5 5

Race Bike Efficiency+Trail Bike Manners=

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

equals AMAZING!
I just recently purchased this bike after much debate over several brands.Being in the bike industry I have the opportunity to demo many bikes and after riding several models the Ripley rose to the top. This bike performs extremely well over various types of terrain and conditions. Its light weight and very responsive. I have mine built up with XX1 and Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and it weighs in at 24 lbs. The unusually short wheelbase (close to a 26" bike) makes it ridiculously flickable and fast in twisty singletrack, big wheels and all! Even tight uphill switchbacks are no problem. I chose to match the frame with the 120mm G2 Fox fork which matches the 120mm of rear travel giving the bike a more balanced feel from front to back. Its a bike you can certainly be deadly on the race track with but feel at home doing long,epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
Hit me up with questions or if you need guidance
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MhDQkq7LlU


Race Bike Efficiency+Trail Bike Manners=
4 5

Sexy beast

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I haven't spent too much time on this bike but the little time I have has been amazing. It is very smooth and it's hard to believe it can be ran as a 140. Not to mention it looks amazing. The new DW link really cleans up the bike. The only thing I dislike is the cable routing.