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Item # IBS0052

DV9 Mountain Bike Frame

Ibis recognizes that hardtails are still very much relevant, especially when its constructed of gram dropping, stiffness boosting carbon fiber and has thoughtful details and versatility to go bar to bar with a dye in the wool XC bike off the line and into the singletrack or a full-suspension rig on technical trails. Ibis CEO Hans Heim wanted to build a lightweight carbon hardtail that his daughter Lili could race, train on, and afford. Enter the DV9 Mountain Bike Frame, a remarkable foundation just waiting for you to build it up to suit your needs.

Starting off with a 1210g frame, its light enough to make any weight-weenie blush yet it packs the stiffness and durability to stand up to whatever you can throw at it. We also appreciate that the frame doesn't cost a fortune either, in fact, it comes in at only a couple hundred dollars more than many aluminum offerings. Then there's the geometry that is slacker than your usual XC whippet meaning you can crush the descents and build on the time you earned on the climb, or it just makes for a more fun bike on days when a number plate isn't strapped to your bars.

The frame can accommodate up to 2.6-inch tires giving you plenty of traction over loose trails and cushioning through rock gardens and root lattices, or slap some 2.25-inch treads and get anaerobic. It also plays well with forks in the 100 to 120mm range letting you choose between a more agile 68.5-degree head tube angle or a more stable 67.4-degree one depending on your riding style and local terrain. Either way, its short 439mm chainstays will have you dicing through tight singletrack while remaining composed on high-speed chutes.

Final frame details include internal routing, including for a 31.6mm dropper seatpost, post mount rear brake caliper, stiffness-enhancing Boost spacing, threaded bottom bracket shell, and a tapered headtube. Satisfy your inner XC racer with a lightweight build or kit it out to shralp rugged trails…or change up your DV9 frame as needed and enjoy the results.

  • Progressive XC geometry with 29-inch wheels for pure speed
  • Carbon fiber frame for unrivaled weight and stiffness
  • Threaded BB offers headache free install and maintainance
  • 100-120mm fork compatibility allows for quick or stable handling
  • Compliant seatstays absorb trail chatter without compromising efficiency
  • Clears up to 2.6-inch tires for a comfortable, grippy ride

Tech Specs
Frame MaterialCarbon
Wheel Size29in
Head Tube Diameter1-1/2 - 1.5in tapered
Bottom Bracket TypeEnglish
Cable RoutingInternal
Brake Typepost mount disc (203mm rotor max)
Seatpost Diameter31.6mm
Rear Axle12 x 148mm
Recommended Usetrail
Manufacturer Warranty7 years

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>Rating: 4

In the middle

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought
6` 2"
230 lbs

Its geometry puts it between flat brim Monster energy hats and hi-viz Lycra. It feels like a stout attacker but then can be light and nimble. I was trying to cross a pile of logs and chunks of asphalt earlier and it felt plenty capable - more than I am. The bottom bracket seems low. I had more pedal issues than with my other frame even with 165mm cranks. I built it with 27.5x2.4 120mm fork. It’s a good-looking bike in the black and orange. Certainly a dope all-rounder.

Patrick - You would gain some BB height by using 29r’s. The frame fits up to a 29x2.6. You mentioned using a 27.5x2.4, that’s much smaller.

>Rating: 5

Love my DV9

I've put it through the wringer

I bought this frame on a complete gamble. Earlier this year there were only a few reviews of it and they were and mix of pump track and dirt jumping, badass freestyle- none of which I do. I talked to a BC rep who owned a DV9 and described it to me, sounded too good to be true. I ordered one and built it up with X01 eagle, a Pike 120 and a race face dropper post. I'm coming off of a Niner Jet 9 X01 SID XX 100/100 and the DV9 is more confident EVERYWHERE. This bike climbs better and is much burlier descending. I just pick a line and go. I love it. Simple hardtail, stout fork, built for the long haul. I ride everything in and around Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana (except the chairlift) and this is just a ton of fun.. My one and only niggle with this frame is the chain stay. There is nothing on the frame here to take the abundant chain slap and there's not enough space under the chain to run the old inner tube trick for protection and sound dampening. Maybe Ibis has a solution here that I am unaware of. I'm looking forward to some 50 mile endurance XC events next year on this rig to see how an extra pound or two of comfort compares to harshness of steeper frames with light duty race forks.

Hey. Just browsing through and wanted to suggest helicopter tape to protect your chainstays. Mechanics use it to protect helicopter blades from chips and scratches, it's super low profile (maybe 0.3mm), you can cut it to specifically fit your geo, and it's super durable.

>Rating: 5


I've used it several times

Quick handling and climbs great. You'll be reminded that your riding a hard tail, but I used Maxxis 2.6 Rekons and that helped to soften the blows. This is a fast and efficient bicycle that almost climbs by itself. It also is excellent in tight areas and just rails in the corners. Don't expect this bike to be a down hill shredder. If your looking for a bike that is both fast and versatile at a great price this is the bike. I built the bike with a mixture of Sram parts. XX0 shifters and derailleur, XX1 cassette, Truvativ carbon crank, Shimano XTR brakes and Hunt wheel set. Toatal weight with pedals was 23.50.

>Rating: 5

light, comfortable, fun, affordable!

I've used it several times

I bought this frame to put the spare parts laying around my apartment to use, and now it is my go to bike for most of my rides! I live in San Francisco, and I have now ridden the DV9 at most of the Bay Area trails, Demo, UCSC, Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, Tamarancho in Marin, Skeggs in Woodside, and Annadale in Santa Rosa. And this bike really likes to go downhill and well as up. Even on most black diamond trails, I keep up with my friends on their full suspension bikes. The bike does have it limits on super chunky stuff and bigger drops, but it makes up for it with super fast acceleration out of corners and pumping over whoops. I have even hit some sets of double jumps that I don't on my full suspension because this bike pumps so well, due to the light weight and comfortable riding position. Add that up with a fairly slack head angle that tames the steep trails, the DV9 is a really fun bike with at a great price.