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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike
$4,699.00

Item # IBS004P

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Description

All-mountain power-house.

We've always lived by the mantra of "if it isn't broken, don't fix it," which may be a reason why we're better suited talking about bikes than designing them. The engineers at Ibis make it pretty clear to us that you can improve on something that was good from the start with the Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. With a new overhaul for 2018, the Ripley LS is ready to take to the trail with lofty tire volumes for confidence-inspiring grip and a supple feel as you charge down rough and wily trails. Like the previous Ripley LS, the 3.0 maintains total control and nimble handling that made it a fast favorite in the past, as well as the 120-millimeters of DW-Link travel for quick acceleration with very little in the way of energy-sapping pedal bob. Much like other DW-link rides, we find that the Ripley LS ramps so smoothly into the travel that we're often under the impression that the suspension is deep enough to hang with some of the longer-travel bikes that boost into steep rock gardens and root-latticed aspen lines.

Despite those changes, this third-gen version of the Ripley retains the nimble handling that leaves you with an ear-to-ear grin on the trail but with a stiffer rear end that may leave a frown on your buddies' faces while you power away on climbs. The stiffer rear end and increased tire clearance are owed to a reconfiguration of the chassis and its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension.

The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. There's a new swingarm and clevis mount as well, which is moved backwards and down to clear the 2.6-inch tires. Despite those changes, we're happy to report that the reconfigured chassis and swingarm don't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS. This means you won't notice a difference in the pedaling efficiency or square-edge compliance from the DW-Link suspension.

Other than its notable upgrades in rear-end stiffness and increased tire clearance, the Ripley LS retains the praised geometry of the last version, namely its moderately slack 67.5-degree head tube angle paired with a low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket for impressive stability at speed. Although it's not quite as slack as much of the competition, the third-gen Ripley LS never feels outgunned on the trail, even when the going gets steep and rocky. We'd credit this to a slightly longer 130mm 34 Float fork keeping things confident and composed out front, paired with 29in wheels rolling on the mid-sized rubber mentioned above for steamrolling roots and rocks.

We'd be amiss to omit the monocoque carbon lay-up of the Ripley LS frame, resulting in an astoundingly stiff, pleasingly light trail whip. For even greater wheel stiffness, the hubs are upgraded to Boost, which creates wider hub spacing for a stiffer bracing angle of the wheel spokes. We should also note that the front derailleur mount only works with Shimano side-swing and Di2 types, should you desire to run a front derailleur in the future. However, this shouldn't be required, as 42t granny gear on SRAM's one-by NX drivetrain has proven capable of handling almost any grade we've thrown its way.

  • A 29er to tackle the trails with all-mountain power
  • 120mm DW-Link travel for efficiency + square-edge compliance
  • Carbon construction is astoundingly stiff and lightweight
  • Balanced geometry with 67.5-degree head tube angle
  • Redesigned swingarm clears 2.6-inch tires for grip
  • Upper eccentric link is wider for rear-end stiffness
  • Mid-sized tires boost cushion and traction across rooty climbs
  • SRAM GX groupset offers a gear for every pitch, without breaking the bank

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-link
Rear Shock:
Fox Float DPS Performance Series Evol
Rear Travel:
120mm
Fork:
Fox Float 34 Performance Series
Front Travel:
130mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40: ZS44/EC49
Shifters:
SRAM Eagle GX, 12 speed
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG-05
Crankset:
SRAM Descendant Aluminum
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
Cassette:
10 - 50t SRAM XG 1275
Chain:
SRAM Eagle GX with Power Lock
Brakeset:
Shimano BL.BR/M165
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
[front] 180mm, [rear] 160mm
Handlebar:
Ibis Alloy
Handlebar Width:
780mm
Grips:
Lizard Skins Logo
Stem:
Ibis, 31.8mm clamp
Saddle:
Ibis custom saddle, CrMo rails
Seatpost:
KS LEV-Si
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
Ibis 938 Alloy
Hubs:
Ibis
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Tire Size:
29 x 2.6in
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
7 years on frame

Geometry Chart

Ibis

Geometry Chart

 

Ripley LS 3.0
130mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
M 16.5in 23.6in 24.4in 16.2in 29.1in 3.7in 67.5° 73° 12.8in 17.4in 44.9in
L 18.5in 24.4in 24.6in 16.8in 29.1in 4in 67.5° 73° 12.8in 17.4in 45.9in
XL 20.5in 25.2in 24.9in 17.6in 29.5in 4.2in 67.5° 73° 12.8in 17.4in 46.7in

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