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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Factory X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 $4,199.95
Up and down.
Some of us have been treating the Ripley as a rugged trail machine since it first debuted, throwing it around with the kind of abandon typically reserved for 6in bikes. Other Competitive staffers have long insisted that it's actually a sidecountry machine, one that's just as happy going up as it is coming down. The Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Factory X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike reflects the more aggressive pedaling that the Ripley inspires, and it rewards those who earn their laps with a longer, slacker footprint when you finally drop in. The race-ready X01 Eagle drivetrain provides the ultimate bailout gear, so virtually no lines are out limits, and the rake in the fork helps to reduce the low-speed steering flop we'd typically associate with 29ers this long.
Other than the geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley frame that we've been throwing around in all manner of terrain. The construction process remains the same, beginning with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps the carbon fabric intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The Ripley LS's swingarm and clevis are still filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while keeping weight down, and it has the same expanded dropper capacity as the regular version.
The Ripley includes the latest Fox Factory shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. It handles with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley LS's 67.5-degree head tube, makes for a surprisingly eager trail platform that combines the best qualities of XC and trail bikes.
Increasing rear stiffness was the key to this versatility. To this end, Ibis engineers added a Boost rear axle and revisited the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-Link suspension, modifying the cores and adding extra carbon to the frame for more responsive power transfer. In addition to adding tire clearance, the redesigned right-side upright and inclusion of a swingarm-mount for the front derailleur contribute to an overall stiffer rear triangle. The chainstays also contribute to stiffness by remaining impressively stubby, and the CNC-machined threads of the 73mm bottom bracket grant peace of mind with less creaking than a PressFit model.
- A one-by trail machine that loves climbing and descending
- 4.7in of responsive DW-Link suspension
- Tackle big lines with longer, slacker LS geometry
- Light and stiff carbon construction
- Threaded bottom bracket shell reduces creaking
- Boost axles increase stiffness while climbing up or flowing down
- SRAM's X01 Eagle drivetrain is the economical racer's secret sauce
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