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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017

Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2017
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We're accustomed to seeing the SL acronym splashed across myriad bits of bike-related components to indicate that they are indeed "Super Light" and by extension super amazing. Ibis flips the story a bit with its Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame. Not to say this frame isn't light (it is), but the swapped order designates this Ripley as Longer and Slacker than its standard kin. The LS' wheelbase expands from the standard 1,125mm to 1,167mm with a head tube angle that drops from 69.2 to 67.5 degrees for a size large frame paired with a 140mm fork. That bigger, slacker footprint empowers those of us who have already been pushing the original Ripley to its limit, taking the bike in Ibis' words from "sporty" to "gnarly".

Other than those geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley 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 Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the DW-Link suspension's firm, consistent pedaling platform. Expect it to handle 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.

  • Ibis' versatile trail machine gets even hungrier
  • 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 rear axle increases stiffness

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-Link
Wheel Size:
29in
Rear Shock:
Fox Factory Float DPS 3pos w/Adj and EVOL Sleeve with Kashima Coat
Rear Travel:
120mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
no
Bottom Bracket Type:
73mm BSA threaded
ISCG Tabs:
no
Cable Routing:
internal
Front Derailleur Mount:
high direct mount
Derailleur Pull:
side swing
Brake Type:
post mount disc
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Claimed Weight:
[frame, medium, with shock, without seat collar, rear axle, or water bottle bolts] 5.5 lb, 8oz
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
7 years

Geometry Chart

Ibis

Geometry Chart

 

Ripley LS
130mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

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

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Fast up and down the mountain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a frame in Sept with the help of Clayton, who was a huge help in picking a size. I'm 5'10 and after a few discussions opted for the Large. I also purchased a headset, cranks, ring and bottom braket. They installed for no charge!
Had my LBS build it up with the remaining parts for my old bike and a few new ones (Fox transfer dropper with Wolf tooth remote is the ticket, as is the Fox Factory 34mm 130!0 First ride impression was - WOW this thing is super fast climbing, faster than my 100mm XC/trail bike, instantly feeling comfortable on it, like I had been riding it for years. Traction over rocks, steeps etc while climbing is incredible. Now the fun part, DH, again WOW this thing is ripping carring so much speed. It took two rides to get it dialed exactaly how I want it. Love Fox forks and shocks!
As our winter was very mild I've been able to ride it all season long and with each ride feel more love for this bike.
Having owned just about everything out there from big travel enduro bikes to short travel XC, I've always searched for that one bike that Climbs, Descends, is comfortable and can be The One Bike, I found it in the Ibis Ripley LS

First 29er

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a DH oriented rider, trailbuilder. Started having trouble hanging with some of my younger fitter friends and decided that 160mm isn't always necessary. I'm 6' and went with the XL, barely fit a 150mm KS dropper on the bike. It rules. I'm still hitting all of the features on local flow trails, although the single lane road gap is definitely smoother on a bigger bike. The XL is possibly a hair too big for me, I've actually felt the rear end lose traction on really steep climbs because the rear tire is pretty far behind me when I'm crouched over the bars. In any case, the new generation of slacker 120mm 29ers are awesome, jumpable, fast, capable of most anything, especially if your local trails aren't super rocky. The low bb is definitely something you have to pay attention to. Thanks to Competitive for swapping posts until I found one that would insert deep enough to get 150mm drop.

The thinking man's trail bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I spent a weekend on this bike in Southern Utah, and I came away very impressed! As an XC rider, I generally find that trail bikes are a little squishy and slow, but the Ripley was a different story! The DW link suspension felt very efficient and sat pleasantly high in its travel. Despite it's pedaling prowess, the Ripley still manages to feel extremely confident when the going gets rough. I rode the version with the Fox Factory Float DPS, which performed flawlessly, but for my money, I would be very tempted to save a few bucks and go with the Performance version. I really do think this bike holds it's own against the Santa Cruz Tallboy, Pivot Mach 429, and Yeti SB4.5.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to talk about the Ripley in more detail. I can be reached at jdraper@backcountry.com, and 801-736-6396 ext. 5439

Avg. ride time: 4h 32m per week
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Is the 2017 Ripley considered Generation 3 with the wider swingarm that can accommodate 2.5-2.6 inch tires?

This is the generation 2, so only a 2.4" in the rear

fast all around bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

With a mid range measurement of 120 rear travel I was curious if the Ripley would be good enough of an XC bike. After a couple hours on the saddle I really found it to be extremely competent at going fast. I had to adjust the sag but after I had that dialed it rode like a champ. It had more susp. than I personally really need but it still rode really well uphill. It's the perfect pick if you can't decide which direction to go, XC, trail, all mountain... I think you'll find it to work really well at all levels. I have ridden with a couple different component groups and would be happy to help out on choices for any builds or general questions on just the frame, or sizing, Feel free to contact me kylebrown@backcountry.com

fast all around bike
Avg. ride time: 4m per week
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DROPPER PORTS

    If you plan on running a reverb you will need to get three dripper post ports
    IBS002L

    The ones that come with the frame will not fit the thicker diameter of the hydraulic hose.

    2 questions about this frame:
    1. Is this model designed with internal dropper seatpost cable routing?
    2. What is the difference between "factory" and "performance" for the rear shock?
    Thanks

    hi Franck, this does have internal cabling for the dropper. The factory version of the shock is the higher end with kashima coating. the performance version is a little less money but not quite as high end, just a step down from the factory. Let me know if you have any other questions on the Ripley.

    If you look at the picture you will see a cable port on the seat tube meant to route a dropper cable. Factory is kashima coated and performance is not. Factory also had additional low speed compression adjustment in the 'open' mode.

    Thee One

      I really would love to have 3 or 4 mountain bikes, but it just isn't in the cards. If you are looking for a bike that is one of the most versatile bikes on the market, here it is.
      You don't have to sacrifice uphill climbing ability for downhill performance with the technology today. The LS (longer and slacker) is more than capable of climbing like a XC bike and descending like a playful trail bike, especially if you put a 140mm up front. The 67.5 head tube angle certainly helps push and plow the downhill and will push your confidence to the limits and beyond;) This has been one of my favorite trail bikes that I have ridden the last couple of years. I pieced this build together:
      Rock Shox Pike 140mm up front.
      50mm stem with 780mm wide bars -
      Carbon rims laced to Hope hubs -
      SRAM X01/XX1 mix on the drive train
      Race Face Turbine crank (30T chainring) - a little heavy but strong.
      Shimano XT m8000 brakes - can't go wrong.
      150mm dropper post
      WTB saddle
      If you are looking to build something or have any questions at all please reach out to me directly.
      Saddle Height: 71.5
      Size: Large, could ride a Medium no problem

      Bill Sherman
      Customer Account Manager
      801.204.4545
      bsherman@competitivecyclist.com

      Thee One

      Bill, Trying to size myself on a Ripley LS, I'm 5'8.5

      Fast and Versatile

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Ibis managed to engineer a true one bike quiver killer with both the Ripley and Ripley LS (longer, slacker). The optimized DW link suspension with eccentric pivoting cores provides a phenomenal pedaling platform that transfers the riders energy efficiently with very little pedal bob. When the trails point downhill, the 120mm of rear travel soaks up rough terrain as if it had more than the specs suggest.



      This bike is a blast to ride and own. If you have any question regarding the build or would like to pick my brain on this bike, feel free to call me directly or send me an email.



      Trevor Linthorst

      Account Manager & Expert Gearhead

      P: 801.204.4563

      E: tlinthorst@backcountry.com

      Fast and Versatile