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Ripley LS Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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The 2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike earns its LS designation as the Longer and Slacker version of the original Ripley, a move that takes one of our favorite trail bikes firmly into gnarly territory. Its longer wheelbase and slacker head tube provide a large footprint that breathes confidence into big runs and revels in pushing the envelope ever further. Understanding that not all bank accounts can tolerate eye-popping dream build prices, Ibis' Special Blend build pairs the same top-tier frameset found in the pricier builds with SRAM's workhorse NX drivetrain, an Ibis seatpost, and wide aluminum rims so you can get rowdy without completely crushing your budget.


Aside from the geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been ripping 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 LS utilizes 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, and is bolstered by the inclusion of a boost rear axle. To this end, Ibis engineers also 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.


Details

  • Ibis' 29in trail bike gets longer and slacker
  • 4.7in of responsive DW-Link suspension
  • Long, slack geometry handles steeper lines
  • Carbon construction reduces weight and bumps up stiffness
  • Boost rear axle further increases stiffness
  • SRAM's NX drivetrain drives precise shifts
  • Item #IBS003J
Frame Material
carbon fiber
Suspension
DW-Link
Rear Shock
2017 Performance Series Fox Float DPS with EVOL
Rear Travel
120mm
Fork
2017 Performance Series Fox 34
Front Travel
130mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 ZS44/EC49
Shifters
SRAM NX 11-speed Trigger
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX 1x11 long cage
ISCG Tabs
no
Crankset
30t SRAM NX direct mount XSYNC
Bottom Bracket
73mm BSA threaded
Crank Arm Length
175mm
Cassette
11 - 42t SRAM PG 1130 11-speed
Chain
CN PC1110 114LI w/ Powerlock 11-speed
Brakeset
Shimano BL-M445
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
[front] 180mm, [rear] 160mm
Handlebar
Ibis 7075 aluminum
Handlebar Width
740mm
Grips
Lizard Skins Logo
Stem
Ibis 3D forged 31.8 bar/28.6 steerer
Saddle
Ibis Custom, CrMo rails
Seatpost
Ibis alloy
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Wheelset
Ibis 938 Very Wide Aluminum Asymmetric
Hubs
Ibis
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Tires
Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Tire Size
[front] 29 x 2.35in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in
Recommended Use
trail, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty
7 years on frame

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