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Ibis Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 $6,599.00
The Ripley LS is Ibis' answer to the call for a longer, slacker version of its well-loved Ripley. The effects of these changes are felt throughout the frame in the form of a longer wheelbase and lowered head tube angle. This bigger footprint gives the Ripley LS extra confidence on steep, gnarly descents and meets the needs of riders who've been using the original Ripley as something of a baby enduro rig. As Ibis puts it, these geometry tweaks bring the Ripley from "sporty" to "gnarly" to fuel even bigger runs and envelope-pushing rides. The 2017 Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike pairs that revised geometry with SRAM's revolutionary X01 Eagle drivetrain, a Fox Float 34 fork, a dropper seatpost, and Ibis' own 938 wheels for a race-ready ride.
Other than those geometry changes, this is still the classic Ripley that we've been throwing around in all manner of terrain for years. 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, and the inclusion of a boost rear axle is the first obvious step in that direction. 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.
- Ibis' 29in trail machine meets SRAM Eagle
- Responsive DW-Link suspension with 4.7in of travel
- Longer, slacker LS geometry tackles bigger lines
- Light and stiff carbon construction
- Boost axles increase wheel stiffness
- SRAM's Eagle drivetrain features the ultimate bailout cog
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Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just demo'd this bike for a couple of rides and was very impressed. I ended up on a Large when I normally ride an XL but it was still a great ride. The Ripley climbs very well as expected but I was delighted when I took it down a couple steep descents. I come from a downhill background and normally stick to riding more aggressive downhill and enduro bikes. The Ripley handled every descent I took it down and was very fast doing so. If you are looking for an all around bike that climbs very well and can take aggressive descents while on a long ride this bike will do it all for you!
The Ripley Rips
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Okay so originally, before I took this bike out.. I thought I wouldn't like it that much. I thought it had too much hype and nobody knew what they were talking about. What's the big whoop? Well, I took this bike out and was seriously mistaken.
We rode down in southern Utah in a town called Hurricane and tested this bike on the Hurricane Rim Trail Loop, and man, this bike is playful. Right away this bike was noticeably different than a lot of other trail bikes I've tried this year. For one, this bike is capable. The bike was intended to be a cross country/trail bike but I was taking this down some pretty fast rocky terrain with technical drops and technical climbs. It did not disappoint.
While this bike manages to ride with the lightness and quickness of a true cross-country bike, it is still pretty burly like a full suspension bike with tons of travel. If that makes any sense. Components on the bike are pretty rad too. Lots of bang for your buck if you're on the lookout for a new bike that can do it all, this bike is it. It kind of has the full package if you don't want to spend a bike-load of money. Yes, bike. Bikes might as well be more expensive than a boat these days..
The only REAL beef I had with this bike was the occasional pedal strikes.. It did not matter how much I'd lift up the bike or maneuver the bike, it would catch on a rock or something. The geometry has a little to blame for that though, the bottom bracket is pretty low and depending on the tire pressure or sag, this may or may not be an issue for you. I did run a fairly high tire pressure one this loop and still had issues. It might take a bit of playing around with your shocks and tire pressure to get a feel for it.
Overall, I give this bike a four out of five-star rating. Would I ride it again? Absolutely. Would I purchase this bike? Yeah, probably. I would for sure race it in a cross-country race. It's that light and nimble.
For questions on this bike or any other bikes we carry, feel free to call me at my direct line or shoot over an email.
801.204.4567 or KLamb@backcountry.com
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 my build together, but would rather have this Eagle setup;)
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
If you are looking to build something or have any questions at all on this Eagle build please reach out to me directly.
Saddle Height: 71.5
Size: Large, could ride a Medium no problem
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Fast and Versatile
- 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.
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