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SLX Mountain Bike


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Item # IBSB07R

Why We Like The Ripley SLX Mountain Bike

Getting out of our comfort zone on the descents and the climbs is why we ride the Ibis Ripley SLX Mountain Bike. Made for those rowdy days when we've got a need for speed the new Ripley is expertly crafted to ride bigger than a trail bike and as fast as a cross-country bike. 120mm of rear travel gets us through more than we bargained for while Fox Factory suspension soaks up the hits. Ibis designed the bike with DW-link suspension that deflects pedaling input so it's not getting soaked up by our suspension.

Geomtetry on the new version of the Ibis Ripley has us heading for the steepest bits of the trail. Whether we're looking for new stuff to plow over or just side hits here or there the Ripley's longer, slacker, and meaner angles get the job done. Made for plowing over rough terrain the Ripley is built with a 66.5-degree head-tube angle and big 29in wheels. The reach is long for its class, with 475mm offered on a size large frame meaning the downhill endeavors are a lot more stable. Though the Ripley resembles a trail bike and rides like one too, replacing the aggressive Maxxis tread with something a little more spritely brings out the cross-country enthusiast in all of us.

Kit on the Ibis Ripley is adorned with the Shimano SLX drivetrain from top to bottom. Shimano uses 12-speed technology paired with Hyperglide II engineering to build one of the smoothest drivetrains on the market. SLX is the workhorse of the group, offering long-lived components with budget-friendly replacement costs. The 4-pistons brakes from Shimano offer smooth and reliable braking to quickly bring the bike to a stop while 180mm rotors do their best to quickly dissipate heat. Ibis supplies the wheels with their aggressive 35mm internal width hoops paired with a Maxxis DHRII in the front and a Maxxis Dissector in the rear

We can't find what the Ibis Ripley can't do and we're completely ok with that. The bike yearns to be taking on trips unkown and down trails we've never hit before. The DW-link suspension makes big pedaling days more than just tolerable and the 120/130mm suspension platform works best when we're piloting the bike down burley terrain. The forward-thinking designers at Ibis put 35mm internal width wheels on the build and 2.6in rear tire clearance, so running the Ripley at a mini-enduro or down-country rig isn't out of the question.

  • Fun focused trail bike with smartly specced components
  • Carbon frame construction drops grams and adds fun
  • DW-link suspension supports big days in the saddle
  • Slacked-out angles turn this down-country bike into a trail machine
  • Fox Factory suspension supports riders through the chunder
  • Shimano drivetrain and brakes offer unparalleled performance
  • Maxxis rubber with wide Ibis hoops keeps riders rolling

Tech Specs
Frame Materialcarbon
Rear ShockFox Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel120mm
ForkFox Float 34 Factory Fit4
Front Travel130mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
ShiftersShimano SLX M7100
Rear DerailleurShimano SLX M7100
CranksetShimano SLX M7100
Chainring Sizes30t
Crank Arm Length[S, M] 170mm, [L, XL] 175mm
Bottom BracketShimano 24mm, BSA
CassetteShimano SLX
Cassette Range10-51t
ChainShimano SLX M7100
BrakesetShimano SLX M7120
Brake Type4-piston hydraulic
RotorsSHimano SM-RT66
Rotor Size[front, rear] 180mm
HandlebarIbis Alloy
Handlebar Width780mm
GripsLizard Skin Charger
StemIbis 31.8mm
Stem Length[S, M] 40mm, [L, XL] 50mm
SaddleWTB Silverado 142
SeatpostBike Yoke Revive Dropper 31.6mm
Seatpost Length[dropper length], [S] 125mm, [M] 160mm, [L, XL] 185mm
WheelsetIbis S35 Alloy
HubsIbis Alloy
Front Axle15mm x 110mm
Rear Axle12mm x 148mm
Tire Clearance29in x 2.6in
Tires[front] Maxxis DHRII EXO, TR, [rear] Maxxis Dissector EXO, TR
Tire Size29in x 2.4in
Pedalsnot included
Activitymountain biking, trail
Manufacturer Warranty[frame] 7 years, [wheels] 7 years, [hubs] 2 years

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>Rating: 5

Everything I was hoping for!

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
175 lbs

OK, so let's be real here...this is a really expensive bike. I would have bought the aluminum version (Ripley AF) at just 1.5 lbs heavier, but like so many other things these days, it wasn't available. In the end, I was just happy to have found a bike that I wanted to buy in my size given the bike shortage and ridiculous prices for used bikes. I debated going with the GX vs SLX, as my former bike (older Spesh Epic carbon 29") has XT brakes and XO/GX drivetrain. Decided on the SLX and I am very impressed. I was particularly impressed with the ability to upshift with either my thumb or index cool is that? There's something that SRAM can work on! And the new 4-piston SLX brakes work just as well as my old 2-piston XT brakes. As for the bike itself, it is amazing. I haven't ridden a bike with updated geometry (slack headset and steep seat tube) so I can only compare it to my old XC bike. I was concerned it wouldn't climb as well as my Epic, which is super light and a great climber, but no worries there. The Ripley climbs like crazy! And on the downhills it's no comparison...super fun, great control, you can really let it rip! Now this coming from someone with an older XC bike, so if you are looking for more of an enduro bike with more suspension, this isn't your bike. But as an all-around trail bike, it is fantastic! Oh, and I should give a shout out to the crew at Backcounty/Comp Cyclist - they got my bike adjusted, boxed and shipped in record time, thanks so much. And the packing job was amazing, the bike was in pristine shape when I opened the box, and really easy to assemble. Thanks Gearheads!