IbisRipleySLX Mountain Bike
Item # IBSB07R
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October 18, 2021
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 finger...how 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!