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X01 Eagle AXS Mountain Bike


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Item # IBSB06A

Ripley X01 Eagle AXS Mountain Bike

Ever progressive, and always down for a good time, Ibis' Ripley is back for another generation that blurs the line between cross country rocketship and all-mountain fun machine. While Ibis' newest iteration of its Ripley X01 Eagle AXS Mountain Bike does see a full redesign that does include the modern longer-slacker-steeper treatment, we think it finds a moderate landing place that's still capable of quick-rolling power and nimble control in XC applications, while offering unwavering support when you head into chunkier, steeper terrain. That's because the engineers at Ibis didn't go too overboard — instead they opt for just a one-degree shift in the head tube to slacken things, lengthening the wheelbase just a touch to extend the reach in the cockpit 45mm to give you a little more room to move around, while the seat tube shifts up 3-degrees for the perfect perch when you need to attack climbs. The Ripley 4 features an all-new chassis, taking queues from it's beefier brother, the Ripmo, which provides more room for dropper posts, shorter chainstays, and the lively and reliable DW-link suspension. Additionally, this bike features SRAM's latest and greatest Eagle AXS drivetrain that lets you enjoy crisp, wireless shifting with no need to bother with cables ever again.

The Ripley 4's major update meant that Ibis' engineers could start from the ground up, and they chose to start with the heart-and-center of the bike, updating the dual-eccentrics used in the past to a new design based on the Ripmo, which still holds DW-Link suspension tucked neatly in the front triangle, but without as much weight, and with a huge boost in stiffness. This change in the frame's chassis allows massive weight savings of over a half-pound on the frame alone, giving your all-mountain machine a little more pep in its step when you're pushing up grueling climbs, and a more nimble feel when you're flicking it around tight switchbacks.

Weight savings aside, one of the biggest benefits we see with the drop of the double-eccentric design is extra room in the seat-tube, which enables taller riders to run dropper posts up to 185mm. This long-dropper length lets Ibis' engineers carry forward with even more geometry tweaks, like an extra-low standover height, so you can pick your frame based on reach, eliminating seat-tube size from your list of limiting factors on your new-bike hunt.

Changes didn't stop with the eccentrics though, the Ripley has been tweaked all over, including a one-degree slacker headtube for a stretched wheelbase that adds a bit of confidence to the descents, and a three-degree steeper seat tube angle that keeps you in the center of your cockpit perched nicely for climbs. On the rear end of things, Ibis shortened the chainstays by a whopping 12-millimeters to boost stiffness, and make the suspension a bit more progressive, without letting go of the lively pedaling characteristics of the previous Ripley.

This Ripley is built up with SRAM's Eagle AXS electronic drivetrain, which offers numerous benefits over its mechanical counterpart. Not only do you enjoy crisp and precise wireless shifting that stays consistent over time, but you won't ever have to worry about changing cables or housing (at least on this bike), and the cockpit looks super clean. The XO1 AXS derailleur features 10mm more ground clearance and a more inboard position than mechanical Eagle, making it less likely that you'll impact rocks or low-hanging branches. The derailleur also has more chain wrap, which improves load distribution and durability, reducing wear and tear on your chain and cassette for better longevity of components. The shifter pairs with the derailleur using SRAM's own wireless network which they claim to be completely secure, and can also pair to head units and smart phones so you can program the shifter and view battery life. Speaking of battery life, SRAM claims the derailleur can run for 25+ hours from a single charge, and the battery is removable so you can leave your steed in the garage and take the battery inside to charge. If you're concerned about the durability of the electronics, know that SRAM built the groupset with seals that keep things working flawlessly, even when you're blasting through streams or getting caught in torrential rain at the summit of the mountain.

  • Updated geometry graces the Ripley for XC and trail taming fun
  • Steeper seat tube angle gives you a better climbing position
  • Enhanced stability thanks to slightly slacker head tube angle
  • Redesigned chassis boosts stiffness, drops a 1/2lb over previous frame
  • Ultra-efficient DW-link for small-bump compliance and supple support
  • Longer dropper post capabilities thanks to new chassis and low standover
  • XO1 Eagle AXS drivetrain for crisp wireless shifting and a clean cockpit

Tech Specs
Frame Material
carbon fiber
Rear Shock
Fox Float Performance DPS with EVOL
Rear Travel
Fox Float 34 Factory Series
Front Travel
Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS
SRAM X01 Eagle
Chainring Sizes
Bottom Bracket
Bottom Bracket Type
English Threaded
SRAM XG 1295 Eagle
Cassette Range
10 - 50t
SRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock
Shimano XT M8100, 2 piston
Brake Type
post-mount hydraulic disc
Shimano SM-RT86, 180 / 180mm
Ibis Carbon
Handlebar Rise
Handlebar Width
Lizard Skins Charger Evo
Thomson Elite X4
WTB Silverado Pro
SRAM Reverb AXS Dropper
Ibis S35 Aluminum
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Tire Size
29 x 2.6in
not included
Recommended Use
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
7 years on frame

130mm Travel Fork

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    >Rating: 5

    everything about this bike is awesome!

    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    What can you say about one of the best everyday just crushing it mountain bikes? I've ridden the Ripley LS, Ripmo, HD3, HD4 and the HD5 and I have to say this new Ripley is a beast stuffed into a small travel frame. The wife and I traveled down to one of my favorite winter riding spots in Hurricane, Utah for a little winter camping and riding. I also thought while i'm demoing this sweet ride I'd also toss on one of the new Cane Creek Helm demo forks (140mm 44offset) and give that a shot as well. It's been a while since I've been out on a bike, I'm coming back from an injury so the first day back riding and nothing seems out of the ordinary the bike simply works. It did feel a tad light on the front end on the steeper climbs, but that is most likely due to the fact that I had a longer fork on it. It wasn't till the second day when the wife and I switched bikes and that's when I really noticed just how sharp the front end handling was on the Ripley. Her bike felt lazy and sluggish in the turns and it definitely did not feel as efficient on the climbs or just riding down the normal trail. To be fair her bike has a little more travel but it's still a 29" current model bike that we bought in March of 2019 when it first came out. I came away from the weekend incredibly impressed with the new Ripley. Ibis simply nailed the geometry and stiffness of this bike and the entire time while I was riding it I really couldn't think of anything I wanted to change. I was going to drop the Helm down to a 130 travel fork on Saturday night, however I forgot to bring along my small bike washing kit and I didn't want to get any dirt in the forks. If you are reading this review it means you are looking for a new ride and quite frankly if this bike isn't on your short list, you need to reevaluate your list it's just that good! What's that you say, you don't want to take my word for it? Well then feel free to email me at rojensen@competitivecyclist.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one. Pros: Super Sharp handling Efficient pedaling Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone Cons: Internal channeled cable routing is not good for running moto style braking (front brake on right) Tight rotor clearance so Hope floating rotors will be a problem Did I mention the internal sleeving (yes the bike is that good) Rider Details: 5'9" 32" inseam / 180 lbs Sag: 30% rear (seated) 20% front (standing) Version Ridden: GX Eagle w/ Factory shock option size Medium Upgraded * Cane Creek Helm 140 (up from OEM 130) Fork Upgraded * Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset Upgraded * SDG Radar saddle Pedals: Deity TMAC