IbisRipleyXTR 942 Mountain Bike
Item # IBSB04I
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Everything about this bike is awesome!
- Familiarity: 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 email@example.com and I'll check the demo tour in your area and we'll get you out on one.
Super Sharp handling
Fits a huge range of dropper lengths for everyone
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)
5'9 32" inseam / 180lbs
Sag: 30% rear seated 20% front standing
GX Eagle w/ Factory Shock option size Medium
Upgraded the following parts: Cane Creek Helm 140 Fork - Magura MT Trail SL Brakeset - SDG Radar Saddle - I used Deity TMAC pedals.
Looking to buy. What is the weight of this Ripley?
This model should weigh in right around 26 lbs. with no pedals. give or take a little for different size frames.