What a fun trail bike!
The latest evolution of the Ripley checks all of the boxes of a modern trail bike. It pedals efficiently, is a confident descender, relatively long reach, slack headtube angle, steep seat tube angle, etc.
The DW link suspension platform that Ibis employs is undoubtedly efficient, just like any DW link bike. But what really stands out on this bike, and really all Ibis bikes is when you really put some effort into the pedals, the bike just goes! It's a pretty special feeling, that is combination of acceleration and efficiency. It feels like the bike just wants to get up, and over anything in the trail. No matter if it's square edged, super steep, etc you pedal it goes.
If you're hoping this bike is a mini- Ripmo, I would not characterize it that way. Only because I find the Ripmo so capable and wildly versatile. The Ripley is decidedly a lightweight trail bike, and it rides just like a 120mm trail bike should. Probably better.
Many bikes in this travel range feel skiddish when you get up to speed, the Riply simply didn't for me. I would chalk that up to the stiff frame/linkage and balanced geometry. You can tell it has a Fox 34 out front vs a stiffer fork, and there are some trails that I would feel uncomfortable taking this bike down. That said, it's composed and confident when descending, and for most people in most terrain this is a perfect trail bike.
I'm not a big fan of 2.6 or larger tires, I know they have their place but for me where I ride they are unnecessary. It is fun to see how far you can push the traction of 2.6 x 29", which happens to be pretty far!
In summary I dare say this is the funnest trail bike I've ridden, its just a perfect combination of efficient pedaling platform, and a composed descender at speed.