Daniel P.wrote a review of Ibis Ripmo Mountain Bike Frame on June 3, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Excellent bike... Climbs like a beast, will pretty much clear anything climb you point it at, and descends like a bat out of hell. I find myself clearing jumps I used to come up short on because it carries so much speed/momentum. Feels very stable at higher speeds compared to other bikes I have ridden. Though not quite as nimble through the technical stuff as a 27.5 160mm bike, I find I can pretty much just roll over most of the gnarlier without thinking twice. The front end is pretty high being that it's a combination of 29" wheels and a 160mm fork, so I have the stem down to one spacer away from the frame and it feels great for our trails here in Bellingham WA. If I lived in the bay area still I'd probably go with no spacers.
Comparisons: Whereas I have found myself occasionally wanting for a 170 fork on my prior "big bike" an Evil Insurgent and even now and then on my current big bike an Ibis HD4, the Ripmo feels very well equipped at 160. I did notice a bit "29er" feeling on my first climb compared with riding my Evil Following and Ibis HD4, but it only took a ride to get used to that and now I prefer climbing on this bike to both thanks to gobs of traction and the "go for it" attitude it brings to the table... I am faster climbing on the Ripmo vs the HD4 and when it gets rough on the climbs it feels less disrupted vs the Following which can be thrown off by rougher climbs. I highly recommend this bike for most riders unless you're pure XC or purely looking for a jumping bike in which case I prefer the HD4 for its more nimble feeling. The Ripmo is a high speed trail conquering PR setting beast.