Karissa Lambwrote a review of Ibis Ripley LS Carbon X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 on December 15, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Okay so originally, before I took this bike out.. I thought I wouldn't like it that much. I thought it had too much hype and nobody knew what they were talking about. What's the big whoop? Well, I took this bike out and was seriously mistaken.
We rode down in southern Utah in a town called Hurricane and tested this bike on the Hurricane Rim Trail Loop, and man, this bike is playful. Right away this bike was noticeably different than a lot of other trail bikes I've tried this year. For one, this bike is capable. The bike was intended to be a cross country/trail bike but I was taking this down some pretty fast rocky terrain with technical drops and technical climbs. It did not disappoint.
While this bike manages to ride with the lightness and quickness of a true cross-country bike, it is still pretty burly like a full suspension bike with tons of travel. If that makes any sense. Components on the bike are pretty rad too. Lots of bang for your buck if you're on the lookout for a new bike that can do it all, this bike is it. It kind of has the full package if you don't want to spend a bike-load of money. Yes, bike. Bikes might as well be more expensive than a boat these days..
The only REAL beef I had with this bike was the occasional pedal strikes.. It did not matter how much I'd lift up the bike or maneuver the bike, it would catch on a rock or something. The geometry has a little to blame for that though, the bottom bracket is pretty low and depending on the tire pressure or sag, this may or may not be an issue for you. I did run a fairly high tire pressure one this loop and still had issues. It might take a bit of playing around with your shocks and tire pressure to get a feel for it.
Overall, I give this bike a four out of five-star rating. Would I ride it again? Absolutely. Would I purchase this bike? Yeah, probably. I would for sure race it in a cross-country race. It's that light and nimble.
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