Ibis did a great job updating the Ripley. I wanted to try something a little different from the enduro sleds I have had over the past few years. Something that could handle big days in the saddle without crushing my soul. The Ripley certainly hasn't disappointed. It may not be able to blindly smash through the chunkiest of rock gardens, but it will handle way rowdier terrain than you would expect a 120mm travel bike.
I would have like to seen the bike specd with a little better brakeset. While the M6000 work remarkably well, they do fad a little bit on longer descents.
I did end up changing two things on this bike. First I swapped out the crankset for a 170mm instead of the 175mm. I do love the low bottom bracket on this bike and with the 175mm cranks I was peddle striking quiet a bit in tecky trails. Not only did the 170mm help with the peddle strikes, but they also helped with my rear wheel traction when things get loose and steep.
I also bumped the fork up to 140mm to enable to bike to handle some bigger terrain and put the bike into the all mountain category rather than the trail or xc.
I see a lot of people trying to compare this bike to Yeti SB 100, but after putting some time in on this bike I think it is way closer to the SB 130 or the PIvot Trail 429.
Overall I couldn't be happier with this bike, super fast, playful and capable. It also is extremely versatile depending on how you set the bike up. I would highly recommend this bike to most riders short of those people who are racing XC or Enduro.