When Ibis set out so many years a go to design a capable 29er, they broke from a mold of steep headtube angles and long wheel bases to make a bike that was as fun to ride as some of their longer travel brethren. The Ripley became a household name and an agile race weapon. The updated LS came next with a "longer & slacker" geo that gave the bike a more well-rounded trail feel. For the 3.0, Ibis really knocked it out of the park.
This latest iteration sees some subtle but meaningful changes developed around the boost platform that allows for increased maneuverability in tight quarters and a fun/fast ride. The overall re-design isn't apparent until you ride the bike. We took this out on some of our favorite single track loops to use and abuse it. We were not disappointed.
The machine motors uphill like a tractor with incredible traction under the 2.6" tires. Lowering the PSI offered loads of off-camber grip and the bike trounced all rocky ledges on the up. Power transfer and limited suspension movement kept the wheels on the ground and I never slipped a tire on even the loosest gravel ascent.
Turning the bike downhill, the real fun began. The ability to manual the front end and be playful was surprising. It was easy to really through the bike around (5'6" on size MEDIUM) and rip through corners at speed. The stability in loose situations was also noticeable and appreciated.
In all, if you are in the market for a fast, capable, and playful 29er that would be perfect for XC or 24 hour races, or just going out for a full day of trail tackling, look no further than the Ripley 3.0.
You can reach out to me anytime :
801-736-6396 x 3596,
Or Sean W. on chat