Ibis Ripley 29er Mountain Bike
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Daily Rental: $89
Purchase Price: $5367
Ibis Ripley Description
The Ibis Ripley 29er is a lightweight big wheel trail bike with 120mm of progressive, pedal-friendly DW Link suspension in the rear, a 130mm fork and a stiff carbon frame with clearance for 2.6 tires. Contemporary geometry makes it a comfortable climber and confident, lively descender. The new Ibis Ripley V4 is a great choice for cross-country riders who want a longer travel trail bike and anyone who likes to put in serious singletrack mileage. It’s a perfect bike for Hurricane Rim or Gooseberry Mesa epics.
When Ibis introduced the original Ripley back in 2013 they said, “It felt like a BMX bike you could pedal all day.” That playful, pedal-friendly nature made the Ripley a popular all-rounder trail bike. However, mountain bikes have changed a lot in the past few years. Version 4 of the Ibis Ripley 29er retains the same playful nature but updated geometry and suspension make it an even more capable and versatile bike.
If you like the Ibis Ripmo 29er but feel like it’s more bike than you need, you’ll love the lighter, quicker Ripley. Ibis learned a lot from the development of the Ripmo all-mountain/enduro bike and they applied that experience to the Ripley V4. In the past, Ibis bikes had a reputation for being a bit old-school and conservative in the handling department. That’s not the case with the new Ripley. If you compare reach, head angle, etc., to the competition, the Ripley is actually on the bleeding edge of current geometry trends. The new Ripley has a slacker head angle, longer reach, shorter chain stays and a steeper seat tube angle. It’s amazing what a change in geometry can do for a bike. Thanks to the 76º seat tube angle and shorter chain stays, the new Ripley is a more capable and comfortable climber. And with a slacker, 66.5º head angle, it’s a ripper on the descents, encouraging you to point it in rock gardens, pump it through every dip and launch it off every lip.
Going to a dedicated 1x drivetrain allowed Ibis to simplify the Ripley’s DW Link configuration. That, in turn, allowed them to make room for longer dropper posts and a water bottle mount. The frame also lost some weight. At 5 pounds (frame-only, no shock), the new Ripley is about half a pound lighter than the Ripley LS. That’s a significant weight loss. Our medium GX-build demo bike weighs a hair over 28 pounds with Ibis carbon wheels. If you want a really light, versatile trail bike, a 26-pound Ripley V4 is totally doable.
The Ripley’s DW Link suspension also got a retune. It’s more progressive with lighter off-the-top sensitivity for better cornering and traction. Increased ramp-up at the bottom of the stroke keeps you from bottoming out if you decide to send it. On the trail, it feels precise without being harsh. It’s smooth on and off the power without sacrificing traction on steppy climbs and it feels firm and efficient when you stand up and pedal. When you’re charging through downhill chunder, the Ripley is more stable and confident than a 120mm bike has any right to be. The shop guys really loved it on the lower part of JEM Trail, which rides like an extended downhill pump track. The slack geometry, short chainstays and firm suspension make it super fun in pumpy terrain and will have you looking for every kicker along the trail. If you’d like to read more about the new Ripley and see photos of it action on our local trails, check out our new Ibis Ripley announcement article.
The bottom line is the Ibis Ripley V4 is a super-capable, fun all-rounder. It can descend most anything and, of course, it climbs great. In fact, it doesn’t so much climb as float uphill. Ok, that might be a bit of hyperbole. But it’s a really comfortable and efficient climber. If you’re the kind of rider that dreams about all-day mountain bike adventures and doesn’t shy away from techy trails, the Ibis Ripley might be your perfect bike. It also has the makings of an excellent backcountry bikepacking rig. Don’t take our word for it, though. Come visit us in Hurricane and take it out for a day on Gooseberry Mesa and decide for yourself. Call or use our online bike rental form to reserve your Ibis Ripley V4 demo, now.
Our Ibis Ripley demo mountain bikes are spec’d with SRAM Eagle GX 1×12 drivetrains, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Ibis aluminum wheelsets with wide rims and 2.6-inch tires. We upgrade the suspension to top-of-the-line Fox Factory Series forks and shocks and replace the stock aluminum handlebar with Ibis carbon. It’s a solid build that balances performance, weight and budget for an out-the-door price of just $5367. You can take home one of our used Ibis Ripley demo bikes for even less. However, if you want a swankier build, we understand. We love building custom bikes and we can put together a Ripley with whatever components you want. Tell us about your dream bike and we’ll make it happen.
*Price and specs subject to change.
Ibis Ripley Specs
|Drivetrain:||SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Wheels:||Ibis 938 alloy, Ibis hubs|
|Tires:||Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29×2.6|
|Frame:||120mm-travel carbon fiber monocoque with internal routing, threaded bb & Boost spacing|
|Fork:||130mm Fox Float 34 Factory Series|
|Shock:||Fox Float Factory DPS with EVOL|
|Brakes:||Shimano Deore 2 piston disc brakes with 180mm rotors|
|Stem:||Ibis 31.8mm (50, 60, 70, 80, 90mm)|
|Handlebar:||800mm Ibis carbon (10mm or 30mm rise)|
|Seatpost:||Bike Yoke Revive dropper (125, 160 or 185mm)|
|Saddle:||WTB Silverado 142|
|Headset:||Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56|
|Grips:||Lizard Skins Charger Evo|
|All specifications subject to change.|
Ibis Ripley Geometry
|Size||SM (14.5″/ 368mm)||MD (15.0″/ 381mm)||LG (16.5″/ 419mm)||XL (19.0″/ 482mm)|
|Virtual TT||22.6 in. / 574mm||23.8 in. / 603mm||24.9 in. / 630mm||26.0 in. / 658mm|
|Seat Tube Length||14.5 in. / 368mm||14.5 in. / 381mm||16.5 in. / 419mm||19.0 in. / 482mm|
|Head Tube Length||3.6 in. / 90mm||4.2 in. / 105mm||4.6 in. / 115mm||5.0 in. / 125mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height||13.2 in. / 335mm||13.2 in. / 335mm||13.2 in. / 335mm||13.2 in. / 335mm|
|Chainstay Length||17.01 in. / 432mm||17.01 in. / 432mm||17.01 in. / 432mm||17.01 in. / 432mm|
|Stack Height||23.6 in. / 599mm||24.2 in. / 613mm||24.5 in. / 622mm||24.9 in. / 631mm|
|Reach Length||16.8 in. / 425mm||17.8 in. / 450mm||18.8 in. / 475mm||19.7 in. / 500mm|
|Standover Height||27.9 in. / 708mm||28.1 in. / 712mm||29.3 in. / 742mm||29.8 in. / 755mm|
|Wheelbase||45.16 in. / 1147mm||46.38 in. / 1178mm||47.52 in. / 1207mm||48.67 in. / 1236mm|
Ibis Ripley Photos
*Specs subject to change. Bike in photos may not have standard specs listed above.