The Ibis Ripmo 29er is one of the hottest mountain bikes right now and for good reason. Combining the aggressiveness and travel of the HD4 enduro bike with the climbing ability and nimbleness of the Ripley 29er, the Ibis Ripmo is a true quiver-killer all-mountain 29er. Wanna head out on an all-day backcountry epic? The Ripmo has your back. Heading out for some spicy shuttle or DH bike park laps? The Ripmo is ready. Planning a trip to Hurricane to explore all the mesa trails? The Ripmo 29er is absolutely perfect.
Built around a sleek carbon frame and proven DW-Link suspension, the Ibis Ripmo is a smooth, comfortable and efficient mountain bike. Even more important – the Ripmo is super fun ride that’s ready for anything. With longer, slacker geometry, big wheels, 145mm of rear-wheel travel and 160mm up front, the Ripmo is a true all-mountain bike, built for big climbs and gnarly descents.
Ibis mountain bikes have a reputation for being a bit conservative and old school when it comes to geometry and handling. That changed with the introduction of the Mojo HD4 enduro bike. Ibis increased the reach by an inch (24mm) slackened the head angle by 1.7° and steepened up the seat tube angle. The Ripmo got the same contemporary geometry treatment with a very aggressive 65.9° head angle and a reach increase of nearly an inch-and-a-half (35mm, compared to a medium V.3 Ripley). To keep the handling quick and snappy, they reduced the fork offset by 6mm (44mm vs. standard 51mm). That shortens the wheelbase a bit and makes the steering quicker. Combine the short offset with a 76° seat angle and you have a bike that’s very comfortable going uphill and handles steep climbs and switchbacks with confidence. Overall, the updated geometry makes the Ripmo a super-confident all-mountain machine that climbs like an XC bike and descends anything short of a downhill racecourse like a champ.
Compared to the Ripley’s 120mm of travel, the Ripmo’s extra 25mm of rear wheel suspension takes the edge off chunder and big hits without making a noticeable compromise in pedaling efficiency. In fact, Bike Magazine’s latest Bible of Bike Tests (filmed right here in Hurricane!), said the two words that best describe the Ripmo are “f***ing fast!” They weren’t just talking about the downhills, either. The Ripmo’s DW-Link suspension makes the bike accelerate like it has a throttle. When you pedal, it responds immediately. It’s great coming out of corners and in slow, techy terrain where you need to be able to switch the power on and off quickly to finesse the bike through steps and rubble.
If you’re thinking a 29er with 145mm of rear-wheel travel is too much, think again. Bike geometry and suspension have come a long way in the past few years and there’s almost no noticeable compromise with current long-travel enduro bikes. They pedal really well and they’re tons of fun when you point them downhill. An oft-neglected fact is more rear suspension means better traction when you’re climbing – especially on steppy technical climbs like we have in Hurricane. If you’re skeptical, come demo one of our short-travel 29ers and then try the Ripmo on the same trail. Chances are you won’t notice any difference on smooth trails. But you’ll definitely notice when you get to a steep rocky uphill. The extra travel allows the wheel to move more and keeps it glued to the ground so you can keep pedaling. When you get to the top, the 29-inch wheels, meaty 2.6 tires and 145mm of DW Link suspension let you smash and flow everything on the way down. Just point and send.
Our Ibis Ripmo 29er demo bikes are all spec’d with SRAM Eagle GX 1×12 drivetrains, Shimano disc brakes and dropper seatposts. Rather than the standard Ibis GX build, we opted to upgrade the suspension and bars. All of our Ripmo demo bikes have carbon bars, top-of-the-line Fox Float 36 Factory Series forks and the super plush, adjustable Fox Float X2 rear shock. We also do custom Ibis Ripmo builds. Check out this blinged-out black and gold custom Ripmo we built for our friend David Lisonbee. If you want a super light, exotic Ripmo, we’d love to build it for you. There’s almost nothing we can’t do and we’re big fans of sexy, one-of-a-kind bikes.