Ibis Exie SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Bike

Ibis Exie SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Bike
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2021 Ibis Exie SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Bike

That the Ibis Exie carbon fiber cross-country bike exists proves once again the prescience of the people in charge at Ibis. That’s not only because it is an extremely capable, lightweight XC racing machine that can shred with the best of them, but because it is a carbon fiber mountain bike that has been made entirely in Ibis’ own Northern California solar powered factory.

Since 2014, Ibis have tried to bring production back in-house, and in the post-covid world with its supply chain issues and emphasis on local production make the Ibis leaders look like geniuses.. Though the very first bike they made in-house was a one-off Ripley LS in size small, they chose to produce a full run of the Exie because it is the type of mountain bike that is looking for places to shave off grams and encourages the use of cutting edge technology, which their new production facility would lend itself to this type of frame. For instance, in their own factory, Ibis is cutting each piece of pre-peg to size, which reduces the material used and the time it takes to do the actual layup. They are also using solar energy to power the factory, and aluminum instead of steel tooling, which reduces the amount of energy required in the molding process.

And though the eco-focus of the production and the notion that this is all Made in the USA may give you warm fuzzies, what really counts about the bike is how it rides. And the Ibis Exie will blow your mind there. For one thing, Ibis isn’t following trends, but practically cutting out a new category here: the trail bike that is lightweight enough to be competitive in XC races. Or looked at another way, it’s the XC racer capable enough to thrash your trails. Looking at the geometry of the bike, they have 67.2° head tube angle paired with a size-specific seat tube angle, starting at 73.8° for the small up to 75.9° for the x-large means that they find that balance between stability on the descents and responsiveness and comfort on long climbs. At the end of the day, this might be the best climbing mountain bike you’ll ever ride.

Their production process and the high quality carbon they use to make the Exie frame means that you can slash 7 or 8 pounds off this bike compared to a typical full suspension trail or enduro oriented bike, without losing the capability of riding those same trails. The full bike’s weight comes in around 22 pounds, which combined with the 100mm rear and 120mm front travel means that you can enjoy the capability of a trail bike with the weight of a full suspension XC bike. You’ll be shocked by how much losing those extra pounds will revolutionize how you feel on the trail.

As a 29er that can take up to 2.4 inch tires, the Exie will give you the type of grip that will get you through the gnarliest conditions. This is complemented by the DW-link suspension which offers the perfect balance of traction, and pedaling efficiency. Just how gorgeous the DW-link looks against the frame’s naked carbon is worth the price of admission. This frame is practically frameable. But it’s not meant to be hung on a wall and admired; it’s meant to be ridden hard. With that in mind, they have made sure to use IGUS bushings in the lower link that are lighter, stiffer, and require basically no maintenance. Similarly, by using a threaded bottom bracket, they have saved a lot of shrieks of anguish in a lot of home mechanics’ garages who aren’t equipped to deal with press fits. They designed the internal cable routing for ease of use as well. The Exie will be available in three very slick build options: a Shimano XT, an SRAM X01 Eagle, and an SRAM XX1 AXS. Standalone frames will be available to buy in 2022.

Though Ibis is quick to say that making the Exie in-house reinforced in their minds just how good their offshore factory workers are. It’s very difficult to make a quality carbon bike. But making the Exie in their own facilities meant that they could test and improve prototypes within a matter of days instead of weeks. And that’s likely where you’ll really feel the difference when you ride the Ibis Exie. They were able to make the effort to refine the frame to be the best XC-race worthy mountain bike that has trail shredding in its DNA.

  • Frame: Exie
  • Shock Option(s): Fox Float Factory DPS Remote w/ adjust, 190x45
  • Suspension: DW-link
  • Rear Travel: 100mm
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float SC FIT4 Factory 3-Pos Remote
  • Fork Travel: 120mm
  • Headset: Cane Creek AER IS41/IS52
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR M9100 2-piston, RT-MT900 180mm/160mm
  • Shifters: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Triggers 12-speed
  • Crank: SRAM XX1 Eagle 30T
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB BSA
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1299 Eagle 10-52T
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12-speed
  • Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Wheelset: Ibis S28 Carbon Rims, Industry 9 Hydra Hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis Recon Race 2.4” Exo/TR WT
  • Handlebar: Enve M6 780mm
  • Grips: Lizard Skin Charger
  • Stem: Enve Mtn Stem 31.8mm
  • Seatpost: SRAM Reverb AXS Dropper
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado 142
  • Sizes: 14” SM | 16” MD | 18” LG | 20” XL |
  • Colors: Cheat-O Orange, Bug Zapper Blue

  • *Specs and pricing are subject to change. Please contact sales@wrenchscience.com for more info.

  • WARRANTY: 7yrs
  • If you have any questions about this frame or bike, please contact our Ibis Team:

    Milo Baker
    Toll Free: 866-497-3624 ext. 210
    International | Direct +1 510-529-3042

    Fernando Munguia
    Toll Free: 866-497-3624 ext. 207
    International | Direct +1 510-529-3052

    Chris Ginsburg
    Toll Free: 866-497-3624 ext. 213
    International | Direct +1 510-529-3055

    Alex Ratcliff-Jones
    Toll Free: 866-497-3624 ext. 214
    International | Direct +1 510-529-3054

    * Individual experiences and results may vary.

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