2021 Ibis Ripley AF
No matter how much you love riding, it’s hard not to admit that bikes can be pricey. You want to get something that will be high on the stoke factor, but also need to make sure it doesn’t deep-6 the bank account. That’s where the Ibis Ripley AF mountain bike with short travel and 29 inch wheels comes in. Ibis has made the frame using high quality aluminum and tweaked the geometry compared to the carbon version of the Ripley so that it is even more aggressive and super fun to ride.
Though we say short travel, don’t immediately click away looking for something burlier. Ibis Ripely’s have always punched above their weight in terms of what types of terrain they can ride, and the AF is no different. With 120mm rear travel and 130 up front, Ibis lovingly considers this bike not only category defying, but equal to anything you can find to ride from bike park goofing-off to big downhill drop-offs. That’s thanks not only to the durability of the aluminum frame, but also the aggressive geometry as well as the crazy efficiency of the V5 kinematics and suspension compliments of Dave Weagle.
With the geometry, they’ve gone ultra-modern with a trail-worthy 65.5° head angle, which is a degree slacker than the carbon version of the Ripely, and a 44mm offset for the 130mm travel fork. The combo makes the handling stable and predictable on those steeper descents, while the 76° seat angle combined with the DW kinematics and short 432mm chainstays, means that you can pedal through any chudder and up tight technical inclines without losing a beat. Rolling with 29 inch wheels with the frame that can handle up to 2.6 inch tires also means that you’ll have the sort of traction that the toughest trails demand.
The Ripley AF comes in four sizes: small, medium, large and x-large. But since the standover height is so low, you probably will be able to choose your size according to how you like your reach to be. In any case, if you are between 5 foot and 6 foot 6, you probably are going to find the perfect match among one of the four options. The frame design has also allowed for a super long dropper post, so you can stick a 170mm on if you ride a medium, large or x-large, while the small can handle a post up to 150mm long. The frames are ISCG 05 compatible with a removable adapter and offer a seven year warranty like their carbon siblings. And the metric 190 x 45mm shock leaves room inside the front triangle for a water bottle.
Getting the most out of your trail time and going easy on your bank account, the Ibis Ripley AF 29er with an aluminum frame offers the best balance of performance and affordability in a seriously fun and versatile package.
Rear Triangle: Aluminum
Rear Shock Size: 190mm x 45mm
Shock Option(s): Fox Performance Series Float DPS with EVOL
Rear Travel: 120mm
Fork Travel Range: 130mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 56mm
Headset Included: No
Bottom Bracket Type: 73mm Threaded
ISCG Tabs: ISCG05
Cable Routing Brake: Internal
Cable Routing Shifter: Internal
Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal
Wheel Size: 29”
Max Tire Size: 2.6”
Brake Mount Type: Post mount, 203mm max rotor
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 148mm Boost
Sizes: 14.5” SM | 15” MD | 16.5” LG | 19” XL |
Colors: Monolith Silver, Pond Scum Green
Weight: 3380g | 7.45lbs
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