2018 Ibis Ripley LS
Did anyone not love the Ripley when Ibis first introduced it? But with evolving riding styles and the demands those necessitate, Ibis felt an update was required and have lavished us with the Ripley LS.
Ibis discovered that what most everyone wanted was to have a bike with the advantages of a 29er that still handled like a 26 inch wheel bike. Makes sense. After all, would any of us be doing what we do on a bike if we weren’t just a little crazy? But then it became clear that folks were pushing their trail bikes to do all sorts of extreme stuff so the Ripley 29 was given a gnarly update. The Ripley LS comes with a 15mm longer top tube and a slacker 67.5° head angle. That way you can run a shorter stem and enhance your handling confidence on those steep drop-offs. And grip will never be a problem since this is a 29er that can accommodate rims with a 35mm inner width and burly 2.6 inch tires promising tons of traction. Other updates that the Ripley LS received are a threaded bottom bracket instead of a press fit that can get irritatingly creaky, newly designed versatile internal cable routing, and a lower seat mast to accommodate the longer dropper posts popular now. The carbon fiber monocoque frame and swing arm promises serious durability even if it tips the scales at an impressively light 5.9 pounds in a medium size, including the Fox DPS EVOL shock.
But really, the heart of the matter is in the suspension. Ibis is one of those lucky companies that has the ear of Dave Weagle, who has helped them refine the dual-eccentric dw-link suspension for the Ripley. This system goes back to 2005, and has been subject to continual testing and refining ever since. Though at first glance, it may look like a single pivot, two pairs of internal eccentric bearings make it possible to fit in the dual pivots. Keeping it all internal means that the bearings are protected from mucky contamination, and since they are using easily available bearing sizes, finding replacements will be easy and won’t blow the budget. The rear dropout also received the 148 Boost spacing to work with the Boost hubs with the wider flanges to increase the strength of the wheel build. Making the upper eccentric wider in this LS version of the Ripley increases the stiffness of the swingarm connection. Don’t worry if you like to run your rig with a 2X drivetrain with a side swing front derailleur since even with the wider eccentrics, the Ripley LS can accommodate both 2X and 1X setups as well as Di2 kits.
Combining the dw-link with the Fox Factory FLOAT DPS shock with EVOL sleeve gives the bike 120mm travel for a plush ride that is highly tuneable to your riding style while the Kashima Coat reduces friction and increases the sensitivity. Aside from that, you’ll be amazed at how efficient your climbing will be with it. Similarly for the front suspension, Ibis specs the Ripley with a 130mm fork but has made it compatible for forks with up to 140mm of travel.
Including two water bottle mounts, one inside the main triangle and one underneath, means that the Ripley LS will be able to support your hydration needs throughout long days on the trails. And since the paint work is typically fantastic like all Ibis bikes, you’ll be super pleased that they have included molded rubber chainstay and seatstay protection to prevent your beautiful new frame from getting mucked up and chipped. The Ibis Ripley LS will be an amazingly fun way to push your trail skills to the limit.
Frame: Carbon fiber monocoque frame and swingarm
Rear Triangle: Carbon
Rear Shock Size: 7.25” x 1.75”
Shock Option(s): Fox Float DPS Performance (stock), Fox Factory FLOAT DPS (optional +$166)
Rear Travel: 120mm
Shock SAG: 25%
Fork Travel Range: 130mm - 140mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 49mm
Headset Included: No
Bottom Bracket Type: 73mm BSA
Cable Routing Brake: External
Cable Routing Shifter: Internal
Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal
Front Derailleur Mount: Direct mount
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Front pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Side swing
Wheel Size: 29”
Brake Mount Type: Post mount, 180mm max rear rotor
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 148mm BOOST
Sizes: 15.2" SM | 16.5” MD | 18.5” LG | 20.5” XL |
Colors: Vitamin P, Ti-Ho Silver, Black Silver (small only), Black Vitamin P (small only)