IBIS RIPLEY 2019
The new Ripley is here! And it's still the same snappy, flickable, playful, fast, lightweight and versatile 29" trail bike it's always been, except better.
Taking everything we've learned from the Ripmo, we updated the Ripley with cutting-edge geometry and a stiff light carbon fiber chassis.
When we debuted the category-bending Ripley back in 2011, it was used by some as a cross country rocket and by others as a trailshredder. With quick agile handling and super efficient pedaling characteristics, it felt like a BMX bike you could pedal all day. Ourathletes quickly discovered just how versatile it could be. While Brian Lopes was racing an O.G. Ripley to a top fifteen result at his firstEWS race, others were winning hundred mile epics. As riders pushed the bike in different differections and components evolved, so didthe Ripley.The all new Ripley continues that trend. It’s been given the modern longer, slacker, steeper treatment, with an all new chassis that’s bothlighter, stiffer, and more progressive. Like the original, it retains 120mm of rear travel, paired with a 130mm front fork, and fast rolling29” wheels.The “from the ground up” redesign is the culmination of everything we’ve learned from 38 years of mountain bike development. This newRipley has a one degree slacker headtube angle (now 66.5º), a three degree steeper seat tube angle (now 76º), and a reach that’s beenextended by ~45mm across all sizes (475mm on a size large).We also shaved half a pound off the frame, shortened the chainstays by 12mm, increased stiffness, and made the suspension moreprogressive while maintaining the incredible pedaling characteristics Despite all these changes, the Ripley remains the same snappy,flickable, playful, fast, lightweight, and versatile trail bike it’s always been.In the process of developing the new Ripley, we shed the double eccentric design. While that design was revolutionary, it took upsubstantial room in the seat tube. And after giving many riders (M-XL) their first taste of 170mm + droppers on the Ripmo, we knew wecouldn’t go back to a shorter dropper.Because the new Ripley can accommodate a long dropper and has ultra low standover, you can size your frame based on reach. We stilluse the standard “small, medium, large...” naming structure because it’s easy to understand, but the size of your seat tube is no longera limiting factor.Moving from the double eccentric to a Ripmo style chassis also came with significant weight savings. One big factor is our uniquecombination of bearings and bushings. Bearings don’t last long in areas with high loads and minimal rotation, like our lower link orclevis. We’ve used hermetically sealed IGUS bushings in these locations, which extends our maintenance intervals, increases stiffness,and helps ensure we have some of the lightest frames on the market. The Ripmo has been trouble free, so the Ripley will share thelifetime warranty we offer on our suspension bushings.If you love the Ripmo but want something lighter, faster and more nimble than an Enduro World Series capable mountain bike, the Ripleyis it. With its combination of modern geometry, progressive suspension, light weight, and 2.6” tire clearance, the Ripley is our ultimatetrail bike
ALL NEW CHASSIS
The new Ripley retains the 130mm of front travel and 120mm of ultra efficient dw-link rear travel as the original, but has been given a fresh dose of the longer, slacker and steeper treatment.
This Mini'Mo has been slackened out by one degree, to 66.5º. The seat tube has moved forward by three degrees, to 76º, which has pushed the reach out by ~45mm across all four sizes (S, M, L, & XL). We've also lopped 12mm from the chainstays, bringing them to a manual-happy 432mm. To go with its shreddy new style, the Ripley also receives more progressive suspension kinematics.
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