The Ripley 29er is one of the youngest models in the Ibis line of full-carbon trail bikes, yet it has already earned a refresh to better match the desires of Ibis customers. The geometry of the standard model remains the same, but a second longer and slacker version, the Ripley LS, has been added with a longer front center and a slacker head tube angle, now at 67.5 degrees.
Both models receive an entirely new frame and swingarm, yet retain the dw-link suspension layout with tiny, internal linkages. Those eccentric linkages get an update in the new bike though, with some design tweaks that increased the torque spec on the shaft bolts. Along with a more robust carbon structure, Ibis says the new frame is 12 percent stiffer at the bottom bracket.
The cable routing has adopted the internal port system found on the Tranny 29 and the Mojo HD3, offering a selection of inserts for a clean look no matter what combination of drivetrain, brakes and dropper post you’re using. It also uses the new Shimano sideswing front derailleur cable routing, if you prefer to stick to two chainrings. The frame also features more tire clearance—something not surprising given Ibis is pushing the limits with its 40mm wide 941 rims.
Suspension is handled by new 2016 Fox Float products, including the new Float DPS shock with two internal pistons and both Ripley models will ship with a 130mm Float 34 FIT4 fork with the all new damper design.
The frame retains the 142×12 thru axle with Shimano threads, but the axle itself is a lighter and simpler bolt-on version. A quick release version will also be available. At the end of the year Ibis says it will start offering a second swingarm option with the 148mm Boost spacing, as well as complete wheel builds featuring its own carbon rims.
While many malign the new hub standard, Ibis is listening when it comes to bottom brackets. The new Ripleys will use a traditional 73mm threaded bottom bracket.
The standard Ripley should be available in early June with the new Ripley LS going on sale in early August. Both are $2,900 with the Fox DPS shock and available in “Tang” and black.