Ibis DV9 carbon hardtail ready to race — or shred

New frame boasts carbon performance with near-aluminum price tag

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Ibis DV9

Race on Saturday, shred on Sunday: That’s the mantra of the new Ibis DV9.

After hitting a proverbial home run with its Ripmo enduro slayer early this year, Ibis has unveiled its new DV9 carbon hardtail. The Ibis DV9 is a split-personality rig that’s billed as being equally comfortable racing full-tilt XC or getting drifty on techy singletrack.

Ibis DV9

Tire clearance for the Ibis DV9 is up to 2.6.

Key metrics of the Ibis DV9 include 29er wheels, clearance for up to 2.6 tires, and front travel of 100mm or 120mm. Headtube angle is 68.5-degrees with the shorter travel fork, or 67.4 is you opt for a little more squish. You can see all the bike’s geo numbers in the chart below. Click the image to enlarge.

Ibis DV9 Geo Chart

The other primary talking point is price. Frame only sells for $999, while complete bikes start at $2199. Here’s a rundown of key features and build specs. Again, click the image to enlarge.

Ibis DV9 Details
Ibis DV9 Build Kits

The story behind the Ibis DV9 is worth repeating as well. The bike was inspired by high school XC racer, Lili Heim, daughter of Ibis co-owner and CEO Hans Heim. His aim was to build a bike that was versatile enough for her to race and shred, but affordable enough that she could pay for it with her summer job.

Ibis DV9

Father and daughter with an Ibis DV9 prototype.

Indeed, you can line up for race day with a 100mm Fox Step-Cast fork with remote lockout and 2.25 tires. Or opt for a more playful set-up with a 120mm Fox Rhythm 34 and 2.6 tires. And in case you’re wondering, the DV stands for development, as Ibis believes this is a bike you can grow with.

Ibis DV9

The frame comes in two colors, Bone White/Teal above or Black/Orange below.


Other features include boost hub spacing, 31.6 seatpost compatibility, post mount rear brake with max rotor size of 203mm, 439mm chainstays, threaded BB, and max chainring of 34t. There are four available frame sizes, two colors (Bone White/Teal, and Black/Orange), claimed frame weight size medium in 1204g, and the Ibis DV9 frame comes with a 7-year warranty.

Ibis DV9

The Ibis DV9 in its happy place — trailside.

To learn more, check out the expansive image gallery below and head over to www.ibiscycles.com.


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  • Geoff says:

    Nice addition to the Ibis lineup! Would be great to see an XS size as well. Especially considering the original intent was to be affordable to NICA racers. Lots of NICA girls out there in the 5′-5’4 range that could use access to an XS.

    • Hans Heim says:

      Roxy (our designer) is 5’0″ and rides the size small with a pretty good fit so we are comfortable recommending it down to about 5′.

  • Ricard Hagar says:

    Student job 8 x 40 hrs/wk @ $10 / hr.
    Buying base model .. Not much left for food !

  • RobertW says:

    I like the geo and the tire clearance. I don’t like the lack of front derailleur mount. Sad.

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