Update March 18, 2013: Ibis Ripley 29er Now Available!
Ibis does did not have a 29er bike… until today. Today marks the day when the last of the Mohicans, the last of the good brands finally sells a 29er bike. Ibis is a revered brand in the mountain biking space and a lot of its loyal customers have been left with difficult choices when it comes to buying a 29er bike over the last couple of years.
Given that 47% of Mtbr readers are buying a 29er for their next bike, this is indeed a great development for Ibis. They didn’t want to rush to the market and offer mediocre product in this wheel size. They wanted to offer something special, something that elevates their brand with a bike that has true competitive advantages. But given the nature engineering and production, things do go wrong and this bike took six years to develop.
We have not seen the bike yet but we are quite sure that this bike will be beautiful and it will work. Ibis rides the same trails as Mtbr does and they wanted to create a bike that was quick, capable and agile. But there is such a thing as ‘time to market’ in the full suspension bike arena so quite a bit of the demand for this bike has moved on to entries like the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC, Specialized Enduro 29er. 25% of mtbr users are now planning on buying 650b for their next bike as well as indicated on our most recent poll here.
But chalk this up as a win for the good guys. Ibis is run by a crew of good dudes and we are sure they are happy to push this baby out and deliver it to the hands of their eager customers.
The new versatile and lightweight Ibis Ripley 29er is now available for $2899.99. It is compatible with 120-140mm travel forks and features Dave Weagle’s dual-eccentric dw-link suspension that is hidden inside the seat tube and acts as the suspension linkages. It is more lightweight than the external linkage systems and also gives the bike a cleaner look. It allows the bike to be built with shorter chainstays and provides more room around the rear tire and front derailleur areas.
Check out Bike Magazine’s “Blueprint” R&D Story of the Ibis Ripley 29er
Check out the hot discussion on Mtbr’s forum here: http://forums.mtbr.com/ibis/ripley-believe-not-its-here-844440.html