Eurobike: Ibis doesn’t debut 2015 long-travel enduro bike

Instead shows versatile Tranny with Gates belt-drive

27.5 29er All Mountain Trail Enduro Eurobike

Eurobike Mtbr

bis Tranny with belt-drive

The Tranny looks absouletely bitchin’ configured as a belt-driven single-speed with the new ENVE rigid carbon Mountain Fork.

We don’t often write stories about what didn’t happen, but that’s pretty much what’s newsworthy about Ibis’ appearance at Eurobike. Well, that and some marketing copy that involves a dominatrix, but we’ll let you figure that part out.

No, what Ibis didn’t do is divulge any details on the bike we don’t know is coming. It definitely won’t be the long-travel 27.5-inch dual-suspension bike we’ve seen under Anne-Caroline Chausson at Enduro World Series Races. It also won’t be slacker, longer and lower than the IBIS HDR and it absolutely won’t have more travel, say, in the 150-to-160mm range. That bike doesn’t exist.

Did you see the photos of the Tranny with the Gates belt drive? Now THAT does exist.

Gates belt-drive up close

If you thought the quiet calm of singlespeeding was Zen before, wait til you try it on a belt-driven bike.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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