Ibis Interbike 2013: Ibis Ripley In-Depth Look

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Scot Nicol and engineer Colin Hughes give us some insight on the Ibis Ripley 29er and its unique feature, the dual-eccentric dw-link, that provides the suspension action for the bike.

The dw-link Ripley features 120mm of rear travel, internal cable routing for the derailleur and dropper post, swingarm mounted front derailleur, Enduro Max “full complement” bearings with full grease seal, Fox Float 32 fork with 51mm of offset, is approved for 120-140mm front forks and retails for $2899.99 (frameset).

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Ibis Ripley

Our goal was to bring the advantages of a 29” wheel to a lightweight, nimble and fun trailbike. We think 120 mm of travel is the sweet spot for a snappy bike that isn’t cumbersome or heavy. We also wanted the Ripley to be configurable for a wide range of terrain and riding styles, so we made it compatible with 120–140 mm travel forks. We asked Dave Weagle (Mr. dw-link) to give the Ripley pedaling efficiency, XC-like acceleration and optimization for 29er specific gearing in addition to the usual dw-attributes such as excellent small bump compliance, predictable travel through the range with no wallowing or harsh bottom out. This version of the dw-link, like the ones he’s done for us in the past, delivers on the promise.

Ibis Ripley

Ibis Ripley Specs:

  • 120mm rear wheel dw-link travel
  • 5.0 Pound frame with X Fusion Microlite Shock, 5.2 lbs with Fox RP23 CTD
  • Approved for 120-140mm forks, 32 or 34 stanchion, 51mm rake is STRONGLY recommended
  • Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
  • Internal TT cable routing with molded carbon cable stops
  • Shock Specs: Fox Float CTD Adjust Factory Series with Kashima Coat 184mm x 44mm with .4 volume spacer
  • Provision for cable-actuated adjustable seat posts
  • BB92/Press GXP style integrated BB
  • 142mm Maxle rear axle
  • 160mm carbon fiber post mount rear brake mounts
  • High direct mount front derailleur mounts directly on swingarm
  • Headset: IS ZS44/28.6 | EC49/40
  • BB height w/ 2.1" tires: 325mm (12.8")
  • Geometry measured with 520.8mm axle to crown fork

Ibis Ripley

The heart of the Ripley is its dual-eccentric dw-link suspension. Instead of using external linkages like we do on our longer travel bikes, we were able to construct the Ripley with two small eccentrics, hidden inside the seat tube, which act as the suspension linkages.


  • Ken Arnett says:

    Can’t wait for the eccentrics to trickle down to the dedicated 650b model (hopefully with a slightly lower BB- too).

  • Flyer says:

    Would have to disagree with you, I have ridden with a 140mm fork since May but have suffered from clearance issues with the seat tube which takes away from its ability to be anything other than a light trail bike. I have had mine checked by fox mechanics and by other techs tried multiple different tyres on it but cant get the clearance I need for the bigger hits.

    • Baptiste says:

      I agree with Flyer. Rear tire clearance is XC width too narrow and a bad mistake for them. Really too bad because the suspension is really good.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Been riding with a set of the WTB Vigilante 2.3, and although they did rub when new if the pressure was kept to high on the right side seatstay. I only hit the seattube on rare occasions (It also depends on your weight, psi in the shock and whether you huck or hit big G-Outs). I don’t really huck that much, and instead spend most of my time on gnarly rock gardens and technical terrain. I do wish they did make more room for monster tires. I started out with a set of Maxxis Minion DHF, which are wide but not as tall.

  • Ted says:

    I own small Ripley with a 140mm fork/X Fusion shock. I have an Ignitor 2.1 on the rear and a 2.2 Honey Badger on the front, run tubless of course and am VERY happy with the performance of the bike .I ride it really hard, probably too hard, I ride it like my over 6″ travel El Guapo. It handles my overly aggressive riding very well . It weighs in at 26.5 lbs. with the Lev seatpost and 2013 XT clipless . It would not do well with me with a 120mm fork at all !!

  • Ted says:

    Oh ya guys to add , I went with Pacenti rims , way better than the Stans they are specd. with. 3 months of abuse and have not had to thru them yet

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