Ibis Ripley 29er Now Available

29er All Mountain Trail

Check out our gallery of photos of the production version of the Ripley.

Update September 6, 2011:Video of eccentric pivots in action has been added.

Here is a great video that explains how the eccentric pivots work.

The Ibis 29er has finally been announced. It is the Ripley 29er and it is a full suspension design that features 120 mm of DW-Link travel.  Ibis has been working on this design for the last three years and has had to invent and re-invent several things in the process. Rather than simply coming out with 29er version of the Mojo or the Tranny, Ibis went long and came out with a completely new design. They felt that the 29er market was getting increasingly crowded and they wanted to come out with a special 29er, worthy of the Ibis brand.

One of the design objectives was low weight and that drove key parts of this project. They wanted to make it lightweight and efficient so they pursued a design that was simpler, lighter and took full advantage of leading-edge technologies. The heart of the system is the eccentric pivots that replace the Lopes Links found in the Mojo designs. These pivots use Norglide bearings (look like plastic fiber) and they enable free, correct movement of the rear suspension arm. They save 130 grams compared to the Lopes Links.

We are intrigued and excited to hear about this latest creation from Hans Heim and the Ibis team. We’ll learn a lot more as we get to see and ride this bad boy in the hills of Santa Cruz, CA.

We’re still looking for the hardtail 29er Tranny though 🙂

A couple key stats:
Head Angle: 70 degrees w/ 120mm fork and 68.5 with 140mm
Chainstay Length: 17.5 inches
Bottom bracket height (w/ 2.1″ tires): 12.8″ w/ 120mm fork and 13.25″ with 140mm

Ripley 29 Features:

  • 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
  • Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
  • Internal TT cable routing with molded carbon cable stops
  • Shock Specs: 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

For more info: https://www.ibiscycles.com/bikes/ripley_29er/


About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • jp says:

    OH MY GOSH!!!!

  • whambat says:

    Finally dropped the look based design for something a little more functional! A real water bottle mount! Yet, it still looks sweet.

  • Francis says:

    Will this new suspension design make it to the 26er line?

  • Francis says:

    Video has been added. Cool animation!

  • Trail Monkey says:

    Given the weight savings I can see the suspension design going to other models in the IBIS line up…

  • Ken says:

    Now we just need Ripley in a 650b wheelsize!

  • bryan says:

    Last of the good brands, last of the mohicans? The last I saw there were a lot of really good bikes out there from many many different brands. Cyclists are full of a lot of things I guess, the least of them opinions 😉

  • MK says:

    Now that 650B is all the “rage” Ibis is finally releasing a 29er. Hope they didn’t miss the boat.

  • Jon says:

    A gushing article about a bike that has been in development for six years and was released today…is it on any bike shop sales floors yet? And no one other than the Ibis staff and testers (and some random Manhattan commuters) have even seen the thing in person, let alone taken it for a ride. And it’s priced at the high end of the price range for this class of bikes. Should we be blown over by this news?

  • Bassman says:

    Lovely pics as ever captain K.
    Your model looks a bit shifty in the first pic 😉

  • James S says:

    Francis, dude, you’ve been hanging out in Silicon Valley way too long. Please do not say things like “Ibis is a revered brand in the mountain biking space”. I’m begging you to stop the madness before it spreads any further. If I wanted to hear people talk like that I could go back to corporate cubicle land…

    About the bike – yawn. I’m sure it’s a nice bike, but it is too expensive and not much different than a bunch of other bikes out there these days.

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>Francis, dude, you’ve been hanging out in Silicon Valley way too long. Please do not say things like “Ibis is a revered brand in the mountain biking space”.

    🙂 What’s up James? They’re not revered in the East Coast? I’ve talked to a lot of folks and Ibis seems to have a very loyal customer base. I’m not an owner myself but some of these loyalists won’t even try the new wheel sizes because that would mean buying outside the brand.

  • SayWhat? says:

    Sounds like trade offs were made to make just another trail bike. Let me do the math, expensive – heavy – consessions on gearing and required fork. they nailed it.

  • Clayton says:

    I used to wrench for the Yeti race team back in the day. John Parker sold Yeti to Schwinn. He called me into his office and asked me to not buy another Schwinn/Yeti. He told me to buy and support IBIS. I am in the market for a new bike, and it will be a Ripley. …..As soon as I can figure out how to afford it. Maybe a Yeti….Nah, Ripley.

  • wes says:

    we are pre-selling them now. If you want pricing on a Ripley frame or complete bike get up with me 801-736-6396 x 4074

  • Dave says:

    Whats with the hipster in NYC pictures? Mountain biking will never be about being hipster. You got fixies, stay off mountain bikes!

  • The Hub Bicycles JH,WY says:

    We have a 19″ black/green in stock! One of the very few in the retailsphere . If your in Jackson Hole come by the shop and check it out because it’s absolutely beautiful. We’ll have a couple of demos when the snow melts! Ibis did a great job on this one!

  • BikeIntel says:

    It’s actually NOT available…anywhere.

  • The Hub Bicycles JH,WY says:

    It’s actually sitting in our bike shop right now! We’re going to use this first one as a demo and we’ll have a couple more by the end of the month. Take a look at your photos on Facebook. The Ripley looks amazing!

  • SayWhat? says:

    Looks like the cockpit grows as the rear suspension compresses, no thanks.

  • Ted says:

    Ordered my ripley ,small frame,black with an xo kit and lev seatpost.Hopefully get it in July. My first 29er, and am impatiently waiting !!

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