Video: Robin Wallner rips Santa Cruz on the Ripmo

Enduro World Series racer brings some Swedish style to Santa Cruz

Robin Wallner

Robin Wallner hitting the steeps of Santa Cruz. Trail conditions were prime and grip was amazing but he spent more time airborne than he did glued to the tacky soil. Photo by Niklas Wallner

Santa Cruz is well known for steep flowy trails, tight turns, sweet loam and a huge diversity of trails. Some trails are fast and loose while others are so tacky it’s like they were built of Velcro and interspersed with big drops, gaps and rooty steeps that would make a seasoned DH racer pucker up. What better place for the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team to test the new long travel 29er codenamed the Ripmo? Earlier this winter, the team came together in Santa Cruz, California to visit Ibis HQ, meet new teammates and throw a leg over the new bike.

Robin Wallner

The 29 year old Swede getting acquainted with the new Ibis Ripmo long travel 29er. Photo by Niklas Wallner

It only took a few days of testing for the team came to a unanimous decision. They wanted to race the new bike at the EWS. The results thus far speak volumes. At the season opener, Robin Wallner and Bex Baraona had their best performances to date.

EWS Men's Podium

EWS Chile 2018 Men podium: 1st Sam Hill, 2nd Martin Maes and 3rd Robin Wallner. Photo by Kate Ball

Robin landed his first EWS podium in Chile with a stunning 3rd place finish and carried that momentum into Columbia and finished 6th. The Speedy Swede is currently sitting in 2nd place overall while Bex is holding down 4th overall and the Ibis Team is in first place.

For more fantastic photos by Niklas Wallner follow his Instagram account at @niklaswallnerphoto and for EWS coverage follow Kate Ball on Flickr.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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