Ibis Launches TWO New Ripley 29ers

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Ibis Cycles today announced the sequel to its very popular 29er full suspension bike, the Ripley.

Fun Singletrack Fact: The Ripley is named after Robert Ripley (and his ‘Believe it or not!’ show) who is buried in Scot Nicol’s home town of Santa Rosa, California.

The new Ripley has been in development since, well since the old Ripley came out two years ago and it reflects several changes/evolutions that have happened to bikes since 2015.

The new Ripley in Tang. Click to make biggerer

For a start, there are going to be not one, but two Ripleys. The Ripley and the Ripley LS (which stands for Long and Slack) which Ibis claims “is for all the N-1 headtube angle folk out there” – this adds 0.5in to the top tube length and slackens the head angle by 1.7° while steepening the seat tube a little (geometry chart at the bottom of the page).

Changes that apply to both models include:

Internal cable routing using Ibis’ port system, found on the HD3
Increased tyre clearance
Threaded bottom bracket, rather than the press-fit of the original models
Seat mast lowered by 1/2in to accommodate today’s longer droppers
Choice of Boost 148 (starting in November ’15) or 142mm x 12mm Shimano through axle (now)
Stiffer eccentric cores
A move from the current Cane Creek shock to a Fox Float DPS EVOL rear shock
New rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection (this retrofits to the original Ripley too)
New colours (that Ibis is calling them “Tang” and “Black”)

The first of the new Ripleys will arrive at Ibis in early July and at importers 2Pure hopefully not long after that. The new Ripley comes in medium and large.
The Ripley LS, that we imagine will be the hot tomato in the range will ship in size XL first and then in Medium and Large around early September in the UK. These will all be 142 rear end models. The Boost 148 won’t appear until much later in the autumn.

And in black too

Retail price will the same as the current Ripley at £2649 and available through 2Pure dealers. Full bikes will come in Special Blend, XT 1x and XT 1x Werx builds. Pricing of those isn’t set yet.

For more info, have a look at the Ibis page: www.ibiscycles.com/bikes/ripley_29/

Here’s a gallery of close-ups from Matt ‘Instagram filter all the time’ Wragg

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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