Ibis has just announced the launch of its new carbon hardtail, the DV9. Following the current trend for XC-but-slacker (which Ibis is calling Downcountry), this new bike will be offered in two build options to suit the racers and the trail riders.
Ibis co-owner Hans Heim has done what any mountain biking parent would love to do, and designed this bike with his daughter, Lili, in mind. She’s a keen high school XC racer (one of the many other high school riders encouraged into the sport by NICA) and wanted a bike that would be both fun and race-ready, but with the bonus of being affordable enough to be paid for by a summer job.
This is no kids’ bike though. With 29in wheels, a choice of 100 or 120mm fork travel, 2.6in tyre clearance, and dropper compatibility, this is designed to live up to its name: DV stands for development, and Ibis says this is a bike you can grow with.
Complete bikes will come with two options: a 100mm or 120mm fork. In the 100mm guise you’ll get a 68.5° head angle, and with the longer fork you get a 67.4° angle. Chainstays are 439mm, and hub spacing is 148mm rear, 110mm front.
The claimed frame weight is 1,204g, and in the US a frame will set you back $999 – so it had better be a pretty good summer job. U.S customers will also be able to buy various build options ranging from an SRAM NX model costing $2,199, an SRAM GX version and a $7,499 SRAM XX1 option.
Here in the UK the price of a DV9 frame is set at £1,199, and there will only be an SRAM GX build available starting from £3,199 with 120mm Fox 34 Rhythm for or £3,599 if you opt for a 100mm travel Fox Factory 32 Fit 4 up front.
UK builds will come with Shimano brakes and 2.6in Nobby Nic tyres. Bikes will be available very soon, check out UK Distributor 2Pure for full availability and dealers.
We’re off to investigate summer job options in the USA…