There’s a new Ibis Ripley in town. Based on the impressive, carbon (and expensive) 29in wheeled Ripley frame, the Ripley AF offers the same 130mm DW-Link suspension, similar geometry (more on that in a mo’), but in a more affordable package. UK complete bikes will start at £3399 for a Deore spec Ripley AF, with the (available earlier) SRAM GX/NX spec coming in at £3499
Having been ‘carbon only’ for most of the 21st century, Ibis surprised everyone by launching the Ripmo AF in late 2019 but what it adds in weight (as our Ross likes to say ‘about a wet shoe’) it makes up for in money saving and the perceived extra reliability of carbon, especially for heavier or clumsier riders. (All action pics by Lear Miller by the way)
Ripley AF Geometry
We said ‘similar geometry’ but the new Ripley AF tweaks the head tube to a further degree slacker, down to 65.5°, perhaps in line with how Ibis sees this new potential customer. Let’s take a look at the figures:
The Ripley AF offers 120mm rear travel, with a matching 130mm fork. Reach on a medium is 450mm, though the frame is low-slung enough that sizing up won’t be an issue for most and will give you 25mm more reach. The seat tube is a steep-ish 76° and there are four sizes, from S to XL (14in to 19in seat tubes for those watching in black and white). There’s Boost spacing, a threaded BB and ISCG mounts and room for 2.6in tyres and 203mm rotors. Oh, and room for a bottle in the frame on all sizes. Will come in Pond Scum Green and Monolith Silver.
Frame weight is a claimed 7.45lbs with shock. Complete builds start at 30.5lbs/13kg.
Just as on the Ripley frame, the upper link runs on bearings, while the lower DW link runs on Igus bushings, as they don’t rotate a great deal, so there’s no need for bearings here. The bushings are guaranteed for the life of the frame.
We’re just going to lift the whole quote here: “Our 15 years of collaboration with Dave Weagle has yielded unparalleled climbing efficiency and tractability. Incredible snap and responsiveness. And a whole mess of plush, chunder-eating, downhill-crushing goodness. All wrapped up together in the best suspension you’ll find anywhere. It’s that good.”
Chunder-eating – now you know.
Of course, there’s a natty launch video to go with it (mmm, dust!) featuring US motorbike trials hero, Pat Smage. He shows that the bike
The bike is probably shipping from Ibis as you read this, but with the, you know, global thing, it might be a few weeks before we see them in the UK. Looking forward to it when we do though. They’ll be available from: Ibis Cycles UK
Need some more gratuitous riding shots? OK then!
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