Product DescriptionIn 2005, when Ibis' modern Mojo first touched dirt, its pedigree wasn't what caused a stir in an industry dominated by beer-can frames. An organic shape, progressive material choice, and extensive development -- which undoubtedly pointed to the future -- caused a period of high consumer demand...
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Date Reviewed: January 10, 2015
Strengths: Versatile, great climber, fast and confident downhill, handles tight switchbacks better than any other 29er.
Weaknesses: Only weakness is press fit bottom bracket makes some noise when under stress of steep climb.
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2014
Strengths: The Ripley is stable on descents, fast in the corners and a great climber.
Weaknesses: No weaknesses noted to date. I have not had any issues with creaking or other noises as others have mentioned.
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2014
Strengths: I wanted to add something to the conversation without too much repeatable information but I think I really agree strongly with the MTBR review and awards given this past year - the Ripley is the best climbing bike I've ever ridden, hands down, ever. For every rider steep, technical, and tight switch backs are a place where most of us would like to improve - rarely does equipment alone allow for this (at least in this instance), enter this chassis - I'm cleaning technical ascents that I haven't in the past. It has so much intelligent traction, that I'm still surprised by myself and my bike in those "not sure I'm gonna make this" moments, the Ripley is a delight when the trail goes UP.
Ibis knows about bike handling and it's why they insist on 51mm offset forks for the Ripley. This coupled with a relatively short wheel base and chain stays let the bike feel more like a 26" and less like most full suspension 29" bikes. There is a very intuitive way that the bike handles in most normal trail conditions. It corners very well, and while I do notice some frame flex off the bike, it's not something that I feel while cornering.
Small things like the finish on the blue version is top notch. I've run it through some less than desirable situations, and it's caught a small tree while on my friends car (doh!), I've even recently seen what another riders foot print looks like on the top tube, (so sad!) all of these run ins and the paint has remained smoothly in place after just a little buffing. It's clear that quality control is high at the Ibis factory.
Weaknesses: I have to simply echo other reviews: undesirable cable routing and noise, although this is a very small grip, I don't believe the semi-internal routing to be of any benefit. I think we'll likely see this go away in the following generations of Ibis 29ers.
The bike is loud. Part of this is the fact that it's carbon, and to be fair, carbon bikes tend to act as speakers. I've owned other carbon mountain bikes, none of which talked to me quite as much as the Ripley does. I've had improvements by cleaning frame hardware and checking BB and drive train components. It still talks a bit. Ibis has done a good job by providing small but effective running changes to frame hard ware. I have all of those updates and still work to keep the bike silent. Like many, I would prefer a traditional BB although I'm unaware at any long term disadvantages of the Shimano press fit standard.
The Fox product that was bolted to this frame is the Achilles heal for many, and I believe it to be the reason for many a red mark in some of the more professional reviews. After only a few rides I opted to have an after market damper system installed (PUSH) and it made the world of difference. Instead of a overly harsh and unpredictable feel in rough terrain I had a chassis that was much plusher, more predictable, and showed improvements downhill as well as in a climb. A bummer for a $3000 frame set.
Bike Setup: Sid 120 51mm offset, Fox CTD Shock - PUSH tuned
Date Reviewed: January 9, 2014
Strengths: Nimble, light, fast, fun 29er. This is a fully valid option for XC racing, but could also do endurance XC races, general trail riding, or Enduros depending on setup. Very versatile. The suspension design is very elegant, stiff, and works great. Ibis is the best company in the industry, incredibly responsive to their customers and will take care of you if anything goes wrong.
In terms of the ride, this is a very snappy and responsive frame. The angles and suspension feel make it really rail corners. DW link gives hardtail-like responsiveness to pedal inputs, but still does a great job of soaking up bumps. Definitely not an AM bike, but very capable on moderate jumps and drops. All in all, I love this bike.
Weaknesses: There are no weaknesses to report in terms of ride quality-this thing is a blast. There are a few issues around frame setup though. Cable routing could be better; read der. and brake route right over the shock, which means they bow and move when the shock cycles. I'd prefer routing down the DT and then onto the rear swing arm. Internal routing of shifter cables are also more of a hassle than a benefit. There are definitely some issues with cable slap and noise, and the "work arounds" from Ibis (zip ties inside the frame, fork protector) are not very elegant. Some provision for internal dropper routing would be nice, though the eccentric pivots in the seat tube preclude this to some degree. I don't love press fit BBs on mountain bikes.
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2013
Strengths: light, nimble, agile, yet confidence inspiring on more demanding terrain.
Weaknesses: in terms of ride, nothing I found. The cable routing into the head tube has worn through the cable outer, long term steerer tube issues? Don't know. Paint durability? - saw some chipping after a crank came loose. E13 / BB coming loose? Would like to see internally routed Reverb option. Picky, but it's very expensive and I would want that option on a modern AT bike.
I was very lucky to spend four days riding this bike whilst my Tallboy was in for bush / bearing work (nearly a yearly thing for me) and I rode it on steep tight and technical trail as well as some fast rocky downhills. On the techy steep climbs I had no problems whatsoever. I had thought, simply from seeing a 140 fork up front, that the front would be too high and vague, but not so. The rear was plush enough to handle the numerous roots, yet never felt like it was bobbing away my power.
Truth be told I left the shock / fork wide open all the time and it felt just fine like that!
It actually felt a tiny bit better up the climbs than the Tallboy (original 100mm version with 120mm forks) which was a surprise. Downhill was lovely, front end went just where I wanted it, no oversteer or sluggishness, but with 120 and 140mm of travel to handle the rocks and drops. It made everything just so much more easy and relaxed, it's way better than I can ride.
In sum up, it felt like a much more capable Tallboy - climbs a bit better, descends better, yet still has that Tallboy'ish nimbleness and agility. It's not steam roller for just smashing through stuff.
The cable routing is a wee glitch (really don't like the holes in the head tube idea) and for this money I'd want hidden Reverb routing.
I've not ridden a SC TLC yet, but for my sort of riding i.e. fairly fast xc on quite challenging terrain (big rocky mountains and rocky tight woodsy trails) I wouldn't hesitate to jump ship from Santa Cruz to Ibis - and I've ridden Santa Cruz since the first cantilever Superlight.
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2013
Strengths: Very quick and nimble took chunks off certain KOM's
Weaknesses: The tolerances for the frame are too tight. Noisy cables/frame.
Had a terrible creak from the suspension I sorted it after a couple hours of troubleshooting but the ongoing clicks from the cable routing I could not sort even after following all advice.
If you can sort the above and run a tyre that does not rub then it is an amazing bike. It is incredibly nimble through singletrack, falls down a bit on stability when you are hitting bigger stuff, its a trail bike not for anything more than this. For me I have to rate it as I found it for my purposes.
Price Paid: $2800.00
Similar Products Used: Yeti SB95, SC Tallboy, Specialized Enduro 29
Bike Setup: 1X10, Fox 34 140mm, standard shock, carbon wheels
Date Reviewed: October 3, 2013
Strengths: Everything. Great climbing and loves to go downhill FAST. Love the shorter wheelbase because it doesn't feel like a tank. Great fun through windy curvy sections.
Only weighs 26.5 with KS Lev.
Weaknesses: Had some paint issues and sent pictures to Ibis. Within 15 minutes I had a call saying they would warranty the frame. Awesome company!!
bike climbs and the stability on the downhill. Inspires confidence. I'm climbing things I've never been able to and riding through rock gardens like never before.
I ride 4-5 times a week and am always being stopped by others wanting to look at the bike. It's pretty.
Duration Product Used: 10 weeks
Purchased At: Fat Tire Cycles, Alb
Bike Setup: XT components and Industry Nine wheels and hubs, KS Lev dropper.
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2013
Strengths: Speed both up and down, Tackles technical trail with ease, pedals like a hard tails, Frame stiffness is fantastic and the bike is truley chuckable.
Weaknesses: Cable routing through the headtube, this causes cable rub and will distroy your steerer tube. Can't believe that Ibis dropped the ball on this one? Currently waiting for my "stop gap" from Ibis, a stainless clip to protect the steerer tube?
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2013
Strengths: Climbs exceptionally well, yet plush enough on bumps/descents to instill confidence. Great XC/trail balanced suspension, nimble, agile and truly a work of art. Love the dw-link rear suspension - zero pedal bob.
Weaknesses: Stock seatpost, stem and grips could be better (lighter) for a bike of this caliber. I find the handlebars to be unconscionably wide, unless you have the shoulder span of Dwight Howard. All can be easily upgraded however.
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2013
Strengths: Climbing, suspension design, weight, efficiency, fun factor.
Weaknesses: Stock tires (horrible) grips, stem and seat post at this price point.
Duration Product Used: 5 weeks
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Tallboy C and Tallboy LTC, Pivot 429 C, various Specialized 29ers.
Bike Setup: Xt with 34 140 Fox float
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2013
Strengths: As they meant it to be very nimble, fast and fun
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2013
Strengths: Light: my medium weighs in at 5.5 lbs on my feedback sports hanging scale. Fast. Quick and nimble. Very stiff. Dw-link with eccentrics works well for excellent pedal efficiency, good small and medium bump compliance. Fox CTD shock is nice but the DW-Link works fine with the Fox shock Open in the Descent Mode while still having pedaling dynamics and active suspension over the rough stuff. The frame looks much better in person than the pictures online. Dailed in geometry for quick and stable handling. Internal Cable Routing gives a cleaner look. Stiff rear end with 12 x 142 thru axle. Easier front derailleur set up with direct mount.
Weaknesses: Expensive frame. The Ibis Ripley needs more color options besides the blue frame and matte black/green frame. I have the matte black/green. Front derailleur cable housing rub issues on the seat tube and clevis. Difficulty cleaning around the DW-Link, eccentrics, and pivots. Long wait time from pre-odering to delivery. Not the most plush ride. Im not really a fan of the Pressfit 92 bottom bracket, i like the easier installation and maintenance of a threaded outboard bearing bottom bracket. Frame can use an in molded under belly protection for the down tube.
Don't Think, just buy it.
Duration Product Used: 1 week
Price Paid: $2899.00
Purchased At: Competitive Cyclist
Similar Products Used: Current whips: Lynskey Ridgeline Ti Hardtail 29er, Pivot MAch 5.7 Carbon - Converted to 27.5 (650b) Wheels.
Older whips: Specialized Epic, Gary Fisher Sugar 1, GT IDXC I-Drive, Turner Flux, Titus Racer X. Titus X, Pivot MAch 4
Bike Setup: Mavic Crossmax ST 29er Wheelset. Formula R1 Disc Brakes. Shimano XT crankset, shifters, cassette 11-36, front and rear derailleur. Crankbrother Candy SL Pedals. Cane Creek 110 Headset. FSA Afterburn 80mm stem. Syntace Vector Handlebar. Thomson Elite Seatpost. WTB Laser V Ti Saddle. Rock Shox SID RCT 29er Fork 120mm. Specialized Captain 2Bliss Tires. Ergon G1 lock on Grips.
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2013
Strengths: outstanding all around bike. light enough for XC race use but huge advantage over short travel bikes/HT on rough descents or endurance events.
bike will accomodate two large water bottles (must flip fox shock around 180').
short head-tube to keep bars low.
smooth, no creaking DW-link suspension.
good tire clearence with schwalbe 2.2 tires.
Weaknesses: stock fox rear shock does not lock-out completely (only an issue for riding on pavement).
cable rub near seat tube.
internal cable routing into head tube will be problematic for getting in a bike box and more work to replace cable/housing.
limited space in frame for bikepacking gear (not an issue for 99% of users).
availability of frame.
complexity of moving parts, may be difficult to clean.
fit between seatpost and frame could benefit from less slop.
I have previously raced a 140mm travel Mojo SL. The SL has a bit more of a plush feel, but the Ripley is quantitatively faster- period. The 29" wheels do allow you to carry more speed over boulders, bad lines, sand or chop. qualitatively I don't notice more effort to get the wheels rolling.
Frame is expensive, but if it lasts 4 years like my Mojo did, it will be well worth it. I hope the eccentric bearings are low maintenance and will give an update. For the suspension design, travel and weight I don't know what else comes close.
Duration Product Used: 3 weeks
Purchased At: CalCoast
Similar Products Used: Ibis Mojo SL
Bike Setup: large black/green 5.46 lbs.
rock shox 120mm 51m offset
xtr gruppo with triple chainrings
stans crest wheels
rocket ron 2.2 F and R
23.5 lbs with eggbeater 11.
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