Ibis Ripley 29er Full Suspension

4.76/5 (17 Reviews)
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In 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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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kumquat a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2016

Strengths:    Climbing, Handling, Quickness, Nimble, Efficient, Stiff, Sexy, Fun,

Weaknesses:    None, If you want a little more down hill prowess, go with the LS. The OG can get a little sketchy on steep techy terrain.

Bottom Line:   
I've Owned or Tested them all in this Category. I was lucky enough to have the 429SL, Czar, and Ripley in my possession together for 2 weeks. I tasted them back to back to back. The Czar and 429 were hard to choose between but the Ripley was a clear winner for me. Crazy fast and super Fun to ride.

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Similar Products Used:   Tallboy
Tallboy 3

Bike Setup:   X01
NOX Teocalli's
Thomson stem / bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by toddohearn a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2016

Strengths:    Fit and finish of frame, Climbing ability, Incredible value for Special Blend Kit, cornering, traction.

Weaknesses:    Sizing is very small--the cockpit is cramped by any standard. The LS version has corrected some of the small sizing problem but at the cost of a more slack bike that may not suit the average CC rider.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden the Ibis Ripley (original geometry) for one year. This was my first 29er and first carbon bike, two industry progressions that I had steadfastly avoided. It has been nothing short of a revelation. I have ridden DW link Turner bikes since 2009 and the Ibis application of this linkage is as good if not better in terms of traction, climbing, and minimal bob. As anyone who has ridden a Ripley can attest, this bike climbs trail terrain better than anything else on the market. If you are a road biker climbing non trail terrain (i.e. fire roads) you may find a better climber, but not if you are a mountain biker doing mountain biking. Where this bike is a pleasant surprise is on the downs--with the wide carbon 941 wheels (a must option) and 23 psi it does as well as my old Turner 5 spot. For a 29er it really corners like a dream. A not so well kept secret is the wise choice of buying the Special Blend Kit and upgrading the wheels to the 941s--the X-fusion shock and fork are really quite good and better than the old Fox stuff. As for the newer LS version it is my opinion that long, low, and slack better suits a 27.5 bike and that the essence of the Ripley was really captured in the original CC/trail geometry.

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Favorite Trail:   Guadalasca

Duration Product Used:   1

Price Paid:    $4200.00

Bike Setup:   SRAM X-01 1 X 11 drivetrain, XT brakes, KS LEV dropper post, Ibis 941 wheels, Thomson stem and carbon bar, X-fusion shock and fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harlan a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2016

Strengths:    Climbs really well, excellent cornering

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I was really happy with my previous bike and was reluctant to upgrade to a 29er. I got this Ripley with a mix of xt and xtr components and extra wide Ibis 941 wheels. The bike climbs really well about 20% better then my previous bike. However what has blown me away is how this bike handles downhill and around corners - really about a 50% improvemeant - easy. I cannot tell you how much of this is because of the geometry of the Ripley and the carbon fiber larger frame, and how much are the wheels - but it is really incredible. For the first time I feel that I am part of the bike and we are working together while in the past riding was more effort.

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Duration Product Used:   One month

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Competative cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Never tested anything else but researched pivot Mach 4 and Mach 429, Santa Cruz tall boy.

Bike Setup:   Ibis seat post, seat and bar. Mix of xt and xtr drive train. Ibis 941 carbon wheel set with dt Swiss hubs. Specialized ground control tires 2.0 in front and 2.1 in back. Front tires at about 17 psi and rear at about 19 psi

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DJO a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2015

Strengths:    Well balanced
Great suspension - 120mm is perfect for MD/VA/PA trails
Great climber
Light weight
Very fast

Weaknesses:    Creaking from bottom bracket
Rear wheel clearance is an issue. You cannot use anything bigger than a 2.25" tire in the rear, especially if you are using Ibis's wider carbon rims.
Paint is not very durable - scratches easy.
A little pricey

Bottom Line:   
Despite the weakness listed, this bike is the best bike I have owned. You read all of the time that the Ripley is a great climber - what does that mean? Well, the bike is super fast on long, grinding hills and has traction like no other bike when the trail gets super steep. An awesome attribute. The bike is very fast through the switchbacks, the front and rear suspension eats up roots and rocks and helps the bike hold the intended line, another awesome attribute. This bike is nearly as fast as my Carbon Epic (a pure XC machine) and way more fun to ride. This bike is a near perfect blend of XC and AM, a blast to ride in nearly all conditions. The balance is great, no front wheel wander on climbs and easy to toss around in the tight stuff. Probably the most versatile bike on the market

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Favorite Trail:   the next one

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Similar Products Used:   2013 Specialized Stumpjumper
2013 Giant Anthem X
2013 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon
2014 Specialized Camber
2014 Pivot Mach 6
2014 Santa Cruz Tallboy

Bike Setup:   XO1 build with 941 tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave

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.

Bottom Line:   
Cross country race machine that will excel downhill and climb anything where you are willing to stay on the bike and not bail.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JTBAZ a Weekend Warrior

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.

Bottom Line:   
The Ripley is a very versatile trail bike which is capable of effectively handling a wide range of terrain. I was surprised at it's ability to hold its line in tight corners. Also standing out was the bikes snappy feel. Equally impressive is how stable the bike is on steep rocky descents.

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Bike Setup:   Large Ripley, SRAM XX1 Drive train, Industry 9 wheelset, Fox float CTD 120, XTR brakes, Thompson seatpost, Easton stem, Enve bars, WTB saddle. Weight 24.3 lbs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by plume

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.

Bottom Line:   
An almost perfect bike that is only slightly confused in it's place in the growing 29" trail bike market. It's more fun than a traditional XC bike, it's certainly much more capable and adaptable. I would race this bike on short track, XC, endurance, and super d. I believe that with an updated rear shock like the Cane Creek InLine, and a Rock Shox Pike the bike would also be a suitable choice for Enduro courses with some pedaling involved. I'm curious about both of those items and look forward to finding the full personality of the Ibis Ripley with some slightly bigger and better thought out suspension choices. Best climbing bike I've ever ridden, wonderful in the corners, fun and playful handling with some problems with the rear suspension choices and noises that may, or may not be generated from a lot of moving carbon.

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Duration Product Used:   4 months

Bike Setup:   Sid 120 51mm offset, Fox CTD Shock - PUSH tuned

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DrewBird

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.

Bottom Line:   
Don't let my negative comments deter you; these are minor quibbles. This bike is AWESOME where it matters: on the trail. It's just a blast to ride, it will make you faster. I run it with a Fox 120 fork, but I'd imagine it'd be pretty fun with a 140 in a more rowdy, all-mountain way. In my opinion this is the best full-susupension 29er out there right now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cycletherapy

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.

Bottom Line:   
This bike was a demo from Bothy Bikes in Aviemore. It had the 140 Fox up front, fox CTD, 'proper' tyres (for round here) Hans Dampf / Nobby Nic, 2 x 10 XT inc' brakes, fixed seat post, 740 Ibis carbon Riser bars.
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.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Unobtanium a All Mountain Rider

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.

Bottom Line:   
Had mine for about 4 months then sold it on as I could not get over the rear tyre contacting the seat tube when I bottomed out on jumps. Might not be an issue for some people but I began anticipating it and worrying it was going to go through the protection I had put there. Not that it would be the end of the world to have marks on the frame but at that point I did not know if I was going to sell it on. Tried 4 different tyres on it and spoke to Ibis to check what they run but then realised I was letting the frame dictate the size/type of tyre I could run. I like to ride a bike hard and I was using all the travel often so this became a problem for me.
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.

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Duration Product Used:   4.5 months

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Similar Products Used:   Yeti SB95, SC Tallboy, Specialized Enduro 29

Bike Setup:   1X10, Fox 34 140mm, standard shock, carbon wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeri skrondahl a All Mountain Rider

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!!

Bottom Line:   
My first 29er and love the nimble feel to it. Tested others that were heavy and clumsy. Really impressed with the way the
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.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm on!

Duration Product Used:   10 weeks

Purchased At:   Fat Tire Cycles, Alb

Bike Setup:   XT components and Industry Nine wheels and hubs, KS Lev dropper.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Toooms

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?

Bottom Line:   
Once you have your sag sorted the suspension comes to life, the bike rolls, rails and accelerates beautifully. For a 29er the front wheel is easy to loft and the bike flickable, the low bottom bracket makes this bike shine on down hill runs and so far I have had no issues with crank strikes, but you do need to aware! The fun comes naturally when you ride this confidence inspiring machine! Am I dissapointed.......... Not one little bit! So pleased I waited for its release, thank you Ibis.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thebeebs

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.

Bottom Line:   
This is the first mountain bike I have owned, having come off a long tenure of road racing (Pinarello Prince/Dogma) and, earlier in life, BMX racing (GT/Redline/SE Racing -- okay, I'm dating myself). I was in search of a solid trail 29er that allowed me the flexibility to ride aggressively, and after doing a ton of research and demo riding on my friends' bikes, I narrowed my choices down to the SC Tallboy LTc, Yeti SB-95 C, and Ripley. While I'm sure I would have been happy on any of these bikes, I'm very glad I chose the Ripley. I ride about 3-4x a week, primarily in the Santa Monica mountains, on fire roads, single track, and other miscellaneous trails. While I might not be the most experienced reviewer of mountain bikes, I find the geometry and suspension of the Ripley to resonate very well with my body type and riding style. I also went with the Fox 120 fork upon the suggestion of my LBS sales rep, and after reading the Pinkbike review, I'm glad I did. In short, I couldn't be happier with this purchase, and I find myself wanting to buy the iconic Ibis Mojo as well.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by clay a Cross Country Rider

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.

Bottom Line:   
The Ripley is a great bike that performs quite well across many applications. The suspension works flawlessly and coupled with the Fox CTD and Float 140 it is versatile to most terrain conditions. My weekly rides consist of fire roads, technical climbing, and super tight single track, the Ripley tackles all with ease. It is quick and flickable, making you forget that you are on a long travel 29er platform. really happy with the purchase and would highly recommend this bike. I am coming off a hardtail 29er that weighs 22 lbs, so a bit skeptical at first, but have not been on a different bike since.

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Favorite Trail:   plenty

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by m_t_b a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2013

Strengths:    As they meant it to be very nimble, fast and fun

Weaknesses:    Ermmmm......

Bottom Line:   
Have ridden a few 29ers that tend to numb the trail but you can throw this bike around and it is ridiculously quick up and down. The suspension works perfectly so much so that you can get out the seat and pedal uphill there is still no feedback. Bike heaven!

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Similar Products Used:   Sb95, tallboy LTC

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