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    Ibis Ripley 29er - At last, confirmed


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    Looks nice. Niner better get on the carbon RIP9 asap!
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    Very interesting design, certainly stands out from the other DW-Link 29ers and I like their choice of 120mm...Santa Cruz might want to look at a Tallboy LT soon!

    Funny they used the Ripley name since the originally "Ripley" is still in production...though under the Castellano badge.

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    Thanks God, it is ugly enough and not in the XC racing bike category so I won't have to fight against that invasive desire to replace my current bike

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    These eccentric links are a pretty sweet idea. Stiffer and lighter.


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    What an epic let down.

    More carbon trash, using the names of bikes that truly were nice and unique.

    I excited clicked the link hoping to see a pivotless softtail 29er, and saw another bore-o-matic carbon chi bike.


    As someone noted above, the Ripley name is still used by Castellano Designs, I thought they retained rights to that name, along with the Silk verbage, but I see the new "bought the name Ibis" company is leveraging that as well.
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    At least they beat some of the euros to market with a bike. Too bad it is so generic looking.

    I wish companies weren't just cranking these bikes out of molds but took time to give them some character that doesn't scream "I just popped out of a mold in Asia but it is a slightly different mold than all the rest!"

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    Very non-Dude post, ncj01. Carbon trash? Have you ridden any Ibis bikes lately? They make some seriously fun, efficient bikes. Tough ones, at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01 View Post
    What an epic let down.

    More carbon trash, using the names of bikes that truly were nice and unique.

    I excited clicked the link hoping to see a pivotless softtail 29er, and saw another bore-o-matic carbon chi bike.


    As someone noted above, the Ripley name is still used by Castellano Designs, I thought they retained rights to that name, along with the Silk verbage, but I see the new "bought the name Ibis" company is leveraging that as well.
    Well Castellano uses the Fango name now (he owns the patents to many of the old Ibis models) ...maybe they should make a 29er version to satisfy the softtail desire.

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    I love it! Finally a carbon DW link bike.
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    I think I know what is going to replace my long travel 26er.

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    Oh, most excellent. My wishes might be fulfilled. Blogged about it a while ago on "What is Missing"
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    Awesome bike! Can't wait to see the geo numbers.

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    Rockcrusher, I suggest you look at the photos a bit more objectively. This CF frame has a very long list of design aspects that are different than a generic CF frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01 View Post
    What an epic let down.

    More carbon trash, using the names of bikes that truly were nice and unique.

    I excited clicked the link hoping to see a pivotless softtail 29er, and saw another bore-o-matic carbon chi bike.


    As someone noted above, the Ripley name is still used by Castellano Designs, I thought they retained rights to that name, along with the Silk verbage, but I see the new "bought the name Ibis" company is leveraging that as well.
    Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01 View Post

    I excited clicked the link hoping to see a pivotless softtail 29er,
    Not sure if serious. They want to sell 100's of bikes, not dozens.

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    Carbon frame AM? No thanks...

    (mainly because I can't afford it! lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by paleh0rse View Post
    Carbon frame AM? No thanks...
    All Mountain? Maybe. I was thinking another moniker. All Trail. Yeah, like we need another way to slice the pie, but I hope it is not AM slack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paleh0rse View Post
    Carbon frame AM? No thanks...
    You tried any of the new Carbon AM frames? I have a 2010 Sworks enduro that would argue/contradict whatever anecdotal commentary is out there and have seen an ibis Mojo live through more rocky crash abuse than Ike Turner could put out...

    A DW link Carbon 120mm w/140mm front would just be a killer all around bike. Fast and capable for everything up to proper FR and DH.

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    I wish they would make a Tranny 29er!

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    I am going to give carbon bikes another 20 years before I trust them. Until then, lugged steel, solid tires and lever-actuated derailleurs will do just fine for my velocipede excursions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMH View Post
    Until then, lugged steel, solid tires and lever-actuated derailleurs will do just fine for my velocipede excursions.



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    Man, what a bunch of negative nellies!! Good on ya Ibis. More sweet 29er Fully options to rock our boats. As for all the carbon trashing, what are you all Amish?.

    I love my Tallboy, but wish it had some of the features of the Ripley. 142mm rear, bb92, 120mm travel.

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    If you want a pivotless softtail 29'er, give John a call. He and Steve Potts can probably help you.

    I really liked my Fango and I like and respect John and his designs, but I don't believe that he ever marketed a Ripley. Even though the Fango is still up on his site, I'm pretty sure than it has been years since any were built. It took as much work to process an order on a Fango as it did on a SilkTi or BowTi, but there was much more profit on the Ti frames, so they were a better target for his time and efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01 View Post
    What an epic let down.

    More carbon trash, using the names of bikes that truly were nice and unique.

    I excited clicked the link hoping to see a pivotless softtail 29er, and saw another bore-o-matic carbon chi bike.

    As someone noted above, the Ripley name is still used by Castellano Designs, I thought they retained rights to that name, along with the Silk verbage, but I see the new "bought the name Ibis" company is leveraging that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider View Post
    Rockcrusher, I suggest you look at the photos a bit more objectively. This CF frame has a very long list of design aspects that are different than a generic CF frame.
    I just feel that someone should break the aesthetic of the molded sculpted carbon frames that china is cranking out.
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    Bike looks awesome! On the buy list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I just feel that someone should break the aesthetic of the molded sculpted carbon frames that china is cranking out.
    function over form maybe?

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    It's not like Dave Turner, Sherwood Gibson, the Niner gang and others have stopped producing excellent alloy 29er frames, it's just that building in carbon allows a different kind of freedom when it comes to matching material placement with stress pathways. Just as the switch from steel to aluminum made oversize tubing both necessary and available, the switch from metal to composite involves a further step away from the traditional ways that material has been added to or subtracted from the frame structure.

    My take on it is that if/when ALM/3D printing materials and methods are available that can match the strength/weight ratios of those currently in use that we will probably see more frames that look like the new Ibis and Niner carbon frames, both in metallic, nylon-based and possibly even in (non-shattering) ceramic materials.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I just feel that someone should break the aesthetic of the molded sculpted carbon frames that china is cranking out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I just feel that someone should break the aesthetic of the molded sculpted carbon frames that china is cranking out.
    molded and sculpted is what results when engineers design for good strength:weight.

    most modern cars have aerodynamic shapes to improve fuel mileage and reduce wind noise. sure, it means that many modern cars look somewhat similar, but there are aesthetic differences.

    I find it ironic that you posted this about one of the CF frames that has some unique design features. That large bridge connecting to the rear shock eyelet, for example. The seatube/BB/eccentric mount area is also highly engineered and unique-looking.

    Form follows function and in this case, at least based on the pics, the result looks pretty elegant and will sell well I'm sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity Now View Post
    Man, what a bunch of negative nellies!! Good on ya Ibis. More sweet 29er Fully options to rock our boats. As for all the carbon trashing, what are you all Amish?.

    I love my Tallboy, but wish it had some of the features of the Ripley. 142mm rear, bb92, 120mm travel.
    No Kidding. There are gobs of sick carbon am bikes that are stiffer and stronger than their aluminum or steel brethren. Look at the Carbon Nomad, Carbon Enduro, Mojo HD, etc., etc, etc.. Hell, Trek is coming out with a Carbon downhill bike in 12 “the 2012 Session”. I agree, great work IBIS!! I have a Carbon Tallboy and I want another Carbon 29er with more travel. I think a 5” travel carbon 29er would sell like hotcakes. That will be my next bike. Can’t think of anything better than a fox34 140mm on a 5” travel carbon 29er……………….That is a do anything bike that will still climb well! A LT tallboy would be sick as well!

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    Super impressive. The similarities to the SB-66 is very evident.

    That is the smallest DW linkage that can be made huh? Crazy! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider View Post
    I find it ironic that you posted this about one of the CF frames that has some unique design features.
    Agreed. A bike comes along from an innovative company that shows creative thinking and new approaches, yet all some posters can talk about is cosmetics and pathetic materials prejudices. You can only talk about what you know...

    If you want cosmetic innovation there's the JET9 RDO but Ibis seems intent on building a better "carbon RIP9" that Niner fans were asking for. With all the claims of weight savings, I'm eager to see some geometry and weight numbers.

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    Badass build.


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    Ibis confirms HTA: 71 degrees with a 120mm / 69.5 degrees with a 140mm fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daner View Post
    If you want a pivotless softtail 29'er, give John a call. He and Steve Potts can probably help you.
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    Looks cool ...can't wait to ride one.....next year!
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    I think it looks great, and really very little like the carbon FS 29ers I have seen, I will say the Direct mount front derailluer on the rear triangle looks interesting.

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    My friend has a Mojo HD and it is really sexy looking bike, I was hoping the 29er version would look similar. The main triangle looks fugly but the rear triangle and short links do look nice though. Not too impressed with the looks but I am sure it will be a great trailbike. I will wait til a RIP carbon comes out to decide.

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    I wrote a short piece on it and put up a ton of photos of the bike and my factory tour a few months back.

    I got the chainstay length and head angles right even as I talked to Heim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I wrote a short piece on it and put up a ton of photos of the bike and my factory tour a few months back.

    I got the chainstay length and head angles right even as I talked to Heim.

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    Sorry francois, must have missed your post. Good work on the dimensions you provided though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Side View Post
    Ibis confirms HTA: 71 degrees with a 120mm / 69.5 degrees with a 140mm fork.
    71 and 69.5? Sorry - weak sauce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spadmike View Post
    I wish they would make a Tranny 29er!
    +1

    This but a 29er in the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat View Post
    71 and 69.5? Sorry - weak sauce.
    I don't know how "weak" that is, but I'll admit I am somewhat surprised it isn't a bit slacker.

    That said, it will appeal to a wider audience, (I'm thinking Europe), with these numbers.
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    Looks nice to me. Love the geo where the HTA is not too slack for a 29er trail bike. Hope the BB is not too high.

    Moving away from traditional bearings is a great idea, kinda of like Turner.

    Will likely be on my short list of frames for 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    I don't know how "weak" that is, but I'll admit I am somewhat surprised it isn't a bit slacker.

    That said, it will appeal to a wider audience, (I'm thinking Europe), with these numbers.
    ??? I thought Europe was behind the US in terms of 29er acceptance, not to even mention the idea of longer travel FS 29ers. So isn't Europe a smaller audience? I can't see the logic in a 120mm bike with a 71 degree angle, but I suppose someone will like it.
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    Hot Damn! I really like this bike! I wouldn't get into the AM 29er thing....yet. But I can see a really light bike (for a 120mm 29er) with a more XC build.

    It does look a little bit like a rumblefish though....I always thought ibis was gonna keep the 2 oval shape of the mojo with this one. All in all I think it's a Fresh new look for Ibis and it's awesome!

    Wondering if the excentric idea's gonna trickle down to the other bikes ibis has (thinking Mojo HD?)
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    The more I look at it....it lost the IBIS bling...looks like my Tallboy and every other carbon 29er...
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