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    IBIS Ripley Reviews

    Can't wait to see some reviews of the Ripley...I've been Googling and Binging my head against the wall looking for them.

    Has anyone found one yet?

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    As far as I remember, Ibis mentioned that they were gonna release reviews at the same time at the launch. However, it seems not to be the case, and also probably very difficult to do without leaks. I am really looking forward to those ride impressions :-)

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    As far as I know, only some select dealers got to try the bike out, and outside of Wired, there wasn't any media during the Launch period. So reviews will must likely come from the lucky few customers who got the bike from the first shipment. I can't wait to try one out, but I have been in the queue for a long time, so who knows when something will be available? It will be a slow and arduous release process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck_tacoma View Post
    I like the comments at the end of the wired article; when you've been into bikes for so long, it is easy to forget how >99% of people perceive bicycles.

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    I had a good laugh at that too. If only owning one of these expensive bikes made me "uber-wealthy" and a "Trail riding professional". One can dream, right?

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    Why Wired, of all media, to get the exclusive look?

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    I asked the same thing when Wired was asked to come to Press Camp (they have a Dealer and Press Camp in Deer Valley every June that many vendors come to), and the company that runs the camps said:

    "We have had Wired, Outside Magazine, Pop Science and other large name non-endemics over the years. These have been consistently requested by our customers as a strategy to breakout of the typical inner circles we tend to exist in."

    I can't answer for Ibis, just what I was told for Press Camp. Again, as far as I know, except for Bike Magazine who got to see it a few weeks before the launch, no media got to see anything except Wired, and the media and customer base all got the same exact information and at the same exact time.

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    Makes sense, thanks for the details.

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    I've got a buddy who works in a pretty big shop in LA who was in Santa Cruz in the last few weeks. He rode the Ripley for 2 days and he loved it. I ran into him on the trail today so I only had a few minutes to talk to him about it. He's getting the Ripley and selling off his other rides. He said it was that good.

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    You had me at Rip...

    I'll provide this, only slightly-informed review: (if you're looking for a ride review, skip this post...as I haven't ridden it).

    I, too, saw the Ripley at Trailhead cyclery (in San Jose)...best bike shop you'll ever have the pleasure of dealing with. I'm a long-time Ibis rider...I still have a Szazbo from Gen 1 Ibis...I don't ride it anymore, but I'm keeping it. I had one of the first new Mojo's to come out...a couple SL's, and SL-R, and currently spend most of my riding time on my all-time favorite bike to date...an HD. (and yes, I've ridden non-Ibis bikes...too many list...in the last couple years I have owned / spent a good bit of time on S-works Enduro, Nomad C, S-works Epic 29, Tallboy LTc...and the trusty oldies...Rocklobster SS, 96 Race lite, Sycip tandem). I've always been a fan of Ibis because of the way they've treated me as a customer and their ability to continuously exceed my expectations with their bikes). I'm not a 29er-or-nothing guy....nor am I 26-or-die guy. I've been riding and loving 650b since Kirk P spun some of his first tires...and I still dig 650b.

    So...I've followed all the speculation on the Ripley...eagerly anticipating the bike's arrival. But wasn't 'sold' until I saw it in person. Engineering marvel? yes. Do I believe it's going to be one of those ride-for-hours-and-get-lost (emotionally and, maybe physically) in-the-big-trees-of-santa-cruz bikes? yes. the 'category' of the bike? I stopped caring about categories many moons ago. But I'm, typically, a pretty prudent guy...wait and see, hear the reviews...work out the kinks...

    BUT, I walked into the shop...I saw it...large, not medium like I need...black / green, not blue like I'd want...and I committed, on the spot, to buy one. It is beautiful in person...more beautiful than in the pictures. It's better-designed in person...more so than in the diagrams. It's really emotionally compelling. At least, to me. I just sold the SL-R to help fund it...anyone looking for a lighty-used Tallboy LTc? ;-)
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    As an long time Ibis owner and current HD rider, I can't wait to try the Ripley.

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    Riderup, I'm selling my Porsche to buy a Ripley.


    What's amazing to me is that at this date in biking the number of big changes that are being made. Between the Ripley, Industry Nine's new design, and XX1, I am finding enthusiasm like never before.
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    Does anybody actually own this bike? The only reviews I have seen are from people that have demo'ed the bike for 30 minutes, people that say their LBS has their bike, or people that do a write up letting people know that they have seen one and placed an order for it. Wasn't the Ripley supposed to be released with several reviews/write-ups? The bike has been out for 3 weeks and nobody that owns one has written a review. Can we get some feedback here? And preferably not stating how wonderful the color is or what an engineering marvel it is. Thanks.

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    Maybe the owners are too busy riding it to have time to write it up.

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    Mine is coming in Thursday, I'll report back

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    Too bad they didn't have the opportunity of riding a 140mm fork Ripley, because it sounds like that combo would beat out the 429 as an overall trail bike...

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    Anyone over 6'3" give me thoughts on sizing? I had a XL mojo a few years but the HD in XL was too small

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnzj View Post
    Too bad they didn't have the opportunity of riding a 140mm fork Ripley, because it sounds like that combo would beat out the 429 as an overall trail bike...
    Yes, it probably would.

    While they tested both bikes with the same 120mm travel fork, the Pivot is basically a 100mm bike that likes being "over-forked" to 120mm. Likewise, the Ripley would gain stability, chunkability, and downhill chops @ 140mm. It's not too hard to imagine how they'd stack up for riding gnarly terrain if the Ripley had a 34x140 fork with the resulting slacker-than-Pivot head angle and an extra 20mm of travel on both ends.

    What a nice ( 1st World ) problem to have, picking between those bikes. I've ridden the 429c and three different 429 alu's and they were all phenomenal bikes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tws_andrew View Post
    Anyone over 6'3" give me thoughts on sizing? I had a XL mojo a few years but the HD in XL was too small
    There's a dedicated thread/threads addressing size....thanks.

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    For me that's a promising review, as I am looking for a XC climb smasher to go with my HD.

    Some of what was said doesn't surprise me. I found, coming off my previous bike, that I had to get used how high the HD sat up. Now I don't even notice it. Sounds like the Ripley may be the same?

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    Good point, hopefully someone will report on a 140 Ripley...

    It definitely would be interesting to try the Ripley with the longer fork. I've added longer forks to past bikes with mixed results it can make everything sit up too high for overall riding but nothing approaching the Ripley's other assets (or 29er config). Hopefully someone can report back soon. AGREE choosing b/t these bikes is the kind of problem you love to have.


    Quote Originally Posted by doismellbacon View Post
    Yes, it probably would.

    While they tested both bikes with the same 120mm travel fork, the Pivot is basically a 100mm bike that likes being "over-forked" to 120mm. Likewise, the Ripley would gain stability, chunkability, and downhill chops @ 140mm. It's not too hard to imagine how they'd stack up for riding gnarly terrain if the Ripley had a 34x140 fork with the resulting slacker-than-Pivot head angle and an extra 20mm of travel on both ends.

    What a nice ( 1st World ) problem to have, picking between those bikes. I've ridden the 429c and three different 429 alu's and they were all phenomenal bikes....
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    IBIS Ripley Reviews

    The bike intelligencer review has no value apart from giving their subjective impression of a short test ride of two bikes without proper setup. Gives me very little and sounds like the Ripley was set up too hard.


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    IBIS Ripley Reviews

    On second thought, that probably sounded a bit harsher than intended.


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    Quote Originally Posted by simenf View Post
    The bike intelligencer review has no value apart from giving their subjective impression of a short test ride of two bikes without proper setup. Gives me very little and sounds like the Ripley was set up too hard.


    simenf - brainwashed by the big wheel mafia.
    To be fair, there are so few reviews out there, that this review is better than nothing. And they were honest - they said it was based on two short rides on a demo day. So you have to factor this in.

    It is interesting that the 120mm bike came across as more XC while the 100mm bike came across as more trail orientated Hopefully we'll see more reviews over the coming weeks.

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    I had a chance to have a demo for to days. I put in a 2 hour ride each day. I am coming off of a niner rip 9. the ripley I rode had the fox 120mm on the front. I am in love with the rear suspension on this bike. Going back if I had to pick one thing I noticed about the bike that stood out it would be how it accelerates. As I write that it sounds weird cause you think leg power should dictate this. The way the rear suspension works in relation to pedal tension just makes the bike go with less effort in my opinion. The second thing would be the steering and handling. The cheesey phrase is it feels like a 26er. I wont cheese out and say that ,but I will say that it has the most fun, corner carving handling of any big wheel bike I have ridden. So yes I ordered one this will be a perfect bike to do endurance races while still having maximum trail riding fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn_bikin_bassplayer View Post
    I had a chance to have a demo for to days. I put in a 2 hour ride each day. I am coming off of a niner rip 9. the ripley I rode had the fox 120mm on the front. I am in love with the rear suspension on this bike. Going back if I had to pick one thing I noticed about the bike that stood out it would be how it accelerates. As I write that it sounds weird cause you think leg power should dictate this. The way the rear suspension works in relation to pedal tension just makes the bike go with less effort in my opinion. The second thing would be the steering and handling. The cheesey phrase is it feels like a 26er. I wont cheese out and say that ,but I will say that it has the most fun, corner carving handling of any big wheel bike I have ridden. So yes I ordered one this will be a perfect bike to do endurance races while still having maximum trail riding fun.
    I spoke with someone who shall remain anonymous because he's pretty well known on the forum. I conversed with him about his experience on the Ripley, and it mirrors almost exactly what you have said. So I guess that's just an emphasis on your post.

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    I'm not the anonymous source, but I will reiterate that this bike is FAST. I am used to running 1x10 with a 28T chainring, went up to a 32T with the Ripley and I didn't miss a beat. This suspension design works so stinking well that it feels like cheating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn_bikin_bassplayer View Post
    I had a chance to have a demo for to days. I put in a 2 hour ride each day. I am coming off of a niner rip 9. the ripley I rode had the fox 120mm on the front. I am in love with the rear suspension on this bike. Going back if I had to pick one thing I noticed about the bike that stood out it would be how it accelerates. As I write that it sounds weird cause you think leg power should dictate this. The way the rear suspension works in relation to pedal tension just makes the bike go with less effort in my opinion. The second thing would be the steering and handling. The cheesey phrase is it feels like a 26er. I wont cheese out and say that ,but I will say that it has the most fun, corner carving handling of any big wheel bike I have ridden. So yes I ordered one this will be a perfect bike to do endurance races while still having maximum trail riding fun.
    I Demo'd a Ripley w/a 120 Fork today and think you nailed it with your assessment. My demo was only 45 minutes, but my impressions are they rear suspension is the best I have ridden and it really does corner no different than my 26er. I also demo'd the Yeti SB95c and the Intense Spider Comp and the Ibis definitely would be the single track winner for me. Rear suspension is amazing in that it is very efficient on fire road climbs but opened up tremendously on rock garden descents. Truly first-class. The Bad: I felt the bike was a little short in the TT for me and the HA was steeper than I would prefer, but that is personal preference. I am 5'11 and rode a large w/90 stem. I swapped out a 60mm stem as that was way too short. The quickness of the bike was fun but I would have probably preferred a slacker front end even though I'm more of trail/xc rider than AM. The bike would be a marathon killer I think as it may be the best climbing bike I have ridden with a much lighter SC Blur TRc (I know different kind of bike) right there with it. Bottom line: Incredible rear suspension, Great climber, and plush on descents. Handles like a 26er.

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    So has anyone hammered some descents on the Ripley with a 140mm fork and wants to share their thoughts? My riding includes a mix of tabletops and 2-3ft drops just wondering how this would size up against my yeti sb95.

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    I briefly demoed one the other day, been tire kicking 140mm 29ers for about a year. Sold. Perfect blend of plush/efficiency and incredible tight quarters handling. Off the shelf xt build with a 140mm 34 was just a tick over 27 pounds. Very impressive.

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    Did it feel more towards a XC bike or one that you could ride aggressively? For me its descending is more important that ascending and I'm hoping that the 140mm fork opens that up.

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    I am between the Ripley and the new Santa Cruz LTc ....any suggestions? Looking more for a AM/Trail rider but that is great and light climber as well as a fast descender. I have a Gary Fischer Superfly 100 for XC....

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    I currently ride a 80mm hardtail and both the Ripley and the LTc feel like AM machines based on my current whip.

    I felt that they were both very plush, but the Ripley was more flickable and easier to get your weight back. The Ripley also felt much snappier out of the saddle. I had both bikes set up with proper sag etc. I don't do any thing huge, but but could easily imagine my riding at my own limit all day long on the Ripley. It is a perfect compromise for the type of flowing and technical single track I ride.

    The only thing I didn't like on the Ripley was the cable routing. It had good flow, and looked ez to service but the little zip ties look crude in comparison to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMM View Post
    I also demo'd the Yeti SB95c and the Intense Spider Comp and the Ibis definitely would be the single track winner for me. Rear suspension is amazing in that it is very efficient on fire road climbs but opened up tremendously on rock garden descents. Truly first-class. The Bad: I felt the bike was a little short in the TT for me and the HA was steeper than I would prefer, but that is personal preference. I am 5'11 and rode a large w/90 stem. I swapped out a 60mm stem as that was way too short. The quickness of the bike was fun but I would have probably preferred a slacker front end even though I'm more of trail/xc rider than AM. The bike would be a marathon killer I think as it may be the best climbing bike I have ridden with a much lighter SC Blur TRc (I know different kind of bike) right there with it. Bottom line: Incredible rear suspension, Great climber, and plush on descents. Handles like a 26er.
    So you demoed a SB95c. What else could you say about that experience? Interesting that is has a slacker HT than the Ripley, but the rest of the geometry is almost the same. Looks to me that it falls somewhere between the 429 and the Ripley.
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    Where are the zip ties?

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    Along the tt and stays. The secure the cables to little bosses on the frame. Its not a deal breaker for me,and when it comes time to change a cable I'll probably love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplemind View Post
    So you demoed a SB95c. What else could you say about that experience? Interesting that is has a slacker HT than the Ripley, but the rest of the geometry is almost the same. Looks to me that it falls somewhere between the 429 and the Ripley.
    To me the Yeti feels slacker than even its numbers suggest. It climbs very well, although I would give a slight edge to the Ripley on climbing. In terms of handling, I think it would come down to what qualities you like best in a bike-- SB95c is more stable and the Ripley is quicker. With the SB95c, I felt like I was "in" the bike and the Ripley I felt like I was more "on" the bike. Ripley's rear suspension was probably the best I have ridden. I was really surprised at how plush it was through rock gardens considering it climbs very efficiently. My caveat on all of this is that I only rode each bike about 45 minutes, although I did also demo a SB95a last year-- with a 140 fork. Both of the bikes on the recent demo were set up with 120 forks. The more I demo the more I think it's just about personal preference when choosing from the high-quality bike cos. There are all so good.

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    those break and fall off if you ride more than a parking lot spin

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    Has anyone riding a Ripley with X Fusion Microlite Shock and can comment on it?

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    I have ordered one in blue was going to go for an angleset but now going to try it as is first
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    My son has them on his Transition Double which has ridden over the last couple of years including down Whistler mountain and none of them have falling off. They look great. Granted, the fit perfect on this bike and can be a little tricky to get on, but I'll use them on other bikes if they fit right in the first place.

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    Not a full review, but a decent ride impression. Ride Impression: Ibis Ripley 29er
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    That's great thanks for sharing.

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    So ugly wheel guy is the only one who has ridden it?

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    Here's an excellent full review from Bike Magazine, enjoy!:

    http://www.ibiscycles.com/downloads/...ipley_Test.pdf

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