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    My Ripley

    Edit: Scroll down for Ride Report

    Got my tires in today! Bike is completed. Haven't really ridden it yet except around the block. First impressions, is that it feels like my Ibis SLR, but with way more traction. Still working out the minor stuff to get it dialed in.

    So about the build...I transferred over a lot of parts from my SLR and pulled the trigger on my set of Industry Nine Torch wheels before Ibis's big release date. Most of my previous parts were red and I was expecting Ibis to release somewhat a generic color like white or black. So after the announcement I had a choice between being Captain America or it being xmas year around and I opt'd for the red, white and blue! In the end, I think it turned out pretty good actually like the way it looks. The blue frame looks super nice!!!!

    I'm planning a 30 mile ride tomorrow so I'll get some good ride time on the bike and report back my thoughts afterwards.

    Edited: Here is my completed Build specs
    Blue Ripley size Large (Im 5'-11")
    Fox 34 Float 140 CTD (from Ibis)
    Industry Nine Torch Wheels 32H (Red/Red) - Setup Tubeless
    XTR Shadow+ Rear D
    XTR Shifter
    XT Brakes
    XT Ice Tech Rotors 180mm/160mm
    Truvativ Noir Single Speed Crank
    E.13 32 Chainring
    E.13 XCX Direct Mount Chain Guide
    Truvativ BB92 Bottom Bracket
    Chris King Head Set
    Thomson 70mm (Red Dress up Kit)
    Easton Havoc 750mm Carbon Bars
    KS i950r Dropper Post
    Specialized Henge Pro Carbon Saddle
    Time Atac XS Carbon Pedals
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic SS TL 2.25 Front/Rear (Tubeless)

    Weight 27lbs.

    Now onto the pictures. Let me know what you think.







    Last edited by mcgong; 04-08-2013 at 06:27 PM. Reason: Added completed build specs

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    Congrats!

    That's not too far from what I have planned. The Torch wheels are amazing. If I really do end up building a Ripley I will probably go with the 2/1 24 spoke I9's.

    I guess this bike was the one where I ended up being the nervous Nelly refreshing the internet searches every hour looking for reviews and photos. "That it should come to this!"
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    Really Nice Bike!!! looking forward to that ride report!
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    Killer looking! Post details over here as well:
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    VERY interested in your ride impression and what it weighs in at. I ordered mine with the Fox 34 and have that little nagging inner voice telling me that it might make the front end to tall,make the front end wander on steep climbs OR be to heavy on the front end. Any ride report will be appreciated...

    Looks awesome- the red looks dope BTW....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdc View Post
    VERY interested in your ride impression and what it weighs in at. I ordered mine with the Fox 34 and have that little nagging inner voice telling me that it might make the front end to tall,make the front end wander on steep climbs OR be to heavy on the front end. Any ride report will be appreciated...

    Looks awesome- the red looks dope BTW....
    Thanks everyone for the kind words....

    MDC: I also ordered mine at first with a Fox32 from Ibis. Unfortunately they are out of them at the moment, which doesn't surprise me as fox is backordered too. I like the numbers a lot better with the Fox34, but wanted the weight of the Fox32. About to go ride now so I'll let you know how it performs.

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    Nice! Looking forward to your ride reports.

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    Great build! Love a ride report on the bike with the 140mm and your thoughts on the Trail wheels. A lot of us are doing the 120 vs 140 math and looking at those wheels on the Ripley.

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    I would assume that the 140 could be lowered to 130 if it felt a little tall?

    Colours look good together nice bike. I'm also looking forward to hearing back from you.

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    Nice. I am very interested in hearing your impressions vs. the SLR.

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    Congrats, really nice!

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    I couldnt keep up with Ripley..Thx for the ride Mr Gong.




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    Sweet ride, looks great and nice thought out build

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    That's a great comparison side by side.

    Also, don't get too nervous with your ride report, THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words!!!

    I didn't add this in my original post which I will, but the bike weighs in at 27lbs.

    Here is my RIDE REPORT


    Summary: The bike, even with the Fox34 140mm, felt like my Ibis SLR except when cornering and pointing the bike downhill. That's when a big a$$ grin appeared on my face and remembered I was on a 29er. The bike has loads more grips in the corners and is so much faster/smoother on the downs.

    Trail Tested On: Rwanda 25 route(29 miles). This gave me a good amount of saddle time today and good mix of trails(Steeps, flats, a little single track). Nothing too aggressive and super technical though. The trail also ranged from loose, rutted, hard parked and a few little rock beds.

    My Background: This is my first 29er bike. I've recently owned a Trance Advance SL 26er, and Ibis SLR. Both bikes had a Fox32 140mm fork and a Trail of around 90-95. My SLR had an Angle set and an HA of 67.5. The Trance with a 140mm fork had an HA of 68.5. Both bikes had Industry Nine wheels like the Ripley and were running Nobby Nics just like the Ripley. I test road a Trance X 29er that changed my mind about 29ers and led me to purchase the Ripley. I ride ~3-4 times a week on average, all across orange county California. Average around 200-250 miles a month.

    ###The Bike:

    --Climbing: I felt no difference in climbing compared to my SLR/Trance. It climbs very well just like the other Ibis models. I had doubts with the 140mm up front, but I had no issues with the front wondering at all. The trail I rode had some pretty steep climbs too. The kind that are short but super steep. I am running a 0 degree 70mm stem, with mid rise 750mm bars, and it is currently place 5mm above my CK headset. Thinking some more...I think it felt better than my SLR on the steep climbs because there is more weight on the front to keep it down.
    Another thing to note is that I have move down to a 32T ring in the front compared to a 34T I had on my SLR and Trance. I didn't feel any of the extra load that people say 29er wheels give you when climbing. I always thought a good wheelset would negate that anyways.
    I'm really glad I got the Fox34 140mm up front as I preferred the geo numbers with the taller fork. It's much stiffer than my previous Fox32 Talas 140mm.

    --Descending/Suspension: My opinion on the new dw-link might be skewed a little by the fact that this bike is a 29er. I feel this new eccentric link is more active and supple than on my SLR dw-link and trance maestro(I had a med volume reducer on my SLR too). I know this is very subjective, but I can at least say that the new dw-link system works "very well"!!!
    I kept both front and rear shocks on the "Trail" setting for about 95% of the ride. There weren't really any technical descents that justified switching the shock to wide open. Even on the trail setting, the bike felt super plush, responsive and soaked up everything. Again, some of that is probably related to the 29" wheels. I did open both up on one descent and all I can say is, wow! To sum it up, It feels like a Caddy going down; very solid and smooth.

    --Cornering/Handling/Single track: Ibis's goal was to design the Ripley to feel like a 26" bike and I feel they have definitely succeeded in doing so. Just to note that the Ripley with Fox34 140mm gives the bike a trail of 90, which is what I am used to riding. I immediately felt right at home on the bike from the get go, except maybe for cornering which felt slightly off. This was resolved by lowering the stem down 10mm due to the 140mm up front. I originally set it up with 15mm of spacers below the stem like my previous bikes. I like to run my bars about 1-2 inches lower than my saddle height. The bike is very balanced and after lowering the stem, I had no issues keeping my weight centered on the bike and weighting the front through turns. The frame is very stiff, like viagra stiff, just like my SLR.
    I read another reviewer saying the bike is a single track slayer. I'd agree with them. The bike is very snappy and responsive, even in the tight stuff. Again, it handled like I was riding my SLR, only with more grip and faster.

    Let me now if you have any other questions and I'll do my best in answering them. I tried to cover all bases.

    Really enjoyed riding the bike today and glad I made the switch over to a 29er. IMO, this bike lives up the Ibis name and it is definitely a bike worth waiting for.

    Thank you IBIS!
    Last edited by mcgong; 04-08-2013 at 04:50 AM. Reason: Added some more detail to climbing.

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    But can you ride like Brian Lopes on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8xin View Post
    But can you ride like Brian Lopes on it?
    Not even remotely close

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    Disclaimer: NOT A 26 VS 29 DEBATE

    Any thoughts on the SL vs Ripley?
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    Thanks for the input on the 140, a lot of people were eager to know. Great write up and a very nice bike.

    Let us know again about your experiences after a good few weeks of abuse.

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    My Ripley

    Damn that bike looks goooood. 27lbs is great. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan View Post
    Disclaimer: NOT A 26 VS 29 DEBATE

    Any thoughts on the SL vs Ripley?
    I've never ridden my friends SL, just an SLR. IMO, both very solid trail bikes. Pick your poison. Only really thing I can think of now is that the Ripley will probably make me an all around faster rider, but I'll leave that up to Strava when I can get out and try to improve my rankings.

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    That's exactly the kind of ride report I was looking for - Thanks!

    One last question- What size frame did you get? What size was your previous Ibis? and how tall are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdc View Post
    That's exactly the kind of ride report I was looking for - Thanks!

    One last question- What size frame did you get? What size was your previous Ibis? and how tall are you?
    I got a Large. My SLR was a large also. I am 5-11.

    I run a KS setback post and a 70mm stem. Although the seat is adjusted forward just about all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgong View Post
    I got a Large. My SLR was a large also. I am 5-11.

    I run a KS setback post and a 70mm stem. Although the seat is adjusted forward just about all the way.
    Perfect! I currently have a Large SL, with a 70mm stem, riser bars, RS Rev fork (150mm), and a Reverb with the seat set at about the middle. I think the Large Ripley is going to fit perfect, and with some low rise or flat bars it will give me a bit more room in the cockpit.

    Hopefully Ibis is starting to ship bikes out to the East Coast- the trails are finally de- thawed, and i am ready to go!

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    Great review. Thank you for taking the time to write it up and posting the photos.

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