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    Ripley - believe it or not, it's here!

    And it looks like it will be worth the wait!

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    Toptube is still too short, imo the headangle is too steep even with a 140mm fork and the chainstays are too long too compared to the new enduro 29er. I wasn't really that excited by the Ripley but it does leave me worried about the direction Ibis are heading, my HD140 is a very good bike, but if the niggles were ironed out it would be by far and away the best trail bike out there by a big distance. As it is though unless they make the toptubes abit longer on all sizes I might be going elsewhere.

    The Black/Green colour does look insanely good though!

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    Very cool with the links buried in the frame like that. Love the black and green paint job! 68.5 is likely going to ride quite well, and can be slacked out if so desired.
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    To each his own, but I disagree wholeheartedly. Long TT's are trendy again, but I prefer Ibis' fit just like it is, and the lively ride character resulting from moderate TT and wheelbase lengths. With an angleset and a 140 fork you can get to what, 67 deg? For a 29er trail bike that's anything but steep. There are plenty of land barges out there for folks who like them. I can see why the truly big guys out there wish for an XXL size, but please, Ibis, don't change the size L!

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    2 Ibis carbon bar options at 740mm - flat and riser...wonder when/if we will see those in build kits for the other bikes?

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    Other observations:
    The rear triangle looks like it should be stiff as hell... fully triangulated on both sides.

    What's up with the deep socket lower pivot/drive side bolt head? Maybe for taking a pivot-mounted chainguide like the HD?

    The low head badge placement allows for the clean internal routing.... gives a sort of "funny face" look to the headtube...see it?...two eyes and a gold Ibis snout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doismellbacon View Post
    To each his own, but I disagree wholeheartedly. Long TT's are trendy again, but I prefer Ibis' fit just like it is, and the lively ride character resulting from moderate TT and wheelbase lengths. With an angleset and a 140 fork you can get to what, 67 deg? For a 29er trail bike that's anything but steep. There are plenty of land barges out there for folks who like them. I can see why the truly big guys out there wish for an XXL size, but please, Ibis, don't change the size L!
    Lol land barges. Exactly what the enduro reminds me of

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    The headangle is solvable with an angleset, but why do they insist on putting a 23" tt on a 17"? Maybe it's just me but I rode a Yeti Sb66 and it felt comfier than my HD and I put that down to the extra inch in the toptube. people have been running larger sizes for longer toptubes for ages its about time manufacturers took note, it seems to be what pretty much everyone is asking for these days.

    I love ibis and the bikes are stunning, but I just wish they'd take a more aggresive direction with their geometry as standard. A 17" with the tt of the 19" would be spot on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawman1991 View Post
    The headangle is solvable with an angleset, but why do they insist on putting a 23" tt on a 17"? Maybe it's just me but I rode a Yeti Sb66 and it felt comfier than my HD and I put that down to the extra inch in the toptube. people have been running larger sizes for longer toptubes for ages its about time manufacturers took note, it seems to be what pretty much everyone is asking for these days.

    I love ibis and the bikes are stunning, but I just wish they'd take a more aggresive direction with their geometry as standard. A 17" with the tt of the 19" would be spot on!
    The SB66 is a great bike for sure. It is also usually ordered one size smaller than other bikes because the top tube is so long. It also really needs to get up to speed for the suspension to work well.

    The HD was designed by a four cross champion, so precision is the name of the game. A shorter top tube is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

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    Personally I prefer a shorter TT, so to each their own. Don't like my mtn bike to feel like a road bike.

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    Did I miss it or did they mention anything about when these are available? With track record of late that was my biggest question. I also like the geometry just fine.

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    First ones are going out today. I saw that somewhere on the site.

    Same bb height as the other mojos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    The HD was designed by a four cross champion, so precision is the name of the game. A shorter top tube is one of the best ways to accomplish this.
    But Lopes rides a large if I am not mistaken. At his hight, it appears he likes the longer TT of the large frame.

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    I didn't know they replaced the bushings with a cartridge bearing design. I think that's a good thing.

    Lots of engineering. Great stuff.
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    +1 for short top tubes. That was one of the things that got me interested in Ibis to begin with.

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    Too steep, too little travel, too long in chainstay. Anyone check the bb height? Sub 13 is pretty darn low.

    How is the Enduro 29 a land barge to you Ibis fanbois? I love me some mojo hd, still a market leader despite very little improvements since 2010. This is a step in the "meh" direction. Plenty of good 100-120mm 29r out there. Would have been nice to see a 140-150mm travel lightweight, slack, "Tallboy LTC or Enduro Fighter" from Ibis.

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    And where is that 27.5 geo specific mojo peeps were speculating on?

    I am hitting the snooze button in their countdown alarm and going back to sleep....zzzzzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-AIR View Post
    But Lopes rides a large if I am not mistaken. At his hight, it appears he likes the longer TT of the large frame.
    Brian is 5'9". That's about right for a large. I am 5'11" , if I was any bigger I would go the Xl size. My buddy is 6'2", and he rides an XL turner. So the Ibis sizing is fairly standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillindrdude View Post
    And where is that 27.5 geo specific mojo peeps were speculating on?

    I am hitting the snooze button in their countdown alarm and going back to sleep....zzzzzz
    Sea Otter hasn't happened yet. I would think that would be the place for a big announcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Brian is 5'9". That's about right for a large. I am 5'11" , if I was any bigger I would go the Xl size. My buddy is 6'2", and he rides an XL turner. So the Ibis sizing is fairly standard.
    Yup...just slightly taller than you and put in my order on the XL. I need a minimum of a 24" TT. Now the waiting game and keeping fingers crossed that I get one of the first runs. Will be interesting to see how quickly they blow through the first run. My guess is they won't last long.

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    Sizing is not standard. It is roughly 1/2 inch shorter than standard (half a size). Oh I am sure it works for 50% of people, who would be between sizes on other manufacturers bikes. But lets not forget this bike has big wheels and automatically appeals to people 6'0" or over. I am 6'2" and would be running a 90 mm stem on the XL, which I consider unrideable combined with the geometry of the front end. Maybe on an XC racer with a 100 mm fork and 71 degree head angle you could get away with a 90 mm stem but even then, 80 would be better.

    So, I was anxious to see what this Ibis would offer. I guess for me, its nothing once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Brian is 5'9". That's about right for a large. I am 5'11" , if I was any bigger I would go the Xl size. My buddy is 6'2", and he rides an XL turner. So the Ibis sizing is fairly standard.
    If 5'9" is right for a Large, and there is no XXL, then the sizing is effed up.

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    So far in this thread alone the data points to people who are 5'9" riding a large and people who are 5'11"-6'0" riding an XL. That seems out of whack with reality. Average American height for a male is a little over 5'10". Last I checked 80% or so of MTB riders are men, and "medium" is synonymous with "average".

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    Just ordered mine in Blue with my LBS. Ibis said Larges are 2-3 weeks out, small and medium are beginning of summer, and then x-large are after that....but I think Hans can give us a better idea here.

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    When will it be available? And is there also enough room for big rear tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgong View Post
    Just ordered mine in Blue with my LBS. Ibis said Larges are 2-3 weeks out, small and medium are beginning of summer, and then x-large are after that....but I think Hans can give us a better idea here.
    Yeah, the limited info I'm getting from my dealer is that there are only Larges in short term, but XL's after the beginning of Summer?? I thought the point of waiting to release all this info, etc was to have all the sizes ready to ship as well. I'm beyond disappointed if this info is true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutantclover View Post
    Sizing is not standard. It is roughly 1/2 inch shorter than standard (half a size). Oh I am sure it works for 50% of people, who would be between sizes on other manufacturers bikes. But lets not forget this bike has big wheels and automatically appeals to people 6'0" or over. I am 6'2" and would be running a 90 mm stem on the XL, which I consider unrideable combined with the geometry of the front end. Maybe on an XC racer with a 100 mm fork and 71 degree head angle you could get away with a 90 mm stem but even then, 80 would be better.

    So, I was anxious to see what this Ibis would offer. I guess for me, its nothing once again.
    I would think you are a good candidate for the Yeti SB 95 carbon .

    To be fair Ibis offers this in a small, Specialized carbon enduro 29er is not offered in a small.

    And I just calculated my size (5'11") at ebicycle's size calculator: size large (19").
    So it would seem the size is fairly standard. You can argue that the industry needs to update its size charts, but that is what they currently are.

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    Well, I used the term Land Barge, and I am a self confessed Ibis "fanbois" (That means to love all things Ibis, and raspberries, right?), but I didn't call the new Enduro 29 a barge.... in fact, I think that's the most interesting thing Specialized has done in a long time and I'd love to try and get in over my head on one.

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    I'm not sure why the Ripley is being compared to the Enduro.

    An XL Ripley with the 140 fork, TT = 24.8, HTA = 68.5, BB = 13.25. That looks fine, but the reach is 16.3...pretty short. The standover is low, so shorter riders should be able to upsize if they want a longer TT / reach (when all sizes are available).

    I'm interested in hearing about how the rear suspension performs when they hit the trails.

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    Just confirmed with Aaron @ Ibis directly on the phone. Any of us XL'ers are bummin'...it's the last size in the queue so early Summer....late May very best case before we can expect delivery.

    I'm pretty disappointed that there aren't full runs in all sizes. I thought the point in being so tight lipped, etc was to have everything ready to go once the official announcement was made. I'm still in for the long haul no matter how long it takes to get but I'd be full of sh** if I didn't say I'm not majorly bummed
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    I'm sorry but saying some who's 5ft9 should be on a large is insane!! They should be on a medium and if anyone even slightly over 6ft needs an xl then the sizing is wayyy off. I ride a medium and its a good half inch too short for me personally. The toptubes need lengthening so as I said earlier the 17" needs the 19"'s toptube, 19" needs 21"'s etc etc

    I do love my HD its by far and away the best bike I've owned and I've managed to get around the sizing with saddle setback and stem choice, but unless they make a change in this area I'm out, which is a crying shame because Ibis is a bloody brilliant company and I could spend days looking at my HD as its an awesome looking rig.

    Also no ISCG tabs on the ripley either... big mistake.

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    So i am in the market for a new bike. I'm just shy of 5'11". I'm gonna demo several bikes but I own an Mojo SL size Large right now. I understanding not having a XXL for the tall folks. But what bikes have the longer top tubes everyone is talking about. I've looked at SC, Yeti, Specialized Enduro, RM, Pivot. They are all in the low 24". Only the SB-66 has a 25". And the new RM Altitude is 23"(which i think looks sweet). I plan on demoing SB66, RM, SC TBLt, Pivot. So, one, what does everyone like about the longer top tube? But to me it seems like there arent longer top tubes out there really. Or are we just saying people wish there was a XXL? Which seems to make perfect sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    I'm not sure why the Ripley is being compared to the Enduro.
    Yeah, tell me about it.... different bikes for a different range of uses, with some overlap in the aggressive trail, light AM arena. I suspect that the Ripley will have much more range, covering everything from full on XC racer to All Mountain 29er like a champ

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    After 6 years, you couldn't wait 2 more weeks to release this news on April fools day?

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    For everyone that complains about the top tube length theyre will be counter for staying as is.

    Top tube length on its own does not make a better bike, wheelbase chainstay length all get affected, you may not like the bike if an inch was added purely to the TT other changes would affect the HD as we know it now.

    Ive long been inbetween sizes at 5"11 always liked longer wheelbases and tts with short stems wide bars, my EVO I thought would be perfect but it worked against me I just could not get dialled on it size wise for corners at high speed, sometimes it was good other times I was off line for no reason. It was a large btw.

    Large HD no issue, still have plenty of room with a 50mm stem but I rail corners and better than I ever did on my EVO, the EVO on paper should have been right up my alley, being a DH rider, riding a large V10c I also never had that problem, the EVO did everything else well, jumped climbed etc.

    The Mojo in the same size for me slays it in every department, jumping might be about even but on landings and stability predicability the HD everytime, Id probably give the EVO the edge on confidence to hit a new gap first up, but thats probably due to the EVOs HA which is slacker in std setup by a degree, it makes a differrence.

    For me anyways I would prefer to stick with current TT GEO I feel would suit more people accross the board, as for the Ripley I wouldn't know until I rode one, numbers just don't tell the story anymore things have moved on allot in the last few years.

    For you 29er fanatics and number crunchers Id compare some similar brands, Turner is an interesting one as also DWL, the TTs are slightly longer on the Ripley compared to the Sultan.

    Yet the "Reach" which is actually more important to the TT is slightly longer on the Turners in a few sizes.

    The large is exactly the same, yet the "chain-stay length" is a massive difference, unfortunately Turner dont publish wheelbases, also very important in the overall scheme of things.

    I think for those on the fence people need to test ride first before getting panties to wet on wrong sizing, Ibis have taken a long time on this great video too and I would suspect its good for first gen.

    I feel for the 6"4" plus crowd as 29ers make more sense for the tallest people, maybe they could have gone an XXL and not made a small, smaller people to me just dont look right on 29ers and what benfits they gain I think they lose in learning good ride technique, but everyone to theyre own its your choice what you ride which is most important right.

    I could def see a Ripley green/blk as a XC option along with my HD possibly.

    Id actually like to see the 142x12 rear end and rear d hanger for it since its ceritfied XX1 compatible, see if any difference to the HDs for chain/seat stay clearance.

    All in all looks to me its been worth the wait, if it rides as good as it looks, props to "Ibis team" well done guys girls!

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    Um, I get why people might be bummed there's no XXL, but comparing the Ripley @140mm to, say, the Tallboy LTC, the TT numbers are within .1-.3", or 2.5-7.5mm. When stems come in 10mm increments, this difference is pretty inconsequential, dontchathink?

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    ...I think alot of us were hoping the Ripley would be a good FS XC addition to our HD's. On paper it's looking to be more Trail. I need to ride one!!

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    And don't forget. There's 2 more bikes coming from Ibis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    For everyone that complains about the top tube length theyre will be counter for staying as is.

    Top tube length on its own does not make a better bike, wheelbase chainstay length all get affected, you may not like the bike if an inch was added purely to the TT other changes would affect the HD as we know it now.

    Ive long been inbetween sizes at 5"11 always liked longer wheelbases and tts with short stems wide bars, my EVO I thought would be perfect but it worked against me I just could not get dialled on it size wise for corners at high speed, sometimes it was good other times I was off line for no reason. It was a large btw.

    Large HD no issue, still have plenty of room with a 50mm stem but I rail corners and better than I ever did on my EVO, the EVO on paper should have been right up my alley, being a DH rider, riding a large V10c I also never had that problem, the EVO did everything else well, jumped climbed etc.

    The Mojo in the same size for me slays it in every department, jumping might be about even but on landings and stability predicability the HD everytime, Id probably give the EVO the edge on confidence to hit a new gap first up, but thats probably due to the EVOs HA which is slacker in std setup by a degree, it makes a differrence.

    For me anyways I would prefer to stick with current TT GEO I feel would suit more people accross the board, as for the Ripley I wouldn't know until I rode one, numbers just don't tell the story anymore things have moved on allot in the last few years.

    For you 29er fanatics and number crunchers Id compare some similar brands, Turner is an interesting one as also DWL, the TTs are slightly longer on the Ripley compared to the Sultan.

    Yet the "Reach" which is actually more important to the TT is slightly longer on the Turners in a few sizes.

    The large is exactly the same, yet the "chain-stay length" is a massive difference, unfortunately Turner dont publish wheelbases, also very important in the overall scheme of things.

    I think for those on the fence people need to test ride first before getting panties to wet on wrong sizing, Ibis have taken a long time on this great video too and I would suspect its good for first gen.

    I feel for the 6"4" plus crowd as 29ers make more sense for the tallest people, maybe they could have gone an XXL and not made a small, smaller people to me just dont look right on 29ers and what benfits they gain I think they lose in learning good ride technique, but everyone to theyre own its your choice what you ride which is most important right.

    I could def see a Ripley green/blk as a XC option along with my HD possibly.

    Id actually like to see the 142x12 rear end and rear d hanger for it since its ceritfied XX1 compatible, see if any difference to the HDs for chain/seat stay clearance.

    All in all looks to me its been worth the wait, if it rides as good as it looks, props to "Ibis team" well done guys girls!
    The fact that a (really experienced) 5'9" guy prefers a large indicates that it's not a matter of just having a short top tube. 5'9 is where the recommend height for Pivot's medium frames starts (ETT 24.0" for a M 429c).

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgie View Post
    Um, I get why people might be bummed there's no XXL, but comparing the Ripley @140mm to, say, the Tallboy LTC, the TT numbers are within .1-.3", or 2.5-7.5mm. When stems come in 10mm increments, this difference is pretty inconsequential, dontchathink?

    As for all you Sasquatches out there, serves you right for eating too much spinach! Freaks!
    Worth pointing out that people complain about the short top tubes on SC bikes, too.

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    To each his own... I happen to like the top tube sizing on the new Ripley... and I agree w/ppl that the Black/Green colOR looks really cool !

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck_tacoma View Post
    ...I think alot of us were hoping the Ripley would be a good FS XC addition to our HD's. On paper it's looking to be more Trail. I need to ride one!!


    Seems like it could really go either way depending on how you build it.

    Put a 120 fork up front, some carbon hoops, light, fast tires, XC bars, longer stem, etc, and you'd have a pretty light XC machine.

    Put a 140 up front, beefy tires, dropper post, wide bars, short stem, etc, and you'd have a pretty capable trail bike.

    I'm sure we'll see builds in both flavors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackdan10 View Post
    And don't forget. There's 2 more bikes coming from Ibis!
    ... and you can believe it or not !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    The fact that a (really experienced) 5'9" guy prefers a large indicates that it's not a matter of just having a short top tube. 5'9 is where the recommend height for Pivot's medium frames starts (ETT 24.0" for a M 429c).
    Well appreciate you comparing me to Brian Lopes, but not everyone can ride like him, also he developed the HD and helped on the Ripley, Im sure its to suit the market where they can sell the most frames. Trying to compare BL to most here is just not in this universe on anything, Anne Carro is 5'8" she is on a medium? Id bank on it most people who are 5'9" would struggle to get the potential on the hi end out of an HD or any large unless a pro, and there is more to it than height, as I said reach is the most important factor not TT or Eftt.

    This is there first gen and its comparble to what others are doing size wise, and I said its a pity they dont do a larger size in XXL, that may have been a better strategy than doing a small, Im sure they have theyre reasons and are looking at all the e-feedback like this.

    They are trying to solve alot of complicated issues while trying to meet the mass market like make a 29er with the roll over everyone carries on about yet maintain 26er like handling feel and yet still sell and make a profit if you miss out then there is plenty of choices around I guess, not everyone is going to be happy no matter what, thats life, custom would be nice but its just not feasible in carbon.

    I think instead of bashing it up, lets wait more until people can give some rider feedback, it will be very interesting.

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    I ride a large 2010.5 Pivot 429 for xc/trail (120mm fork), and plan to replace that bike towards the end of summer. Looks like the xl Ripley will be a good fit for me, can't wait to demo one. Enjoyed the web site "story" and the video re-capping the design decisions and process. The Ripley looks really good, and I expect it will ride even better...just like the HD!

    It will be interesting to hear the ride impressions with the 120 and 140mm forks. Not sure which way I'd go yet.

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    I don't like the paint design. The big Ibis name logos are ugly -- the understated branding of the HD is what sets it apart as such a great-looking bike, IMO. It's always been a cheesy font, making it a very prominent cheesy font is a mistake. And the color scheme is garish, looks like a Pivot.

    To each their own, but I'll take the look of the HD or the SL-R over the Ripley any day.

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    4 years of development and the design is already dated. Too steep and too bad really. Seems like it was way over thought. The thrashing the early critics got on the original 71 degree HTA did nothing to endear me to the bike designers. So now the compromise is 70 degrees, when the trend for trail bike 29ers is more like 68...? Seems like the bike has been behind the curve geometry-wise since its inception. It's certainly no ground breaking design now, but the linkage looks interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    The fact that a (really experienced) 5'9" guy prefers a large indicates that it's not a matter of just having a short top tube. 5'9 is where the recommend height for Pivot's medium frames starts (ETT 24.0" for a M 429c).
    Brian just told me he's getting a medium Ripley. This was after running a large for quite a while... H

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    Hans I will take a medium too, thanks. You choose the color but I do like blue. I miss my SL so bad.
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    12.8" bottom bracket is not very trail bike IMO. No thanks, next...
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    What's the availability of 51mm offset forks like? Easy to source your standard Fox/RS variants? That's certainly thrown a bit of a spanner in the works for my plan to keep all bikes built from (relatively) interchangeable parts

    I was holding out for this for a while, but the high price and 51mm offset issues have me a little hesitant. I might wait to see a few more reviews from real world testing before biting the bullet - particularly with forks run at 120 vs 130 vs 140mm. I'll be using it for marathons, but want a single bike that does everything essentially!

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    What about tire clearance? Hans, can you tell us if a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2,35" will fit into the rear? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doismellbacon View Post
    What's up with the deep socket lower pivot/drive side bolt head? Maybe for taking a pivot-mounted chainguide like the HD?
    We tried it with a nut and with the allen fitting you see in the finished design. That part needed to have sufficient thread engagement AND we wanted to make it so you could use a 6 mm allen wrench on both sides, rather than a socket, open end wrench or pin spanner. That made it taller, but the little witches hat fastener looks better than the 15 mm nut we had in rev XXX. Plus, you probably won't have a 15 mm wrench on you when you're riding, but you might have a 6 mm allen wrench. Hope that all makes sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-AIR View Post
    But Lopes rides a large if I am not mistaken. At his hight, it appears he likes the longer TT of the large frame.
    He's switching to the medium as per a recent conversation fwiw.

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    So a med for me Hans?

    Congrats by the way, the bike the bike looks incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubas View Post
    What's the availability of 51mm offset forks like? Easy to source your standard Fox/RS variants?
    It's easy to source the forks now, in fact, they seem to be kind of taking over. Now common from RS, XF and optional from Fox. We stock them too.

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    all this crying about top tube length
    if you are in the >4% who are taller than 6"2" I get it
    but the rest of you who cant understand that the stand over height is the same on all top 3 sizes need to take a chill pill
    I can't ride a large because all my other bikes say medium is just plain silly if you ask me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fadl View Post
    What about tire clearance? Hans, can you tell us if a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2,35" will fit into the rear? Thank you!
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    How long's the wait for blue mediums?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter View Post
    12.8" bottom bracket is not very trail bike IMO. No thanks, next...
    Put the 140 fork on then doh or you werent really serious huh, plus you do have 29er wheels hello, isn't this the point oh and dw anti squat, wth, you guys are really onto it today haha.

    Lol on BL going to a medium, forum pressure you guys have got Brian all confused now haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanssc View Post
    Brian just told me he's getting a medium Ripley. This was after running a large for quite a while... H
    Interesting. Will you expand a bit on the "why"? And also, is this on the Ripley only? Is he sticking with large for SL-R and HD. Not trying to copy him, just trying to understand the reasoning as I won't be able to demo before I buy.

    We are about the same height and I also ride a Large SL-R now after a Med SL and HD. Gives me extra reach and space in the TT with running a short stem. On 65mm now on my SL-R.

    Debating the size issue on my Ripley order and would be interesting to know what guys say who have ridden it.
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    Hans - When are you shipping blue medium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerJoe View Post
    all this crying about top tube length
    if you are in the >4% who are taller than 6"2" I get it
    but the rest of you who cant understand that the stand over height is the same on all top 3 sizes need to take a chill pill
    I can't ride a large because all my other bikes say medium is just plain silly if you ask me
    Nice looking bike Ibis .... Well done
    Thank you

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    Isn't the Fox 34 a 51mm offset fork anyway? Compare the geo with a Fox 34 @140mm and the geo is not outdated in the least, except for the Enduro29 which isn't even in the same category of bike. The Tallboy LTc has a head angle of 69.5 and a BB of 13.4 inches and it seems to be doing fairly well.

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    If Ibis hit the design goal of "a 29er that steers like a 26er" then I am all in. I understand that most of you can probably look at the geo numbers and tell if you would like the ride or not but I can't do that. I need to ride it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerJoe View Post
    all this crying about top tube length
    if you are in the >4% who are taller than 6"2" I get it
    but the rest of you who cant understand that the stand over height is the same on all top 3 sizes need to take a chill pill
    I can't ride a large because all my other bikes say medium is just plain silly if you ask me
    Nice looking bike Ibis .... Well done
    Yep, have to agree. Much teeth gnashing over nothing. A 24" TT on a large frame seems pretty standard for a trail oriented bike. My large Lenz Mammoth has the same TT length and at 5'11", fits perfectly with a shortish 70mm stem. If you have to have a long TT plenty of other options. I also think there is a limit to what you can tell by just looking at geo numbers. There have been bikes that looked ideal for me on paper, but I hated once I rode them. The reverse has also been true. Gotta ride it to know for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    How long's the wait for blue mediums?
    Not to beat a dead horse, since I've been trying to get clarification in other threads, but it would be nice to know what the targeted ship dates are for each of the 4 sizes since it appears to be staggered...with XL being last in the queue from my understanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan View Post
    Interesting. Will you expand a bit on the "why"? And also, is this on the Ripley only? Is he sticking with large for SL-R and HD. Not trying to copy him, just trying to understand the reasoning as I won't be able to demo before I buy.

    We are about the same height and I also ride a Large SL-R now after a Med SL and HD. Gives me extra reach and space in the TT with running a short stem. On 65mm now on my SL-R.

    Debating the size issue on my Ripley order and would be interesting to know what guys say who have ridden it.
    I have a feeling the proto types were size large, just a guess.
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    Hi Msimmons
    We are going to start shipping the mediums in a couple weeks, but your dealer will have to quote you your delivery time as we are just starting to fill back orders and it will vary depending on the dealer.
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    Hans - When are you shipping blue medium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles wadsworth View Post
    I have a feeling the proto types were size large, just a guess.
    True.

    Lopes, thought the large was going to be fine, but after riding it for a while mentioned that he thinks he will prefer the medium. As to the details of why, we didn't discuss it. I would assume he feels the fit and maneuverability will be better for him on the medium. We'll see where he ends up. I just mentioned it since people are using him as a reference fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanssc View Post
    Hi Msimmons
    We are going to start shipping the mediums in a couple weeks, but your dealer will have to quote you your delivery time as we are just starting to fill back orders and it will vary depending on the dealer.
    Thank you,
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    What about XL? My own dealer that I'm working with and preordered through (Bicycle Engineering in Davis) and I just called Competitive Cyclist and XL is the one size they neither of them has any info from Ibis on

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    Hi MSH and Ibis Forum,

    The sizes are progressing in this order:
    Large
    Medium
    Small
    Extra Large

    The large, medium and small are all in production currently and the large shipments to shops have started. Medium shipments will begin within a few weeks. Smalls in about 6 weeks, first XLs should be in about 10-12 weeks. We have just started filling the pipeline.

    Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSH View Post
    What about XL? My own dealer that I'm working with and preordered through (Bicycle Engineering in Davis) and I just called Competitive Cyclist and XL is the one size they neither of them has any info from Ibis on

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    Thank you for the update Hans! Much appreciated

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    Dang--no love for the tall guys at Ibis. Looking forward to getting the Blue XL I ordered yesterday some time. I'm sure the wait will be worth it, and luckily the Pivot I am riding now is serving me well

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerJoe View Post
    all this crying about top tube length
    if you are in the >4% who are taller than 6"2" I get it
    but the rest of you who cant understand that the stand over height is the same on all top 3 sizes need to take a chill pill
    I can't ride a large because all my other bikes say medium is just plain silly if you ask me
    Nice looking bike Ibis .... Well done
    Actually the average is 5'10" and the standard deviation is 3". That means 16% of people are over 6'1" and therefore too tall for the XL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutantclover View Post
    That means 16% of people are over 6'1" and therefore too tall for the XL.
    I'm not sure if one can draw a cutoff that clearly. It's going to depend on body proportions, preferred setup, riding style, etc. I'm 6'2" and ride a L Pivot 429 very comfortably. My Pivot L is almost exactly the same size as the Ripley XL. I have a Ripley XL on order and have no worries about it fitting me.

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    http://www.census.gov/compendia/stat...es/12s0209.pdf

    less than %10 percent of the male population is above 6'2"
    I remember the cost of a mold being over $100,000 it might not be a viable option
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    Threads like these make all the forum lemmings come out of the wood works, with their complaints of geometry and fit. Probably only 5% of riders have any freakin clue as to what geometry and fit makes a good bike. Most people just going off of trends and the latest numbers. I hope nobody reading this listens to these goons who have never ridden this bike. Or think that any bike without a 50mm stem, shortest chain stays, and a slack head tube just isn't cool...

    Sounds like an awesome bike and the numbers reflect the ideology Ibis has stated they used to design this bike. A bike that fits, handles, and rides like a 26" frame but with the 29" wheels. Awesome, good on you guys Ibis for all the ingenuity and for the different style of bikes you continue to build. I'd love to have one if I could budget it

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    With all due respect, if we're going to discount opinions of any "goons" that haven't ridden this bike, then I'm not sure any opinions matter other than those of the ibis sponsored riders. Even they have obvious financial bias. My point is that we're all speculating, and on the Internet it's tough to gauge the accuracy of individual opinions. Ibis chose to hold out on the release of the geometry numbers, and worked us all into a frenzy. That's what we're seeing at present, a feeding frenzy. I personally enjoy seeing all the comments and discussion. Some are much more insightful than others. From my standpoint, a little dissent is healthy, as it generates additional discussion, which many of us find valuable. I find this more informative as opposed to comments by folks that plunked down money in 2011 for this frame, and remained fervent supporters despite delays, lack of geometry info, lack of a test ride, etc.

    I'm still a lurker and considering the frame, though hesitant to commit without seeing this link in person and taking a test ride. I hope they produced enough to meet pent up demand. FWIW, I ride a DW 29er (Sultan) and I'm trying to understand if the ride will be different, or if the only change will be the weight. I have a build kit ready to go, just trying to pick the frame.

    Also, it looks to me as though it might be tough to clean out mud from the linkage, but maybe it's not as bad as I'm imagining. Any thoughts on this?

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    Yody, I was thinking the same about all the Goons/Lemmings out there who are bullying others into not sharing their opinions on this forum.

    You can't please everyone and myself I already have a stellar IBIS product, the HD for aggressive Trail riding. I'm currently looking for a XC bike to add to my collection, was hoping for this bike to be the Ripley. Liking my current IBIS, I'm going to try my best to demo a Ripley before I make my final decision. To be honest, I'm not sure if it's going to be XC enough to replace my HD for that type of riding....as my HD already rips pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck_tacoma View Post
    Yody, I was thinking the same about all the Goons/Lemmings out there who are bullying others into not sharing their opinions on this forum.

    You can't please everyone and myself I already have a stellar IBIS product, the HD for aggressive Trail riding. I'm currently looking for a XC bike to add to my collection, was hoping for this bike to be the Ripley. Liking my current IBIS, I'm going to try my best to demo a Ripley before I make my final decision. To be honest, I'm not sure if it's going to be XC enough to replace my HD for that type of riding....as my HD already rips pretty good.
    Hey Canuck.... What is it you're looking for in a "more xc" bike? Is it just shorter travel? Genuine question. I'm just curious because in 120 mode with a light build the Ripley ticks every box for me when I think about a FS XC bike..... 5lb frame, super efficient pedaler (I think that's safe to assume, as is excellent stiffness), low ish bb, middle of the road HA, much shorter trail than your HD. Sounds like the makings of a quick, precise, confident and efficient bike to me.

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    Bike looks stunning, looks like the result of a lot of work! Seriously considering placing an order. Can anyone confirm if the main pivots bearing outer diameter press into an aluminium sleeve in the frame or direct onto a carbon surface? The pictures suggest carbon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hisense View Post
    Bike looks stunning, looks like the result of a lot of work! Seriously considering placing an order. Can anyone confirm if the main pivots bearing outer diameter press into an aluminium sleeve in the frame or direct onto a carbon surface? The pictures suggest carbon?
    Thank you!
    The bearings all have metal bores to press fit into. They blend in since they are black anodized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    Threads like these make all the forum lemmings come out of the wood works, with their complaints of geometry and fit. Probably only 5% of riders have any freakin clue as to what geometry and fit makes a good bike. Most people just going off of trends and the latest numbers. I hope nobody reading this listens to these goons who have never ridden this bike. Or think that any bike without a 50mm stem, shortest chain stays, and a slack head tube just isn't cool...
    Agreed! So many people so quick to judge. We as consumers have become so fickle that we judge a product before even putting our hands on it, much less riding it.

    If history proves true then the Ripley will be one of the best trail/XC 29ers out there.

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    I have put my money down and placed an order for a Ripley. That said, letís not discount otherís opinions. Both positive and negative criticism help companies like Ibis perfect their products. I was one of the critics that threw their hands in the air when I heard that the HA would be 71 degrees back in 2011. I think Ibis listened to their customers (but mostly their test riders ) and made adjustments. This type of feedback is beneficial to Ibis. I personally think that ISCG tabs should have been included as well as an XXL size, but that is just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brisco Dog View Post
    I have put my money down and placed an order for a Ripley. That said, letís not discount otherís opinions. Both positive and negative criticism help companies like Ibis perfect their products.
    I agree, I just think we should RIDE the bike before getting all wound up about the numbers. And by the way the numbers very closely mimic the Tallboy which in my opinion is one of the best 29ers available.

    I would also like to have seen ISCG or some sort of provision for a guide/bash setup. I'm not sure the press fit BB will help with that either (not a big fan of the press fit BB).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brisco Dog View Post
    I personally think that ISCG tabs should have been included.
    I agree but I'm not gonna complain. There's really nothing else about the bike I don't like (without actually riding it) so I'm stoked. I'll be running XX1 so I won't have any way of running a guard, but I think I can live with that. Tho I'm guessing someone will eventually engineer a replacement spider for the XX1 crank that will allow the use of a bash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    Threads like these make all the forum lemmings come out of the wood works, with their complaints of geometry and fit.
    ...such is the way of the world.

    Oh snap, new bike out?!? Armchair Internet Generals... TO BATTLE!

    And yeah, if I felt a need for a bouncy 29'er I'd be all over the Ripley. Too much fun on my HD right now.
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    Hans/others: Is there a difference in weight between the black and the blue frame. If there is then how much is the difference approximately?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Portti View Post
    Hans/others: Is there a difference in weight between the black and the blue frame. If there is then how much is the difference approximately?
    So one data point is here on Medium Tallboys on Matte vs Painted (about .25lbs difference)-->
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    Bottom line...maybe 80-120g-ish difference??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portti View Post
    Hans/others: Is there a difference in weight between the black and the blue frame. If there is then how much is the difference approximately?
    The weight difference is about 70 grams. The matte clear is thinner and has fewer coats and so it is lighter weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan View Post
    Interesting. Will you expand a bit on the "why"? And also, is this on the Ripley only? Is he sticking with large for SL-R and HD. Not trying to copy him, just trying to understand the reasoning as I won't be able to demo before I buy.

    We are about the same height and I also ride a Large SL-R now after a Med SL and HD. Gives me extra reach and space in the TT with running a short stem. On 65mm now on my SL-R.

    Debating the size issue on my Ripley order and would be interesting to know what guys say who have ridden it.
    Man now I'm confused...I love my SL in a medium, am 174cm (5-9) and was simply going to stump up for a medium Ripley because why the hell not...

    But now I'm thinking I need to try the large...which is a bit harder in Australia, think I have to get on a plane to do so.

    Think I'll have to wait to read what its like under a real bum, not in theory

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    Hans,

    I am 6'1 and have been riding a Large Specialized Epic 29er for the last few years and I like the fit. I seem to be between a large and an XL. Do you have a recommendation on frame size? I've ordered a large, but am having second thoughts.

    Also, I guess I am more boring than some, but I am not fond of either color option. If I go with the black/gren, are the green graphics removable or are they painted on or embedded in a clear coat?

    Thanks,

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    The bikes look better in person, maybe when you see one up close it will grow on you. The graphics are under a clear coat.

    Sizing wise, I am the same height and ride a large, but there is a trend to swap stem length for TT length and bar width. I think this originated with a desire to get the added stability of the longer wheelbase. The longer wheelbase gets the riders CG further back from the front contact patch. It makes you feel more secure when descending as you are that much further away from going over the bars at any given time.
    The slacker head angle and increased fork rake on the Ripley do the same thing, (put the front contact patch out further in front of you) so the longer TT is not needed to get that confident feeling.
    The stand over height is low on all the sizes though, so you can ride either size and just adjust the stem length to get a good position. The large will be a bit more nimble, the XL will be a bit more stable, so pick whichever works best for the trails you ride.
    Hope this helps!
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    Hans,

    I am 6'1 and have been riding a Large Specialized Epic 29er for the last few years and I like the fit. I seem to be between a large and an XL. Do you have a recommendation on frame size? I've ordered a large, but am having second thoughts.

    Also, I guess I am more boring than some, but I am not fond of either color option. If I go with the black/gren, are the green graphics removable or are they painted on or embedded in a clear coat?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    Will the Ripley use the same der hanger as sl-r and hd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    Will the Ripley use the same der hanger as sl-r and hd?
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    Hans - Curious what size stem you are running on your Large and how far back you are running your saddle? I'm the same height and would love to not have to wait on an XL

    Quote Originally Posted by hanssc View Post
    The bikes look better in person, maybe when you see one up close it will grow on you. The graphics are under a clear coat.

    Sizing wise, I am the same height and ride a large, but there is a trend to swap stem length for TT length and bar width. I think this originated with a desire to get the added stability of the longer wheelbase. The longer wheelbase gets the riders CG further back from the front contact patch. It makes you feel more secure when descending as you are that much further away from going over the bars at any given time.
    The slacker head angle and increased fork rake on the Ripley do the same thing, (put the front contact patch out further in front of you) so the longer TT is not needed to get that confident feeling.
    The stand over height is low on all the sizes though, so you can ride either size and just adjust the stem length to get a good position. The large will be a bit more nimble, the XL will be a bit more stable, so pick whichever works best for the trails you ride.
    Hope this helps!
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