• 06-28-2013
    Ripley as a race/trail bike
    So I took a demo Ripley out for a test ride today and loved it. I did not think having a race bike and a trail bike all in one was doable but I think Ibis nailed it! Any riders on the Ripley for both race/trail care to share some feedback for this type of use.
  • 07-02-2013
    i will be runnin it as a trail/racer. maybe just a separate set of light wheels and a highend well thought out light but durable build (that's what I'm going for) an you'll easily have a 24lb bike on race day an prolly a 25lb bike to really rip up the trails..
  • 07-03-2013
    Personally I think it depends on the course and type of racing. For a short (under 2 hour) XC race, a 29er HT seems the way to go. But anything endurance I think the Ripley will shine. I"m planning on using mine for the upcoming Breck Epic and Cape Epic races.
  • 07-03-2013
    Hardtail not an option for my 50 year old back. Most of the racing I do is under 3 hours but I am looking for a bike that will be a good Fruita/ western Colo./race rig all in one. Been on Turners for years and dig em but I think the sultan would be to heavy for racing.The Ripley seems to have it all even with a 140 out front.
  • 07-03-2013
    I"m in the same situation back wise - my 44 year old back can no longer handle a HT for more than an hour. I agree that the ripley set up right will be light enough. Especially with a nice set of wheels.
  • 07-08-2013
    Interesting comment by Dave Weagle here:

    "I look at each bike on its own merits. We design for feel. I sit down with the companies and discuss feel. For example, an Ibis Ripley; the desired feel is probably closer to the 80mm Salsa Spearfish than it is to the 120mm Salsa Horsethief. I really try to boil it down to the desired trail feel."
  • 07-19-2013
    I think it can be done. I rode my 120mm Ripley in a 12 hour race and it was fantastic. She has been doing great on all my local fast downhills as well. Its really been do it all bike for me. Consider playing with the different fork lengths in the front to find the best fit. I don't think there is a true 'do it all' bike out there, but the Ripley comes pretty close for me.
  • 11-28-2015
    I'd love to get a more XC oriented bike to ride more 50mi races, but $4K is my minimum build out that I'd rather spend on other things and I'd probably only use it a handful of times a year.

    Right now my Ripley has more Trail oriented build (Pike, Dropper, Heavier wheels & Tires)

    I'm thinking of buying a SID 120mm, Crossmax SLs, racier tires. Maybe swap the dropper out for a rigid depending on the course. I can lose lots of wheels and front end weight this way and only cost me $1000 on the used market.

    This would also allow me to really trail out my Ripley with wider rims and even beefier tires for my more regular riding and training.

    Kind of a PITA to swap out fork, but at the same time its only 2-3x a year.
  • 11-28-2015
    Races aren't run on trails?

    I've won a few Expert/Cat 1 races in my day, and it's almost always about the engine, not the bike. I just don't get the micro-classification of bicycles types.
  • 11-28-2015
    Of course it's the engine. There is another forum for that.

    This is about geeking out on bikes.
  • 11-30-2015
    Yeah, imo, it's a great bike for hauling azz, both for shorter and longer riding/racing.

    In the same way that most racers ride 100mm bikes, no longer thinking they need 80mm to be fast, I think the ripley shows that 120mm can be the new 100mm, if that makes any sense. If you are slow on the ripley, it's not the bike's fault!
  • 12-01-2015
    I find the platform to be so efficient that it's served me well even at XC distances, and shines on longer technical courses. Having had both a XC and trail build its very easy to have a do all set up with a fork and or wheel swap.
  • 12-05-2015
    I think it cracks me up how people try to shoehorn their bikes into a category.

    I used to ride a 1998 Specialized FSR Elite, with a dual crown Manitou fork.

    It was my cross country bike, and my "All Mountain" bike, before that category even existed. I rode it up Amasa Back, passing 2 guys on carbon fiber OCLV Treks on the climb. I rode it from the Colorado river up Porcupine Rim, then back down. I didn't sweat that it was a long travel(at that time) heavy bike. The rear suspension worked really well, especially for my fast cadence style of pedaling.

    All these stupid categories, as if you can't just ride one bike everywhere. If it is a good design and good geometry, then just pedal the shit out of it!