Generation 3 of the modern classic that defines Ibis and the state of the art in mountain biking.
With the release of the original Ripley in 2011, Ibis introduced a 29er that was light and stable and brought a new twist on the famed DW-Link suspension that went leaps and bounds beyond everyone else in suspension control and feel.
Today, Ibis announces the new 3rd Generation Ibis Ripley LS, which rolls up the best of the first two plus a few tricks learned from it's longer travel brethren (Mojo 3), all in a thoroughly 2017-centric package.
We appreciate that Ibis has not stood still with the Ripley and at the same time has chosen continuous optimization rather than radical change for the sake of change. Ibis recognizes, like so many thousands of riders, that the Ripley represents a sweet spot in both the 29er wheel category and in the overall mountain biking world, and that bikes like this don't come along every day.
Other words, if it ain't broke, don't fix it...make it better!
Built Atop The Solid Ripley Platform
Travel: The new 3rd Gen Ibis Ripley LS sticks with the just-beyond-cross-country 130mm front/120mm rear suspension travel length that has been the foundation of the Ripley 29 since day one.
Geometry: Longer, slacker geometry introduced as an option in the 2nd generation is retained, now as a standard feature. This brings the bike more into today's riding style zone and borrows from bikes like the longer travel Ibis Mojo 3.
Suspension: The Ibis Ripley has a ride that has relied on the incomparable DW-Link rear suspension, a revolution in both simplicity and sophistication. DW-Link uses a small amount of hardware in a creative way to simplify the complex job of providing smooth consistent suspension that is under control while deftly negating the side effects of such complex action.
Beauty: Sexy lines and clean features like internal cable routing actually make mountain biking quiet again.
Boost & Threading: Previous generation added "Boost" wide raar axle width for lateral stability and added threaded bottom brackets to prevent the squeaky creaky possibility of pressed-in bottom brackets. Nobody likes the squeaky creaky!
Ibis Ripley LS 3rd Generation in Ti-Ho Silver
What's New in Gen 3
More Tire Clearance: We are blessed to live in a time where it's possible to build and ride wider rims and tires without the weight penalty in days of yore. Ibis has been not only a proponent of but a scientific participant in the ever expanding rim/tire width trend. They understand that, like suspension, it's not just a single part that creates an effect, but the system as a whole. So in the new 3rd Generation Ripley LS, Ibis has redesigned the rear triangle to accommodate tires up to 2.5"/2.6" which along with their stable wide rims and careful tire choices provide a controlled wide rim, medium travel experience on the new Ripley.
Laterally Stiffer Rear Suspension: In suspension, you want things to move one direction (vertically in the correct path) but not the other (sideways). Ibis has further refined the upper bearing of the rear suspension with a wider stance to lock out sideways movement even more. Put simply, it's another advancement from the "Department Of Slop Removal"!
Slack is the new Black: Now standard is LS (Long Slack) geometry on all sizes of the 3rd Gen Ripley.
New build options: New with the 3rd Generation Ibis Ripley LS is the availability of the SRAM NX 1X build kit, which replaces the Special Blend kit available on previous Ripleys. There are also three other great choices in "one by" build kits: Shimano SLX, Shimano XT and SRAM XO1. Feeling wrenchy? The frame-only option lets you get creative. Know what you parts you want to use? Need help designing that custom creation? Sunshine Bikes can help.
Colors: Finally, colors! Two new colors adorn the mighty Ripley: the infamous Vitamin P and the new wonderfully punny Ti-Ho Silver.
Ibis Ripley Gen 3 downtube and BB in Vitamin P
Ibis Ripley Gen 3 Features List
- 120mm rear wheel DW-link travel
- Carbon fiber monocoque frame and swingarm
- 5.9 Pound frame* with Fox FLOAT DPS EVOL Approved for 130-140mm forks
- Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
- Shock Specs: Fox Factory FLOAT DPS 3pos w/Adj and EVOL Sleeve with Kashima Coat
- Provision for internal cable-actuated or hydraulic adjustable seat posts
- Post mount rear brake mounts Shimano 2X side swing or 2x Di2 front derailleur compatible and of course, 1X
- * Frame weight is for a medium frame with shock and without seat collar, rear axle, rock guard, or water bottle bolts
The 3rd Generation Ibis Ripley 29 is available now in all sizes except XL which is coming soon!