The New Ibis Ripley
First Ride on the V4
Words By Drew Rohde | Photos by Lear Miller & Saris
With tons of rave reviews of the Ripmo, Ibis went back to the drawing board when it came time to redesign the Ripley. To all of the OG’s out there, you’ll probably agree that Ibis has a legacy in the history of mountain bike brands. The Ibis Ripley has also earned quite a reputation over the years and it has come a long way since it was first introduced back in 2011. Using much of the same technology developed around the Ripmo, the brand is about to stoke both new riders and Ibis-lifers alike.
Days before the mountain bike industry traveled to Laguna Seca for the annual Sea Otter Classic, Ibis sent a vague email invite to, “Come ride something new.” A handful of the usual bike media hacks showed up early for some breakfast at Ibis’ Santa Cruz, CA headquarters. It was great to see the usual suspects and catch up after our winter break. We loaded our plates and took guesses on what we’d soon be riding.
Scot Nicol, Ibis founder, made his way into the breakfast circle and started herding the cats into thei Ibis “Hall of Fame.” It was truly an impressive hall, lined with beautiful collector bikes hanging multiple rows tall on each side of the room. At the front of the room, on full display was the new Ripley.
Standing next to the bike was Colin Hughes, the engineering manager of the new bike. After some quick introductions, Colin got right into the thick of it while walking us through the development of his new baby. V4 is definitely the most capable and well-rounded Ripley yet and it’s readily evident just by looking at the tough, yet beautiful frame.
The New Details
After learning so much about stiffness, modern geometry and frame development with the Ripmo, Ibis chose to ditch some of their traditional features for modern-day performance. Below are some charts and information from Ibis highlighting the changes to the V4 Ripley.
Longer reach numbers across the board. A front triangle that is ready to rip thanks a much stiffer layup, that is over half a pound lighter than V3. Frame weight is 5lbs (w/out shock).
Ibis ditched the cartridge bearings in some of the pivots with bushings to increase time between service intervals and further reduce weight. Along with sizing growing thanks to the longer reach, Ibis has significantly shortened seat tubes and stack height for a much lower center of gravity. By ditching the concentric pivots, Ibis was able to drop weight and make room for 185mm dropper posts. Riders can now chose their frames based on reach not seat tube height.
The Ripley still packs 120mm of rear travel with a 130mm fork but it’s going to feel much different than previous generations. Ibis has given the new Ripley a more progressive spring rate.
Ibis will be offering the Ripley frames for $2,999 and completes starting $4,099 with a SRAM NX build. Mid-range bikes are priced from $4,899 to $6,699 and the top tier bikes go from $9,199 to $9,399.