Ibis was born out of the Clunker Movement of the late 70’s.

By late 1976 Scot Nicol had converted a 1947 Excelsior to a geared bike with cantilever brakes and rode it in the dirt whenever he could. After seeing an article in a magazine about the Clunker Movement Nicol contacted the guys talked about in the article. Those “guys” turned out to be earlier pioneers of the mountain bike movement Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly among others. Contacting them led to a road trip from Marin, California to Crested Butte, Colorado to ride. On this trip Nicol made friends with the Marin County crew and ended up spending the winter living with Steve Potts (who was a sheetmetal worker at the time) and working with Joe Breeze and Charlie Cunningham as an apprentice framebuilder. Scot Nicol ended up with Breezer number thirteen which he still has and hopes to restore one day.

The next spring, Scot started building his own frames in Mendocino without a plan or without money … In a roundabout way Ibis was born. Ibis has an extensive history about the origins of their brand that is worth looking through. It can be found here: https://www.ibiscycles.com/our-story/history

Ibis has been a rider owned company since 1981 and the five owners continue to be involved heavily with the brand. Since Ibis’ early days they have gone on to create iconic full suspension frames like the Ripmo, Mojo and Ripley. Ibis full suspension frames use Dave Weagle’s famed DW Link. The Ibis Mojo, Ripmo and Ripley have been using the DW Link since their first iteration.

Ibis was there for the birth of mountain biking and they have continued to extend their place in mountain bike history by making modern mountain bikes for today’s trails.

Below you can find all of the reviews we’ve conducted aboard Ibis bikes. We take pride in offering the most honest and up-front reviews in hopes that you can better inform yourself on any future purchasing decisions based on your local terrain and skill level.

To learn more about Ibis visit: https://www.ibiscycles.com/