Ibis Ripmo – 2019
The Fastest 29" in the West - Ibis Ripmo
When we talk about long and slack 29er’s, everyone thinks about boats. And I don’t mean a Caribbean cruise line. I mean bikes that don’t want to turn, or even have ever thought about taking a corner quickly. But the 2019 Ibis Ripmo is a different kind of bike. Literally the baby of the Ibis Ripley and Mojo (Ripmo…. Get it?), this thing corners, climbs, descends, rails, jumps incredibly well. Heck, it might even do your taxes if you ask it nicely.
The real key to the magic is its geometry. At a 65.9° head tube angle, it's really only moderately slack, but what really sells it is the seat tube angle. It's at 76°, which is XC level of steep. What this means is that this is one of the best uphill peddling enduro-style bikes on the market today. Each peddle stroke is maximized, and the climbing ability is truly phenomenal. Furthermore, the front end of the bike stays on the ground, even when you are ascending the gnarliest of terrain. It has the climbing capability of a much smaller travel bike, or, say, Alex Honnold. Combined with the DW-Link suspension, this bike stays stiff while pedaling, with almost zero “bob” from the suspension.
But climbing is only half the equation, and you came here to see how it goes downhill, right? Well, don’t worry, it lives up to the hype. This is a beast on the downhill, thanks to that slack tube angle and suspension. Because of the new, larger bushings on the DW-Link and the 160mm travel on the fork, this eats up the biggest drops as well as the smallest of pebbles. At 145mm on the rear suspension, the Fox Float DPX2 is lively and has a smooth recoil. Furthermore, because of the steep seat tube angle, this thing is as maneuverable as those dogs in the Westminister Kennel Club. Cornering in the berms is quick, turn engagement is solid, and it's very easy to keep and maintain speed. What's more, that speed is stable: this isn’t a wiley bike that’s hard to control. The speed capability, as well as the takeoff and landing ability, are smooth, graceful, and safe. It devours terrain and keeps you exactly where you need to be on the bike. Which is on top of it, of course.
Ibis Ripmo - The Bottom Line
Ladies and gentlemen, the hype around this bike is real, and it's for a good reason. This bike slays. Its steep seat tube angle (76°) and moderately slack head tube angle (65.9°) creates a bike that is outstanding, both on the uphill and downhill. Pedaling is incredibly efficient and comfortable thanks to the DW-Link linkage and head tube angle, so you can cruise up the hill with similar efficiency and speed to a cross-country bike.
Its 160mm of front and 145mm of rear suspension is anything but cross-country, however. On the downhill, the Ripmo is the epitome of smooth and stable. Controlling it in corners, over chunk, or even over jumps and drops is a breeze. We liken this bike to the “Hovercraft effect”, as it's playful and sendy over big and small features alike. After all, when you engineer the baby of the Ibis Ripley and Mojo HD4, you truly have something special. Check this out, and try before you buy.
Specs are for the 2019 Ibis Ripmo in the NX build.
|Drivetrain:||SRAM NX 1×12 with 30t chainring, 11-50t cassette and GX Eagle crankset.|
|Handlebar||Ibis 780mm Alloy|
|Wheels:||Ibis 938 Alloy 29″|
|Tires:||Maxxis 2.5″ Minion DHF on the front wheel, and Minion Aggressor II 2.5″ on the rear|
|Sizes in our fleet:||M, L, XL|
|Finish:||Black, Tangerine Sky, Black Olive|
|Weight (actual):||29lbs, 7oz / 13.35kg|
|Fork:||Fox Float 36 Performance Series 160mm, 29″|
|Rear Suspension Travel:||145mm / 5.7″|
|Shock:||Fox Float Performance, DPX2 with Evol|
|Brakes:||Shimano Deore 4 brakes with 180mm rotors|
|Rear Derailleur:||SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed|
|Front Derailleur:||None: 1×12 shifting|
|Seatpost:||KS E30i dropper|
|Headset:||Cane Creek 40|
|Grips:||Lizard Skins Charger Evo|
|Your Height||Recommended Frame Size|
|Virtual TT||22.6 in. / 573mm||23.8 in. / 603mm||24.9 in. / 632mm||25.8 in. / 655mm|
|Seat Tube Length||14.5 in. / 368mm||14.5in. / 368mm||16.5 in. / 418mm||18.6 in. / 470mm|
|Head Tube Length||3.6 in. / 90mm||4.0 in. / 1050mm||4.4 in. / 110mm||4.8 in. / 120mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height||13.5 in. / 341mm||13.5 in. / 341mm||13.5 in. / 341mm||13.5 in. / 341mm|
|Chainstay Length||17.13 in. / 435mm||17.13 in. / 435mm||17.13 in. / 435mm||17.13 in. / 435mm|
|Stack Height||24.2 in. / 613mm||24.5 in. / 620mm||24.8 in. / 629mm||25.3 in. / 642mm|
|Reach Length||17.0 in. / 431mm||17.6 in. / 446mm||18.6 in. / 471mm||19.5 in. / 493mm|
|Standover Height||27.8 in. / 705mm||29.6 in. / 750mm||29.6 in. / 750mm||30.0 in. / 760mm|
|Wheelbase||46.34 in. / 1177mm||46.86 in. / 1195mm||48.04 in. / 1220mm||49.18 in. / 1249mm|
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