2017 Ibis Ripley LS

Call me crazy or sick but after selling the Santa Cruz 5010 I picked up this frame and started scavenging parts from the parts bin and from the 429!

This is another DW Link bike and from initial rides it’s got a stiffer rear end than the 429.

Looks brand new, original owner put 40 miles on it before having a warranty replacement for a crack developing in the head tube.

The bike climbs very well and it feels smaller than the Pivot Mach 429.  Coming from the Santa Cruz 5010 (27.5″)  and the Pivot Mach 429 (29″) , this Ripley LS feels like an in between’er.  If there were such a thing as a 28″ it would feel like the Ripley.  The bike carves up the turns really well, closer to a 27.5 but it also rolls and climbs like the 29’er.

I think that is due to the shorter top tube or lower bottom bracket (it’s really low around 12.5″ or so).  My first ride out I was smashing pedals on everything.  Even going around turns I normally pedal right thru, my pedals were digging up dirt!  I found out I had to jack up the PSI in the rear shock some.  That solved the pedal issue but it doesn’t ride as softly as before.  I will need to look into this, I might have gone too far.  So far that is my only negative!  The Pivot felt ‘smoother’ on the trail,  it soaked up more of the small bumps.

The geometry is very close to the 429 but the reach feels shorter.  It does feel like it climbs a little better but that could be just me with a new shiny toy!

With 130mm fork (537mm axle to crown)

Nominal Size Medium Medium (LS) Large Large (LS) X-Large (LS)
Seattube 419 (16.5″) 419 (16.5″) 470 (18.5″) 470 (18.5″) 521 (20.5″)
Toptube 587 (23.1″) 600 (23.6″) 607 (23.9″) 619 (24.4″) 640 (25.2″)
Headtube 94 93 100 102 107
Chainstay 444 (17.5″) 444 (17.5″) 444 (17.5″) 444 (17.5″) 444 (17.5″)
Seat Angle 72.2° 73° 72.2° 73° 73°
Head Angle 69.2° 67.5° 69.2° 67.5° 67.5°
Wheelbase 1105 1140 1125 1167 1187
Standover Height (mid toptube) 745 (29.3″) 740 (29.1″) 745 (29.3″) 740 (29.1″) 750 (29.5″)
Stack 620 619 625 625 632
Reach 390 411 406 428 448
Trail 85 97 85 97 97
BB Height (2.6″ tires) 331 (13″) 325 (12.8″) 331 (13″) 325 (12.8″) 325 (12.8″)
Sizing Guide (rider height) 163–175 (5’4″–5′ 9″) 163–175 (5’4″–5′ 9″) 175–188 (5’9″–6’2″) 175–188 (5’9″–6’2″) 183–198 (6’–6’6″)

Measurements

  • Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm
  • Front Derailleur High Direct Mount
  • Headset Mixed Tapered (1.5″ EC49 lower, 1.125″ ZS44 upper)
  • Bottom Bracket 73mm (BSA) English Thread
  • Chainline 51mm
  • Rear Brake Post Mount
  • Rear Axle 12 x 148mmm BOOST
  • Max Rear Rotor 180mm

So far this is my favorite bike between the Pivot Mach 429 and Santa Cruz 5010!  It isn’t as hoppy as the 5010 but very close!  It  still does make it fun to pop off or over things like the 5010 and still climbs as well or maybe a bit better than the 429?

We will see after I get more miles on the bike, but the only issue I had was the pedal striking but that seems to have been resolved.

Custom Build Specs

Frame

2017 Ripley LS Tang (orange)

Fork

Fox 34 Float 51mm Boost spacing (15×110) 130mm 2018

Rotors

160mm/180mm SRAM Centerline with Jag pads

Cranks

XT boost 170mm

Chainring

XT Chainring 30T

Pedals

Raceface Chester

Brakes

SRAM Guide RSC 2017

Chain

SRAM1130

Shifter

XT 11 speed or XTR

Derailleur

XT 11 speed or XTR

Seatpost

X-fusion Manic 125mm

Remote

Crank Bros

Stem

Funn Stryge 75mm, 35.0mm, 1 1/8″

Bar

Easton Haven 35 Riser Bar 40* 750mm

Headset

Cane Creek Angleset

BB

XT BB 73mm english (BSA)

Saddle

WTB Titanium Silverado

Cassette

SRAM XG1180 X1

Wheels

EIE Carbon 24 i.d./30 o.d. 28 hole DT Swiss Competition

Hubs

DT Swiss 350 (F)15*110mm (R)12*148mm

Tires

Highroller II 2.3 Rear — Minion DHF 2.3 Front

Grips

Ergon GS3

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