2019 Ibis Ripley V4

This is the first time in biking history I have ever become super excited about a bike release. I am not sure if it was some sort of marketing trick, or all the hype I was seeing on the internet forums, but I had to have one!

The specs are so close to my current Pivot mach 429 but with the stiffness close to that of the Ripmo trail bike!??

Here is quick rundown of what’s new:

  • Longer: a medium is 442mm reach compared to 411mm Ripley LS
  • Slacker head and seat tube: head is 67.5 and seat is 74.5
  • Bye Bye Eccentrics, using Ripmo lower link with bushings.
  • About 1/2 lb lighter(thanks to above)
  • Stiffer(thanks to above, above) but it was already stiff!
  • Shorter standover, your nuts will thank you!
  • Higher BB height, your pedals will thank you!
  • Internal cable routing is full length now

“The Ripley is a snappy, flickable, playful, fast, lightweight, and versatile 29” trail bike.

Its combination of modern geometry, a stiff lightweight carbon chassis, and 120mm of ultra efficient dw-link travel, means it’s equally happy popping off bonus lines as it is crushing all day epics.”

Specs
Frame MaterialCarbon Fiber Monocoque
Frame Weight5lbs (M, w/o shock)
Wheel Size29” / up to 2.6” tires
Front Travel120-140mm forks
Rear Travel120mm
Boost Axles148mm rear / 110mm front
Seatpost Diameter31.6mm
Rear Brake160mm post mount / 203mm max rotor
Chainstay Length432mm (17 inches)
Bottom BracketThreaded (73mm English threaded)
Tapered HeadtubeZS44 upper / ZS56 lower
ColorsMatte Braaap or Blue Steel
SizesS / M / L / XL
Warranty7 years

The Reviews from all over the internet:

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/ibis-ripley-new-first-look-2019.html

http://theloamwolf.com/2019/04/30/first-ride-the-new-ibis-ripley/

https://bikepacking.com/news/ibis-ripley-2019

https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-reviews/review-the-updated-and-refined-ibis-ripley-29er-trail-bike-is-lighter-even-more-capable/

https://reviews.mtbr.com/ibis-ripley-version-4-0-unveiled

https://singletrackworld.com/2019/04/new-2020-ibis-ripley-even-better-than-the-ripmo/

One of my favorite reviewers: MTB YUM YUM

Geometry

30MM FORK (537MM AXLE TO CROWN)

NOMINAL
SIZE

SMALL MEDIUM LARGE X-LARGE
Seattube A 368 381 419 482
Top Tube B 574 603 630 658
Head Tube Length (4mm stack of lower cup not included) C 90 105 115 125
Chain Stay D 432 432 432 432
Seat Tube
Angle
E 76º 76º 76º 76º
Head Tube
Angle
F 66.5º 66.5º 66.5º 66.5º
Wheelbase G 1147 1178 1207 1236
BB Height (with 2.6 Nobby Nics)
335 335 335 335
Stack
599 613 622 631
Reach
425 450 475 500
Standover
708 712 742 755
Trail
114 114 114 114

Final Thoughts

Need to get me one of these!!

I currently own a Pivot Mach 429 and the Ibis Ripley LS(version 2). They are very similar bikes, but the Ripley feels a little cramped compared to the Pivot 429. I run a 75mm stem on the Ripley and a 30mm? on the Pivot.

The Ripley feels solid in the rear triangle, but I can feel the rear of the 429 flex some in corners.

Next on this post is to add in some geometry comparisons to see what is really going on.

But in the mean time, I found a dealer online since the closest dealer to me is in Ohio! Let’s see what kind of deal(yea right) they might have!

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