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.”
|Frame Material||Carbon Fiber Monocoque|
|Frame Weight||5lbs (M, w/o shock)|
|Wheel Size||29” / up to 2.6” tires|
|Front Travel||120-140mm forks|
|Boost Axles||148mm rear / 110mm front|
|Rear Brake||160mm post mount / 203mm max rotor|
|Chainstay Length||432mm (17 inches)|
|Bottom Bracket||Threaded (73mm English threaded)|
|Tapered Headtube||ZS44 upper / ZS56 lower|
|Colors||Matte Braaap or Blue Steel|
|Sizes||S / M / L / XL|
The Reviews from all over the internet:
30MM FORK (537MM AXLE TO CROWN)
|Head Tube Length (4mm stack of lower cup not included)||C||90||105||115||125|
| Seat Tube |
| Head Tube |
|BB Height (with 2.6 Nobby Nics)||
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!