Ibis Announces The New Ripley and Ripley LS

by Brian Mullin on June 29, 2015

Ripley Tang

Ibis is releasing two new versions of the highly regarded Ripley 29er later this summer, the Ripley and Ripley LS. The New Ripley will retain the nimble geometry of its predecessor with a 69.2° head angle while the Ripley LS gets a slacker head angle of 67.5° and a 15mm (.5″) longer top tube. Additional changes include increased tire clearance, internal cable routing, threaded bottom bracket, Boost 148 or 142mm axle and rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection.

Ibis has been working in secret on the new Ripley for some time now and though I was aware of some of the changes, such as the increased rear tire clearance, most it was a well-kept mystery. Call it an upgrade, an update or new, the changes on the Ripley’s are both subtle and significant.

The dw-link Ripley has 120mm of rear travel and can use 120 to 140mm front forks. It has a tapered headtube, two water bottle mounts, a threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing, a 12x142mm rear axle (Boost 148 – available Nov 15) and an integrated direct-mount front derailleur. The bottom bracket height is 13″ for the New Ripley and 12.8″ for the Ripley LS, and the chainstay length is 17.4″ and the frame weight is 5.5 lbs.


Ripley Colors

It comes in three sizes (M, L, XL), and Tang and Black colors and the frameset retails for $2900 and kits range from $3950 – 8500. Ibis will be receiving the first shipment of the New Ripley in early July and the Ripley LS in early August, so expect to start to see them arriving at dealerships in late Summer.

Brian Ripley Quote

New Ripley Highlights

  • Two geometry options: The nimble geometry of the original or a new school long and slack version called the Ripley LS
  • Internal cable routing using our flexible and easy to setup port system
  • Increased tire clearance
  • Threaded bottom bracket
  • Seat mast lowered by 1/2” to accommodate today’s longer droppers
  • Choice of Boost 148 (staring in November ’15) or 142mm x 12mm Shimano through axle (now)
  • Stiffer eccentric cores
  • New rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection
  • Two new colors (let’s call them “Tang” and “Black”)

Specs:

  • 120mm rear wheel dw-link travel
  • Carbon fiber monocoque frame and swingarm
  • 5.5 Pound frame* with Fox FLOAT DPS EVOL
  • Approved for 120-140mm forks, 51mm rake is STRONGLY recommended
  • Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
  • Shock Specs: Fox Factory FLOAT DPS 3pos w/Adj and EVOL Sleeve with Kashima Coat 184mm x 44mm
  • Provision for internal cable-actuated or hydraulic adjustable seat posts
  • Post mount rear brake mounts
  • Shimano side swing front derailleur compatible.
  • * Frame weight is for a medium black with shock but without seat collar, rear axle, or water bottle bolts

There are ten build kits for the Ripley: the base Special Blend $3950, XT $5853, XT Werx Spec $7100, XT 1x $5753, XT 1x Werx Spec $7000, X01 $6053, X01 Werx Spec $7300, XTR 1x $8399, XTR 2x $8600 and XX1 $8500. The frameset comes in two versions, the base with the FOX Float DPS is $2900 and the upgrade comes with the DBinline and is $2960.

The Werx Specs, XX1 and XTR’s all get the Ibis 941 carbon wheels while the base versions get Stans ZTR Arch wheels.

Ripley Tire Clearance

Increased Tire Clearance

Foremost to me with their new upgrades is the increased tire clearance in the rear triangle. I am a huge proponent of fatter tires due to their improved traction and cornering performance, especially in less than optimal conditions. Instead of being constrained to skinnier tires you can now use a more voluminous 2.2 to 2.35″ tire. With the newer wide-rimmed wheels, such as Ibis’s 941, you can get the optimal tire profile and footprint onto the ground.

Ripley Internal Routing

Internal Cable Routing

They have abandoned the original Ripley’s awkward headset internal routing in favor of the more functional and useful porting system found on the Mojo HD3 and Tranny. I am glad to see that change was added to the new frames since I stopped using that old routing on my Ripley since I just plain didn’t like it. Also, it can adapt to multiple configurations for cable routing, it now allows you to run internally routed droppers.

Ripley Chainstay Protector

Rubber molded chainstay protection

Just like the Mojo HD3 they have added a molded chainstay and seatstay protector that definitely helps protect the carbon on the frame. In the future, they’ll offer a retrofit part so you can add it to the original Ripley.

 

Ripley Black

About the New Ripley

In June of 2015, we introduced a fairly major update to the Ripley. We say fairly major because it involved cutting all new molds for the main triangle and heavily modifying the swingarm molds. We also added a second geometry option with a longer top tube and slacker head tube, that’s called the Ripley LS.

The new Ripley update incorporates changes Ripley owners have been asking for . People were using the bike for much more aggressive riding than its original intention. Because of the phenomenal dw-link suspension and 29er traction, enduro racers found they were faster than on more traditional enduro bikes on just about any terrain short of a ski slope. Then there’s the confidence-inspiring Ibis 941 wheels that we introduced in 2014, a game changer as far as traction and control go. That combined with huge improvements to mid travel forks and shocks that allowed people to go much faster required some addressing. So here’s what we’ve done:

The Ripley is now available in two geometry configurations. The Ripley LS features a 15mm longer top tube and is available in Medium, Large and XL sizes, and the LS also features a slack 67.5 degree head angle. This allows for shorter stems and adds stability at speed. The second geometry iteration is identical to the original Ripley. So the original nimble handling geometry that redefined how a 29er could corner is still available (in medium and large and large sizes). I like the idea of a slacker head angle myself, since I spend a lot of time in gnarly technical All Mountain terrain.

Ripley FOX DPS

New FOX Suspension

While we’ve done a lot of work on the frame itself, we think that one of the most noticeable changes to the New Ripley is the latest Fox suspension. We have worked closely with Fox to develop a tune for the excellent 2016 Float DPS shock with EVOL sleeve. It provides more supple small bump sensitivity in the initial part of the stroke and then ramps up to provide better support in the mid to end stroke. The result is a plush ride that doesn’t wallow and pops off of jumps in a very controlled way. Translation: it’s super fun. I’ll be interested to see how the Float DPS performs in the real world.

The fork makeover that happened this year was equally impactful. The new Float 34 weighs the same as last year’s 32, has greater stiffness and plushness, and doesn’t dive under braking. Both Ripleys will ship with a 130mm travel version of this fork. I always like the increased performance from a stiffer fork, especially when pushing the bike in All Mountain terrain.

The New Ripley features a lighter, simpler bolt on axle using the new Shimano 12mm axle standard. There is also an optional Shimano quick release axle that is secure, intuitive, and quiet.

 

Boost 148

Beginning in November of 2015, you can order the New Ripley or the Ripley LS in the Boost 148 configuration. Currently, there is almost no hub or wheel choices for the new Boost standard. We will have Boost 148 wheels for our bikes and for aftermarket in November. Note, we will continue to offer the 142 x 12mm rear axle standard after the Boost rear comes online. I haven’t tried out a bike with a 148mm rear axle and wheel, so it will be interesting if it lives up to its hype?

Threaded Bottom Bracket

We have changed to a threaded (73mm BSA) bottom bracket on the Ripley. While we like the press fit for its lightweight and stiff design, we are still seeing too much variation between the different manufacturers’ press in cups to get a consistently reliable fit. I am glad to see this change since I found the press fit wore out faster and were noisier.

 

Eccentrics – Updated

Over the past three years, we’ve made a few tweaks to the eccentrics. We found out with those changes to the cores (we affectionately call them “Gnar Cores”), that they are an effective place to add a bit of weight and gain stiffness. So for this update we further refined them. We moved some weight around and added only 2 grams but that which allowed us to up the torque spec on our eccentric shaft bolts. Since we were cutting new molds for the frame, we also added extra carbon around the eccentrics that gained us a bit more stiffness. All told, even with the bigger tire clearance cuts in the swingarm, the BB torsional stiffness went up 12%. The new cores are retrofittable to the original Ripley. I am using the previously improved Eccentric on my Ripley and it vastly improved the stiffness, so I am looking forward to these.

Ripley 29er Geometry

Ripley Geometry

Nominal Size Medium Medium (LS) Large Large (LS) X-Large (LS)
Seattube A 419 (16.5″) 419 (16.5″) 470 (18.5″) 470 (18.5″) 521 (20.5″)
Toptube B 587 (23.1″) 600 (23.6″) 607 (23.9″) 619 (24.4″) 640 (25.2″)
Headtube C 94 (3.7″) 93 100 (3.9″) 102 107
Chainstay D 442 (17.4″) 442 (17.4″) 442 (17.4″) 442 (17.4″) 442 (17.4″)
Seat Angle E 72.2° 73° 72.2° 73° 73°
Head Angle F 69.2° 67.5° 69.2° 67.5° 67.5°
Wheelbase G 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 (2.1″ 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″)
125 mm KS Lev Saddle Height Range (BB to seat top) 64.5 cm to 73.0 cm 64.5 cm to 73.0 cm 69.7 cm to 78.4 cm 69.7 cm to 78.4 cm 73.5 cm to 83.0 cm
150mm KS Lev Saddle Height Range (BB to seat top) 67.0cm to 78.0 cm 67.0cm to 78.0 cm 72.4 cm to 82.9 cm 72.4 cm to 82.9 cm 76.5 cm to 87.5 cm

Shared Measurements

  • Fork Axle To Crown – With 130mm fork (537mm )
  • 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 142mm x 12mm Shimano Through Axle

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