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Ibis Ripmo Review

 


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Ibic Cycles Inc.

1981, Santa Cruz. California

IBIS RIPMO ‘2021

‘Big wheel, big travel speed demon’

Head Tube Angle 64.9° // Seat Tube Angle 77-76° // Chainstays 435mm

Best for All-Mountain // Enduro // Trail

Suspension Travel 160mm(f) // 147mm (r)

Wheel Size 29″

ripmo af and ripmo v2 review

The Ibis Ripmo is a 29″ carbon or aluminum MTB with a long, slack frame ideal for trail riding. It features a 76-degree seat tube angle with extended reach to position the rider more directly over the pedals. The suspension includes Ibis’ Traction Tune technology for fast compression and damping, delivering a smoother ride over rough terrain.

The frame has wide tire clearance and connects the front and rear triangle via stiff and light low-maintenance IGUS bushings. It comes standard with a DVO Topaz T3 Air shock and an Onyx D1 fork. You can upgrade these to Fox Float Factory series parts and you can choose between a Shimano groupset (Deore, SLX, XT), or SRAM (GX Eagle, XX1).

The Ibis bicycle company started life in Mendocino, California, in 1981 when founder Scot Nicol began building custom bike frames. It remains an employee-owned company to this day and produces a range of outdoor and adventure bikes. 

Ibis focuses almost exclusively on all-mountain, enduro, and trail bikes. Besides its rigid frame 700c Hakka MX gravel bike, all Ibis bikes are dual-suspension with either 27.5″ or 29″ wheels.

Feedback

Some of the most notable factors about the bike. If you’d like to read about the downsides, check out the FAQ section.

  • ERIK R
    “I’m usually building the lightest bike I can, carbon everything. I haven’t even ridden an aluminum bike in over 10 years but this thing is amazing. mine is almost 33lbs and I don’t even notice the weight. it pedals so well that I don’t even ride my other bike that’s almost 4lbs lighter. on the descents, it’s a beast. save your money and get a Ripmo AF!
  • ETHAN W
    “This is without a doubt the best bike I have ever owned!”

All Customer Reviews

RIPMO Prices

ALU
Ripmo AF Frame – $1,799
Ripmo AF Deore – $3,199
Ripmo AF Deore Coil – $3,299
Ripmo AF SLX – $3,999
Ripmo GX – $4,299

CARBON
Ripmo Frame – $2,999
Ripmo Deore – $4,399
Ripmo SLX – $5,199
Ripmo GX – $5,499
Ripmo XT – $5,899
Ripmo XX1 – $10,999

All Ripmo Builds – JensonUSA


 

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Deore Coil Review
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XT Review
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Ibis Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes

ibis mountain bikes - ripmo, ripley, mojo

Ibis RIPMO (V2) 29″
Frame – $2,999
Bikes from – $4,399

Ibis RIPMO AF 29″
Frame – $1,799
Bikes from – $3,199

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Ibis RIPLEY 29″
Frame – $2,833
Bikes from $4,199

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Ibis MOJO HD5 27.5″
Frame $2,299
Bikes from $4,399

Ibis MOJO 4 27.5″
Frame – $2,999
Bikes from $4,499

Related: Ibis Mojo 4 Full Overview


 

Ripmo AF ‘2021

Metal (Matt finish) / Red Savina (Gloss)

ibis ripmo af frame

Aluminum
Wheels
: 29″
Max Tire Width: 2.6″
Suspension: 160mm / 6.3″
Rear Shock: 147mm / 5.8″
DW Link Suspension
Head Tube: 64.9°
Seat Tube: 76°
Chainstays: 435mm

Boost Axles: 148mm (r), 110mm (f)
Headset: ZS44 (upper), ZS56 (lower)
Chainline: 52mm, 168mm Q Factor

Frame Warranty: 7 years

RIPMO AF BUILDS, starting from

Frame – $1,799
Deore – $3,199
Deore w/ Coil Spring – $3,299
SLX – $3,999
GX Eagle – $4,299


 

Ibis Ripmo AF
Deore Coil ‘2021 Review

Trail, All-Mountain, Enduro

ibis cycles ripmo af deore coil

MSRP $3,299

The AF Deore model is an aluminum Ibis Ripmo with a coil shock and 12-speed Shimano Deore groupset. Some cyclists prefer coil shocks over air-sprung, depending on your riding style and discipline. In this case, the DVO Jade X Coil is an adjustable enduro-specific shock with 147mm of travel and a stiction-free compression bladder.

The fork on the Ibis Cycles Ripmo AF is a DVO Onyx D1 with 160mm of travel, high/low-speed compression, and volume adjustment. Combined this with the KS Rage-i dropper post and you have a bike with some serious downhill capabilities. For hardcore grip and traction while cornering, you get fat 2.5″ Maxxis Assegai tubeless tires and 4-piston Deore hydraulic disc brakes, a solid pair of confidence-inspiring components.

The combination of larger 29″ rims with a wide gear ratio and excellent downhill suspension make this the ideal enduro bike. The carbon frame version sheds a bit of weight – from both the bike and your wallet – but overall the Ripmo AF will not disappoint.

Main features

ibis ripmo deore af main features

  1. Shimano Deore Derailleur – 10-51T Cassette
  2. DVO Onyx D1 Fork – 160mm travel
  3. DVO Jade X Coil Shock – 150mm travel
  4. WTB 142mm Silverado Saddle & Lizard Skins Charger Evo Grips

Full Specifications

FRAME MATERIAL Aluminum
FORK DVO Onyx D1, 160mm Travel
REAR SHOCK DVO Jade X Coil, 210 x 55
HEADSET Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
SHIFTERS Shimano Deore M6100
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore M6100 Shadow Plus
CRANKSET Shimano Deore M6100, 32T
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano SM-BB52
CHAIN Shimano Deore M6100
CASSETTE Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51T
BRAKES Shimano Deore M6100, 4-Piston
WHEELSET Ibis S35 Aluminum, Ibis Hubs
TIRES Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5″ WT, EXO+ Casing
HANDLEBAR Ibis 780mm Alloy
STEM Ibis 31.8mm
GRIPS/BAR TAPE Lizard Skins Charger Evo
SEATPOST KS Rage-i Dropper
SEAT CLAMP Ibis
SADDLE WTB Silverado 142mm


 

Ibis – Ripmo V2 ‘2021

Bug Zapper Blue / Star Destroyer Grey

ibis ripmo v2 carbon frame

Carbon
Wheel: 29″
Suspension: 160mm / 6.3″
Rear Shock: 147mm / 5.8″
DV Link suspension
Head Tube: 64.9°
Seat Tube: 76-77°
Chainstays: 435mm

Bottom Bracket: Threaded, 73mm BSA
Chainline: 52mm, 168mm Q Factor
Headset: ZS44 upper / ZS56 lower

Frame Warranty: 7 Years

RIPMO V2 BUILDS, starting from

Frame – $2,999
Deore – $4,399
SLX – $5,199
GX Eagle – $5,499
XT – $5,899
XX1 Eagle – $10,999


 

Ibis Ripmo 2
XT ‘2021 Review

Trail, All-Mountain, Enduro

ibis ripmo v2 bikes - both colors

MSRP $5,899

The full carbon Ibis Ripmo 2 is the company’s flagship product and offers excellent value for money with a Shimano XT groupset. (SRAM XX1 AXS is also available but at almost double the price.)

What makes this bike special is the unique Ibis Ripmo geometry that combines longer reach with a steep, 76-degree seat tube angle. This places you higher over the pedals and puts you in a better position to navigate steep, tricky descents. Add a slacker 64.9-degree headtube angle with 44m reduced-offset fork for easier climbing and you have a versatile trail bike with enduro capabilities.

The Ripmo V2 comes standard with a DVO Onyx D1 fork and DVO Topaz T3 Air shock, both of which can be upgraded to Fox Float Factory parts or a DVO Jade X Coil on the rear. The Topaz T3 features a triple compression adjustment lever that you can easily change for ascents, flats, or descents. Other components include a Bike Yoke Revive dropper post and excellent Maxxis Assegai 29″x2.5″ tires with EXO+ casing.

ibis ripmo v2 main features

1. Fox Float DPX2 Performance, Bike Yoke Dropper Post
2. Maxxis Assegai, World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar’s signature tire
3. Internal Cable Routing, loads of attention to detail
4. Shimano XT M8210 4-Piston brakes, Shimano SM-RT86 200/180 rotors

 

Full Specifications

FRAME Premium Carbon Fiber
FORK Fox Float 36 Performance, 160mm Travel
REAR SHOCK Fox Float Performance, DPX2 w/EVOL, 210 x 55
HEADSET Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
SHIFTERS Shimano XT M8100
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano XT M8100 Shadow Plus
CRANKSET Shimano XT M8100 175, 32T
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano XT M800
CHAIN Shimano XT M8100
CASSETTE Shimano XT, 10-51T, 12-speed
BRAKES Shimano XT M8120, 4-Piston
WHEELSET Ibis S35 Aluminum, Ibis Hubs
TIRES Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5″ WT, EXO+ Casing
HANDLEBAR Ibis 800mm Carbon HiFi
STEM Thomson Elite X4 Stem
GRIPS/BAR TAPE Lizard Skins Charger Evo
SEATPOST Bike Yoke Revive Dropper
SEAT CLAMP Ibis
SADDLE WTB Silverado 142mm


 

Options To Upgrade:

FORKS
2021 Fox Float 36 Grip 2 Factory Series + $290

REAR SHOCK
DVO Jade X Coil + $100
2021 Fox Float Factory Series, X2 with EVOL + $290

RIMS
Ibis S35 Carbon Rims (Ibis Logo hubs) + $800
Ibis S35 Carbon Rims (Industry 9 Hydra Hubs) + $1,300
Ibis S28 Carbon Rims,

TIRES
29 x 2.6″ Schwalbe Hans Damph/Nobby Nic Apex TL-Easy + $0


 

Ibis Bike Size Chart

Ibis Ripmo sizing recommendations

S 5’0″ – 5’5″ / 152 – 165cm
M 5’4″ – 5’9″ / 163 – 175cm
L 5’8″ – 6’1″ / 173 – 185cm
XL 6’0″ – 6’6″ / 183 – 198cm

Ibis Ripmo for sale – JensonUSA


FAQ

 

What is the difference between Ibis Ripmo 2020 and 2021 models?

  • 2018-2020 Ibis Ripmo (V1) – Headtube: 65.9° / Rear Travel: 145mm
  • 2021 Ibis Ripmo (V2) – Headtube: 64.9° / Rear Travel: 147mm
  • Color designs

Where to buy Ibis Ripmo AF?

Most of the Ibis Ripmo 2020 and 2021 models are in stock at:


What to think of DVO forks/suspension?

DVO is a relatively new company and not as well-known as more common suspension manufacturers like RockShox and Fox. However, it’s headed up by several experts with decades of experience in cycling technology is quickly solidifying its place as a leading manufacturer of bicycle shocks.


Coil vs Air Shock on a full-suspension MTB?

Coil shocks involve a spring of a set size to absorb impact whereas air shocks have a compressed air chamber that is more easily adjustable. While coil shocks were traditionally heavier, the introduction of modern materials means there is now little difference in weight.

The fundamental difference is in the compression vectors, which on air shocks is progressive whereas on coil shocks is more linear. This means coil shocks compress at a set rate, while the compression on an air shock increases as the stroke follows through.

air sprung rear suspension versus coil suspension


How to set-up the forks and rear shock

Check out the Ibis Ripmo Manual for the suspension setup recommendations. Instructions start from page 37.


How well does the Ibis Ripmo climb?

With a well-balanced geometry including a 76-degree seat tube and a 65.9-degree headtube angle, the Ibis Ripmo places the rider in an excellent position for climbing. This helps maintain traction on the rear wheel while keeping the front wheel firmly on the ground, resulting in a smooth and consistent climb.


Ibis Ripmo wheels

Ibis works in conjunction with tubeless pioneers Stans NoTubes, the company that first designed tubeless rims and tires in the early 90s, to develop its lightweight, carbon fiber S-wheels. Utilizing Stan’s patented Bead Socket Technology (BST), Ibis has created a stronger and lighter rim that resists impacts 9% more effectively than other models.

Ibis riders have found that running wider rims with large, low-pressure tires improves traction, braking and rolling resistance.

Ibis has been experimenting with wide rim wheels since 2014, helping to accommodate the new wave of 2.4″ and 2.6″ tires that are popular on MTBs today.


Ibis Ripmo with 170mm fork / with 150mm fork?

Although the geometry of the Ripmo is built around the 160mm front travel, several owners have fitted both the 170 and 150-mil front suspension on the bike. If you know what are you doing, you might get a better set-up by slightly changing the geometry of the bike. Although, with a 150mm fork the bottom bracket might get too low.


2021 Ibis Ripmo cons

According to some users:

  • The internal cable routing entrance is too far too back on the frame which leads to cable rub and paint damage
  • Color has sort of a wavey texture
  • Rear linkage collets various rocks and mud
  • Chainstay rubber collector has a better aesthetic purpose instead of a practical one

How much does the Ibis Ripmo weight?

  • 2021 Ibis Ripmo bike weight starts from 28.2lbs

Alternatives to Ibis Ripmo

  • Evil – Offering
  • Yeti – SB130 and SB150
  • Santa Cruz – Hightower
  • Santa Cruz – Bronson
  • Transition – Sentinel
  • Pivot – Switchblade
  • Revel – Rascal

Ibis Ripley vs Ibis HD4 vs Ibis Ripmo

IBIS Ripmo Ripley Mojo HD5
Best for All-Mountain Trail Enduro
Wheel Size 29″ 29″ 27.5″
Front Travel 160mm 130mm 170mm
Rear Travel 147mm 120mm 153mm
Headtube 64.9° 66.5° 64°
Seat tube 76° 76° 76°
Bikes start from $3,199 $4,199 $4,399
Max tire width 2.6″ 2.6″ 2.6″
Chainstays 435mm 432mm 430mm

Oval chainring compatibility

2021 Ibis Ripmo mountain bikes are compatible with a max oval chainring size of 32T, although not all chainrings are the same so it’d be best to check clearance before installation.


Missing gussets

All 2021 bikes photographed have a gusset between the down tube and seat tube which were discontinued after Ibis engineers chose to. They stopped welding them on after the first batch of (photographed) frames.


 

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