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Ibis – Yeti – Santa Cruz Bicycles

Ibis, Yeti, and Santa Cruz are three of the leading mountain bike manufacturers in the US. While both Ibis and Santa Cruz are based in the Californian city of Santa Cruz, Yeti operates out of the small town of Golden, Colorado. All three serve the high-end, competitive MTB market, with in-house teams that have won multiple awards across several MTB disciplines.


 

 

 

A brief overview of three high-end mountain bike brands in 2021 🏆

Difference in numbers

hardtail mountain bike frames

Ibis – Yeti – SC


  • All-RounderTrail / All-Mountain
  • Faster tracks, Steeper hillsEnduro

Founded in:

Ibis: 1981
Yeti: 1985
Santa Cruz Bicycles: 1993


Est. number of employees

Ibis: 86
Yeti: 51
Santa Cruz Bicycles: 200


Est. annual profit

Ibis: $17mil
Yeti: $20.7mil
Santa Cruz Bicycles: $21mil


Number of Facebook followers

Ibis: 47k
Yeti: 108k
Santa Cruz Bicycles: 422k


 

Ibis Cycles Mountain Bikes Range

Ibis is the longest-running of the three companies, founded in 1981 by Scot Nicol and operated by a close group of friends ever since. The brand focuses all its efforts on the development of its limited range of high-quality carbon MTBs for downhill, enduro, and all-mountain riding. It’s a small, boutique bike company that mostly caters to the professional MTB market, with prices ranging from $3,000 to $11,000. 

ibis mountain bikes range

DV9 – Mojo 4 – Mojo HD5 – Ripley – Ripmo

Ibis’s top-range bikes feature custom-made carbon monocoque frames with DW Link suspension, SRAM groupsets, Fox suspension, and Maxxis tires. The company also develops some of its own in-house components, including handlebars, rims, and seat clamps.

27.5″ – Mojo
29″ – Ripley, Ripmo, DV9

Hardtail – DV9
Full-Suspension – Mojo, Ripmo, Ripley

  • Ibis DV9 – Front travel: 120mm travel 29″ hardtail – Trail, XC
  • Ibis Mojo 4 – Front travel: 140mm / Rear travel: 130mm – All-Mountain, Trail
  • Ibis Mojo HD5 – Front travel:  170mm / Rear travel: 153mm: Enduro
  • Ibis Ripley – Front travel: 130mm / Rear travel: 120mm – Enduro, All-Mountain, Trail
  • Ibis Ripmo – Front travel: 160mm / Rear travel: 145mm – Enduro, All-Mountain, Trail

Ibis bikes – Jenson USA


 

Yeti Cycles Mountain Bikes Range

Operating since 1985, Yeti is the second-oldest of the three brands but remains one of the most innovative MTB manufacturers in the US. The company philosophy is to only build bikes that they themselves would want to ride. Like Ibis, Yeti produces top-end carbon MTBs for the enduro, trail, and cross country market, with prices ranging from $4,000 to $8,000.

yeti mountain bikes

Upper (29ers) – SB100 – SB115 – SB130 – SB150 Bottom (27.5″) – SB140 – SB165

Yeti’s high-end bikes feature TURQ carbon frames with high-end SRAM groupsets, Fox suspension, and finishings from Cane Creek, Race Face, and WTB. They typically use Maxxis tires on DT Swiss rims.

RACE series – SB150, SB 115
RIP series – SB100, SB130, SB140, SB165

27.5” – SB140, SB165
29″ – ARC, SB100, SB115, SB130, SB150

Hardtail – ARC
Full-Suspension – SB

  • Yeti ARC – 130mm travel 29″ hardtail – Trail, XC
  • Yeti SB100 – Front travel: 120mm / Rear travel: 100mm – Trail, XC
  • Yeti SB115 – Front travel: 130mm / Rear travel: 115mm – Trail, XC
  • Yeti SB130 – Front travel: 150mm / Rear travel: 130mm – Enduro, Trail
  • Yeti SB140 – Front travel: 160mm / Rear travel: 140mm – Enduro, Trail, All-mountain
  • Yeti SB150 – Front travel: 170mm / Rear travel: 150mm – Enduro, All-mountain
  • Yeti SB165 – Front travel: 180mm / Rear travel: 165mm – Enduro, Downhill
yeti arc bike

Yeti – Arc

Yeti Bikes on Jenson USA


 

Santa Cruz Bicycles Mountain Bikes Range

Founded in 1994, Santa Cruz is the newest of the three brands and probably the most well known, with the widest range of bikes available. Santa Cruz bikes are less niche than Yeti and Ibis, with some affordable MTBs available for less than $2,000. However, Santa Cruz’s top-of-the-range bikes like the Heckler full carbon pro trail bike retail for over $8,000.

santa cruz bicycles full-suspension models

Top (29ers) Blur, Tallboy, Hightower, Megatower / Bottom (27.5″) 5010, Bronson, Nomad

The Santa Cruz factory produces not only high-quality carbon and aluminum frames but also several of its own parts and components, including rims, handlebars, and grips. Santa Cruz bikes typically feature SRAM groupsets with Maxxis tires and RockShox or Fox suspension. Additional parts include Cane Creek headsets, WTB saddles, and Race Face handlebars.

27.5″ – Nomad, Bronson, 5010, Tallboy, Chameleon
29″ – Megatower, Hightower, Tallboy, Blur, Chameleon

Hardtail – Chameleon, Highball
Full-Suspension – Nomad, Bronson, 5010, Tallboy, Megatower, Hightower, Blur

  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon – Hardtail. Front travel: 120 or 130mm – Trail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball – Front travel: 100mm – XC
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur – Front travel: 100mm / Rear travel: 100mm – XC
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy – Front travel: 130mm / Rear travel: 120mm – Enduro, Trail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 – Front travel: 140mm / Rear travel: 130mm – Trail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower – Front travel: 150mm / Rear travel: 140mm – Enduro, Trail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson – Front travel 160mm / Rear travel: 150mm – Enduro, Trail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Megatower – Front travel 160mm / Rear travel: 160mm – Enduro, All-Mountain
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad – Front travel: 170mm / Rear travel: 170mm – Enduro, All-Mountain
santa cruz hardtail mountain bikes

27.5″ Chameleon / 29″ Highball

Santa Cruz bikes – Jenson USA


 

Hardtail Mountain Bike Comparison

Ibis vs Yeti vs Santa Cruz

Ibis Yeti Santa-Cruz
DV9 ARC Chameleon Highball
MSRP ($) from 2,200 3,600 1,949 2,799
Wheel Size 29″ 29″ 27.5″ / 29″ 29″
Tire width 2.25 2.6″ 2.3″ – 2.8″ 2.25″
Travel (mm) 120/130mm 130mm 120/130mm 100mm
Head Tube 68.5º 67º 67.3º 69.5º
Seat Tube 73º 76º 72.8º 73º
Chainstay 439mm 433mm 415-430mm 426mm
Frame Carbon Carbon Alloy/Carbon Carbon

 

Ibis ARC Frame Size Guide

S – 5′ – 5’5″
M – 5’4 – 5’9″
L – 5’8″ – 6’1
XL – 6’0 – 6’6

Yeti DV9 Frame Size Guide

S – 5’1 – 5’7″
M – 5’5 – 5’11”
L – 5’10” – 6’3″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’7″

Santa Cruz Hardtail MTB Frame Size Guide

Highball

S – 5’1 – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’9″
L – 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’5″

Chameleon

S – 5’0 – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’10”
L – 5’10” – 6’1″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’6″


 

27.5″ Full-Suspension Trail / All-Mountain Bike Comparison

Ibis vs Yeti vs Santa Cruz

Ibis Yeti Santa Cruz Bicycles
Mojo 4 Mojo HD5 SB140 SB165 5010 Bronson Nomad
Frame $ 2,999 2,999 3,600 4,000 3,299 1,999 1,999
Bikes from $ 4,499 4,399 5,200 5,500 4,099 3,499 3,599
Travel – front 140mm 153mm 160mm 180mm 140mm 160mm 170mm
Travel – rear 130mm 170mm 140mm 165mm 130mm 150mm 170mm
Head tube angle 65.4 64 65 63.5 65.7 65.4 65
Seat tube angle 76.6 75.8 77 77 77.9 – 77 75.3 74.5
Chainstay 425mm 430mm 433mm 433mm 423-432mm 430mm 430mm
Frame Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Al / Carbon Al / Carbon

 


 

Ibis 27.5″ Mojo Frame Size Chart

Mojo 4 / Mojo HD5

S – 5’0″ – 5’5″
M – 5’4 – 5’9″
L – 5’8 – 6’1″
XL – 6′ – 6’6″

Yeti 27.5″ SB-series Bike Size Chart

XS – 4’2″ – 5’4″
S – 5’1″ – 5’7″
M – 5’5″ – 5’11”
L – 5’10” – 6’3″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’7″

Santa Cruz 27.5″ Full-Suspension Bike Size Guide

Bronson / Nomad

XS – 4’8″ – 5’1″
S – 5’1″ – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’9″
L – 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’5″

5010

XS – 4’8″ – 5’0″
S – 5’1″ – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’9″
L – 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’4″


 

29″ Full-Suspension Trail / All-Mountain Bike Comparison

Ibis vs Yeti vs Santa Cruz

Trail / All-Mountain Bike Comparison

 

Ibis Yeti Santa Cruz
Ripley Ripmo SB100 SB130 SB150 Megatower Hightower Tallboy Blur
Frame $ 2,833 2,999 3,399 3,600 3,900 3,399 1,999 1,999 2,999
Bikes from $ 4,199 4,399 5,099 5,200 5,600 4,499 2,999 2,799 3,799
Travel – front 130mm 160mm 120mm 150mm 170mm 160mm 150mm 130mm 100mm
Travel – rear 120mm 147mm 100mm 130mm 150mm 160mm 140mm 120mm 100mm
Head tube angle 66.5 64.9 67.8 65.5 64.5 65 65.5 65.7 69
Seat tube angle 76 76 – 77 74.3 – 74 77.1 – 76.9 77 – 76.8 76.8 – 76 77.1 – 76.3 76.8-76 74
Chainstay 432mm 435mm 437mm 433mm 433mm 435mm 443/449mm 430mm 432mm
Frame Alu/Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Al / Carbon Al / Carbon Carbon

 

 

Ibis 29″ Full-Suspension Bike Frame Size Guide

Ripley / Ripmo

S – 5’0″ – 5’5″
M – 5’4″ – 5’9″
L – 5’8″ – 6’1″
XL – 6′ – 6’6″


Yeti 29″ Full-Suspension Bike Frame Size Guide

SB100 / SB130 / SB150

S – 5’1 – 5’7″
M – 5’5″ – 5’11”
L – 5’10” – 6’3″
XL – 6’1″ – 6.7″


Santa Cruz 29″ Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes Size Chart

Hightower / Megatower / Tallboy

S – 5’1″ – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’9″
L – 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL – 6’0″ – 6’4″
XXL – 6’4″ – 6’7″

Blur

S – 5’1″ – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’9″
L – 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’5″


 

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