Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 NX Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Ibis
Ibis' latest Ripley is the LS Carbon 3. 0 NX Complete Mountain Bike, and it's built to take advantage of a wave of new technologies and standards that the original Ripley--despite how much love we have for it--could never have anticipated. These include the agro-as-hell Longer Slacker (LS) geometry, which pushes into enduro territory, and the clearance to run 2. 6in tires. The latter is especially important as, in our estimation, tires in the 2. 4-2. 6in range strike the best balance between plush, plus-sized traction and agile, XC-tire responsiveness. Despite those changes, this third-gen version of the Ripley retains the nimble handling that leaves you with an ear-to-ear grin on the trail but with a stiffer rear end that may leave a frown on your buddies' faces while you power away on climbs. The stiffer rear end and increased tire clearance are owed to a reconfiguration of the chassis and its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension. The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. There's a new swingarm and clevis mount as well, which is moved backwards and down to clear the 2. 6-inch tires. Despite those changes, we're happy to report that the reconfigured chassis and swingarm don't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS. This means you won't notice a difference in the pedaling efficiency or square-edge compliance from the DW-Link suspension. Other than its notable upgrades in rear-end stiffness and increased tire clearance, the Ripley LS retains the praised geometry of the last version, namely its moderately slack 67. 5-degree head tube angle paired with a low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket for impressive stability at speed. Although it's not quite as slack as much of the competition, the third-gen Ripley LS never feels outgunned on the trail, even when the going gets steep and rocky. We'd credit this to a slightly longer 130mm 34 Float fork keeping things confident and c...
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