Ibis returned to its beloved Ripley Mountain Bike frame design this year, fine-tuning it for a second version of this 29er that likes to do a little bit of everything. When it was first conceived, Ibis imagined the Ripley would be used mostly for XC, but quickly realized that many riders were also using it for all-mountain riding. To answer to this, it made a few alterations to complement the already versatile frame. For this model, Ibis only saw the need for minor modifications to the Ripley's signature geometry. The construction process remains the same -- the process begins with an internal bladder that's wrapped in a monocoque carbon layup that keeps threads intact through joints. The precision of this method means that no additional molds or fillers are needed to keep the frame light and strong. The swingarm and clevis are filled with foam glass microsphere cores to ensure their structural integrity while adding as little weight as possible to the 5. 5lb frame. Responding to the trend of ever-lengthening droppers, Ibis lowered the seat mast by 1/2in for added stability when dropping-in. The Ripley also adopts a few features from the Mojo this year, including its popular port system designed for a stealth dropper and its rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protectors. This year's Ripley has also been updated to include the latest Fox Float DPS shock, which is tuned for the Ripley's DW-link suspension to make a firm and consistent pedaling platform for the 2016 Ripley. Expect it to handle with nimble speed while accelerating out of turns and taking advantage of the suspension's strong anti-squat tendencies. The 120mm rear travel, combined with the Ripley's tapered 70 degree head tube, makes for plenty of responsiveness even while sprinting uphill. Adding stiffness in the rear was a key goal for the new Ripley, so Ibis engineers took two steps: adding Boost rear spacing and revisiting the internals of the dual eccentrics used in the DW-link suspension. The...
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