There was a time when we thought of 29ers as the dominator of XC hot laps and not much else, but with the surging presence of 29ers in the EWS that time has long passed us. Now, defending their 2017 EWS Championship, it's no surprise that designers at Ibis have been crafting up an enduro beast that's rolling on lofty wagon wheels for decimating chunky rock gardens and steeps with ease. After a lengthy development and testing process, the Ripmo GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike was created to gobble up steep, technical lines and spit you out ahead of the game, while maintaining the ability to spin around and power up switchbacks for another lap of chasing adrenaline rushes. As you probably guessed from its name, the Ripmo is the mashup of the hard-charging Mojo HD4 and the lively handling Ripley. As such, the Ripmo retains the larger 29-inch wheels of the Ripley, but falls more towards the longer, slacked-out end of the spectrum inhabited by the Mojo HD4. Delving into geometry specifics, you'll find the Ripmo has a quite slack 65. 9-degree head tube angle paired with a 44-millimeter fork offset that makes it inherently more stable at high speeds. Ibis chose this custom fork offset to increase the bike's trail, which makes it a bit slower to respond to steering inputs, subsequently making it more stable at the higher speeds you'll experience while enduro racing and aggressively pummeling down steep trails. This way, Ibis was able to design the Ripmo with the stability of a bike with an even slacker head tube angle (they claim it's as stable as bikes with head tubes in the mid 64-degree arena), but without requiring a drastic increase in wheelbase figures, which would compromise its ability to get around hairpin corners and tighter sections of trail. Another trick that Ibis employs is a steeper seat tube angle of 76 degrees, which shifts your weight forward. This way, you won't feel like the bike's front end inhabits an entirely different zip code while you're clim...
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