When it had its debut in 2011, Ibis' Ripley made waves in the bike industry. It offered a solution for much of what riders asked for. To some it was a cross-country endurance beast, to others a wild and hard-hitting enduro rig -- either way, it found a place in the hearts (and quivers) of many riders. Back for round 4, Ibis' Ripley XTR 942 Complete Mountain Bike continues to exceed our expectations, with playful versatility, and a modern treatment of longer-slacker-steeper geometry to keep it up to speed for tackling it all. The new Ripley 4 features a ground-up redesign this year, bringing in an all new chassis inspired by the Ripmo the elevates stiffness, sheds weight, and offers a more progressive feel while riding. Just as we saw on its predecessors, the Ripley 4 retains the same 120mm of rear suspension that's partnered up with a 130mm fork, keeping the 29er right in the sweet spot for all-mountain trail riding, quick-rolling climbs, and confident descents.The Ripley 4's major update meant that Ibis' engineers could start from the ground up, and they chose to start with the heart-and-center of the bike, updating the dual-eccentrics used in the past to a new design based on the Ripmo, which still holds DW-Link suspension tucked neatly in the front triangle, but without as much weight, and with a huge boost in stiffness. This change in the frame's chassis allows massive weight savings of over a half-pound on the frame alone, giving your all-mountain machine a little more pep in its step when you're pushing up grueling climbs, and a more nimble feel when you're flicking it around tight switchbacks. Weight savings aside, one of the biggest benefits we see with the drop of the double-eccentric design is extra room in the seat-tube, which enables taller riders to run dropper posts up to 185mm. This long-dropper length lets Ibis' engineers carry forward with even more geometry tweaks, like an extra-low standover height, so you can pick your frame based on reach, e...
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