29er enduro sleds have become more and more common on the EWS circuit as riders take advantage of the speed and obstacle rollover benefits of the larger wheels, along with the changes in geometry that have made these machines more versatile than ever. The Ripmo NX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike represents Ibis's foray into the long-travel 29er market, and as the name implies, it's the mash up between the lively handling of the Ripley and the straight-line rock garden smashing abilities of the Mojo HD4. The result is a bike that delivers confidence and stability on technical descents and high speeds, but with a lightweight, nimble feel that is eager to climb back to the top of the mountain for more.With the Ripmo, Ibis wanted to push the limits of geometry. They made the bike notably long and slack to increase the bike's downhill prowess, but without compromising the ability to navigate tight sections of singletrack with fluidity. This is accomplished by a combination of a slack head angle and long reach, paired with a short offset fork and a steep seat tube angle. The 65. 9-degree head tube angle is quite slack, but by using a shorter 44mm offset fork to increase the bike's trail measurement, the Ripmo responds a bit more slowly to steering inputs, making it even more stable at the higher speeds experienced while racing enduro or charging down steep trails. Ibis claims the shorter offset fork makes the bike feel as stable as bikes in the 64. 5-degree head tube angle range, without requiring a drastic increase in wheelbase figures that could compromise the bike's ability to get around tight switchbacks and hairpin corners.Another geometry trick that Ibis employs is a steep seat tube angle of 76 degrees, which shifts your weight forward on the bike for more control, while lowering the risk of the front end washing out. It also ensures the front end doesn't wander too much on steep climbs, and it puts you in a better position for cornering with precision, something ...
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