The Ibis Ripley, now in it’s 4th generation, has long been one of our favorites for an aggressive XC bike that feels right at home on climbs and descents. Now, finally, it’s also available in an aluminum framed model aptly named the Ripley AF.

The idea follows in the Ripmo-to-Ripmo AF evolution, just with less travel. The new Ibis Ripley AF shares the same 120mm rear wheel travel as the carbon Ripley, also paired with a 130mm fork. So, other than an alloy frame, what’s new?

new ibis ripley aluminum mountain bike

Photos: Ibis Cycles / Lear Miller for Ibis Cycles.

Colors, for one. The Ripley AF will come in Monolith Silver…

ibis ripley af alloy short travel trail mountain bike color options

…and Pond Scum Green.

The only other substantial change is a 1-degree slacker head angle. The Ripley AF has a 75.5º head tube angle, compared to the carbon Ripley’s 76.5º head angle. Both bikes use a 44mm offset fork with 130mm travel, and both roll on 29er wheels only.

ibis ripley af alloy short travel trail mountain bike dw-link suspension details

The seat angle stays at 76º, with a long, straight tube that fits up to 175mm travel dropper seatposts on Medium through XL frames. Small frame sizes fit up to 150mm droppers, depending on brand (some complete builds are spec’d with 125mm droppers). Standover height is reasonably low, too.

ibis ripley af alloy short travel trail mountain bike dw-link suspension details

The heart of the bike is the DW-Link suspension, same as on the carbon version. This means an alloy yoke straddling the seat tube, with upper and lower alloy linkages controlling the movement whether you’re hammering up a hill or bombing a descent.

ibis ripley af alloy short travel trail mountain bike dw-link suspension details

The upper link uses bearings, while the lower link gets IGUS bushings with a lifetime warranty. In fact, they give all of the bearings and bushings lifetime replacement coverage, and the frame has a 7-year warranty.

ibis ripley af alloy short travel trail mountain bike specs and frame details

Other key specs include:

  • ISCG05 mount (with included adapter)
  • 2.6″ tire clearance
  • 203mm max brake rotor clearance
  • Threaded BB
  • Molded rubber swing arm protectors
  • Metric 190x45mm shock
  • Front triangle fits a water bottle
  • Boost 148 rear axle spacing
  • 7.45lb frame weight, with shock
  • Four frame sizes to fit riders 5’0″ – 6’6″

ibis ripley af alloy short travel trail mountain bike specs and frame details

new ibis ripley af alloy frame short travel trail mountain bike being ridden over a jump

Complete bikes start at $2,999. Scroll down for a full price list with build specs and a geometry chart…

new ibis ripley af alloy frame short travel trail mountain bike being ridden up a hill

Ibis Ripley AF pricing, geometry & video

ibis reply af pricing and build specs chart

Click the images to enlarge. Two complete bike builds are available at launch, topping out at $3,299 for a SRAM NX/GX Eagle with a Fox 34 Performance Series fork. Frame only is $1,799. Two additional build kits are planned later in the year as component inventory levels improve.

ibis ripley af alloy geometry chart

The Ibis Ripley AF is on sale now, available through authorized Ibis dealers.

Looking for something a little more aggressive? Check out the Ripmo AF, which bumps up to 145mm rear wheel travel with a 160mm fork.

IbisCycles.com

5 comments

  1. Chris on

    “The Ripley AF has a 75.5º head tube angle, compared to the carbon Ripley’s 76.5º head angle”

    I’ve got to assume those 7s should be 6s?!

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  2. IzzyM on

    Woohoo! My dream bike is now in aluminum! Makes it ever slightly less impossible now for me to get one (not being sarcastic).
    Digging the Pond Scum Green.
    Need to edit the head angles in the article.

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  3. Tim on

    Wow, the Deore M6100 version is cheaper than the NX build. Who in their right mind pays a higher price for low-end SRAM rather than a lower price for mid-tier Shimano?
    Also, there is what must be a typo:
    “The Ripley AF has a 75.5º head tube angle, compared to the carbon Ripley’s 76.5º head angle.”

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    • Mark H on

      I’d trust the geometry chart graphic that came from Ibis and lists the headtube angle as 65.5. But I might not trust the build chart that shows the cassette as a “Deore M6100 11-51” That should probably be 10-51 unless it’s the 11-speed 5100 series.

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  4. eddiepliers on

    Hey Tyler, You should change the head tube angles from 75.5 and 76.5 to 65.5 and 66.5 in the following clip… “The only other substantial change is a 1-degree slacker head angle. The Ripley AF has a 75.5º head tube angle, compared to the carbon Ripley’s 76.5º head angle”

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