It’s finally here. After starting with a limited run of small Ripleys, Ibis has scaled up Carbon 831 to introduce its first new carbon model that is completely U.S.-made. We got a sneak peek at the new Ibis Exie a month ago, but now the completed bikes are rolling out of their Californian carbon facility and off to new owners.

Carbon 831

Ibis Carbon 831

As a refresher, when Ibis started their Carbon 831 project, it was intended only as an in-house prototyping and development facility. But after developing their first bike and realizing that they could make it in-house, and a good deal lighter, they decided to expand the project to include production manufacturing. With a new building near their Santa Cruz, CA headquarters, Ibis has focused on completely powering the facility with their own solar array, while building frames with less material that are still lighter, stiffer, and faster to produce.

What does the Ibis Exie weigh?

Ibis Exie frame

ibis 40th anniversary Exie build

The end result is a full carbon frame that weighs in at a claimed 4.4lbs (sub 2,000g.), making it the lightest bike they’ve ever produced. Supposedly, that makes 22.6lb bike builds a reality (size L, with sealant) which is the claimed weight for their Anniversary build which will be unveiled later this week.

Complete Ibis Exie XC mountain bike

Called the Exie (sounds like XC, get it?), this bike is essentially a modern cross country bike. Built with 100mm of travel from a dw-link suspension design, the bike is best paired with a 120mm travel fork.

Ibis Exie rear tire clearace

Rolling on 29″ wheels, tire clearance is listed at 2.4″ which should be adequate for the intended use.

Ibis Exie Frame Details

Ibis Exie frame details

Ibis always sweats the details of their bikes, and the Exie is no different. Starting with a frame design that allows room for two water bottles on all frame sizes, the remaining specs should leave most riders very happy with details like a threaded bottom bracket and room for long travel dropper posts.

 

  • Threaded BB (73mm BSA)
  • Integrated upper chain guide
  • 44mm Fork Offset
  • Seat tube angles that get steeper on larger sizes
  • 2 Bottle cage mounts inside front triangle
  • Size M-XL compatible with 170mm+ droppers, 125-150mm for smalls
  • Molded rubber swing arm an lower link protectors
  • IGUS bushings in lower link, bearings in upper link
  • Metric 190 x 45 shock
  • Post mount rear brake
  • 180mm max rotor size
  • Two piston rear caliper only
  • 1x specific design
  • Boost spacing

integrated upper chain guide

The 1x specific design includes an integrated upper chain guide to prevent any dropped chains from ruining your day or your race.

down tube protector chainstay protector

Even with an eye towards light weight, the frame includes molded downtube, lower link, and chainstay protectors.

rear brake

Not that you’d really need more brakes on a bike like this, but Ibis notes that the rear brake mount only offers room for 2 piston brake calipers, and only up to 180mm rotors.

Work Less Ride More headset cap remote lockout for rear shock

If you want it, there is an option for a Fox Performance DPS rear shock with a remote lockout.

Geometry

Ibis Exie 2021 2022 geometry

When it comes to geometry, Ibis mentions that they did things a bit differently on the Exie. Instead of following industry trends towards super steep seat tube angle, they use between 73.8-75.9° depending on the size to provide equal weight balance from size to size. They also designed the top tube around shorter stems, claiming to lengthen TT measurements by about 20mm. The frame design will allow most riders on a medium frame to run a 170mm dropper post or larger, and riders under 5’5″ can still use a 125mm dropper or larger.

Ibis Exie Complete Bike & Frame Pricing and Availability

Ibis Exie complete build

Ibis Exie specifications for build options and pricing

Starting today, you can buy an Ibis Exie with a base price of $7,999 for a Shimano XT build kit. There will also be a SRAM X01 build kit for $9,199, and an XX1 AXS Eagle build at $12,799. As mentioned, Ibis plans to offer an Anniversary build which will include details like Cane Creek eeWings cranks, a 60g Italian stem, and a custom 125mm Bike Yoke Divine Dropper Post for $11,799. More details will be released soon, but expect only 40 of these bikes to be made available to the public in honor of their 40th Anniversary.

ibis Exie frame

Want a frame-only? Those will be available too — but not until some time in 2022. At that point, they’ll be offered in Bug Zapper Blue or Cheat-O Orange for $4,500 each with a Fox shock. All Ibis Exie frames include a 7 year frame warranty and lifetime replacement on the bushings in the lower link (you’re on your own for the bearings in the upper link).

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18 comments

      • ronnie on

        True, but warranties are often a bit misleading. Your “lifetime warranty” on your S-works doesn’t cover the chainstays or seatstays which likely one of the most common things to break. Ibis doesn’t exclude any frame parts in their warranty, but like most, it’s only for “defects in mate­ri­als and work­man­ship.” These days, most companies seem to use that as an excuse not to cover most frame failures.

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        • None Given on

          It is everything, that said, you are correct. A buddies Trek (Project One) broke three swing arms in two years, last one was not under warranty and they did him a “favor” that only cost him >$5k to get a new bike….granted, part of it is up to the LBS you picked. I have never, not ever seen an issue with Specialized Warranty (unless the LBS was on credit hold). No, I do not work for or at a Specialized facility.

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        • None Given on

          We stand behind our frames—forever. This means we offer a lifetime warranty to the original owner against structural defects in material or workmanship on ALL models of Specialized-branded frames and forks. This includes seatstays and chainstays on full-suspension bikes.

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          • Ibisrocks on

            That’s what they said about my sworkz shoes till they decided they didn’t honor the lifetime warranty the $450 shoes had when I purchased them, so……..right, lifetime

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          • Jim Hasenauer on

            I had a 2009 carbon Stumpjumper Pro that developed a crack on the aluminum driveside chainstay. Specialized told my shop “swingarms aren’t covered by the warranty.” I was pretty disappointed.

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  1. Craig on

    This is out of my price range but it’s really cool to see that it’s made in the USA. I hope this is a successful model for Ibis.

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  2. Cryogenii on

    Seems like it’s only going to be a draw for the domestic market most international customers won’t want to pay the premium for a “made in the US” sticker.

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    • Craig on

      Yes it’s a lot but I’ve never understood why mountain frames are comparatively cheap compared to road frames. For example a Pinarello F12 retails for about $6000. Sure, it comes with a fork and seatpost but got no shock, no linkages, or bearings, and it’s made in Asia. It makes this $4500 made in USA Ibis seem like a bargain. I guess the companies selling these overpriced road frames/bikes need to recoup their exorbitant costs of sponsoring a TdF team.

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  3. None Given on

    Odd, I have the S-Works shoe (about a year old) and the sole is de-laminating…well, after I burrowed it in and jammed some tree bark into it…we will see in the next few days. Again, it is VERY up to the LBS and their credit standing with Specialized, seen it first hand. Where I am one shop tells everyone that X and Y are not warranty – go to an LBS 60 miles away….boom, done.

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  4. Chris Slevin on

    S works enduro with bearings constantly working loose and the bike spending more time in pieces in the shop than on the trial? Yeah that was worth thousands. Thanks specialized. How an engineering team can mess up something as simple as bearings isind boggling but I’ll never buy spesh again

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  5. JJ from the Bay on

    I have a 2014 carbon Camber that developed a crack on the aluminum chainstay as well. Specialized got my shop the Sworks replacement stay to my shop in 4 days. I was super impressed.

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  6. Poppa Wheel-e on

    Had an almost 12 year old frame crack at the bottom bracket, Specialized replaced it, no muss no fuss, I was already expecting to buy a new bike but boom a frame showed up in like a week and it was a limited edition color way! They have been more than fair to customers and have given a lot of crash replacements to people who really don’t deserve it, taking the family Subaru to the frame is not really a crash but they have replaced them anyway. Sure they may not be perfect and have had their issues but they support their stuff much of the time!

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