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New Ibis Exie Mountain Bike is Made in Vietnam (And a Lot Less Expensive)

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Ibis has a new mountain bike. Except, it’s a copy of an existing bike – just made somewhere else.

That’s not all that surprising given that the original Ibis Exie was the product of Ibis’ Carbon 831 Lab. The purpose of that lab and the original Exie was to improve their prototyping and development. Technically, the project started to see if they could produce a single-size run of small Ibis Ripley frames.

Those frames were a success and led to their first model that was built entirely in-house: the original Exie (now called the Exie USA).

Ibis Exie side

Ibis took the bulk of what they learned in the layup process for the Exie USA and took that to the factory in Vietnam to replicate the process. The result is the new Exie (just Exie, not Exie USA. Got it?). The Exie will now be sold alongside the Exie USA, just with a slightly different weight and very different price.

Starting with the World Cup-winning Exie USA as a template, the new Exie still offers a carbon fiber frame, only one that is about 250g heavier. That, and a combination of an affordable Shimano Deore or SRAM NX/GX drivetrain means Ibis was able to drop the starting price for complete builds by $3,000 compared to the Exie USA ($4,999 vs. $7,999).

Ibis Exie Geometry

Ibis Exie Geometry

Running an identical geometry chart, the Exie is built around 100mm of rear travel with a 120mm travel suspension fork, 29″ wheels, a 67.2º head tube angle, a moderate 73.8-75.9º seat tube angle depending on the size, and longer reach numbers built around a shorter stem.

BikeYoke dropper post
Bike Yoke dropper post remote

Like all Ibis mountain bikes, the Exie is built to accomodate long travel dropper posts with a low standover height. Complete bikes will include either a KS Rage-i (125, 150, or 170mm) or Bike Yoke Revive (125, 160, or 185mm) dropper depending on the model and frame size.

Ibis Exie suspension linkage

While the Exie is meant to be a go-fast race machine, it’s also built to tackle all-day downcountry epics and has clearance for 29 x 2.4″ tires to get it done.

Additonal (and welcomed) features include an integrated upper chain guide, threaded bottom bracket, molded rubber chainstay guard, and downtube guard, plus mechanis-friendly internal routing (full tunnel, and not through the headset). All frame sizes also have clearance for two water bottle cages.

Ibis Exie Orange
Image c. Lear Miller/Ibis
Ibis Exie build kits

Ibis Exie Pricing, Colors & Builds

Offered in either Bug Zapper Blue or Cheat-O orange, the Exie will be avaialble in three build kits ranging from $4,999 to $5,499. Those that are wanting a frame-only will have to upgrade to the Exie USA. Complete builds of the Exie USA will continue to be sold for $7,999 to $12,799.

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Tom Wenzel
Tom Wenzel
7 days ago

Wish I could see the numbers behind the scenes to certify who will keep putting their money behind their ‘MURIKA mouths.

Tom
Tom
7 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

What a sad life you must live if this is the first thing you thought about.

Bubbrubb
Bubbrubb
7 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

What’s that even mean?

Robin
Robin
6 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

Yes, what the hell does that even mean? What is your point?

DefRyder
DefRyder
6 days ago

Just wow.

For Ibis to lower the price of the Exie, they have a couple models manufactured in Vietnam that weigh 250 grams more and fit them with lowly Deore or NX/GX combo. To start at $5,000. Five thousand dollars for a Deore bike? Haven’t they gotten the memo that no one will be willing to pay anywhere near the price they’re asking for a DEORE shodded bike.

Not hating on Ibis but best of luck on them selling mediocre bikes starting at $5,000…

Steezy
Steezy
6 days ago
Reply to  DefRyder

they sell the Oso GX for 11K. lol.

Dano
Dano
6 days ago
Reply to  DefRyder

Why is a Deore-equipped carbon frame made offshore with race proven geometry and a great warranty considered “mediocre” regardless of the selling price? With that logic, if this bike was selling for $2,500 it would still be considered mediocre? It’s like you’re arguing against manufacturer elitism by being a consumer elitist. And yes, you’re absolutely hating on Ibis…

Joe Bond
Joe Bond
6 days ago
Reply to  DefRyder

Assuming they actually have anything in stock, most DTC brands like Canyon or Polygon are going to slaughter them spec wise at the same price points.

Stephen
Stephen
5 days ago

Some small sympathy for those who bought the original. The USA version will now probably fade away.

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