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Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo’ travel, new geometry, and useful features

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Well, that didn’t take long. Just a few days after the new bike was spotted under Ibis enduro team riders, the new Ibis Ripmo is official. Calling it the love child of a Ripley and a Mojo HD4, the Ripmo is probably what fans of long travel 29ers have been waiting for with more travel, modern geometry, and the right choice of spec and features to get the job done.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

Starting at the top, the Ripmo is based around 29″ wheels and includes clearance for 2.6″ tires. Ibis was one of the first brands to really push the wide rim trend, so naturally, they built the bike to fit 2.6″ tires on their 35mm rims with plenty of clearance.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

Built with carbon front and rear triangles, frame weight is said to be 5.08lbs without a shock, or 6.06lbs (2.72kg) with a Fox DPX2 rear shock. Complete builds can be built as low as 28.1lbs (12.7kg). Still utilizing the dw-link suspension system, the Ripmo is tuned to run 145mm of rear travel mated with a 160mm travel fork. Stock, the bikes will include the Fox DPX2 rear shock, though the Float X2 will be available as an optional upgrade.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

The suspension does feature an all new lower link which moves from bearings to igus bushings and saves 80g from the same link with bearings. Why bushings? Ibis has always been a proponent of ‘bushings where you need them, bearings where you don’t’. That refers to the fact that bushings are ideal for locations with high loads and little rotation, where bearings excel places where there is more rotation. That meant that the lower link could be better served with bushings which will hold up longer and offer better performance. To stand behind the decision, Ibis is offering free lifetime replacement on any of their bushings.

 

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

When it’s time to recable your Ripmo, you’ll be happy to know that the frame includes new internal cable tunnels which allow cables to go in one side and pop out the other. Ibis points out that this is their first bike to use carbon fiber tubes molded into the carbon which makes this routing possible.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

That internal routing also includes the internal dropper post routing – for longer 31.6mm posts. The frames have been designed around the use of a 175mm dropper post (150mm for the small), but riders with longer legs could probably use a 185mm or even 200mm post. In spite of the lower top tube and seat tube to allow for bigger posts, the frame still allows for a water bottle mount inside the front triangle – even with a piggy back shock reservoir.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

Continuing with good news, the frame features a threaded bottom bracket that sits behind the bolt on downtube protector. The bottom bracket is ISCG 05 compatible with the addition of a splined adapter and the frame is 1x specific.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

At this point it’s almost a given that any 29er will use Boost spacing, but to confirm the Ripmo uses a tooled 148x12mm rear axle, and Boost fork up front. Post mount brakes and an integrated chainstay protector finish things off out back.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

To make the big bike more confidence inspiring and more nimble at the same time, the Ripmo has an all new geometry with a longer reach, slacker 65.9° head tube angle, steeper 76° seat tube angle, and a custom shorter 44mm fork offset that Ibis says will make the bike feel like it has a slacker head tube without increasing the wheel base for better handling in tight turns.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features
XX1 Build $9,399
Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features
X01 Build $7,099
Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features
GX Build $4,799
Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features
NX Build $4,099. Note that the Float X2 shocks shown for the three bikes above is not the stock option – complete bikes will ship with the Float DPX2, while the X2 is an available upgrade.

Ibis Ripmo 29er gets mo' travel, new geometry, and useful features

Complete bikes will be available in five different builds in Tangerine Sky or Black Olive. Pricing ranges from $4,099 to $9,399, while the frame only goes for $2,999 with a Fox DPX2 shock. Additional options include carbon bars for GX builds ($68), the Fox Float X2 ($270), and Ibis or Industry Nine carbon wheels. Bikes are available now through your local Ibis dealer.

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dockboy
dockboy
5 years ago

Why does the dropper routing exit the frame on the down tube only to reenter on the seat tube?

Breathe
Breathe
5 years ago
Reply to  dockboy

It’s probably easier to run the cables that way and creates a larger radius bend.

Mr. P
5 years ago
Reply to  dockboy

Routing through the BB is evil. Dun that. Would rather have full external than try to route around the BB again.

Padrote
Padrote
5 years ago
Reply to  dockboy

likely they didn’t figure out how to make the hose/housing tube follow the curve of the BB area

Some Slow Guy
Some Slow Guy
5 years ago
Reply to  dockboy

They forgot to ask you for help?

Bob
Bob
5 years ago

Oh Wow, another 140mm travel AM/Enduro/Trail bike. sweet, this one has the shock thingy half way up the down tube, that’s unique.

This segment is starting to be as exciting as the gravel/dirt road/adventure/bike backing/CX but with lower BB bike segment.

i am waiting for bike company to make a new model every 2.5mm of rear wheel travel. cause 145 is too little but 150 is just a touch too much.

blah blah blah
blah blah blah
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob

well thats life for ya Bob,

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