Bike Check: Robin Wallner's Ibis Ripmo V2 - EWS Zermatt 2020

Aug 28, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  


Robin Wallner racked up four top-10 finishes last season, and with an extended off-season that included getting his heel clickers dialed in on his backyard dirt jumps, he'll be hoping to leap his way to the front of the pack in Zermatt. His bike for the weekend is an Ibis Ripmo V2, a bike he tested in plain sight at the tail end of the 2019 EWS season.

The stock configuration of the 147mm 29er has a 160mm fork, but Wallner's gone bigger, installing a 170mm Fox 38 to help deal with all of the chunky terrain that awaits racers this weekend. Wallner prefers a softer suspension setup than many of the other riders on the circuit, and he also runs his rebound and compression on the more open end of the spectrum.
Robin Wallner bike check
Rider Name: Robin Wallner
Team: Ibis Racing
Height: 179cm / 5'10"
Weight: 73 kg / 161 lb
Instagram: @robin_wallner

Robin Wallner bike check

Robin Wallner bike check

Details
Frame: Ibis Ripmo V2, size large
Fork: Fox 38, 170mm. 88psi, 1 volume spacer
Shock: Fox Float X2, 148 psi
Wheels: Ibis S35 carbon front / aluminum rear
Tires: Maxxis Mininon DHF / DHRII, DH casing
Inserts: rear only
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR
Brakes: Shimano XTR
Dropper post: BikeYoke

Robin Wallner bike check
Robin Wallner bike check
Robin's running the classic Maxxis Minion DHF / DHR II tire combo. He has an insert in the rear wheel, and will be on DH casing tires front and rear come race day.

Robin Wallner bike check
Those Shimano Saint pedals probably won't be looking so fresh after a few more days of Swiss rock bashing.

Robin Wallner bike check
Robin Wallner bike check
Wallner's well prepared, with a tube strapped to the top tube, a pump stashed next to the bottle cage, a multi-tool in the steerer tube, and tire plugs in the crank spindle.

Robin Wallner bike check
Robin Wallner bike check
Shimano XTR brakes with 203mm rotors front and rear.

Robin Wallner bike check
Zermatt has plenty of rocks, so the decision was made to run an aluminum rim with an insert in the rear, and keep the carbon wheel up front.



55 Comments

  • 120 0
 Hopefully this ibis can do the job
  • 28 0
 I honestly don't see how any one will ever be able to refrain from serving this line to every Ibis owner they come across, forever.
- Hey, cool bike, what is it ?
- It's an Ibis
- Oooh, and... (tries hard not to say it).... does it do the job ? Sorry... (facepalm).
  • 5 0
 @juliopedro: when you ride an Ibis, no know ti really do the job
  • 8 0
 Came here for this comment. Wasn't disappointed.
  • 14 0
 @juliopedro: damnit...i dont get it
  • 44 1
 @arrowheadrush: one of the first clips in here, enjoy yourself pinkbike.com/news/video-friday-fails-120.html#comment_wrap
  • 4 1
 @arrowheadrush: I honestly don't get it either. But I'm usually late to the party.
  • 16 0
 Unfortunately for Ibis, this joke is going to have a long shelf life. The video is just too good, lol.
  • 3 0
 @kleinblake: thank you so much, kept seeing the reference but had no clue where it came from

Priceless!
  • 7 0
 @davec113: if they’re smart they’ll lean into it
  • 1 0
 @juliopedro: Jamais testé pour savoir si ca fait le job mais c'est beau un Mojo en tout cas
  • 5 0
 @davec113: Ibis rider here. I get it. I love it. It’s part of my internal monologue when I’m riding. I think Ibis owns that comment proudly.
  • 21 0
 I appreciate the guys working the races to get all of this content but there is so much more detail that could be provided with what seems like minimum effort: Bar length/rise - stem length - crank length - post drop - cassette range - tire pressure.
  • 2 0
 More info on the rear shock setting also please. I’m almost the exact same height and weight, and run 170psi on the X2 on the Ripmo, using all of the travel on every ride. I don’t ride anywhere near as aggressively as Wallner, how many volume spacers are in that thing to get down to 148?
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU: I was wondering as well
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU:

His fork is set up super soft, too. The 38 has a smaller air chamber than the 36, meaning you typically need more air pressures.

Curious as to his compression settings as well.
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU: Rimpo V1 or V2? I bottomed my V1 so much more than my AF at similar settings. The V1 is regressive at the end of the travel (meaning it gets easier to compress) whereas the V2/AF is progressive at the same spot at the end of the travel.
  • 8 0
 Love my v2 we well. I watched the video and was initially like “shit someone should have showed me this before I bought my bike”.... then I watched it 5 or 6 more times. It’s priceless. I’m going to make a point of saying this each time I hit a new line ... puts me in a giggly mood.
  • 10 0
 Fun fact: Robin had his local shop order this bike in January and it just came in on Tuesday.
  • 14 4
 "just let the Ibis do the work"
  • 8 0
 148 psi in his Fox X2?? That would be really soft, 40% sag or more.
I run 250 psi in my 2019 X2 with 3 volume spacers, Ripmo V1, 25% sag. I weigh about the same as Robin.
  • 1 0
 160 pound rider weight with a supportive leverage rate, and some volume reducers could probably handle that pressure without much fuss
  • 1 1
 I thought the same thing. Lots of pressure in the fork though!
  • 13 4
 the fact ibis are now doing DVO on there carbon models is bloody fantastic
  • 5 2
 Agreed. I love my DVO suspension more than my Fox or MRP. Lyrik is still pretty sick though. Next bike I build up will also have DVO.
  • 3 0
 @WalrusRider: I am running a DVO Onyx SC....love it.
  • 5 0
 I was almost dead set on a transition sentinal last year before the ripmo af came out with the full dvo for 3k. I never really considered ibis cause in my mind it was a "dentist" brand but I rode a ripmo and it was amazing and I bought one immediately
  • 1 0
 @nfontanella: I bought my Stumpjumper Evo very shortly before the Ripmo AF came out. I probably would have gotten the Ripmo AF over the Stumpjumper Evo if it came out a few weeks earlier.
  • 8 0
 Wait, I thought you could just point your Ibis downhill and win?
  • 2 3
 Not when it's a Rude-Ed Hill Wink
  • 6 0
 Do a Lew Buch bike check next!
  • 1 0
 Would have been curious to see how he is storing plugs in the crank. I've been wanting to do that for a bit, but haven't came across a tool built that is doing it.
  • 1 0
 I believe the Granite Stash chain tool and their tire plug tool can go in a bar end, or in the crank spindle.
  • 3 0
 @jasbushey, He runs the Sahmurai Sword tubeless repair kit in his cranks.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Lr0OWPW0w
  • 3 4
 This dislike of carbon wheels on the durability aspect is still so silly. Any hit that is going to break a carbon rim isn't just going to dent an aluminum rim, it's also going to be smashed to death. Yeah you can bend out small dings in an alloy rim, but you can't bend out the kind of damage it would sustain from the same impact that would break a modern carbon hoop.
  • 1 0
 Underrated comment
  • 1 0
 That depends on the kind of hit. The nice thing about aluminium rims is that they behave very predictably, no matter what kind of impact they receive (square, glancing, sharp, blunt, sideways, whatever.)
And a good mechanic can evaluate the condition of a aluminium rim by looking at it. Neither of which is true for carbon rims.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: Behavior is not impact resistance. If the aluminum was chosen for ride quality, then behavior comes into play. But when choosing a rim for impact resistance, aluminum is to carbon as analog is to digital/binary: an aluminum rim can have various states of breakage, some fixable, some not, where a good carbon rim is either solid or broken. The mechanic doesn't have to evaluate the carbon because it will almost always be quite obvious. Very rarely will a carbon wheel be undetectably compromised.
  • 2 0
 cassette range? looks like the 45t version
  • 1 0
 I think it looks small compared to that 203mm rotor in back. Most run a 180mm in the rear.
  • 4 0
 @LeoTProductions: he’s running the medium cage derailleur so almost certainly a 45t out back
  • 1 0
 Robin, the latch of your EDC should be pointing forward, not dong-ward! Stay safe ;-)
  • 2 0
 Size?
  • 4 0
 Details
Frame: Ibis Ripmo V2, size large
  • 3 0
 L A R G E
  • 18 1
 @4ll-the-jazz: S M A L L N ' T
  • 2 0
 I want one
  • 1 2
 The OneUp pump strap will snap & Robin will lose his pump. His mechanic needs to replace it with a velcro strap, Iike I did.
  • 1 1
 Not exactly a big vote of confidence for Ibis' carbon hoops.
  • 1 1
 Over forked interesting
  • 1 1
 Orange bits to try and blend the fork in
  • 1 2
 Unlikely, have you seen the Queen stage!!!!
  • 2 1
 170mm fork is how I have my Ripmo setup... But I also use it to race DH. Corners and plays around so well, like nothing else I've ridden before. I have never ridden one with a 160mm fork, but see no reason too with how challenging my local trail systems & bike parks are.
  • 1 0
 @StubbornApproach: How's the uphill with the 170mm? Running lyrik 160mm and thinking about upgrading to fox 38 170mm

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