How is it different from the original Ripmo?
Not too long ago, Ibis released the Ripmo AF, their first aluminum framed bike in nearly 20 years. It turns out that the AF was hint of things to come, and it's now being joined by the carbon Ripmo 2.
The Ripmo 2 shares the same geometry as the AF, but the carbon construction allows for a frame weight that's nearly two pounds lighter. Lighter weight tends to mean a lighter wallet, and in this case the Ripmo 2 frame will set you back $2,999 USD. Complete bikes begin at $4,399 and go up to $9,299 USD.
A Fox DPX2 shock is the stock spec, but there's also the option to upgrade to a Float X2, and the Ripmo is also coil-shock compatible for riders who want to go that route.
Ibis Ripmo V2 Details
• Wheelsize: 29"
• Carbon frame
• Travel: 147mm (r) / 160mm (f)
• 64.9-degree head angle
• 435mm chainstays
• Frame weight: 6.3 lb w/ DPX2, 6.74 lb w/ Float X2
• Price: $4,399 - $9,299 USD
• Frame only: $2,999 USD
The Ripmo has only been around since 2018, so Ibis didn't need to go too
crazy with the updates when it came time for version 2.0. The head angle now sits at 64.9-degrees, 1-degree slacker than before, and the reach has increased by a handful of millimeters on each size.
The rear travel has been bumped up from 145 to 147mm, but what's more noteworthy is the increased amount of progression. That means the Ripmo V2 is now coil-shock compatible, and it should be less likely to reach the end of its travel too quickly. That change in progression was inspired in part by requests from EWS team rider Robin Wallner, who was actually riding a Ripmo V2 last season, racking up four top-ten finishes on his hidden-in-plain-sight prototype.
Along with the geometry and suspension updates, Ibis added in a two small rubber protectors to keep the linkages protected from mud, and to reduce the likelihood of a rock getting wedged and pinched between a link and the seattube.
The rest of the frame details carry over from the original – there's room for a 26oz water bottle inside the front triangle on sizes M-XL, a threaded bottom bracket, polycarbonate downtube protector, and clearance for up to a 2.6” rear tire. Ride Impressions
The Ripmo V2 addresses the two main requests I had when I reviewed the original back in 2018.
The slacker head angle and increased progression are exactly what I thought it needed to push it a little deeper into that all-mountain / enduro category.
Side note: I'd love to see Ibis come out with a full-on big mountain beast. A big-wheeled HD5 if you will, ideally with even more travel and a longer wheelbase. The Ripmost? I don't know. I think there's room in the lineup for a bike park smasher like that. Ibis has the bases well covered with their current lineup, and the Ripmo is extremely versatile, but just like a ski quiver, it's nice to have that pair of extra-fat powder boards for those special occasions.
But back to the Ripmo V2. It hasn't lost any of its climbing prowess, with a nice blend of traction and support that doesn't require the use of the climb switch. The slightly slacker head angle doesn't hinder its uphill performance either – it's still very easy to maneuver, and doesn't take as much work to get through tight sections of trail compared to bikes that are even more gravity-oriented.
On the descents, the lively nature of the original is still there. Yes, it can certainly be used as an enduro race bike, but the overall feel is more energetic and nimble, and it'll be very well suited to riders who prefer to hop and pop their way down the trail as opposed to pointing and plowing straight down the fall line. A coil shock could alter that feeling a bit – I'll probably experiment with going that route in the future, although the feel of the Float X2 leaves little to be desired.
In any case, fans of the original Ripmo will feel right at home on the updated version, as will riders in search of a longer travel bike that doesn't need that doesn't require pro-level skills to come alive.
Outdoor bike images: Ian Collins
You could even keep the DPX2 (which is a great shock) and just upgrade the fork for $290.
I ordered the NX build with carbon wheels and bars last year.
I upgraded to an XO1 shifter and RSC guide brakes off pink bike.
Its been a great bike. No plans to upgrade this year.
Granted it's a trade off because the steeper the STA requires more reach to be added to keep the longer cockpits taller riders need which in turn keeps stretching the wheel base and Ibis is still making the Ripmo a little more all mountain than pure Enduro so they want to keep it lively and hence the slacker STA I'm guessing...?
But at least it's not some 73.9 bullshit some other XL bikes try to pass off...
So many bikes tops their sizing with XL size at 500mm reach… that's not enough! Some go to 515mm (Norco/Nukeproof/Privateer/Santa Cruz) and some go little beyond (Bird/Last/GG) but it's still Pole and especially Nicolai only that go past 530mm mark. And not everyone wants/needs super slack machine. Some might prefer carbon over alloy etc.
I hope this will be adressed by more and more bike companies in the near future. Otherwise I will mail Robot/Atherton or MDE.
For reasons like this, I think steel/al/ti is going to make a resurgence.
But on the other hand there is the trend to go longer and slacker. Nowadays some bike companies make really short seat tubes so riders can up size. Some are already making quite long bikes. This may be the dead stop or things will move even more. There are bikes with 490mm reach in size large… so I'm carrying little hope.
If I had the money I would have long time ago let Starling or Robot built a bike for me. But I don't now. I don't want this to sound like some angry rant against blind industry in any way. Just as a tall guy I know what I'm talking about and I see space for improvement.
On the plus side, you can buy a bike that you can ride virtually everywhere, ride faster and harder than you ever thought you could and do so for years with very little maintenance or broken parts.
They could make them cheaper... but I don't think we'd want to go back to those bikes.
Not me though. I touch the ripmo's full capabilities very rarely... Usually when I've screwed up.
now, is a new Focus more or less technologically advanced than a Model T?
If you'd previously spent $26,000 on a Ford that did all those things acceptably well you'd be wondering what happened to cars and why you suddenly need three of them to visit grandma.
Call it the Ibis Savage AF.
A long travel aluminum, 180mm/front, 170mm/rear, 29er with a 64 degree HA and 77 degree seat angle. Make it somewhere around 35-36 lbs sporting a new Fox 38 or new Totem single crown for smashing the hell out of Silver Star bike park.
Would be Savage AF.
Regarding the OG, I can easily fix the HA with a headset which would decrease reach a little but on an XL so that should be ok. But would be really interested in knowing if there is going to be any way to get new leverage curve on the old bike (ie new link or something). A little more bottom out resistance and/or ability to run coil wouldn’t be a bad thing.
But if I would have waited a couple of months for the new version, then resale value a couple of years from now would have been probably $1k more. And will say I don't hate the money. For one thing, more of it makes it easier to buy the next bike. My mistake for knowing the product cycle was probably near the end and buying anyway ....
I owned both an Ibis and a Yeti.... But now I ride a Scott...
@DutchmanPhotos You needed that 450$ handlebar/stem combo and 7 cables, didn’t you?
Baby blue with orange bikes acting as Gulf tributes = Very very sad.-
No I don’t run the bar/stem combo. Carbon bars scare me.
And I have to agree, not a fan of all them cables and the idea of the adjustable shock, but it works!! The Ransom frame is very light and stiff too compared to a Yeti, and it fits me very well. And looking at the crazy deal I got I’ll work with those 5 cables.. :-)
Gulf racing had brighter a bit bleeker baby blue than this Ibis.
That Trek looks really nice. I doubt if it was painted to be like the actual Gulf racing colors....
There’s companies who are trying too hard to have their bikes look like a Porsche 917.. Look at Production Privee’s Shan GT from a few years ago for example. Personally I’m not into it, probably because I’ve been around vintage racecars too much, haha!!
How about compared to bikes that are less gravity oriented.
Ibis : Ripmo V2, more of the ‘same’
Ibis is like our Mom making us eat our vegatibles because it's good for us...