First Ride: The New Ibis Ripmo V2 is Carbon AF

Feb 18, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  

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
ibiscycles.com


Ibis Ripmo 2

Ibis Ripmo 2
In-frame molded tunnels guide the housing to its destination.
Ibis Ripmo 2
There's room for a 26oz water bottle inside the front triangle of the M-XL frames. Side loading cage highly recommended.


How is it different from the original Ripmo?

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.

Ibis Ripmo 2
The Ripmo V2 still uses bushings on the lower link, and cartridge bearings on the upper link.
Ibis Ripmo 2
There's room for up to a 2.6" tire.


Ibis Ripmo 2

Ibis Ripmo 2
The frame is available in Star Destroyer Gray or Bug Zapper Blue.

Ibis Ripmo 2
Robin Wallner, riding in plain sight aboard a prototype Ripmo V2.

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 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


301 Comments

  • 120 0
 What I do like about Ibis is they let you spec a better fork and rear shock on lower end model bikes. For example their NX build is $4399, but add a FOX 36 Factory Grip 2 and Float X2 Factory and your total is $4959.00 vs the GX build starting at $5499 without the factory fork and x2 shock. Considering it's much cheaper to just upgrade the NX drivetrain in the future. T This is pretty sweet.
  • 13 28
flag Shafferd912 (Feb 18, 2020 at 10:02) (Below Threshold)
 Wait really? That doesnt make much sense seeing as those two suspension components would run you $1300 at least!
  • 46 0
 @Shafferd912: True, but you're not paying a full $1300 extra, just the difference between the prices of the performance and factory stuff.
  • 21 0
 @big-red: Ohhh. Thank you for pointing that out. That makes a lot of sense.
  • 8 1
 @Shafferd912: Yes... 1. Manufacturer pricing. 2. You're upgrading, so you only pay the extra cost of the higher spec suspension. Which is why, as he says... this is the better way to go. Then just grab a lightly used GX or X0 cassette and derailleur off Pinkbike and sell the NX stuff.

You could even keep the DPX2 (which is a great shock) and just upgrade the fork for $290.
  • 12 0
 @islandforlife: To add a GX or X0 cassette you'd need an XD freehub, since the NX build comes with a PG1230 and uses Shimanos freehub. So factor in that cost (ibis sells them for $60). Otherwise, can buy GX eagle groupset minus the crankset on bike24 for $200 euros.
  • 9 1
 @Ryan2949: it's very cool that Ibis NX wheelset allows you to change drivers so cheaply. Seems like most with NX drivers leave you stuck with that unless you relace a whole new hub or buy new wheel. That's a big deal imo.
  • 11 3
 Or maybe they could still save more money on the lower end models but not putting Factory forks and shocks. The Fox 36 Grip2 and Float X2 (none kashima) are more than fine for me.
  • 7 12
flag Shafferd912 (Feb 18, 2020 at 11:00) (Below Threshold)
 @QuebecPoulin: That's what I used to think. Until I bought a used bike with a Kashima 36. I will admit. The kashima is really buttery smooth. Is it enough to pay more for though? Not sure.
  • 4 0
 @islandforlife: DPX2 is great for this kind of bike. But for a rider who likes to smash stuff on an enduro bike (i.e, me) it kinda doesn't work as well as the DHX2 I put on my bike for a while.
  • 2 0
 @QuebecPoulin: HSR and HSC are really nice options for some, certainly not everyone.
  • 18 0
 Or you could just upgrade to XT 12 speed and donate the NX to a financially challenged friend.
  • 15 1
 What gears it has is literally the least important thing about buying a new bike. Geometry, suspension, brakes. Those are the things that actually make the bike work the way it does, and are very expensive to upgrade later. Tyres are a lot more important than gears and they can be changed cheaply and easily. Even a shitty 2020 gear set works more than well enough, even if the smallest sprocket is 11t. It is a great idea to let customers upgrade the suspension at the expense of gearing.
  • 6 0
 What’s even better is when you go into your dealer to order you can change anything you like really. Different wheels, stem length, bar material, different dropper options etc. You can get it how you want it.
  • 9 0
 @jaame: Not so much about the number of gears, it's about weight. Once you get below GX (NX and SX), those cassettes are boat anchors. Yes, they work just fine... but heavy AF.
  • 4 0
 @islandforlife: is the cassette considered "rotational weight"?
  • 5 0
 @Svinyard: Good question... not sure, maybe, probably not as much as tires and rims. But, more importantly, it is part of un-sprung weight so any reductions there have a larger effect on how the bike handles than removing the same amount of weight from the "sprung" part of the bike. IE. you feel it more.
  • 4 2
 @Svinyard: Yes, anything that rotates will have rotational weight. Wheels, tires, cranks, cassettes, rotors are all the best places to reduce weight on a bicycle to make a noticeable difference in performance.
  • 11 0
 @Branmuffin: yup. When I got my OG Ripmo, my dealer swapped out the brakes from Deore to Code RSC for the cost difference on my GX build. Ibis would also let the dealer swap the NX Cassette and body for GX from what I understand, they don’t sell built bikes to dealers, just frame and then a parts kit. The dealer builds it complete in house as opposed to a bigger brand. Ibis really stepped up the value game over the last several years and won me over as a customer.
  • 2 2
 @dualsuspensiondave: generally true, but it matters a lot less near the hub than near the rim. Hub and cassette weight probably doesn't impact the ride much more than something like caliper weight (gram-for-gram that is).
  • 4 1
 @jaame: assuming a decent baseline. When you’ve walked a GX bike out of back country more than once for warranty support that statement become less black and white.
  • 5 0
 @big-red: That’s true while coasting, when it’s just a lump of unsparing mass, but when pedaling you’re have to overcome the inertia of the heavy cassette. The crappy thing is that unlike a wheel or tire, once you expend the energy to get it spinning, it disengages and carries no inertia to help you maintain rolling speed like a heavy tire would. If someone is looking to save weight on a bike, if they already light wheels, the cassette is probably the best part to upgrade, it’s also relatively inexpensive per gram of weight saved.
  • 1 1
 @big-red: Sure, further from the hub the more it makes an impact. However, cassette weight makes a huge difference when pedaling. Caliper weight is completely different, as it’s not rotating. The cassette is directly being spun by the power of your legs as the cranks are. Physics
  • 2 2
 @topfuel564: what kind of friend would donate NX to a friend? NX is abomination. But it’s better than walking so I see your sentiment.
  • 1 1
 What I was meaning was you can change a cassette later at not a huge cost. The same cannot be said for the geometry or the suspension. A shock and fork will do you $1500 American in the aftermarket. Even brakes are really expensive compared to a cassette.
  • 2 0
 @Branmuffin: Ibis is one of the better brands to let you build your bike.
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.
  • 64 7
 Why do bike companies still make larger sizes bike with a slacker seat angle? its not hard, taller people have there seat higher, so they need a steeper seat angle or at least the same angle.
  • 24 6
 Ibis measures their seat angle at different heights for different sizes I believe. I suspect that is why you get the differently reported angle for the larger sizes where it's measured at a higher height.
  • 4 1
 True...but at least on the Ibis the Effective SA is close to the Actual SA. It would be sick to see more of the DW6 used on the Atherton bikes to grow chain stay length with sizes.
  • 49 1
 Props to Norco for doing this, steeper seat tube angles for larger frames!
  • 11 0
 @MarcusBrody: but that's the problem, taller riders need taller seat heights and end up with slacker STA's unless the bike companies address this by making the STA steeper as the sizes go up.

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... Wink
  • 21 1
 YEAH! BE LIKE NORCO
  • 2 0
 truth.....I know of a company or two that are definitely steepening the seat tube on bigger bikes, and it's about friggin time.
  • 2 5
 That’s not on purpose, most bikes advertise effective seat angles while ibis advertises the actual seat angle
  • 6 0
 @Ryan2949: I brought this up on the last Norco article, and everyone pooped all over my comment because "the ETT isn't long enough", so I guess you'll never please the PB crowd.
  • 3 0
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  • 2 1
 @philmtb99: No, the measure the same as everyone else. Have a look at the diagram above their geo chart.
  • 9 1
 It's a positive sign if this is the biggest complaint about this bike.
  • 12 3
 Chainstay length should also be increased as reach increases.
  • 11 0
 @Marcencinitas: For sure, Norco seems like they're nailing these things, surprised no one else bothers with it. At 6'3" I only recently realized I've been climbing folded in half all these years fighting short chain stays and slack seat angles.
  • 5 0
 Longer bar ends in L and XL sizes!!
  • 2 3
 @hamncheez: Ibis is known for making compact feeling bikes... this one isn’t much different lol #ETTmafia
  • 1 0
 When the first ripmo came out they listed eff. STA based off data they collected from their demo fleet. They were listed at the average height that saddles were being put at for each size. Maybe they're still running it this way?
  • 3 2
 Because that means that they have to admit that Pole/Nicolai were right all along, and that they have been decieving the public for years.
  • 3 1
 @phops: actually ibis product manager recognizes in a youtube vid they try out Pole and got positively surprised... So they move on a little this way...
  • 1 0
 Steepening seat angle and lengthening rear end are necessities for taller guys to feel combortable aboard. But I am still waiting for time when most bike companies will offer XXL sizes too.

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.
  • 4 0
 @AspidMan: Carbon molds are expensive. You need 3-4 (if not more) molds per frame size, per bike model. If each mold is $100k, you do the math on offering XXXL sizing.

For reasons like this, I think steel/al/ti is going to make a resurgence.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: so many people don't understand this. If you want a bike with 550mm reach in carbon, there are multiple companies out there that would gladly design you a bike and produce it. price? $200,000. lol
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: I realize this. I am aware of the reasons nobody in the industry do 2XL/3XL sizes in carbon… to sell 50 of these at best? Hardly cost effective.

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.
  • 1 0
 @AspidMan: check out Marino bikes.
  • 62 6
 Does it Ripmo than the previous model?
  • 18 1
 If you break it: RIPnomo
  • 7 1
 @steveczech: If you break it, then just RIP (rest in pieces).
  • 4 1
 Put a Trust fork on it: RipMoMA
  • 14 1
 Read the article, you clearly didn’t get the ripmemo
  • 3 0
 @caltife: Museum of Modern Art?
  • 4 0
 @steveczech: if you ride through dogshite it's the Ripemo.
  • 1 3
 Did they remember to put the whole Seat tube in the jig?
Seem not
  • 2 0
 Ripmo ST
  • 2 4
 Riphomo
  • 45 0
 Wow the xt build contains xt parts unlike pivots xt build that's all slx
  • 3 2
 I never payed Pivots much notice, but then I saw one in a bike shop, and it looked really, really nice in person.
  • 58 25
 everyone who doesnt plan on spending another $5k for a "special occasion bike" say aye.
  • 21 3
 oh come on give him break. He's from planet pinkbke from the squampton galaxy where the "ideal quiver" consists of multiple $6k + bicycles.
  • 24 7
 I remember the good 'ol days when a carbon frame was $2k. Is it just me or is the bike industry inflation rate higher than normal?
  • 4 2
 If this smug collides with the "progressive" MTB cloud we'll have a super-storm of epic consequences on our hands. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyTfaCGy6t8
  • 24 1
 I have only one mtb: my RipMo. Unsure how it's a special occasions bike. It's my do everything ride...
  • 8 2
 @rossluzz: when I started riding in 2003/2004 it seemed that every major brand's top-of-the-line option was right at $5000, or about $6800 today.
  • 7 0
 @Mtmw: I think he was referring to Kazimer's request that Ibis come out with a 29" big-mountain beast.
  • 10 2
 @SangamonTaylor: The bikes you can get today for $6800 or even $5000 are going to be leagues ahead of anything you could buy back then regardless of price.
  • 10 3
 @SangamonTaylor: I also used to ride then... and those bikes just didn't work very well. They were fine for the day, but we didn't know any better. And they broke... a lot. I think, along with inflation, the mtb industry has "grown up". Companies realized they had to hire competent people in all areas... engineers and designers with experience and formal educations. And spend money on real R&D, design, tooling, testing, etc, etc... this stuff all costs a lot more money than hair-brained ideas, napkins and ink... and so, has inflated the prices.

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.
  • 4 0
 @SangamonTaylor: Even if you ignore performance and geometry advancements since then, a top of the line bike in 03/40 would barely rank as entry level today. $5k got you an aluminum frame, 30 or 32mm stanchions on your fork, no piggy back reservoir on the rear shock, a fixed seatpost, single piston brakes, tubes in your tires, and the only piece of carbon to be found was the handle bar. A Ripmo AF is a better comparison to a top spec 2003 trail bike, but even it comes with a dropper post, which is way better than a QR seat clamp so you could drop the post on descents ever dreamed of being.
  • 1 0
 @MtbSince84: ah my bad, that makes sense then. Except... The spec Enduro exists, and for some riders, that's their only machine. When you live on the North shore....

Not me though. I touch the ripmo's full capabilities very rarely... Usually when I've screwed up.
  • 6 2
 @SangamonTaylor: when Henry Ford unveiled the Model T, it cost $850. in todays dollars that is roughly $23,000. A brand new Ford Focus is $26,000 give or take with options.

now, is a new Focus more or less technologically advanced than a Model T?
  • 4 0
 @conoat: What if Ford decided to make one car for *only* going downhills, another for *only* uphill and then one just for use on the highway. Because you need "performance"...

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.
  • 1 0
 @jcklondon: Sure. But on the other hand, what if Ford only offered small to medium sized cars, and you really liked Fords but needed a bigger car? Nobody here is suggesting that Ibis should discontinue any of their current bikes.
  • 2 3
 @dlxah: I would. lol. The HD series has always sucked.
  • 1 0
 @dlxah: Which colourway will your $5000 extra-fat powder board be coming in? ;-)
  • 3 0
 @jcklondon: I'll stick to my directional twin all mountain board, thanks. But I still think it's great that dedicated powder boards exist for people who ride enough deep powder to justify buying one.
  • 1 0
 @jcklondon: I might need a truck to move grandma, a Porsche to get grandma to the hospital and a Buick to pick her up. The transportation biz is pretty fractured as well.
  • 1 0
 @cavecreekgoat: Proverb says: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Having owned 2 in the Ibis HD series both are fantastic bikes. The OG Mojo HD was a game changer way ahead of its time. Got to give credit where credit is due. Don't buy it if you don't like it but that doesn't mean it sucks by any means.
  • 1 3
 @btalley: the HD4 was horrendous. sorry mate. it just was. The OG mojo was better than some other horrible bikes of the time, sure. I don't have any experience with the HD5, but let's be clear, I can hypothesize......
  • 24 4
 Ripmo v3 scheduled for a mid-Spring release.
  • 11 1
 Steel ?
  • 3 0
 V3 AF
  • 15 0
 @nyhc00: Ripmo WTF
  • 4 1
 OG Ripmo FTW
  • 25 9
 looks significantly better than the last color scheme
  • 4 3
 I like the blue, but why you gotta bring a bug zapper into this, @ibiscycles ? Whack name.
  • 48 0
 @scvkurt03: They figured "Bug Zapper Blue" was less likely to get them sued than "Yeti Turqoise"
  • 3 0
 @scvkurt03: You haven't paid attention to Ibis's color names, then. They're irreverent: Black Lung. Phlegmish Yellow. Vitamin P (for a bike that is the color of vitamin-enhanced urine).
  • 1 0
 @MtbSince84: You're right I haven't. I knew about Vitamin P and always thought that was weird too. Strange color naming ethos for such a refined brand.
  • 59 1
 @scvkurt03: We probably shouldn't tell you about some of our other product names then.... RIP Handjob.
  • 1 0
 @ibiscycles: That's a bit more overt than Evil's "Yogurt Truck" cream white...
  • 25 1
 @ibiscycles: *carefully opens incognito tab and googles ibis handjob*
  • 5 0
 @ibiscycles: your best product name is still the pork chop bag. Although, I wouldn't recommend using it for meat storage for more than 2 hrs tops.
  • 2 0
 @ibiscycles: I noticed that the problematically named Tranny is now the DV9. Is that supposed to be a progression of DV8?
  • 10 0
 @scvkurt03: refined product, but a brand that stays true to its rad and fun loving roots. Look at all of their naming, look at their owners manual - there is a recipe to make Chuck's Almond Butter. Chuck Ibis in and of himself. Go to their HQ. Meet their people. Refined bikes. Rad brand.
  • 2 0
 @SirLapLack: Interesting! I do miss the Tranny naming... And the Trans Fat derivative.
  • 7 0
 Come on, Tangerine Sky is sexy AF. And just cause I ride it, doesn't mean I'm biased.
  • 2 0
 @dietcoors: I did not know this about Ibis. Dig them just a bit more, now. JK Weed's story with them is pretty cool too.
  • 2 2
 @SirLapLack: It was only problematic for those that everything is problematic for.
  • 14 0
 Where's DVO?... Makes me think if you want DVO you better buy a Ripmo AF quick... Anyway, I'd take mine in grey!
  • 3 0
 Buy their stuff direct, usually 20% discount codes usually floating around from various sources. Picked up the Topaz T3air a couple weeks ago that way.
  • 11 0
 DVO is part of the reason I bought the ripmo af
  • 13 0
 Star Destroyer Grey. I want a helmet to go with that
  • 2 0
 @bsavery: Haha! My kid has that helmet.
  • 1 0
 and ia want a Death Star Black as color scheme. who cares about stealth, when you can vaporize planets?
  • 13 0
 Me likey this bikey
  • 12 3
 Pretty impressive that Robin is racing this bike at such a high level. It doesn't strike me as an enduro race bike. Makes me rethink that survey on how much the bike plays a role in the racer's success.
  • 17 0
 A lot of the ews racers aren't on the slackest longest bikes possible... I think racing blindish has something to do with it on some tracks, you can't remember the whole course so a bit of nimbleness goes a long way to sort out a poor line choice where a barge would have you through the tape and in the bushes? Probably not the philosophy for the mere mortals most of us are though...
  • 12 0
 I have an AF and it’s much faster, stable, and handles big hits just as well as my Nomad did. Pedals way better too. It’s no wonder that it’s being raced at a high level with good results.
  • 20 0
 @blitz66: I've never raced or attended an Enduro event, and I had the same question. A ton of people responded that many EWS tracks are a lot twister and pedally than the highlight videos would suggest (why would you put pedally sections in a highlight video). I guess the short version is that most EWS stages aren't the Garbonzo DH, but much more trail-like.
  • 17 0
 So the thing about it is you have a lot off different terrain to tackle and this takes place over the course of a few days. A well rounded bike will be your friend. Some of the terrain is really rowdy, but a bike like the Ripmo (I raced mine at Northstar in the EWS100) can handle it just fine. Some bikes will be more plush through the chunk but won't be as eager the rest of day, or when sprinting flatter sections, or navigating tight stuff, ect. There is a ton of time to be lost on those particular bits if you are pushing too much bike. Everyone will be different but my experience racing enduro is you want just enough bike to tackle the roughest terrain but you want to be happy riding UP and down all weekend...
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: the Whistler one is pretty much full on downhill tracks. Not sure about the other ones tho
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: Filming right and twisty sections would mean very little footage. Place that camera on a straighter section and you'll get comparatively more time that bike is in shot. With the difficulty in filming enduro due to its length, they're probably going to make sure that after lugging a camera to some remote area that they get more than 2-3 secs of footage of each rider flashing past!
  • 1 0
 @slimboyjim: exactly. The end result is that we all get the impression that EWS tracks are just longer WC tracks.
  • 3 0
 @blitz66: most of the EWS riders are running longer travel forks than standard so I suppose that would make the more moderate geo bikes a bit more aggressive. From what you see on most course reviews there is often a balance between tight tech and point and plow so I guess it is up to the rider to adapt.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: I would venture that they are indeed longer WC tracks... I mean even the Utah races (Scott Enduro Cup, RIP) like at DV are are pretty damn chunky. Would have to assume that EWS events are not going to be any more tame than that.
  • 4 0
 @connorjuliusjohnson: There's a ton of pedaling in EWS races, even in the timed sections.
  • 8 0
 "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."

This^
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.
  • 2 0
 You could also pedal it up a fire road when necessary. Do it Ibis!
  • 8 2
 I'm sure I'm the only sucker on this message board who bought the OG Ripmo in early November 2019, got in 3 rides before the rain and snow started, and now have a perceived obsolete 6k bike in mothballed in the spare bedroom. It went to sleep the princess but will wake up as a toad ....
  • 13 0
 As long as you love it, just ride it!
  • 7 1
 I bought my Ripmo in June of 2019. If I’m being honest with myself the extra degree isn’t going to make me a better rider and will affect my comfort marginally. I’m perfectly happy to keep my Ripmo and don’t feel it’s obsolete in the least. That being said I love that grey!
  • 21 1
 Cuz the head angle changed? Go ride your killer bike man and stop reading Pinkbike for a few days. Everything is fine.
  • 3 1
 I’m with you. Bought the OG last summer. Had a great season on it and love it to bits but the new one is shiny.

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.
  • 4 1
 @mybaben: yeah totally get what you're saying, of course it's a killer bike! I love it and am happy to ride it.

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 ....
  • 2 0
 @hankj: no one could’ve predicted it in November. The carbon Ripmo Was only just over a year old at that time
  • 2 0
 Just run a one degree Works Components angle set in yours like I do in mine and boom you have a new Ripmo. Only other thing would be if you really wanted to run a coil shock but with the quality of air shocks now why would you.
  • 1 14
flag CrispyNuggs (Feb 19, 2020 at 4:15) (Below Threshold)
 If you bought a Ripmo, new or old, I’d say you were definitely a sucker full stop.
  • 3 0
 @hankj: Not your fault. I feel like this product cycle was quite fast for some reason. Really it was barely two years! Normal cycles seem closer to three. The current Intense Tracer came out in 2017. The Trek Remedy is quite old as well, and I'm sure there are others. I wonder if Ibis updated the Ripmo bc the geo was sort of conservative from day one.
  • 10 0
 I'm just over here waiting for the Ripley AF.
  • 7 0
 Sick, time to get an AF frame/bike for super cheap on Buy/Sell!
  • 8 2
 Love the bike and my V1 has been an amazing bike. But the colors on the V2? Not feelin' it
  • 20 14
 hideous baby blue color again. why do bike manufacturers think its so rad
  • 27 14
 My dentist gloves have same color. And the dentist seat is this dull green creme kind of thing... Always remember: Ibis is the peasants Yeti...
  • 4 7
 Damn good question! So lame....I'm over it.
  • 6 2
 Yeah, I like sports car colors for bikes. The pastel colors makes me think of home decorator pictures.
  • 3 0
 @tacklingdummy: Gulf racing livery is pretty famous and used a kind of pastel blue and orange
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy miami blue. blu glauco. come on man.
  • 4 2
 @WAKIdesigns:
I owned both an Ibis and a Yeti.... But now I ride a Scott...
  • 8 6
 @aapocketz: as soon as it’s blue it’s gulf racing, come on... that’s like saying every red bike is a tribute to Ferrari. Streeeetch.

@DutchmanPhotos You needed that 450$ handlebar/stem combo and 7 cables, didn’t you?
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns:

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.. :-)
  • 2 4
 @DutchmanPhotos: im just kidding I have notthing bad to say about Scott. I love the Spark and actually.. I’m a sucker for these bars, especially DH ones
  • 2 4
 @DutchmanPhotos: also Gulf and this Ibis, not really. Blue and orange compliment each other like magenta and yellow, it’s a good set. If there’s any paint scheme that was truly Gulf racing it was Trek Remedy www.vitalmtb.com/community/dklemm,38464/setup,31030

Gulf racing had brighter a bit bleeker baby blue than this Ibis.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I know you were kidding, and, I love the shape of those bars too... But, still scared of carbon bars, haha!!
  • 2 1
 @aapocketz: I just prefer solid common bold colors like on production sports cars. Red, blue, black, grays, etc.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns:

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!!
  • 3 1
 The frame design is pretty ugly too #unpopularopinion
  • 4 1
 This linkage of rear triangle to rocker looks odd. The rocker sitting flat on this triangle face would open up a small gap when going through travel and close back together upon relaxation? Entrapping mud, gravel, etc.?
  • 6 1
 How can Enduro MTB post a much better review, so much faster.

enduro-mtb.com/en/ibis-rimpo-2-review
  • 6 1
 So what does the AF stand for now?
  • 13 1
 Arbon Frame?
  • 31 8
 Anal Fungus?
  • 3 2
 @WAKIdesigns: did you not see you’re officially PB famous now?
  • 15 8
 @beanandcheeseburrito: everyday I am influencing life of everyone who reads the comment section on Pinkbike. Very slightly, but still. How more famous can I get? I give some people giggles, some people are getting angry, some very angry, especially lunatics who believe that comment board is supposed to be a place to exchange useful information? Or ones who think only respected celebrities should be allowed voice on public forum... What more could I possibly strive for? Make an actual bike and send it sodeways on big jumps to make them even angrier? Yes... that is the next step...
  • 10 2
 Aluminum Frame, just as it did before.
  • 5 4
 @dualsuspensiondave: that was anticlimactic...
  • 4 4
 Stands for AssFuckery, plays well with an Assegai
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: and Redbull Fastlife famous too!
  • 1 0
 @dubod22: I'd love to know when Loic and Finn come to ride in Sweden again. I'd love to ride with them.
  • 1 5
flag CrispyNuggs (Feb 19, 2020 at 6:57) (Below Threshold)
 Absolute Fanny.
  • 2 15
flag CrispyNuggs (Feb 19, 2020 at 6:58) (Below Threshold)
 American Faggotry.
  • 2 12
flag CrispyNuggs (Feb 19, 2020 at 8:07) (Below Threshold)
 Point proved @beanandcheeseburrito:
  • 4 0
 @CrispyNuggs: no one likes a jerk plus we’re here to talk about bikes. Chill the f out.
  • 4 0
 Never mind. I now see it's just called the Ripmo V2. Dang it, they got me with the dam tittle heading.
  • 3 1
 “and doesn't take as much work to get through tight sections of trail compared to bikes that are even more gravity-oriented.”

How about compared to bikes that are less gravity oriented.
  • 4 0
 well looks like I have to sell my frame now
  • 11 1
 -1 degree angleset and another shock spacer would make the v1 very similar to the v2
  • 3 1
 Sick looking bike. Love the colorway, nearly pulled the trigger on an AF a few weeks back, I can send this to all the people who disregarded the AF because it was aluminum
  • 2 12
flag CrispyNuggs (Feb 19, 2020 at 8:09) (Below Threshold)
 Sick as in vomit inducing? Totally agree
  • 4 0
 This V2 Ripmo makes it a lot easier to buy the Ripley.
  • 3 1
 DW-link and they rode well before. I think @jeffweed has the right setup. I'd want a Trust on this thing. Great looking additions to a proven winner.
  • 3 0
 Gonna be hard to decide between the Fugitive LT and this new Ripmo as my next bike.
  • 2 0
 Wicked bike would love one, not trading my Norco plus cash for it. My older Range is still solid damn near mint lol. Hopefully a new Sight.
  • 1 0
 Almost identical HA, SA and reach as the Stumpy Evo. Funny how the Evo geometry was considered radical, now it’s becoming the norm. I think the OG Ripmo is still a perfect all arounder.
  • 1 1
 Saw this bike in person at my LBS, and I have to say that Ibis just does bikes right. It's impressive to see the attention to detail and how much they put into making a great bike. You'll find very few who complain about their Ibis, and many who rave. As the LBS stated, Specialized is like Ford or GM, and Ibis is like Porsche. One is for the masses, and one is for the particular. Good job Ibis, and really impressive bike. In fact the Rimpo and Ripley are your best efforts yet. Now build that ebike worthy of your name!
  • 4 1
 Best looking Ibis to date.
  • 1 0
 Interesting that the NX build comes with SRAM brakes while the GX has "Shimano Deore 4 piston." Does that mean XT, or some other model?
  • 3 1
 "Deore" is a level below "Deore XT".
  • 7 0
 @MtbSince84: two levels below, actually, but still damn good brakes
  • 10 1
 And yet still better than Guides.
  • 3 0
 @VtVolk: Ah. SLX in between, right?
  • 4 0
 @MtbSince84: Deore>SLX>XT>XTR
  • 1 0
 Any thoughts on how this would be with a 170mm fork? Ibis says the AF is not compatible but am wondering if anyone has tried this setup
  • 3 0
 The guys at my local bike shop tried it and said it was great. 10mm extra isn't much. roughly -0.4 hta and +3mm BB height.
  • 1 0
 @ericolsen: sounds just about perfect...thanks for the reply
  • 2 0
 pro bike supply dudes were digging that setup also...
  • 5 3
 Such a sick bike. My next bike for sure. Stay motor free and you will have customers fir life.
  • 2 13
flag CrispyNuggs (Feb 19, 2020 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 It definitely induces vomiting for me that’s for sure
  • 2 0
 Thank you for posting the raw frame weights. For bonus points tell us what size frame was weighed.
  • 3 1
 Slowly losing the atrocious top-tube hump, slowly lowering the high-for-no-reason standover. Baby steps
  • 1 0
 Very similar to the SB150. Geometry is nearly identical and even the colorways. How does it compare to the yeti for trail and enduro riding? @mikekazimer
  • 5 3
 I feel like I would Ripmo on the V2
  • 1 0
 Don't love the timing of the release, wish it would have come out with the AF, but good to see the Ripmo get a fast update!
  • 13 0
 I like that the alloy bike got its time to shine.
  • 8 0
 I actually like the timing of this release, I bought the AF and sold my carbon Ripmo right after while it was still worth something before this bike came out.
  • 4 1
 @cole-inman: Have the old, love the old & don't plan on selling. Flat black looks better imo tooSmile
  • 1 1
 Another vote for a longer travel ripmo style bike, 170/170 with 64HA 79SA, would make me want to upgrade from my (excellent) SB150...
  • 2 0
 Ibis needs to make an XC bike.
  • 1 0
 How different does it ride compared to the original carbon Ripmo?
  • 5 0
 Enduro and MTBR both have lengthier comparisons with the V1.
  • 3 0
 I’ve had both, currently have the AF. The progression on the AF is much better (ShockWiz says so too) I didn’t like it much with the coil, but using the Cane Creek DB air CS that I also used on the carbon version and the bike feels more playful while also feeling more confident going fast. It felt glued to the ground with a coil, which to me is only fun when you’re going above 20 mph. The new rear suspension really brings it alive and makes it feel like a gunslinger instead of a trail bike.
  • 2 1
 Side loading cage highly recommended. = it's the only way lol
  • 1 0
 I'm waiting for the Steel Ripmo.
  • 3 0
 RipTi(de)?
  • 3 0
 The Ripmo HAF
  • 2 1
 Why do i read CARBON AF as Carbon As F***K? am i the only one?
  • 3 0
 No, it's everyone, since that's what they intended. :-) Just like the Ripmo AF ostensibly means "Aluminum Frame", but is intended to conjure "As F**k". Good morning!
  • 1 0
 Biggest difference from the AF is shock choice now.
  • 2 2
 Are you fighting with Santacruz? I didn’t see the Usual useless rant about how it “Compares to a Santacruz”
  • 1 0
 Make aluminium great again!
  • 1 0
 Pinch bolts...deal breaker!
  • 1 1
 Eh, thanks but no thanks. I'll take that new bike, ya know, the one that looks like a praying mantis
  • 2 0
 looks like a session. Jk
  • 1 0
 yer headset cover is crooked
  • 1 0
 Carbon as f*ck 2. (In you're best movie trailer voice)
  • 2 1
 From 145 to 147mm travel... It's a deal breaker for me. I want one.
  • 1 0
 Yuuuus
  • 1 0
 Boozy
  • 1 0
 I need one ASAP!
  • 4 4
 Looks like a Yeti...
  • 3 1
 I am adverse to non-Yeti turquoise bikes... It would be like a Celeste Trek...just wrong
  • 15 16
 It’s still not the Grim Donut.
  • 37 3
 I’ll be so glad when the grim donut article is released so people stop talking about it in every single story on Pinkbike.
  • 3 1
 @Rageingdh: Holy f*ck exactly. PB already said it takes a long time to make those vids and Chapter 2 will be out LATER.....!
  • 1 0
 @Rageingdh: I bet the whole “looks like a session” thing must have gotten your panties in a bunch
  • 1 2
 Ok now all they have to is add a Shimano Esteps 9000 and it’s perfect
  • 2 5
 anyone looking for a 2019 ibis mojo hd4? i'm trying to trade for a dh bike thx
  • 4 0
 Willing to trade for CCM Ice "dh" bike. The highest tensile of steel, front and rear bouncers included.
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