PRESS RELEASE: Ibis Cycles
Introducing the Exie for all. Sharing the same geometry and performance as the World Cup winning Exie USA, our newest offering is handbuilt in Vietnam. It’s everything we love about our US made offering (albeit ~250g heavier) in a wallet-friendly build. Prices start at $4,999 USD for a complete bike.
The Exie USA will continue to be manufactured in our Santa Cruz factory, which is powered by the warm California sunshine. The Exie USA was the first carbon fiber full suspension bike we laid up, molded, and assembled entirely in house. We took what we learned doing it ourselves and poured it into the new Exie.
To learn more about the Ibis Factory, check out the full Pinkbike factory tour here
Both the Exie and Exie USA share a different approach to XC bike geometry. Rather than designing around 70mm or longer stems, we designed around short stems. We added that extra stem length back into the reach. This gives both Exies the confidence-inspiring balance of a trail bike, without sacrificing the crisp handling you expect from a World Cup XC race bike.
We also departed from the current trend towards ever steeper seat tube angles. Our size-specific seat angles were chosen to harness your strongest muscles while reducing any potential knee or wrist strain.
To keep you riding more and wrenching less, all of our bikes use a thoughtful combination of bearings and bushings throughout the suspension links. But if you have to work on your bike, it should be easy. That is why we use mechanic-friendly internal cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket, and a drop in headset. And we’ve mercifully kept the internally routed cables outside of the headset. All of our frames are backed by our seven year warranty and excellent customer service.
Continuing the theme of livability, we added clearance for two water bottles on all frame sizes. A swanky molded rubber chainstay keeps noise at bay, while an integrated upper chain guide allows you to drop the hammer - not your chain.
All of our bikes are designed with low standover and long droppers in mind, so you can pick your frame size based on your preferred reach number. Most riders on a medium frame can fit a 170mm or greater dropper post, while riders under 5’ 5” (165cm) can utilize a 125mm and up. We’ve also continued our tradition of clearance for big tires, so you can line up with 2.2” go fast tires, or shred on meaty 2.4” rubber.
The Exie is offered with three build kits (Deore, our special NX/GX blend, and SLX). Complete bikes start at $4,999. The Exie USA is offered with three build kids (XT, X01, and XX1) and complete bikes start at $7,999. A frame-only option is also available for the Exie USA.
The new Exie brings the thrilling speed of our Exie USA to the whole world. For more info on the new Ibis Exie, visit our website
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Better than the self-tappers I've seen them use... smh
What is the other 24-pound DW-link carbon XC bike I can pick up for less? Seriously asking. I mean the direct compete here is the Pivot Mach 4 SL which... is more.
In other news, the patent on DW-Link expires September 2023. After which, all bikes will suddenly stop claiming that a well tuned Horst link is competitive and all bikes will be DW-Link. Right?
On the other hand I really don't know how much it costs after shipping and tax.
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I don't understand the "no duty" stuff at chain reaction but I think it will be very difficult for a company in the UK to control the US State Department. Maybe they just reimburse you if customs spots your box and play the odds.
(Trail Pistol pricing)
What you described would be considered duty evasion via "trans-shipping". Where something is shipped from has little bearing on its Country of Origin.
In the US, Customs has ruled that the country where a bike's frame is produced is the Country of Origin (COO) of the complete bike, as the frame provides the essential character of the product Its more nuanced and complex in actuality, but that is the jist of it.
While many companies likely do use "finished" frames from CN in their VN/KH/MY assembly plants to build complete bikes, in most cases those bikes would not actually meet qualifications to be claimed as originating goods from VN/KH/MY.
"Assembly" does not constitute "production".
“Take the length from the stem and put it in the top tube.”
Good thing most that read that will never know his brilliance from the late 90s.
As opposed to what? Feetbuilt?
*Except maybe GG, AFAIK they have some automation ivolved, but that's an exception.
Most of the time, it takes more hard design work to make something ready for automated mass production than it is to design it for manual labour. People are pretty amazing at performing complex tasks and, if you play them little or no money, it is cheap too. Which also makes it less interesting (financially) to invest into automation.
Welding steel has successfully been automated for a while. Also for bicycle frames. It is only recently I think that they now have a plant in Portugal that can weld aluminium bicycle frames. Not only bringing the price down but also, as most of these frames are being sold in Europe, to have a more reliable delivery line. So yeah, tape laying machines have been common for the production of large products like aircraft wings, but now we're seeing brands perform this on smaller products in this niche market of mountainbiking. But as it is so new and the tech is developed and preserved within specific brands/companies, it will be harder and more expensive for other brands to buy into it. Whereas the plant in Portugal is just taking orders and (from what I understand) is producing frames for Decathlon and the likes.
Brands get to boast about their production method whichever way. "Handmade" or "Sculpted by our state of the art ...".
Seems more like Ibis is offering something more akin to Yeti's Turq / not Turq or SCB's C and CC with this bike, except the fancy one is made in the USA using solar power. Which is pretty f*cking cool.
Nice to see they came to their senses on branding though.
Let me tell you who’s buying aluminum XC race bikes.
Very few people.
It might be fewer than the number of people buying their $4500 MUSA frame, if what’s on the start line at the races that I participate in is any indication
It's also disappointing - I was hoping to see them get at least in the ballpark with their USA built frames on cost.
Yeah, but oddly very few do it on an XC bikes, and the Ripley AF would make most recreational XC/trail riders, and you, happy.
CN made MTB = 11% general duty rate / 25% Sec 301 (Trump Tariff)
VN made MTB = 11% general duty rate / no 301 tariffs
VN made MTB qualifying under GSP FTA = no general duty / no 301 tariffs
glad you said that VN bike would have lower duty, and not that it would be 36% cheaper (vs 11% currently). VN manufacturers could in that case pocket portion of the difference (which i'm sure they're doing now anyway) while still being competitive vs CN manufacturers who are being taxed. which in turn means removing VN from GSP probably caused less than 11% price hike for the consumer
And it's fugly.
Probably around 27 pounds
My bike came with lockouts, that I never used, so I paid money to delete them i lieu of more adjustability and a better damper on the fork.
Why didn’t use them? Because the bike climbed better with the suspension open, because the wheels better tracked the terrain, as suspension is apt to do. It works on the climbs as well as on the descents, after all
Is there any other vehicle
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"The Exie USA is offered with three build kids (XT, X01, and XX1)"
The names look cool: Hey Elon you're not the only one anymore with crazy names for their kids.
At least they're nice enough to pass the cost reductions to the customer, though who knows what the margins are like on the two options...
This bike is for practical people who understand that the world is a complex place and who put their effort on environmental/ethical concerns where it matters more. It's for people who understand that the environmental/ethical burden on this exact purchase is pretty inconsequential compared to a lot of other life decisions. And those people focus their energy on that more important stuff instead of trying to be perfect.
It's fair for a company to offer something like this: pretty reasonable, not the worst thing ever.
One name for the Asian made.
Another name for the NA made.
Now it will be a complete mess for Ibis sellers and for the used market as well.
So was it ahead of its time?
I guess the new one didn’t have the synergy, (insert corporate buzzword of choice), or ROI they thought it would.
Let me guess, they added a lead weight somewhere in the frame just for additional differentiation?