Ibis has crossed their Ripley 29er and the 27.5-wheeled Mojo HD4 enduro bike to create the all-new Ripmo — a long-travel 29er. The Ibis Ripmo is 100% focused on enduro, so much so that the Ibis World Championship EWS team raced the new Ripmo over the weekend at the opening round of the Enduro World Series in Chile. Ibis racer Robin Wallner took 3rd in the men’s competition, and Bex Barona took 4th in the women’s race.
The new Ripmo features 145mm of dw-link suspension travel in the rear and 160mm up front. The frame can accept tires up to 2.6″ wide, which is a lot of meat on a 29er. The Ripmo features a full-carbon frame available in sizes small to extra large, fitting riders from 5’0″ all the way up to 6’6″.
Offering such a long-travel 29er in a package accessible to such short riders is impressive, and thanks in large part to the lowered seat mast. That lowered seat mast provides plenty of room for long dropper posts, too — 125-150mm on the size small frame, and 175mm on medium to extra large-size frames. Ibis even notes that riders with longer inseams can fit 185mm-200mm droppers.
Complete frame weights begin at 5lbs/2.26kg without shock, and 6lbs/2.72kg with the Fox DPX2 rear shock. Complete builds tip the scales as low as 28.1lbs, and go up from there.
Yes, the geo on the new Ripmo is longer and slacker–the reach is “nearly an inch longer than the EWS Team winning HD4,” which was already pretty long. However, we’re seeing some measurement numbers get steeper on many long-travel bikes like the RipMo–specifically, the seat tube angle. In general a steep seat tube angle aids in climbing, and the Ripmo cranks the angle to 76°, up from 74° on the Mojo HD4.
The head tube angle of 65.9° might not sound radically slack for an enduro bike, but Ibis experimented with custom fork offsets on prototype models of the Ripmo, eventually settling on a very short offset of 44mm for the production model. According to Ibis, “that makes a 65.9° head angle feel like 64.5° without increasing the wheelbase. You get the stability of a slack head angle without giving up your ability to go around tighter corners.”
Check out the geometry chart below for full deets.
Ibis Ripmo Build Kits
The Ibis Ripmo is available for as low as $4,099 with an NX build kit and runs all the way up to a stratospheric $9,399 with the XX1 build kit, with three other build levels in between. All of these builds feature the same carbon frame and shock. Ibis also offers a frame-only purchase option for $2,999, which includes the Fox DPX2 rear shock.
Ibis Ripmo NX Build Highlights – $4,099
The NX build kit features an 11-speed SRAM NX drivetrain, SRAM Level brakes, a Fox 36 Performance fork, a KS LEV-Si 150mm dropper post, and Ibis 938 aluminum rims laced to Ibis hubs.
Ibis Ripmo XX1 Build Highlights – $9,399
The top-tier Ibis Ripmo XX1 build features a 12-speed SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain, Shimano Saint brakes with XT rotors, a Fox 36 Factory RC2 fork, KS Lev Ci 175mm dropper post, and Ibis 942 carbon rims laced to Industry Nine hubs.
The new Ripmo is available at Ibis dealers immediately.