Once upon a time, all bikes were steel. Then, aluminum alloy came along and changed that. Alloy enjoyed a long reign until carbon fiber became more durable and a little more affordable. Still, carbon fiber frames remain expensive and damaging that woven wonder in a crash is still a concern. Ibis (and other manufacturers) have stayed on top of the advances in alloy and are now leveraging those technologies to deliver light, strong and capable aluminum bikes.
As Ibis’ re-entry into the metal bike market, they chose the venerable Ripmo as the bike of choice. Behold, the all-new Ibis Ripmo AF.
With Alloy, you do lose some of the Ibis trademark smooth lines, but you’ll save $1400 over the lowest-spec Ripmo. That’s not too shabby. If you’re in the market for a long-travel enduro/all-mountain ripper, the Ripmo AF will be both affordable and capable. That DW-Link suspension is magical.
Ibis Ripmo AF Details:
- 29” Wheels with 2.6″ tire clearance
- 160mm front travel with 147mm rear travel via DW-Link
- Aluminum front and rear triangle with Boost spacing
- Tapered head tube and steerer: ZS44 upper, ZS56 lower
- Available in four sizes S-XL, fits riders between 5’ and 6’6
- Slack 64.9-degree head angle and 76-degree seat tube
- Threaded BB (73mm BSA)
- ISCG 05 Compatible with removable adapter
- Port style Internal cable routing
- 22oz bottles fit inside front triangle
- Size M-XL compatible with 170mm+ droppers, 125-150mm for smalls
- Molded rubber swing arm protectors
- IGUS bushings in lower link, bearings in upper link
- 1x specific design
- Frame weight of 8.25lbs for a medium with a DVO topaz shock
- MSRP: $2999 complete (on up), $1799/$1899 frame only
More Info: Visit IbisCycles.com
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