Oh My Alloy! Ibis Launches Ripmo AF

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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.

Ibis Ripmo AF Orange

The Ripmo AF in orange with a DVO Topaz shock.

Ibis Ripmo AF Silver

The Ripmo AF in Silver with the DVO Jade X coil shock (available as an upgrade).

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
Ibis Ripmo AF - DW-Link Suspension

The DW-Link performs just as well in alloy (147mm travel).

More Info: Visit IbisCycles.com

All photos courtesy, Ibis Cycles.


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