Ibis Ripley 29

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Ibis Ripley 29

By: Tarun Dagar | Photos: Vinay Menon
Also featured in Issue #22 | July 2014

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“Tarun Dagar the man behind Padalers Village has been associated with Ibis Cycles, USA for past 7 years and was part of their design team, handling most of their CAD from here in India.

He has been awarded the Distributorship by Ibis Cycles and was working on Brand Promotion and Awareness Campaigns in India. Unfortunately Tarun passed away in 2014 and the process of launching Ibis officially in India became slow.

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network was the first major event where the two bikes from Ibis Cycles, Ripley 29er and Mojo SL took part and were center of attraction for most of the riders. One of the even got the podium.
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Design goals of the Ripley 29

Our goal was to bring the advantages of a 29” wheel to a lightweight, nimble and fun trailbike. We think 120 mm of travel is the sweet spot for a snappy bike that isn’t cumbersome or heavy. We also wanted the Ripley to be configurable for a wide range of terrain and riding styles, so we made it compatible with 120–140 mm travel forks. We asked Dave Weagle (Mr. dw-link) to give the Ripley pedaling efficiency, XC-like acceleration and optimization for 29er specific gearing in addition to the usual dw-attributes such as excellent small bump compliance, predictable travel through the range with no wallowing or harsh bottom out. This version of the dw-link, like the ones he’s done for us in the past, delivers on the promise.

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Features of the Ripley 29

  • 120mm rear wheel dw-link travel
  • 5.0 (2Kg 268gms) Pound frame with X Fusion Microlite Shock, 5.2 (2Kg 359gms) lbs with Fox RP23 CTD
  • Approved for 120-140mm forks, 32 or 34 stanchion, 51mm rake is STRONGLY recommended
  • Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
  • Internal TT cable routing with molded carbon cable stops
  • Shock Specs: Fox Float CTD Adjust Factory Series with Kashima Coat 184mm x 44mm with .4 volume spacer
  • Provision for cable-actuated adjustable seat posts
  • BB92/Press GXP style integrated BB
  • 142mm Maxle rear axle
  • 160mm carbon fiber post mount rear brake mounts
  • High direct mount front derailleur mounts directly on swingarm
  • Headset: IS ZS44/28.6 | EC49/40
  • BB height w/ 2.1″ tires: 325mm (12.8″)
  • Geometry measured with 520.8mm axle to crown fork

 

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