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Ibis Ripley / Shimano XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2014
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If Ibis was to blindly follow industry trends, we'd have half-decade old Ripley's on the dirt. But, those bikes would have been lost in the extended list of long-wheelbase, four-inch-travel, full-suspension 29ers that are already crowding the bandwagon. Instead, Ibis stuck to its goal of eliminating the yawn-inducing handling and overly-stable traits that haunt full-suspension 29ers. Not surprisingly, Ibis was successful, and we now have the lively, 120mm-travel Ripley complete mountain bike with a Shimano XT build kit. Scot Nicol's engineers set their sights on applying the advantages of larger wheels to a playful trail bike. To do that, they'd need a lightweight and nimble chassis that took advantage of all modern standards. With monocoque carbon fiber already mastered, the lightweight-chassis box was an easy one to check. But, in order to achieve nimbleness -- a mystical trait lost to wheelbase-stretching linkages and front derailleur placement -- the team had to push boundaries. So, they enlisted the help of a suspension specialist that goes by the name of Dave Weagle. Yes, the same Dave that brought DW-Link magic to the Mojo. This time around, though, suspension linkages were the focus of scrutiny, as they are a main contributor to elongated chainstays. Mr. DW had his work cut out for him if he was going to retain the lauded characteristics of his original design in a compact package. What he came up with is a twin-eccentric system, that's optimized for 32-34t front chainrings. It provides the same anti-squat pedaling efficiency and active motion that initially crowned Weagle as the suspension guru. It's no secret that the Ripley is overdue, and one cause of that extended development period was due to fine-tuning the eccentric bearing system. In fact, Ibis concurrently designed two systems -- one exploring long-life, lightweight, and adjustable bushings, while the other used proven, but heavier, angular contact bearings. In the end, steel balls triumphed ...