Ibis Bicycles makes some of the most beautiful and cutting edge bikes on the market today. Their Mojo platform has proven itself as an all-mountain beast time and time again. Around the Jenson USA offices, several employees have been riding the platform for some time now so it was nice for me to have a chance to rip it up on a new Ripley! Now this isn't what most will call an in-depth review, but I can tell you that the Ibis Ripley is as nimble as they say it is. It felt pretty snappy when I jumped out of the saddle on short climbs and the big wheels rolled over everything in sight. Through some of my favorite twisty sections, I was able to carry more speed and keep everything under control. My Strava time doesn't lie, although, I think my personal 2014 Giant Trance 27.5 may want a rematch on that section. Finally, the Ibis Ripley just looks amazing. When you are spending this kind of money on a bike, I think it's fair to demand your bike rides good and looks good too!
Some Additional Thoughts From Jenson USA Employees
Brandon (Web Content Guy)- "One thing I noticed right away about the Mojo was how quick it was when climbing. I hardly ever locked out my fork and didn’t notice much bob at all. It was snappy and responsive when climbing and turning. After we got back I realized I was on a Large frame, I was told it was a Medium, so I think a Medium would have handled even better. It didn’t feel that much bigger than the 26” bike I usually ride, and it was definitely smoother, but that’s probably mostly due to the suspension, but the 27.5 wheels really did eat up the little bumps well.
The Ripley was my favorite of the two. The bigger wheel size didn’t seem to hinder handling performance all that much, and it was very smooth downhill and over bumps. It performed well in climbs too, though I did notice a bit of a lag uphill versus the Mojo, which could be due to the heavier bike or me being tired on my second loop. But it still wasn’t too heavy, plenty light enough to get a little air here and there. I felt more confident in bumpy sections and through looser dirt with the Ripley than I did with the Mojo. On the Ripley it was really easy to properly distribute my weight, whereas sometimes on the Mojo I felt like I tended to end up over the front of the bike on the more technical descents. Overall not much at all to complain about with the Ripley."
Szymon (Video and Email Guy) - "The Ibis Ripley was one of the funnest 29ers I have ridden! The Ripley's platform was very confidence inspiring and I was able to tackle some drops that I haven't been able to pull off before. I loved how it would track and carve. Once I pointed the wheels in a direction, the whole bike just followed."
Patrick (Buying Inventory Guy)- "The Ripley rode great! As Szymon said, it’s the most fun he’s had on a bike in a while. Ibis made it a point to keep the bike low and short and I loved it. 29” full suspension bikes have a tendency to lose their agility because the bike’s center of gravity is just too high, but this didn’t happen with the Ripley’s short head tube and low bottom bracket. The shorter wheelbase made feel like I wasn’t riding around in a limo, another problem that many full suspension 29” bikes suffer from. The short chainstays made it possible to wheelie the thing! In the air, I felt stable but the bike retained some of that “flickability” that people look for with 26” bikes. It pedaled like a champ. When I stood up and turned on the power, the suspension would not give and it kept right up with what I wanted it to do. It’s not a superlight XC race machine, nor is it a beastly all mountain romper. The Ripley is a trail bike that fits its category well, but it’s more than capable of dabbling in other riding disciplines if the rider wants to take it there."
And finally, Sean (Buyer Guy) with a couple of Haikus:
It’s fun knows no bounds
It’s wheels spin round and around
Laughter is it’s sound
Playful light and fun
This bike may be twenty nine
In my book it’s one