It’s here to stay. The Ibis Ripmo was the defending champion going into this test and ended up holding on to the top spot. It’s still the best trail bike in 2020! But what makes the American bike good enough to outshine the competition for two years running?

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Ibis Ripmo AXS | 29″ | 160/145 mm | 13.66 kg | € 10,598 | manufacturer website

One look and you’ll know: this is an Ibis. The Ripmo features the typical lines and DW-link suspension that Ibis are known for, providing 145 mm travel. The Ripmo is usually fitted with a FOX DPX2 Performance shock but on our flagship model, that was replaced by a FLOAT X2. Ibis give their customers a lot of freedom in the choice of componentry, offering various components that you can mix and match. Our € 10,598 bike marks the upper end of the spectrum and is specced with only the best parts. It features a SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain and a 160 mm travel FOX 36 Factory GRIP2 suspension fork. A special highlight are the Ibis 942 carbon wheels with an inner rim width of 35 mm, turning on Industry Nine Hydra hubs. But be warned, the Hydra hubs sound like a swarm of angry wasps! You’ll either love it or hate it. We also have to criticise the Shimano XT brakes. Though they offer excellent braking power, the pads rattled loudly in the calliper – on a bike where nothing else creaks or rattles, it’s super annoying! The RockShox Reverb AXS offers a whopping 170 mm drop. Indeed, the short, straight seat tube of the Ibis could easily accommodate an even longer version.

Ibis Ripmo AXS

€ 10,598


Fork FOX 36 FLOAT Factory GRIP2
Rear Shock FOX X2 Factory 145 mm
Seatpost RockShox Reverb AXS 170 mm
Brakes Shimano XT M8120 200/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 32/10-50
Stem Thomson Elite X4 50
Handlebar Ibis Carbon 800 mm
Wheelset Ibis S35 Carbon / Industry Nine Hydra 29
Tires MAXXIS Assegai EXO+ 2,5

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight 13,66 kg
Wheelsize 29"
Travel (f/r) 160/145 mm

Excellent workmanship
The carbon frame is beautifully finished. It’s like a work of art that you’d like to hang on the wall. But that would be a shame because this bike belongs on the trail!
The rear suspension of the Ibis is as potent as a man after taking two Viagra pills. The 145 mm travel feels like a whole lot more in rough terrain.
Grip monster
MAXXIS WT tyres on wide Ibis 942 carbon rims provide maximum grip and comfort with acceptable rolling resistance.
Added protection
A new rubber fender protects the linkage from being bombarded by dirt and stops stones from getting caught between the rear end and main frame.
Annoyingly loud
The finely toothed Industry Nine Hydra hubs are ideal for technical climbs but the constant buzz might just drive you crazy.
Beyond silence
Nothing rattles and creaks on the Ripmo, which makes the loud rattling of the XT brake pads all the more annoying.
Enough said
What more do we need to say?
Drop it!
The straight seat tube allows you to insert the 170 mm RockShox Reverb AXS all the way into the frame – nice!

Geometry of the Ibis Ripmo

The geometry of the Ibis Ripmo is modern and balanced, with a super short 418 mm seat tube. The reach is pleasantly roomy at 471 mm and the 65.9° head angle is neither too steep nor too slack. At 76°, the seat tube angle positions the rider centrally on the bike resulting in a good climbing position.

The suspension, handling and workmanship of the Ripmo are spot on.

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 368 mm 368 mm 418 mm 470 mm
Top tube 573 mm 603 mm 632 mm 655 mm
Head tube 90 mm 100 mm 110 mm 120 mm
Head angle 65,9° 65,9° 65,9° 65,9°
Seat angle 77° 77° 77° 77°
Chainstays 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm
BB height 341 mm 341 mm 341 mm 341 mm
Wheelbase 1177 mm 1190 mm 1220 mm 1249 mm
Reach 431 mm 446 mm 471 mm 493 mm
Stack 613 mm 620 mm 629 mm 642 mm

The Rimpo on test

Once you’ve swung your leg over the Ibis Ripmo, you’ll never want to let it go. The bike features by far the most comfortable and central riding position on test. On steep climbs in particular, the pedalling position is very comfortable thanks to the steep seat tube angle. The front wheel literally sticks to the ground. Although the rear suspension isn’t entirely unaffected by pedalling, it doesn’t bob excessively and it manages to generate a lot of traction on technical climbs – we never felt the need to reach for the climb switch on the shock. For the descents, you can drop the 170 mm RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post completely out of the way, giving you maximum freedom of movement for the descents.

Playful trail bike or capable enduro rig? The Ripmo can do both!

Descending, the Ripmo offers an outstanding mix of sprightliness, agility and composure. Whether on fast jumps or flow trails, downhill tracks or rough alpine trails, the Ibis excels in every kind of terrain and it’s always a lot of fun to ride! Oh, and it’s fast. So fast, in fact, that we can clearly see why the Ibis team uses the bike to race in the EWS. However, anyone who believes that this must make the bike less lively is mistaken. The Ripmo leaps forward when you accelerate. The FOX X2 shock feels more defined than the DPX2, which we tested in the past and it offers even more support. At the same time, the rear end still responds quite sensitively. The MAXXIS ASSEGAI WT tires on the wide carbon rims provide loads of grip and, despite their width, they feel very defined.

Tuning tip: bend open the spring holding the brake pads apart or mount pads without cooling fins to stop them rattling

Helmet POC Tectal | Glasses POC Crave | Shirt iXS CARVE | Shorts iXS SEVER Shorts

How does the Ibis Ripmo compare to the competition?

Ibis Ripmo, Santa Cruz Hightower or Yeti SB130? You might be asking yourself this question. The rear suspension of the Yeti is even plusher and more capable than that of the Ripmo but it feels less lively and requires a significantly more active riding style on the descents to sufficiently weight both wheels. The Hightower is very similar to the Ripmo, but the suspension is firmer overall and the bike is less composed in demanding terrain. Due to the bend in the seat tube, the effective seat tube angle of the Hightower will also be slacker the higher you run your saddle.

Riding Characteristics



  1. sluggish
  2. efficient


  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced


  1. harsh
  2. plush

Fun Factor

  1. planted
  2. poppy

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Intended Use









Conclusion of the Ibis Ripmo

The Ibis Ripmo’s reign is far from over, securing the coveted Best in Test once again. No other bike on test is as versatile or able to deliver as convincing a performance on the descents and climbs. It’s equally as fun on steep, demanding descents as it is on flowing single track. Combined with the elegant frame and well-considered spec, the result is the concept by which all others have to measure themselves.


  • unbelievably fun on all trails
  • excellent all-rounder
  • very comfortable climber
  • lively handling


  • price, depending on the configuration
  • rattling brake pads

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The test field

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All bikes in review: Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 (Click for review) | Canyon Spectral CFR 9.0 SL (Click for review) | Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 (Click for review) | Nukeproof Reactor 290 (Click for review) | Norco Optic C1 (Click for review) | Orbea Occam M-LTD (Click for review) | Radon Slide Trail 10 (Click for review) | Santa Cruz Hightower CC X01 Reserve (Click for review) | Scott Genius 900 Tuned AXS (Click for review) | Specialized Levo SL Expert Carbon (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper SRAM AXS 29 (Click for review) | Trek Fuel EX 9.9 X01 AXS Project ONE (Click for review) | Yeti SB130 TLR (Click for review) | YT JEFFSY CF PRO (Click for review)

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Words: Photos: Christoph Bayer, Finlay Anderson, Markus Frühmann, Jonas Müssig