The Ibis Ripmo is the new star in the American brand’s portfolio: a combination of their popular trail bike, the Ripley, and their enduro bike, the Mojo HD4. This group test proves how well it’s succeeded in uniting the best of both worlds.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best trail bike you can buy

Ibis Ripmo | 160/145 mm (f/r) | 13.10 kg | € 8,498

One look and you’ll know: this is an Ibis. The Ripmo features Ibis’ typical flowing lines and the DW-Link rear triangle. The suspension offers 145 mm of travel, controlled by a FOX DPX2 Performance shock. If you prefer, you can upgrade the shock for a FLOAT X2. Ibis gives its customers a lot of freedom in the choice of components on the bike, offering various combinations of builds. Admittedly, at a price of € 8,498 the bike we reviewed is very expensive, but regarding the componentry, you’ll get your money’s worth. It features a SRAM X01 drivetrain and a 160 mm FOX 36 Factory fork (currently without GRIP2). The Ibis 942 carbon rims with a 35 mm inner width are an absolute highlight. They come fitted with a set of MAXXIS WT tyres consisting of a Minion DHF 2.5″ and an Aggressor 2.5″. Again, a point of criticism is the small 180 mm rotors for the Shimano XT two-piston brake. They work much better with the XT than the SRAM Guide on long descents, but we would still have preferred bigger rotors for more power.

  Playful trail bike or potent enduro rig? The Ripmo is both!

The Ibis Ripmo in detail

Fork FOX 36 Performance GRIP2 160 mm
Schock FOX DPX2 Performance 145 mm
Brakes Shimano XT
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle
Seatpost KS LEV INTEGRA 175 mm
Stem Thomson Elite X4 40 mm
Handlebar Ibis Carbon 800 mm
Wheelset Ibis 942 Carbon
Tires MAXXIS Minion DHF WT/Aggressor WT
Weight 13.10 kg
Price € 8,498

Grip monster
MAXXIS WT tyres on wide Ibis 942 carbon rims provide maximum grip and comfort with acceptable rolling resistance. The Aggressor on the rear, however, reaches its limit in soft, damp ground.
Beautiful
The workmanship of the carbon frame is beautifully finished. It’s like a work of art that you’d like to hang on the wall. But that’d be a shame because this bike belongs on the trail!
Drop it!
The straight seat tube makes it possible to insert the 175 mm KS LEV INTEGRA dropper seatpost all the way into the frame – very nice!
Potent
The rear end of the Ibis is as potent as a man after two Viagra pills. The 145 mm of travel feels like a whole lot more in rough terrain.

Geometry of the Ibis Ripmo

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°
Chainstay 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
Helmet Troy Lee A1 | Glasses Oakley Jawbreaker | Backpack EVOC STAGE 12 l | Jersey Troy Lee Designs Sprint | Short Troy Lee Designs Ruckus

The Ibis Ripmo on the trail

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 sitting position in the test field. One of the reasons for this is the steep 76° effective seat tube angle, which slackens only slightly when the seatpost is extended. Your position on the bike is very relaxed and the front wheel sticks to the ground, particularly on steep climbs. Although the rear linkage isn’t 100% neutral while 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. Before going downhill, simply drop the 175 mm KS LEV INTEGRA dropper seatpost for maximum freedom of movement. Descending, the Ripmo shines with an outstanding mix of quick acceleration, agility and composure. Whether on fast jump or flow trails, downhill tracks or rough alpine trails, the Ibis excels in every kind of terrain and you’ll have a lot of fun doing so! Oh, and it’s fast. So fast, in fact, that we can’t find any reason to argue with the Ibis team’s choice to race the bike in the EWS. However, anyone who believes that this must make the bike feel lethargic on anything less demanding is mistaken. The Ripmo leaps forward when you get on the pedals. The rear linkage performs excellently on the descents too, combining a sensitive response with good mid-stroke support. However, very active riders will want to increase the progression with volume spacers. The MAXXIS WT tyres on the wide carbon rims provide tons of grip and offer a defined ride feel despite their width.

Tuning tip: bigger rotors

Conclusion

If only the very best will do, the Ibis Ripmo is the perfect trail bike for you. No other bike in the test field proved to be as versatile and as convincing on the climbs as well as descents as the Ripmo. The clever details on the frame combined with high-quality workmanship and carefully chosen componentry results in a trail bike by which all others have to measure themselves. The Ibis Ripmo is our “best in test” winner and therefore the best trail bike of 2019!

Tops

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

Flops

  • price
  • small brake rotors

Uphill

Downhill

Stability

Agility

Value for money


More info at: ibiscycles.com

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best trail bike you can buy

All bikes in test: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 LTD | Evil Offering X01 | Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 | Ibis Ripmo | Pivot Mach 5.5 Pro XT | Propain Hugene Highend | Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition | Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01+ | Scott Genius 900 Ultimate | Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 | Transition Sentinel X01 | Trek Remedy 9.9 | YT Jeffsy 29 CF Pro Race

Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer

About the author

Christoph Bayer

Christoph loves to be kept on his toes – both on the bike and in his role for ENDURO. He’s known as the guy in charge of the bi-monthly magazine and masquerades as both its editor and photographer. You’ll usually find him tearing up the mountains on his bike, soaking up the flow or tackling technical, narrow trails.