BIKE TEST / IBIS RIPLEY LS
Moving out: The Ripley LS fits true to size, although it’s a
bit on the large side. The bike comes with a long top tube that’s
designed to work with a short stem. The standover is workable for
most riders, although it’s not the lowest we’ve seen, due to the
oversized, curved shape. The cable system is dialed, with internal
routing for the shifting and seatpost, and the brake is external for
easy maintenance. The rear end appears wide, but few of our test
riders had issues with their heels contacting the swingarm.
Pedaling: Thanks to the dw-link’s anti-squat characteristics,
the Ripley stays firm and at the top of the travel when pedaling.
As a result, the bike feels quick, nimble and efficient. While the
big-volume tires add a bit of weight, the suspension design makes
up for any sluggish feel caused by the extra heft.
Climbing: The Ripley is not afraid to climb first to earn the
descents. It’s relatively light and feels efficient when pointed uphill.
We did not even need to use the pedaling platform on the shock
for anything other than long fire-road climbs or pavement sections.
Also, those meaty tires love to claw their way up steep and loose
Cornering: The “LS” portion of the name stands for “long
and slack.” Compared to the second-generation Ripley, this bike
certainly lives up to its name. The bike has a geometry that’s
confidence-inspiring in high-speed turns thanks to the kicked-out
front end. The chainstays are also remarkably short, which makes
Quick in the corners: The
new front end on the Ripley
improves on what was
already stellar, the
cornering abilities of the
The Ripley uses the
design as the previous two models,
across the board.