1. Ibis Ripley 29er frame.
“This is a new model. Like all full-suspension Ibis bikes, it’s made from
carbon and has the dw-link system.
The unique part of this dw-link is
our eccentrics, which are used for a
number of positive reasons: weight,
stiffness and the ability to get the
chainstays shorter. I’m riding a size
large for my full-cross-country-type
setup, but I also ride a medium for a
more aggressive all-mountain setup.
The Ripley has 4. 7 inches of travel, a
press-in BB92 bottom bracket, direct-mount front derailleur, and tapered
head tube and is an unbelievable-handling and capable bike for a
wide range of shredding. Oh, did I
mention the frame only weighs 5
2. X-Fusion Slide R12 fork.
“The fork is set up at 4. 7 inches
of travel and has a 15-millimeter
thru-axle. This is an air fork with
rebound damping and a lockout. I
love how smooth and supple this
fork is off the top part of the stroke,
yet it ramps up great as you get
deeper into the travel. There is never
a harsh bottom out on abrupt hits.”
3. Kenda Honey Badger tires.
“Tires are one thing on the bike you
are constantly changing based on
the conditions where you are riding. Both front and rear are 2.2s, a
bigger-volume tire that allows me to
run some lower psi to get even more
traction out of the big wheels. These
tires have Kenda’s SCT system, a
minimal weight addition but significantly more flat protection. Kenda
SCT tires have more of a medium
casing, which also adds stability
when I’m running 20–24 psi in the
front and 22–26 psi in the rear.”
4. Kenda SCT tubeless system.
“I run minimal liquid inside the
tires—enough to seal holes from
thorns or anything minimal, but not
so much that I feel the weight of the
liquid throw off the balance of the
5. Novatec rims.
“The Novatec wheels are awesome,
especially if you are a more aggressive rider. I like the wider rim when
using a larger-volume tire; having the
additional stiffness on 29er wheels is
something you’ll notice. Another positive to the Novatec wheels is the ease
of mounting tires up tubeless. If you’ve
ever struggled with this, you know
how nice it is when you have a
wheel that a tire mounts right up
6. Sapim Race double-butted spokes.
7. Novatec front hubs.
“Novatec hubs are some of the
smoothest, best-rolling hubs I’ve
felt. The top-quality Japanese bearings probably deserve credit for this.”
8. Magura MT8 brakes.
“As on all my bikes, I choose to run
Magura MT8s. They are super light,
easy to modulate and always there to
rely on when needed. Magura 7-inch
rotors give me a little extra on the big
wheels, as the additional speed you
carry means you need to slow down
9. Syntace Vector carbon bars:
10-millimeter rise, 8-degree sweep,
cut down to 28 inches wide by
10. Shimano BB92 press-in bottom
11. ODI Tradition O-grips.
“ODI Tradition O-grips are what I run
on all my bikes. Sure, the lock-ons are
easier to install and give you the option
of taking them off easier, but you can’t
beat the feel of the traditional slip-on
grip. This is the main point of contact
between you and your machine. Make
sure you have the ultimate feeling
here. Usually, when people ride my
bike or put their hands on my bars,
they always comment on these grips.
They’re safety-wired on for extra security, especially for the rain.”
12. Shimano XTR
“Light, strong and always reliable—a
great crank for almost any application.”
13. Shimano XTR chainrings.
“I’m running a 40/28 chainring combo.
I find the 28 is plenty low enough, and
I love having that 40 when I’m going
downhill or on a flat section. You can
really get these big wheels rolling fast;
you’d be surprised by the top speeds
you can carry if you’re not spun out.”
14. Shimano XTR Race pedals.
15. KMC X10SL-Ti chain.
“This is my chain of choice on all my
bikes. If you’ve ever had a chain break
on you, then you know how badly it
can hurt or where it can leave you
stranded. Confidence in knowing this
chain can take more than the power I