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Ripley SLX Complete Mountain Bike

Ripley SLX Complete Mountain Bike


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Contrary to the popular belief that all mountain bikes should be as long and slack as possible, we think that there’s a balance to be achieved—especially in the trail-bike department. Though the Ibis’ newest iteration of its Ripley does see a full redesign that does include the modern longer-slacker-steeper treatment, we think it finds a moderate landing place that’s still capable of quick-rolling power and nimble control. That’s because the engineers at Ibis didn’t go too overboard. Instead, they opt for just a one-degree shift in the head tube to slacken things, lengthening the wheelbase just a touch to extend the reach in the cockpit 45mm to give you a little more room to move around, while the seat tube shifts up 3-degrees for the perfect perch when you need to attack climbs. The Ripley 4 features an all-new chassis, taking queues from its beefier brother, the Ripmo, offering more room for dropper posts, shorter chainstays, and the lively and reliable DW-Link suspension.

The Ripley 4’s major update meant that Ibis’ engineers could start from the ground up, and they chose to start with the heart-and-center of the bike, updating the dual-eccentrics used in the past to a new design based on the Ripmo, which still holds DW-Link suspension tucked neatly in the front triangle, but without as much weight, and with a huge boost in stiffness. This change in the chassis allows massive weight savings of over a half-pound on the frame alone, giving your trail machine a little more pep in its step when you’re pushing up grueling climbs, and a more nimble feel when you’re flicking it around tight switchbacks.

Weight savings aside, one of the biggest benefits we see with the drop of the double-eccentric design is extra room in the seat-tube, which enables taller riders to run dropper posts up to 185mm. This long-dropper length lets Ibis’ engineers carry forward with even more geometry tweaks, like an extra-low standover height, so you can pick your frame based on reach, eliminating seat-tube size from your list of limiting factors on your new-bike hunt.

Changes didn’t stop with the eccentrics though, in addition to the geometry tweaks we mentioned above, Ibis shortened the chainstays by a whopping 12-millimeters to boost stiffness and balance the lengthened wheelbase with nimble handling, and they also made the suspension a bit more progressive for hard chargers, without letting go of the lively pedaling characteristics of the previous Ripley.

  • Take to the trail with Ibis’ short-travel speed machine
  • New steeper seat tube angle perches you for punchy climbs
  • Boost descending stability with slightly slacker headtube
  • Redesigned chassis adds stiffness, drops 1/2-lb frame weight
  • DW-Link suspension for small-bump compliance and supple support
  • New chassis and shorter standover allows for longer droppers
  • Short standover height enables you to fit bike based on reach
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain shifts cripsly across a wide gear range
Frame Material
carbon fiber
Rear Shock
Fox Float Performance DPS with EVOL
Rear Travel
Fox Float 34 Performance
Front Travel
Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
Shimano SLX M7100 Shadow Plus 12-speed
ISCG-05 compatible with seperately sold adapter
Shimano SLX M7100
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
[small, medium] 170mm, [large, x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
Shimano SLX BB52
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA (English threaded)
Shimano SLX
Cassette Range
10 – 51t
Shimano SLX M7100
Shimano SLX M7100 2-piston
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
180mm Shimano SM-RT66
Ibis Alloy 31.8mm
Handlebar Width
Lizard Skins Charger Evo
Ibis Alloy 31.8mm
WTB Silverado Pro 142mm width
Bike Yoke Revive Dropper
Seat Collar
Ibis S35 Aluminum
Ibis Logo
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
[front] Schwalbe Hans Dampf, [rear] Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Tire Size
29 x 2.35in
not included
downtube protector, swingarm protector
Recommended Use
cross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] 7 years, [IGUS bushings] lifetime

Rider Height Suggested Mountain Frame Size
Feet & Inches Centimetres Frame Size (inches) Frame Size (cm) Frame Size
4'10" - 5'2" 148cm - 158cm 13" - 14" 33 - 37 View all X-Small Bikes
5'2" - 5'6" 158cm - 168cm 15" - 16" 38 - 42 View all Small Bikes
5'6" - 5' 10" 168cm - 178cm 17" - 18" 43 - 47 View all Medium Bikes
5'10" - 6'1" 178cm - 185cm 19" - 20" 48 - 52 View all Large Bikes
6'1" - 6'4" 185cm - 193cm 21" - 22" 53 - 57 View all X-Large Bikes
6'4" - 6'6" 193cm - 198cm 23" - 24" 58 - 61 View all XX-Large Bikes

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small, X-Large


Black, Blue


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