It doesn’t seem that long ago when Ibis stopped selling their sole hardtail, the Tranny 29.
I mean, who can blame them. The Mojos and Ripleys were making a killing and the Tranny was as brilliant as ever with its removable rear triangle that enabled a full size bike to be packed into a suitcase, its convertibility into a single speed and it’s ability to run a Gates belt drive. The writing was on the wall.
And just when some think Ibis is ditching hardtails for good, Ibis drops a new 29er hardtail, the DV9. “DV” stands for development and “9” for 29er. It was inspired by Ibis’ CEO and co-owner Hans Helm’s high school XC racing daughter, Lili. The DV9 is a versatile bike that is meant for racing/shredding and is perfect to grow up with at a reasonable $999 frame-only price tag – so Lili can do all of the above and also be able to pay it off with her summer job.
Painted in either a Bone White / Teal or Black / Orange, the DV9 shares similar facades with the Tranny. The similarity ends there, however. The DV9 features slightly longer reach and slacker head tube angle (68.5° with a 100mm fork or 67.4° with a 120mm fork). It is 1X specific with a threaded bottom bracket (as opposed to BB92), and its rear spacing has been updated to 148 Boost from 142 Maxle along with 2.6″ maximum tire clearance. The DV9 has also undergone a serious diet compared to its predecessor, with the frame weighing in at 1,204 grams for a large.
DV9 in shred mode with 120mm Fox Float 34 fork and 2.6" tires.
Room for 2.6" tire in the back.
1X-specific frame design
Internal cable ports for the dropper post... and standard bottom bracket.
DV9 in XC mode with 100mm Fox Float 32 step-cast fork and 2.25" tires.
Boost 148 thru axle and a post-mount rear brake mount, compatible up to 180mm rotor.
Even more clearance with 2.25" tires.
The DV9 will come with a seven year warranty and is available worldwide today. Six complete build kits will also be offered starting at $2,199 with SRAM NX, to the top-flight XTR build for $7,299, including options such as a dropper post and wheel upgrades available for further customization.