Treads lightly, Rolls Quickly With Hutchinson Overide

Hutchinson Overide 38 gravel tire review

Picking the right tire is mission critical stuff. Bigger knobs for better dirt traction at the cost of speed on the road, or Diamond treads for road at the cost of grip on dirt. 

With gravel now gaining a solid foothold in the market, there are correspondingly many gravel tires to choose from for various uses. Gone are the days where one will need to resort to cyclocross tires. 
The Hutchinson Overides may not have the big knobs to tame the serious gnar, yet with its fast rolling character and surprisingly ample grip, it could very well be the tire for city dwellers who like to venture on an occasional jaunt in the dirt. 

Hutchinson Overide 38 gravel tire review

Weighing at 427 and 440 grams, our pair of 38mm Overides were easily hand-mounted onto our reliable Stan Avion’s 28mm-wide external and 21.6mm internal carbon rims with a fairly round profile measuring out to 38.2 mm on our caliper. The Overide doesn’t have a lot of rubber to weigh itself down. It’s got short, diamond tread in the center and parallelogram-shaped cornering knobs that get progressively larger from the center to the tire’s edge. This tire screams speed.

Hutchinson Overide 38 gravel tire review Ibis Hakka stans avion

And speedy it was. On the road, the Overide rolls quickly and quietly much like a road tire. I questioned the typically short life expectancy of tires with diamond-center patterns, but these lasted longer than I had expected. It didn’t behave any differently when it began to show signs of wear either. Transitioning from the center to the side knobs during cornering was smooth. Its subtle brown, kevlar-reinforced 66tpi casing also looked pretty darn sweet on our mostly black ’19 Ibis Hakka MX. I started my initial rides at 30psi, but would put more air if my ride consisted of more pavement than dirt.

Hutchinson Overide 38 gravel tire review

But this Overide is capable of doing a lot more than spending its life on “boring” pavement. The dual-compound Overide loves to party in dry hard packed and slightly loose terrains. Cornering in dirt requires some attention with its tightly-spaced knobs but it’s a controlled, confident affair. I lowered both tires to around 25 psi at some point for more bite and it responded well to the minuscule change in air pressure. I got the additional grip I wanted, minus the unwanted burping and flats.

Hutchinson Overide 38 gravel tire review

The Overide is by no means an all-terrain tire, nor does it pretend to be. To bring it to a full-on dirt ride would be akin to bringing a knife to a gun fight. Doable yes, but there are better options. Hutchinson marketed the Overide for “classic roads, degraded, paths or tracks,” and I couldn’t agree more. I often think of the Overide as a beefier, higher volume version of the Vittoria Pavè with teeth on the corners. It’s a tire I’ve grown to leave on my bike for all but the roughest outings, an everyday tire that I would recommend if it fits your uses. 

Ripmo Metal, Seriously

Ibis Ripmo AF

Carbon fiber might be the it material at the moment but if the latest crop of aluminum bikes are any indication, then you can say aluminum is so not dead. 

Ibis Ripmo AF

In fact, with standouts such as the Specialized Allez and the Cannondale Topstone, I would argue there’s no better time to get an aluminum-framed bike than now from a best bang for your buck point of view. And now Ibis is joining in with the all-new Ripmo AF. AF for Aluminum Frame, not the standard AF abbreviation.

Ibis Ripmo AF

Though Ibis is no stranger to aluminum, the Ripmo AF is the company’s first aluminum frame since its 2001 Ripley softail, and first since Ibis came back to life as a company in 2005.

Ibis Ripmo AF

So what is the Ripmo AF? You can think of it as a more affordable version of the popular Ripmo plus a few minor updates. And how affordable is the Ripmo AF? The complete bike starts at $2,999, which is the same price as the Ripmo carbon frameset…

Ibis Ripmo AF

The Ripmo features:

  • 160mm front travel
  • 147mm dw-link rear travel (2mm more than the carbon version)
  • 8.25lb for size medium with DVO Topaz (6.1lb for medium carbon with Fox DPX2)
  • Clearance for 2.6″ tires
  • Four sizes (S-XL) that fit riders between 5′ and 6’6”
  • Compatibility with select coil shocks, DVO JADE X coil shock available as an upgrade option
  • Slack 64.9 head angle (compared to 65.9 on the carbon version)
  • Same 44mm fork offset
  • Steep 76 degree seat tube angle
  • Threaded BB (73mm BSA)
  • ISCG 05 compatible with removable adapter
  • Port style internal cable routing
  • 22oz bottles fit inside front triangle
  • Size M-XL compatible with 170mm+ droppers, 125-150mm for smalls
  • Molded rubber swing arm protectors
  • IGUS bushings in lower link, bearings in upper link
  • 203mm max rotor size
  • 1x specific design
  • Boost spacing
  • Tapered headtube: ZS44 upper, ZS56 lower
  • $1,799 for the frame with DVO Topaz Inline shock, or $1,899 with DVO Jade X coil shock. 
Ibis Ripmo AF

The Ripmo AF is backed with a seven year frame warranty and lifetime replacement on bushings. It is available worldwide starting today. More about it here, plus of course, a fun launch video.

Ibis Ripmo AF

Photos: Ian Collins/ Ibis

Believe It Or Not, The New Ibis Ripley Is Here

The Ibis Ripley has been part of the Santa Cruz firm’s lineup since 2011, and while Ibis doesn’t do the annual traditional model year sort of thing, it has nevertheless undergone three major iterations of refinements. Let’s face it: bike technology and the geometry of today’s 29ers are vastly different than the 29ers made as little as two, three seasons ago, and so the 4th generation Ripley reflects that. 

The new Ripley, according to Ibis, is a complete redesign with a nod to the current trend of extended reach (by an average of 45mm), slacker headtube (by 1 degree at 65.5), a steeper seat tube (by three degrees at 76), and of course, a shorter chainstay (by 12mm at 432mm). What does that translate too? Ibis’ ultimate trail bike.

The new 1x specific chassis is still made out of carbon with 120mm of rear travel, but it has borrowed cues from the company’s longer travel Ripmo in ditching its double eccentric in favor of a linkage-based suspension design. The new combination of bearings and hermetically sealed IGUS bushings are not only lighter and stiffer, but also allows users freedom to run longer dropper posts. Talk about a win-win.

Before you start murmuring about them bushings, however, Ibis is so confident in its performance that there’s a lifetime warranty on the said bushings. The dw-link suspension has also been updated with more progressive kinematics for better performance.

Weight weenies will be delighted to hear the Ripley 4 frame is also some .65lbs lighter. In addition, the 148mm Boosted frame features a removable ISCG 05 mount, 2.6″ tire clearance, molded internal cable channels and a replaceable downtube protector to protect your hard-earned investment.

Each Ripley will come with a seven year warranty on the frame. Framesets will be available in four sizes in either Blue Steel or Matte Braap for $2,999 and six complete bike builds starting at $4,099 today. 

All Images: Lear Miller / Ibis

Here Comes The Ibis DV9

Ibis DV9 29er hardtail

It doesn’t seem that long ago when Ibis stopped selling their sole hardtail, the Tranny 29.

Ibis DV9 29er hardtail

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.

Ibis DV9 29er hardtail

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.

Ibis DV9 29er hardtail

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.

Ibis DV9 29er hardtail

Ibis’ No-Cut Adjustable Width Handlebar

Ibis adjustable carbon handlebar Hi-Fi Lo-Fi
Photo: Ibis Cycles

I remember shopping for a handlebar for my mountain bike, a 26-inch “dinosaur” last year and was faced with the dilemma of how long of a bar I would go for. 800mm felt a bit long and 725mm didn’t feel quite right. I ended up getting some 740s but I always wonder what if I got a longer bar? I know, I can always get a long bar and trim it down later, but what if I wanted to go back?

They say it’s the small details that count and Ibis seems to have a solution: a non-destructive, adjustable width carbon handlebar.

Ibis adjustable carbon handlebar Hi-Fi Lo-Fi
Photo: Ibis Cycles

The idea is rather simple: a 750mm long carbon handlebar base with 25mm threaded aluminum inserts for each end. Thread ’em in and violà, an 800mm bar! It is now possible to change handlebar widths back and forth for experimenting without buying a new one.

Ibis adjustable carbon handlebar Hi-Fi Lo-Fi
Photo: Ibis Cycles

The hollow inserts are cuttable for custom widths as well. If you manage to screwed those up, replacements are conveniently procurable at a mere $15. In addition, the bars are backed by Ibis’ seven-year warranty.

Ibis adjustable carbon handlebar inserts Hi-Fi Lo-Fi
Photo: Ibis Cycles

Ibis will offer the adjustable bars in two rise options: a 10mm rise Lo-Fi and a 30mm rise Hi-Fi. Both bars will have 9 degrees of up sweep, 5 degrees of back sweep, and will be compatible with 31.8mm clamps only. The bars are now shipping with select higher-end complete bike builds, as an upgrade for the entry level NX and GX builds, and will be available on its own coming this fall for $169.99.

Ibis adjustable carbon handlebar Hi-Fi Lo-Fi
Photo: Ibis Cycles

Shred With Ripmo

Robin Wallner Ibis Ripmo
Photo: Niklas Wallner/ Ibis Cycles

Ibis launched this sweet long-travel 29er, the Ripmo, merely two weeks ago that got much of the mountain bike world going all oh and ah. Dw-linked frame with 145mm of rear travel, 160mm of front travel, a threaded bottom bracket and room for 2.6″ tire. What’s not to like?

And now Ibis just dropped this sweet riding video. I guess its time to post my steed on Craigslist.

It’s not piloted by some random Joe Blow, but by Ibis Cycles Enduro Team member Robin Wallner, who just so happens to be sitting in second overall at the Enduro World Series. A vignette of what this big-wheel machine is capable of doing.

Ibis Unveils Hakka MX

Photo: Ibis

If you could only have one bike, be sure to take a hard look at the new Ibis Hakka MX.

For the past few years, the spotlight on Ibis has largely been focused on iterations of the Mojo and the Ripley mountain bikes. And that’s for a good reason as they’re incredibly fun to ride plus they have some of the best customer service one can count on.

Scroll through all the mountain bike offerings on Ibis’ website and you’ll find the Hakkalügi sitting near the bottom of the site. First launched in 2009 with cantilever brakes, then in 2012 with updated geometry and ditching the cantilevers in favor of disc brakes. The Hakkalügi arguably didn’t get as much buzz as its mountain bike brethren but it has garnered a solid reputation as a competitive cross steed that also excels just about everywhere you’d like to take it to.

As good as it is, though, the Hakkalügi is getting a bit long in the tooth in the presence of the ever-growing market of gravel, aka the latest buzz type riding where all the cool kids are taking over and wanting to find a bike that can do it all.

So Ibis set out for a redesign. And the Hakka MX is it.

Ibis Hakka MX in fireball red
Ibis Hakka MX in fireball red. Photo: Ibis

The Hakka MX has a carbon monocoque frame that is said to be some 150 grams lighter than the already respectable Hakkalügi. All cable routings are internal, be it Di2 or mechanical.

Ibis Hakka MX Internal cable routes
Internal cable routes to keep things tidy. Photo: Ibis

Further, the Hakka is compatible with both 700c and 27.5 wheels with plenty of clearance to spare (up to 40c in 700c and 2.1″ in 27.5), a 142 rear thru-axle spacing to stiffen up the rear end, and an ENVE disc cross fork up front to handle the steering.

Ibis Handjob fender mount
The iconic Ibis “Handjob” post is back as a handy fender mount. Photo: Ibis

There are even fender mounts too if you decide to throw some fenders on. From the race course to daily gravel riding, commuting, and the occasional bike packing trip, Ibis really means it when they say they design the Hakka does it all.

Ibis Hakka MX in bike packing mode
The Ibis Hakka MX in bike packing mode. Photo: Ibis

In addition, the Hakka features a T47 bottom bracket, a 1.5″ taper head tube, compatibility with dropper post, and the ability to decide whether to run a 2X or a 1x drivetrain without being forced to ride a particular set up. The choice is yours.

Flat-mount hydraulic disc brake in the rear
Flat-mount hydraulic disc brake in the rear. Photo: Ibis

“You can seriously haul ass in the dirt: think road bike speeds on singletrack. So. Much. Fun.” Says Ibis engineer Andy Jacques-Maynes.

The Hakka MX will be available in five sizes in either fireball or coal finish on the last week of November. The Hakka MX is $1,999 as frame+fork while complete bikes will start at $3,299 with SRAM RIVAL 1 and $6,499 with Shimano Ultegra Di2. Since the bike is compatible with both 700c and 27.5 wheels, a selection of wheels will also be offered as upgrades. It’s nice to have choices and the holidays just can’t come any sooner.

Ibis Hakka MX
Photo: Ibis