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

Chameleon Goes Carbon

Santa Cruz’s Chameleon has been a fun, versatile hardtail within the firm’s lineup for as long as I can remember. While multiple iterations have been made to the frame over the years, Santa Cruz is (finally) giving the Chameleon a full blown makeover. 

Yes, the Chameleon has gone carbon. It’s compatible with 29″ and 27.5+ hoops with clearance up to 3.0″ in 27.5+ or 2.5 in 29er, a swappable dedicated dropout for single speeders, a threaded bottom bracket, internally-routed cables and dual bottle cage mounts, with one being a heavy duty triple bolt mount on the downtube.


The carbon Chameleon is available now starting at $1,599 frame only plus four build kits in both wheel sizes ranging from $3,799 to $5,699. The higher-end SE build will be kitted out with matching Hope hubs and headsets as well. Furthermore, the pre-existing aluminum Chameleon will continue to stay in the lineup for the time being. 

But enough about the bike. I absolute LOVE the accompanying launch video. It doesn’t feature Christopher Walkens, or crazy ride footage from Whistler, but it’s got the whole office involved. Can I just work there now?

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.

A quick Sea Otter pictorial

I could write more about Sea Otter but pictures are way better than words. Enjoy the partly random, partly happy snaps along the way!

If it weren’t for these guys, parking on Wolf Hill would have been a giant mess. Thanks! Photo: Stephen Lam/

It’s all calm here but I saw one raging off road later in the afternoon. Photo: Stephen Lam/

One of the handful of Factor O2’s currently in the U.S. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Kogel Bearings and their impressive lineup of bearings, pulleys, and bottom brackets. Photo: Stephen Lam/

3D-printed Spoke Fins from Null Winds Technology are said to reduce drag on your existing wheels by as much as 67%. Photo: Stephen Lam/

This HPC Revolution e-downhill bike is hand-welded one by one in Los Angeles, fully customizable including a drivetrain capable of going as fast as 60mph and a high-capacity battery cell for up to 100miles in one charge. Ultimate beast mode? Photo: Stephen Lam/

This Easton Cinch spindle power meter system sure got everyone talking. With the power measurement unit fully contained within the spindle, the $600, 65-gram power meter spindle will be compatible with existing Cinch crank arms and all the chain ring combos such at these here. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Sure, the 875g (paint included) Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail in the back of this photo is jaw-droppingly light, but I like this one better. Just think of all the history behind this bike. Photo: Stephen Lam/

WTB dropped some new treads at Sea Otter too. Here’s their new Byway Road Plus TCS tire for the growing 650 gravel road crowd. Decent amount of side knobs for traction while the smooth rolling center keeps the ride on the trail way more tolerable. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Hydrate or die. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Emily Batty out doing her course recon. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Secretly stashed inside the bus booth was the only GameChanger aero helmet in the U.S. It’s only available in Europe for the time being but they may just bring it stateside before you know it. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Enduro practice session. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Just when you think there’s nothing else new with taillights, Cateye dropped this Rapid X2 Kinetic (left) with a built-in accelerometer that automatically changes from blinking to solid red whenever deceleration is detected. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Prominently displayed at the OneUp Components booth was their new EDC tool system that utilizes all that space within your oversized (alloy) steer tube. With a very well thought out minitool that comes with 8mm which is relatively rare for a tool that size, chain, tire tools and option of either a pump or a CO2, what’s not to like? Photo: Stephen Lam/

At first glance, these gloves from Showers Pass looked similar to your normal liner gloves. But no, they are waterproof and plush without being excessively bulky. Photo: Stephen Lam/

There were a good number of eBikes at Sea Otter again this year but there was a lot to be liked on this e-Cargo bike from Riese & Müller: Full suspension for comfort and additional traction, integrated Abus lock, the ability to mount a second battery to double its range, and a variety of options to customize the cargo area from double child seats to a higher sidewall for hauling more groceries. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Normally it’s hard to sit and write about kids bikes but Islabikes caught my attention with their new Pro line of high-performance kids bikes. Here, the Cnoc 16 came stock with a carbon fork, TRP v-brakes, titanium-spindled pedals, 185tpi folding tires, smaller-diameter grips and brakes for the little one. And weighing in at a little over 10lbs, the Cnoc will probably save the lower backs of many parents, too. Photo: Stephen Lam/

#quoteoftheday Photo: Stephen Lam/

Fat Chance is back! Fresh at the show was Chris’ new model, the Chris Cross. It’s Chris’ utilitarian take on cross, gravel, and bike packing. The beautifully-painted steel frame uses a mix of Columbus and Reynolds tubings and it’s handmade one by one in the U.S. Photo: Stephen Lam/

The all-new Ibis Ripley LS, now with longer travel along with the usual sharp paint job. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Dubbed as an inner-tire suspension system, the CushCore is a circular-shaped engineering foam that goes inside your tire and is said to improve traction and stability while providing a layer of protection against flats. Photo: Stephen Lam/

Love the paint job on this Santa Cruz Hightower. Photo: Stephen Lam/

See ya next year! Photo: Stephen Lam/