Thursday, January 21, 2016
#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Brian's Ibis Ripley 29er w/ D.FENDER, Pike, Chris King and MORE.
A few months ago we set out aligning the stars on this bike. From becoming a dealer and securing one of the scarce new Ibis Ripleys, with updated bottom bracket, pivots, and the new Fox Evol shock. The wide 941 rims really transform this 29er. More campanies are understanding the benefits of wider rims, lower pressure, more sidewall support in turns etc. Below are more shots of this beautiful bike. The build is centered around the frame, the Chris King hubs and headset take it to another level, IBIS's 941 rims offer much more support in turns and a good bit more grip, the Pike is the best fork on the market right now, and offers a no compromise feel, combined with unrivaled stiffness. Hope brakes are an old favorite of mine and using them on this build was a no brainer. In all there isn't a part on this bike I think that I would personally change, save for the front tire, the Maxxis Minion DHF is still my favorite tire. Brian was able to snag one of the D.FENDERs for the Pike, and has said that it kept his face clean on the last mudfest before the snow hit. This is the nicest Ibis Ripley I have seen to date, hope to do more along this caliber of build.