There's often a goal when building a bike, for this one it was to be the ultimate 29er trailbike. With minor changes from the absolute top of the line, while still retaining the best fork, and wheels currently on the market we did that and more! Chris King, Industry 9 and SRAM products where we could and added a set of XTR Trail brakes for the punchy lever feeling of Shimano. Also on the plate were IBIS' 941 carbon rims that are produced in their Taiwanese facility that Scot Nicol (founder of IBIS) has visited and shared a small story with me about just how good a Taiwanese rim manufacturer VS that of other Asian manufactured products are.
This bike is classy with just the right amount of flair, from the ENVE handlebars to the new RaceFace Turbine dropper post and Next SL g4 cranks this bike rips. RaceFace Next SL cranks are some of the most robust around and the lightest production crankset in the world. Did you know that they are also handmade in their domestic Canadian facility? Even though the industry is moving toward more overseas production we chose products from Thomson, Chris King, Industry 9 and ENVE to keep it stateside while using as many handmade products as we could on this bike. These things matter, even choosing the IBIS carbon rim kept that money in an American held company, and this, although small matters to me. This is by far the nicest IBIS Ripley build we have done so far. Enjoy the pictures. Demo these bikes Sept 20th, or here for more info on the build of your dreams.