Ibis has just added an aluminum option to their line up by way of the Ripmo AF and it is available as of today. Mimicking the lines and attitude of its carbon sibling, the AF looks to get riders on a big mountain killer at a much lower price.
Starting as a complete for $2,999 featuring the Sram NX group and the same DVO Diamond 160mm fork and the DVO Topaz Air 210×55 shock as the other two build options, it’s a fair amount of bike for the money.
Having just finished riding the new Ibis Ripley (stay tuned for a full review in the magazine) I was definitely intrigued to get on the Ripmo AF. As not to give too much away, let’s just say I really enjoyed my time on the Ripley so as I seek out bigger lines on our local trails and surrounding bike parks, the Ripmo AF fits the bill nicely. If Ibis has done anything right with the latest round of bikes, they have unlocked the magic door between trail/enduro bikes and efficient pedaling and climbing. The steeper seat tube angle at 76º paired with the DW-Link suspension design feels just as good on the Ripmo AF as it does on the other models.
For our purposes, we were sent the Sram GX build, available for $4,299. The highlight of this build, however, was the Shimano Deore 4-piston trail breaks. It was a treat when taking this thing down some steep chutes to have the ability to modulate speed rather than just intervals of trying not to make the brakes lock up into tire slide.
Like the rest of the Ibis line up the Ripmo AF frame is covered for 7-years under warranty and bushing replacement service is complimentary for life. My introductory ride was one of delight and promise and I am looking forward to getting the Ripmo AF out onto some rowdy trails in the coming days. See below for more details and contact your local Ibis dealer, to check one out.