2018 Ibis Ripmo X01 Eagle Bike

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Ibis Ripmo with SRAM X01 Eagle (Black Olive)
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Most versatile trail bike?

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The Good:

Climbs efficiently. Hover bike effect. Amazing traction. Fast up very fast down. Fun just about everywhere.

The Bad:

Expensive. Higher maintenance bushings.

Overall Review:

Set Up:

  • Size L
  • X01 build 32t chainring
  • Fox Dpx2 Shock 20% sag 1 volume reducer
  • Fox 36 performance fork 20% sag
  • Ibis alloy 34mm inner wheels with ibis hubs
  • Sram guide brakes 200mm front 180mm rear

Climbing:

Efficient suspension and nice firm pedaling platform. This bike has incredible traction up and downhill. I liked the dpx2 rear shock on this bike for the climbs. It sat high in its travel and provided lots of small bump sensitivity. The wide rims allow you to run very low tire pressures. At 5’11” 175lbs I was running 16 psi in the front tire and 17psi in the back, far lower than my usual pressures. This bike can scoot up rocks and roots with traction while sitting or standing. I found that the front end didn’t wander on the steeps, and tight technical switchbacks were a breeze on this

Overall Review:

Set Up:

  • Size L
  • X01 build 32t chainring
  • Fox Dpx2 Shock 20% sag 1 volume reducer
  • Fox 36 performance fork 20% sag
  • Ibis alloy 34mm inner wheels with ibis hubs
  • Sram guide brakes 200mm front 180mm rear

Climbing:

Efficient suspension and nice firm pedaling platform. This bike has incredible traction up and downhill. I liked the dpx2 rear shock on this bike for the climbs. It sat high in its travel and provided lots of small bump sensitivity. The wide rims allow you to run very low tire pressures.  At 5’11” 175lbs I was running 16 psi in the front tire and 17psi in the back, far lower than my usual pressures.  This bike can scoot up rocks and roots with traction while sitting or standing. I found that the front end didn’t wander on the steeps, and tight technical switchbacks were a breeze on this bike.  High horsepower is rewarded on this bike and hard pedaling boosts speed well.

Trail Manners:

The Ripmo likes to hit extra credit and pops really well at any speed.  It is an instantly comfortable bike and feels precise and nimble for its size. What sets this bike apart from the crowd is that it excels at just about everything, and it’s fun on all but the mellowest trails.

Descending: 

Super fun, able to boost off jumps and pumps well in the whoops.  It flies out of corners, and speaking of corners, the Ripmo is about the best cornering bike I have been on.  At low tire pressure with narrower rims I always found my tires folding a bit under hard cornering.  This was not the case with the ibis wheels, and the traction was second to none.  I do find you have to weight the front a bit in order to corner hard, but not near as much as the Yeti SB 150. Unlike the SB 150 which only seems to have fun on the steepest gnarliest descents, the Ripmo, while capable of racing enduro, seems much more fun on the slower and more technical trails.  Indeed the Ripmo is light on its feet and is very precise in handling allowing you to tiptoe around obstacles as well as plow over them.  I wouldn’t hesitate to race this bike, however, it’s probably more of a trail bike in nature.

Closing Arguments:

I would say this is one of the best bikes all around bikes I have been on.  The Ripmo does everything well. Most bikes compromise something, and I’m not sure I have found that compromise on this bike, other than price maybe.

FYI if you are lucky enough to be considering this bike as your next ride there might be a few considerations. If I were racing I would probably go with the x2 shock being that I was able to bottom out this bike pretty easy. The x2 can be fine-tuned and has a nice big bottom out bumper to aid with the big hits.  As a trail bike, I would go with the dpx2 as it is a smidge lighter and seems to provide a great pedalling platform. It’s tempting to go with a skinnier rim and lighter tire combo on this bike, and if you have mellowed trails you could consider that option.  If it were me I would go with the wide ibis rims.  The low pressures are amazing, and while I probably wouldn’t race with them, I would trail ride with them all day.  Finally, I would consider putting a 200mm rotor up front if you are a trail smasher. I have seen some real weight weenie builds on this bike, but if going fast is your thing better brakes are a must because this bike is fast!

I gave the Yeti SB 150 a 5/5 star review as a race bike, and this Ripmo deserves a 5/5 as a trail bike.  Where the Yeti SB 150 excels is the gnar, the Ripmo excels everywhere else, and yes it’s also plenty gnar.  

Specifications

Product Ibis Ripmo X01 Eagle Bike
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 573mm 603mm 632mm 655mm
Head Tube Angle 65.9° 65.9° 65.9° 65.9°
Head Tube Length 90mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Seat Tube Angle 77° 76° 76° 76°
Seat Tube Length 368mm 368mm 418mm 470mm
Bottom Bracket Height 341mm 341mm 341mm 341mm
Chainstay Length 435mm 435mm 435mm 435mm
Wheelbase 1177mm 1190mm 1220mm 1249mm
Standover 705mm 750mm 750mm 760mm
Reach 431mm 446mm 471mm 493mm
Stack 613mm 620mm 629mm 642mm
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details Carbon fiber front and rear triangle, internal cable routing through carbon fiber tubes molded inside the frame, and frame protection on downtube
Rear Travel 145mm
Rear Shock FOX Float Performance Series, DPX2 with EVOL, 210mm x 55mm
Upgrade option: FOX Float X2 Lever, 210mm x 55mm (+$270)
Fork FOX Float 36 Factory Series, GRIP 2 damper, Boost
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset Cane Creek 40, ZS44/ZS56
Handlebar Ibis, carbon, 800mm width
Stem Thomson Elite X4, 40-110mm length options
Grips Lizard Skins Charger Evo
Brakes Shimano XT M8000 with Shimano XT 180mm rotors
Brake Levers Shimano XT M8000
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle
ISCG Tabs ISCG05 compatible with optional removable adapter
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon, 175mm length (170mm length optional)
Chainrings 32 tooth, direct mount
Bottom Bracket 73mm English threaded
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle PowerLock
Cassette SRAM XG-1295, 10-50 tooth, 12-speed
Rims Ibis 938, alloy, 34mm inner width, 38mm outer width, 32 hole, tubeless ready
Upgrade option: Ibis 942 Carbon wheelset with Ibis hubs (+$800)
Hubs Ibis, 36 tooth 4 pawl ratchet, 10° engagement
Front: Boost, 15mm x 110mm
Rear: Boost, 12mm x 148mm
Upgrade option: Ibis 942 Carbon wheelset with Industry Nine hubs (+$1300)
Spokes Sapim CX-Ray
Tires Front: Maxxis Minion DHF WT, 2.5”
Rear: Maxxis Aggressor WT, 2.5”
Saddle WTB Siverado
Seatpost FOX Transfer, 100mm, 125mm, 150mm drop options
Available option: KS Integra, 175mm drop
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions Boost, 12mm x 148mm
Max. Tire Size 29" x 2.6"
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Black Olive, Tangerine Sky
Warranty 7 years
Weight
Miscellaneous DW-Link suspension
IGUS bushings
Post mount rear brake, 203mm max rotor size
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