The 3rd Generation Ibis Ripley was officially launched this morning. The new Ripley inherits the more aggressive Ripley LS geometry, and will continue to be called the Ripley LS.
Technologies have changed since Ibis designed the original Ripley, like the 29er wheel and tire technology has continually and dramatically improved. Ibis increased the clearance with the launch of the Ripley LS. Now that tire manufacturers are coming on strong with 2.6″ offerings, Ibis decided it was time for another update, making the third generation Ibis Ripley LS even more versatile.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE 3RD GENERATION IBIS RIPLEY
- Increased the tire clearance to accept up to 29 x 2.6″ Schwalbe or Maxxis 2.5 WT tires
- The upper eccentric is wider, resulting in a stiffer swingarm connection
- Two new colors – “Vitamin P” and “Ti-Ho Silver”
The 3rd Generation Ripley has an all new swingarm and clevis, and a wider upper eccentric. Oh, and new paint and graphics. The swingarm will accommodate 29″ tires like the Schwalbe 2.6″ Nobby Nic.
Even with the new wider eccentrics, the new swingarm accommodates the 2X Shimano side swing front derailleurs including Di2 (and of course 1X, which you already knew, right?). The front derailleur mount also makes a nice upper chain guide mount.