Compare 2023 Ibis Exie Completes

Shop the Made in the USA Ibis Exie: Compare the XT, X01 and XX1 kits available for the Ibis Exie here.

There has been a lot of desire for a quality US made carbon MTB and Ibis took the challenge and ran with it. The Exie is produced in California in-house by Ibis’ team.

Like other Ibis bikes the Exie features DW Suspension with a great balance of efficiency and capability. This is a World Class competitive bike that’s an absolute blast on your XC and Trail adventures.

100mm of rear travel with 120mm fork and a 67.2 degree headtube angle. What’s not to love?

Compare the Ibis complete kits as well as build highlights and common upgrades / swaps on the Exie XT, X01 and XX1 kits here.

Ibis Exie: It’s the details

Some of the things that set Ibis apart are the little things you might not notice.

2.4″ Tire Clearance. Why does it matter? Well, you might want the fastest possible tires some of the time, but knowing you can get more substantial rubber on the Exie gives you a range of setup options not all XC / Trail bikes have.

Larger volume tires can be used, especially with varying sidewalls to improve bite but also to create more compliance allowing a stiffer suspension setup. In a world where tenths of a degree are argued about setting a larger front tire will slightly slacken the bike as well…

Point is: your Exie has options – so you have options!

Double Bottle Clearance. If you’re burning big miles you’ll need more fuel. The Exie allows two bottles in the front triangle no matter the bike size. This is a great feature even on shorter rides as you can stow all your tools and inflators in an extra bottle and stash it on the cage eliminating your fanny pack or jersey pocket swinging around!

Integrated Chain Guide. It’s light, it works, and it’s already there.

Keep reading for more about the Exie including FOX Factory 34 Step Cast Fit 4 Remote fork and FOX Float DPS Remote rear shock details.

Ibis Exie FOX Factory Remote Suspension

Both the fork and rear shock on the Exie feature FOX’s Remote adjustment allowing on the fly, hands on the bars pedal platform changes.

Read more about the FOX Factory spec below!

Click on the tabs to lean more about the FOX Factory Fork and Factory Float DPS rear shock.

FOX Factory 34 StepCast (SC) Fit 4, 120mm, 44mm offset, 29”, 110×15

The 34 StepCast Fit 4 with Remote balances weight saving lower design where it “steps” in.

Air Spring & Volume Spacers

The FOX 34 provides riders a range of setup options using air spring as well as volume spacers.

Suggested sag is 15% for a firm feel and 20% for a plush fork. On the stock 120mm setup 15% equals 18mm or about 0.7 inch of sag. 20% will use 24mm or about 1″ of sag.

Volume Spacers

The 120mm FOX 34 is factory spec’d with1 volume spacers (bike manufacturers may or may not change this). The 130mm fork can carry a maximum of 4 volume spacers.

Do not install more volume spacers than the FOX advises. Installing more than the maximum volume spacers will result in  product damage and potential for injuries, etc.

Volume Spacers Reference Page 10 on 34 Tuning Guide available Here (opens in new tab)

FOX 34 StepCast leg detail

FOX 34 StepCast FIT4 Rebound Controls

The FIT4 damper provides 10 clicks of low speed rebound located at the red knob on the bottom of the fork lowers.

Rebound controls the extension of the fork back to neutral. Ideally the fork will be “fast” enough to reset prior to the next obstacle without being so fast as to create a pogo stick feeling which compromises traction.

As your riding speeds increase it is common to reduce the rebound setting to accelerate the return to neutral. Sound like a lot? Its’ not that bad – and BikeCo clients always have access to our team for tuning questions. After delivery our team will reach out several times to help you fine tune your setup. BikeCo’s after sales service is second to none…

FOX 34 StepCast Remote Detail

FOX FIT4 Remote Compression Controls

In addition to the on-the-fly, in fact, on-the-handlebar(!) compression positions the FIT4 notably features 22 clicks of low speed compression adjustability in the Open mode.

The small black dial in the center of the assembly provides riders with exceptional levels of support adjustments to help the bike stand up in fast corners, resist brake dive or bottom out.

Stock Rear Shock: FOX Performance Float DPS

Air Spring & Volume Spacers

The Ibis Ripley uses a 190 x 45mm shock, spec’d with the Fox Float Factory DPS.

SAG is adjusted by PSI – typically trail riding styles gravitate to 25-30% sag. This would measure about 13mm for a plush setup and 11mm for a more firm setup.

Volume Spacers

Volume spacing provides fine tuning options to support the air spring.

By changing to a larger volume spacer, thus reducing the volume, you increase the air spring’s ramp rate for improved bottom out support and pop.

Conversely smaller volume spacers produces a more linear feel as the air has more volume during shock compression per mm of travel.

Do not install more or larger volume spacers than the FOX advises. Installing more than the maximum volume spacers will result in  product damage and potential for injuries, etc.

Fox Float DPS Remote Rebound Adjustment

FOX FLOAT Factory DPS Remote Rebound Controls

The DPS provides a rebound control with 11 clicks of adjustment.

Heavier riders will use more rebound control than lighter riders to slow the air spring’s return to neutral.

As your ground speeds increase it is common to allow your bike to rebound more quickly to prepare for the next terrain feature and avoid suspension packing from slow rebound setup.

Fox Float DPS Remote 2 position Adjustment

FOX Float Factory DPS Remote Compression Control

The Fox Float Factory DPS Remote provides on-the-fly and on-the-bars compression control in a 2 position Open or Firm setting.

Learn more about the FOX DPS on their tuning guide here (opens in new tab)

Learn about suspension setup basics on the following tabs. Each tab has a video with the basics of Air Spring / PSI, Volume Spacers, Compression, Rebound (or watch it all in one place with the final tab).

Each tab has a text section with a bit more in-depth look at the typical MTB suspension settings and how they intertwine.

Stock Fork: FOX Performance Series Float 34, 130mm

PSI / Spring Rate

MTB suspension must accommodate a wide range of rider weight. To achieve this nearly all forks and rear shocks use an adjustable air spring.

By varying air pressure riders set a desired sag, or percentage of travel that the bike “sits into” under neutral loading.

Modifying this sag percentage will change small bump compliance as well as bottom out characteristics.

Learning how to Pre-Charge your suspension pump will help you make finite adjustments to sag.

Typically 15% sag is for a firm setup and 20% sag is considered plush.

Air Spring Fine Tuning Control(s): Volume Spacers & Compression

Volume Spacers
Air springs ramp rate, sometimes called Spring Rate, is based on how air compresses in the containment cylinder. As the air is compressed the PSI increases according to the decreasing volume of the containment. This is done via non-compressible volume spacers in the air chamber.

Compression.
Hydraulic damping assists air spring providing support in mid-stroke and bottom out.

Opposing Control: Rebound.
Higher spring rate will drive the suspension back to neutral with more force than a lower spring rate. To keep the bike from skipping across trail rebound damping is utilized.

Stock Fork: FOX Performance Series Float 34, 130mm

Volume Tuning

As suspension compresses (travel reduces) a piston moves closer to the end of a sealed container. By decreasing the volume of the container the PSI pushing back on the piston is increased.

By adding or removing non-compressible volume spacers riders modify the air spring’s ramp rate which directly changes the amount of support and bottom out feel of the fork or shock.

By removing volume spacers a rider increases the available volume in the suspension. The larger volume compresses less per mm of travel resulting in a lower PSI per mm of travel. This creates less support and is utilizes more travel.

Adding volume spacers decreases the available volume. With less air volume the PSI per mm of travel increases providing more support and greater resistance to bottom out.

Opposing Control: Rebound.
Rebound may need to be adjusted for volume tuning depending on how drastic of a PSI change is being tuned in or out of the suspension.

“Helping” Control: Compression.
Compression provides additional support and bottom out resistance.

Compression

Compression controls provide damping to slow suspension travel as a load is applied and the suspension is compressed. (easy one right?)

When riders have found sag and volume spacing preferences compression controls provide minute adjustments to dial in performance. Adding compression provides more support allowing the suspension to ride taller in its travel which is important when dialing in a bike’s personality in corners, etc.

With too little compression a bike will sit deep in the travel. This compromises cornering and braking force resistance. Headtube angle, bottom bracket height, front to rear weight bias, etc are modified as a bike goes through its travel. Maintaining control of the use of travel is paramount for good performance.

Since compression hydraulically slows the suspension’s use of travel it therefor lowers the air spring’s PSI. Properly setting compression controls will help ease the load on the rebound system by controlling the air spring’s push back onto the rebound circuit.

Too much compression will cause a bike to feel harsh and not use appropriate amounts of travel.

Generally, compression settings are fine tuned after sag and volume spacing have riders “in the ballpark.”

Low speed compression controls mid-stroke as well as support in cornering and against brake dive.

High speed compression helps with bottom out and high shaft speed inputs.

3 positions switches are a type of compression circuit with Open the most plush, Mid providing some additional support and Firm for climbing. If you climb in firm remember to put it back to plush for the downhill or you’re in for a potentially rough ride.

Rebound

Rebound damping controls a suspension’s shaft speed returning to a neutral position. Or, how fast the air spring pushes back as the load changes.

More rebound damping slows the suspension by decreasing the amount of fluid allowed to pass through the hydraulic design.

Less rebound damping allows the suspension to return faster with less hydraulic restriction on the damper.

Rebound setting is based on weight, ground speed, terrain and aggression. Setting the rebound properly means finding the right frequency or feel for your riding.

If your rebound is too fast, or doesn’t have enough clicks of rebound, the bike will tend to skip and suffer poor small bump compliance.

When the rebound is too slow, or you have too many clicks of rebound, the suspension may “pack up” creating a harsh ride as each bump uses progressively more travel forcing the suspension deeper into the travel, which will have higher spring rates.

Opposing: Air Spring PSI / Spring Rate.

“Helping” Control: Low & High Speed Rebound.

Some suspension is designed with 2 rebound circuits. The High Speed Rebound circuit is designed to provide additional control resisting increased PSI late in suspension travel.

Typically High Speed Rebound settings are used as the Low Speed Rebound controls edge towards closed. Example: you might not use any clicks of High Speed Rebound until you reach “X” clicks on the low speed.

Ibis Exie Complete Builds

Ibis’ has a range of builds in their lineup. Whether you’re shopping SRAM, Shimano or want to mix and match for the perfect setup there’s no one better than BikeCo.com to get you dialed in.

The Exie is available in 3 high performance kits:
XT starting at $7,999
X01 starting at $7,999
XX1 starting at $12,799

You can learn more about these three kits, review spec and check out some popular upgrades and swaps to the US made Ibis Exie below.

Use these tabs to learn more about the 2023 Ibis Exie Completes.

Read up on the kit highlights, common swaps / upgrades as well as view the detail spec.

Exie XX1 Complete

No holds barred, no spec compromised SRAM AXS drivetrain, XTR brakes with Ibis S28 Carbon Wheels. What more could you want? (well, we have some ideas below…)

MSRP: $12,799

XX1 Build Highlights

The entire XX1 build is a highlight – but what stands out most?

– Shimano 2 piston XTR Brakes: Some of the most popular and proven trail brakes on the market.

– Ibis Carbon Wheels

– XX1 Eagle AXS wireless shifting

XX1 Build Frequent Swaps

Common swaps:

Brakes: For riders looking for more brake modulation but with equivalent power to the M9100 XTR brakes we offer Magura and Hope products.

Headset: Upgrade to the Cane Creek 110 or Chris King from the stock 40.

Cranks: Cane Creek eeWings – a popular upgrade to the Exie that ties into its heritage.

Cockpit: If you have a cockpit you like let’s get it on the bike. Depending on your weight you might prefer a 35mm cockpit setup.

Seating: Like cockpit, if you have a saddle or seatpost you love its a common change across all the builds.

Ibis Exie XX1 Spec:

Fork
FOX Factory 34 StepCast Fit 4 Remote, 120mm, 44mm Offset, 29″, 110x15mm

Shock
FOX Factory Float DPS with Remote, 190x45mm

Wheels
Ibis S28 Carbon Rims/ 29″ / Industry Nine Hydra Hubs

Tires
Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4″ EXO

Brakes
Shimano XTR M9100, 2 piston

Brake Rotors
Shimano RT-MT900 180/160

Cranks
SRAM XX1 Eagle Dub Spindle, 30t Alloy Ring
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm

 Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB BSA

Rear Derailleur
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS

Shift Levers
SRAM XX1 AXS

Cassette
SRAM XG1299 10-52t

Chain
SRAM XX1 Eagle

Headset
Cane Creek 40: IS 41 upper, IS 52 lower

Grips
Lizard Skin Charger Evo

Handlebar
Enve M6 780mm

Stem
Enve MTN Stem 31.8
S/M: 35mm, L/XL: 50mm

Seatpost
SRAM Reverb AXS
S: 125mm, M: 150mm, L/XL: 170mm

Saddle
WTB Silverado 142

Exie X01 Complete

12sp Eagle X01 with Ibis 933 Aluminum wheels and XT 2 piston brakes.

MSRP: $7,999

*shown with a mix kit – actual spec varies see below

X01 Build Highlights

– Shimano XT 8100 2 piston brakes

– Long lasting SRAM X01 drivetrain

X01 Build Frequent Swaps

There are some common upgrades and swaps to the Exie X01 kit:

Brakes: For riders looking for more modulation than the Shimano brakes provide we offer both Magura and Hope products.

AXS: Can’t hate that wireless update…

Cockpit: If you have a cockpit you like let’s get it on the bike. 35mm handlebar and stems are a very common upgrade to this kit.

Seating: Like cockpit, if you have a saddle or seatpost you love its a common change across all the builds.

Carbon Wheels: We work with a variety of carbon rim brands and our hand builders can set you up with the perfect rim / spoke / hub combo to compliment your riding.

Ibis Exie X01 Spec:

Fork
FOX Factory 34 StepCast Fit 4 Remote, 120mm, 44mm Offset, 29″, 110x15mm

Shock
FOX Factory Float DPS with Remote, 190x45mm

Wheels
Ibis 933 Aluminum Rims / Ibis Hubs*
*upgrade available: Ibis S28 Carbon Rims/ 29″ / Industry Nine Hydra Hubs

Tires
Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4″ EXO

Brakes
Shimano XT M8100, 2 piston

Brake Rotors
Shimano RT-86 180/160

Cranks
SRAM X01 Eagle Dub Spindle, 30t Alloy Ring
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm

 Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB BSA

Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle

Shift Levers
SRAM X01 Eagle

Cassette
SRAM XG1295 10-52t

Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle

Headset
Cane Creek 40: IS 41 upper, IS 52 lower

Grips
Lizard Skin Charger Evo

Handlebar
Ibis Carbon HiFi 31.8, 800mm

Stem
Industry Nine A318
S/M: 40mm, L/XL: 50mm

Seatpost
Bike Yoke Revive
S: 125mm, M: 160mm, L: 185mm, XL: 213mm
note: 250lb rider weight limit

Saddle
WTB Silverado 142

Exie XT Complete

The popular XT drivetrain and brake combo produces an ultra smooth shifting (and riding) XC Endurance and Trail ripper.

MSRP: $7,999

XT Build Highlights

– 12sp Shimano Drivetrain. Excellent shifting feel.

– Ibis 933 wheels

– Shimano XT brakes – some of the most popular on the market.

XT Build Frequent Swaps

There are some common upgrades and swaps to the Exie XT kit:

Brakes: For riders looking for more modulation than the Shimano brakes provide we offer both Magura and Hope products.

Cockpit: If you have a cockpit you like let’s get it on the bike. 35mm handlebar and stems are a very common upgrade to this kit.

Seating: Like cockpit, if you have a saddle or seatpost you love its a common change across all the builds.

Carbon Wheels: We work with a variety of carbon rim brands and our hand builders can set you up with the perfect rim / spoke / hub combo to compliment your riding.

Ibis Exie XT Spec:

Fork
FOX Factory 34 StepCast Fit 4 Remote, 120mm, 44mm Offset, 29″, 110x15mm

Shock
FOX Factory Float DPS with Remote, 190x45mm

Wheels
Ibis 933 Aluminum Rims / Ibis Hubs*
*upgrade available: Ibis S28 Carbon Rims/ 29″ / Industry Nine Hydra Hubs

Tires
Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4″ EXO

Brakes
Shimano XT M8100, 2 piston

Brake Rotors
Shimano RT-86 180/160

Cranks
Shimano XT M8100, 30t Alloy Ring
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm

 Bottom Bracket
Shimano XT MT800

Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100 Shadow Plus 12 Sp

Shift Levers
Shimano XT M8100

Cassette
Shimano XT 10-51t

Chain
Shimano XT M8100

Headset
Cane Creek 40: IS 41 upper, IS 52 lower

Grips
Lizard Skin Charger Evo

Handlebar
Ibis Carbon HiFi 31.8, 800mm

Stem
Industry Nine A318
S/M: 40mm, L/XL: 50mm

Seatpost
Bike Yoke Revive
S: 125mm, M: 160mm, L: 185mm, XL: 213mm
note: 250lb rider weight limit

Saddle
WTB Silverado 142

 

Common Ibis Exie Upgrades

Common Upgrades on the Exie

All of the Ibis Factory Builds spec a great bike – but we do see some familiar swaps and upgrades to the Exie:

Brakes – Magura and Hope are the changes for riders prefer more modulation.

35mm Cockpits – depending on rider size you may prefer the 35mm cockpit options. Lighter riders may prefer the 31.8mm but have a favorite bar or stem swap.

Oval Chain Rings – want to find any advantage uphill you can? Oval chain rings have drastically grown in popularity. Chat with our team about the details on what makes these rings slightly more efficient and easier on your joints.

More USA Made Bits: With a US frame we see a lot of riders trying to get as many homemade bits on their build as possible. Wolf Tooth, Industry Nine, Chris King, etc

Do you know other things you’re interested in? Let us know! We have special savings available for clients who buy bikes on all of the soft goods and bits you need to get on trail with your new Ibis Exie.

Compare Ibis Exie Geometry

Open the tab to the right to display our interactive mtb geometry comparison.

You can compare bottom bracket, chainstay, wheelbase, headtube angle, trail, reach and stack

Ibis Exie: Comparative Bikes

The Exie is at home in XC Endurance and trail riding. 100mm rear travel with 120mm fork put it on the “smaller” side of full suspension bikes these days. Being made in the USA is a big sales point.

So, the Exie sits a bit in its own world frankly. But, what else should be on your review list

Ibis’ Ripley is a slightly larger bike with a similar personality thanks to the DW Suspension. Yeti’s SB120 comes in as a “bigger” bike more with higher speed and gnar capacity as well.

Mondraker’s Raze parallels the Ripley and 120 as slightly bigger in personality than the Exie. The Mondraker Podium however is an interesting bike similar to the Exie that you may want to review.

(note: 2023 product is under construction – if you don’t see it contact us today!)

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