Compare Ibis Ripley Kits

From down-country, trail and into light enduro staple the Ibis Ripley is a confident 29er that’s a blast on your after work rip or a bigger adventure ride. The Ripley is a 120mm travel frame that is paired with 130 or 140mm forks. Compare Ibis Ripley Kits here. We’ll go over the GX, SLX, XT, GX Transmission to XX Transmission builds. Keep reading to investigate common upgrades or part swaps across the Ripley lineup.

Ibis Ripley in Bad Apple Red or Drywall

So what are the differences in the Ibis Ripley Kits?

Various builds are available across a range of price points while maintaining the performance riders expect from an Ibis bike. Scroll down to compare the builds as well as learn about common upgrades and part swaps to dial in your Ripley’s personality.

Find links to kit specific pages with additional details. Read about common swaps and upgrades. Compare Ripley geometry between sizes as well as other class leading bikes from Ibis, Mondraker, Nukeproof and Yeti.

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Let’s dive into the Ripley GX, SLX, XT, GX Transmission and XX Transmission builds from Ibis.

Ibis Top Tier Carbon & FOX Factory Suspension

Each Ripley kit begins with the same details. Ibis’ top tier carbon frame as well as FOX Factory suspension.

Unlike some brands Ibis feature top tier carbon fiber layup across all price level kits. This is advantageous as riders benefit from lighter weight, a more vibrant feel as well as a longer service life.

Both fork and shock on the Ripley are FOX Factory offerings. FOX Factory suspension features the Kashima coating as well as the most advanced dampers on the market.

On the fork riders find the GRIP2 damper. This damper provides controls for high and low sped compression as well as rebound.

The DPS shock provides riders with rebound, climb switch as well as 3 positions of low speed compression adjustment to the Open mode.

Ibis Ripley V4S Build Kit
GX SLX XT GX Transmission XX Transmission
Fork FOX Factory 34, 130mm FOX Factory 34, 130mm FOX Factory 34, 130mm FOX Factory 34, 130mm FOX Factory 34, 130mm
Shock FOX Factory DPS with EVOL, 190x45mm FOX Factory DPS with EVOL, 190x45mm FOX Factory DPS with EVOL, 190x45mm FOX Factory DPS with EVOL, 190x45mm FOX Factory DPS with EVOL, 190x45mm
Rims Blackbird Send Alloy Blackbird Send Alloy Blackbird Send Alloy Blackbird Send Alloy Ibis Carbon
Hubs Ibis Logo Ibis Logo Ibis Logo Ibis Logo i9 Hydra Centerlock
Front Tire Maxxis DHR2 2.4″ EXO Maxxis DHR2 2.4″ EXO Maxxis DHR2 2.4″ EXO Maxxis DHR2 2.4″ EXO Maxxis DHR2 2.4″ EXO
Rear Tire Maxxis Dissector 2.4″ EXO Maxxis Dissector 2.4″ EXO Maxxis Dissector 2.4″ EXO Maxxis Dissector 2.4″ EXO Maxxis Dissector 2.4″ EXO
Brakes SRAM G2 R, 4-piston Shimano SLX M7120 Shimano XT M8120 SRAM Code RSC, 4-piston Shimano XTR M9120 4 piston
Rotors SRAM Centerline 180mm Shimano SM-RT66 203/180mm Shimano SM-RT66 203/180mm SRAM 6-bolt 200/180mm Shimano RT-M900 203/180mm
Cranks SRAM NX Eagle 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm Shimano SLX M7120 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm Shimano XT M8100 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm SRAM GX Eagle 30t SRAM XX Eagle Transmission AXS 30t
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB Shimano SLX BB52 Shimano XT MT800 SRAM DUB SRAM DUB
Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle Shimano SLX M7100 Shimano XT M8100 SRAM GX Eagle Transmission SRAM XX Eagle Transmission AXS
Shifter SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX M7100 Shimano XT M8100 SRAM GX Eagle Transmission SRAM XX Eagle Pod Controller
Cassette SRAM XG 1275, 10-52t Shimano SLX, 10-51t Shimano XT, 10-51t SRAM XG 1275, 10-52t Transmission SRAM XX Eagle Transmission, 10-52t
Chain SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX M7100 Shimano XT M8100 SRAM GX Eagle Transmission SRAM XX Eagle Transmission Flattop
Chain Guide N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Headset Cane Creek 40: ZS44/ZS56 Cane Creek 40: ZS44/ZS56 Cane Creek 40: ZS44/ZS56 Cane Creek 40: ZS44/ZS56 Cane Creek 40: ZS44/ZS56
Grips Lizard Skins Charger Evo Lizard Skins Charger Evo Lizard Skins Charger Evo Lizard Skins Charger Evo Lizard Skins Charger Evo
Handlebar Blackbird Aluminum, 780mm Blackbird Aluminum, 780mm Ibis HiFi, 800mm Ibis HiFi, 800mm Ibis HiFi, 800mm
Stem Ibis 31.8 Ibis 31.8 Industry Nine A318 Industry Nine A318 Industry Nine A318
Seatpost KS Rage-I, 31.6mm (125, 150, 170mm) Bike Yoke Revive, 31.6 (125, 160, 185, 213mm) Bike Yoke Revive, 34.9 (125, 160, 185,213 mm) Bike Yoke Revive, 34.9 (125, 160, 185, 213mm) SRAM Reverb AXS 34.9 (125, 150, 170mm)
Saddle WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm WTB Silverado, Ti 142mm
Upgrades i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400 i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400 i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400 i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400

Key Ibis Ripley Kit Differences

Ibis offers the Ripley in two Shimano kit as well as three SRAM build kits.

Shimano SLX and XT Kits

Shimano bikes are known for their crisp shifting. Both the SLX and XT bikes feature 12sp drivetains with 10-51t cassettes.

XT components are slightly lighter than their SLX counterparts. The XT bits also feature slightly more exotic materials for both weight saving and service life.

Handlebar and stem are other differences in the build. XT builds provide Ibis’ carbon handlebar and i9 stems. The SLX bikes are spec’d with Ibis aluminum components.

SRAM GX, GX Transmission and XX Transmission

Ibis offers great value with their Ripley GX bikes. The GX builds are very rideable, cost-conscious options. Here is a bike you can order and enjoy without “needing” any upgrades. Some of this is based around the top tier FOX Factory suspension and top quality carbon fiber frame.

Other manufacturers may cut corners on suspension and frame for entry level bikes. Ibis knows your GX Ripley should have the same personality as much as any other spec Ripley. Particularly in these critical components.

The GX Transmission and XX Transmission feature the latest SRAM wireless shifting and drivetrain technology.

SRAM’s T-Type design is featured on both AXS Transmission specs. T-Type drivetrains are the strongest and longest lasting on the market.

SRAM Transmission also sets a new bar for auto setup and tuning options. Chat with our team about more advantages of the Transmission spec.

Differences between the GX Transmission and XX Transmission Builds

Riders find the XX Transmission bits are slightly lighter and  may feature more exotic materials. Carbon wheels and a wireless seatpost are the main upgrade factors on the Ripley XX Transmission bikes.

XX Transmission bikes have Ibis Carbon rims with i9 Hydra hubs. XX Transmission builds spec wireless SRAM Reverb AXS Seatposts.

With GX Transmission bikes riders find Ibis Aluminum Blackbird Send rims laced to Ibis hubs. (A popular option is upgrading to the Ibis Carbon rims and i9 hubs at times of purchase) Ibis’ GX Transmission builds also feature the Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost.

Common Ibis Ripley Upgrades

Ibis Ripley Upgrades and Swaps

Whether you’re shopping for a full custom Ibis Ripley or just need a couple tweaks to the Ripley build is your resource.

The Ibis Ripley is available in 5 kits, all of which are great “out of the box”. Really you won’t find any “no-go” components on the GX, SLX, XT, GX Transmission or XX Transmission Ripley builds. But, riders develop component preferences. BikeCo will get you that perfect part, in the right color to personalize the Ripley’s performance or look.

Common Ripley Upgrades

What are common Ripley swaps and upgrades at time of purchase? Let’s take a look. Some spec changes are personal preference. Others are budget or performance choices. Read on to see see where client’s often find upgrades to their new Ripley build. Already have questions? Chat, email or call our expert sales staff and we will help you buy the perfect Ibis Ripley.


A lot of riders gravitate to the longer 140mm fork option on the Ripley. Increasing the fork travel will slacken the headtube and slightly raise the bottom bracket. This gives the Ripley a bit more of an Enduro feel. Riders looking for a bit more punch in the Ripley will love that 140mm fork. Those looking for quicker handling or more of a down-country or XC feel will stay with the 130mm fork although some will prefer a FIT4 damper over the GRIP2 stock offering.

Rider Contact Points

Many riders have a go-to grip and pedal preference.

We can provide a range of grips with variable patterns, technology and shape to improve your riding. There might even be a grip in a color to set off your Drywall or Bad Apple Red Ripley.

New build – new pedals? We have the best clipless and flat options for a wide range of riding styles.


Another preference riders develop is “must-have” tire spec. This is one of the most common swaps on builds from any manufacturer. With notable performance differences between tread pattern, compound and sidewall lets make sure we get you on the perfect tire setup.

Many Ripley riders are looking for faster tires than the spec’d DHR II front and Dissector rear. What are popular specs? DHF front, DHR II rear or DHF front and Aggressor rear. Depending on your weight, terrain and level of aggression you might consider more robust sidewalls as well. EXO Plus and Double Down tires are popular options for riders looking for more robust protection or additional damping.

Looking for rim protection? We have that covered too.


A common swap or upgrade to Ibis Factory Spec bikes are the handlebars and stem. Many riders swap to a 35mm diameter combo over the stock 31.8mm options.

Getting the fit correct is important to your Ripley’s performance. Handlebar rise and overall stiffness also improve the personalization and performance of your bike. Looking for suggestions? We have the best in the market from OneUp, Tag, Renthal and Raceface.

Chat with our team about hand positioning, carbon versus aluminum as well as advantages of the right handlebar rise on your new rig.


This is one of the most common swaps or upgrades on any bike. Brakes that compliment your riding style and preference make a huge difference on trail. We offer class leading options in a variety of price points from Hope, Magura, Shimano and TRP.

Shimano brakes are very popular and are spec’d on several of the build options. Shimano brakes have good overall power with quick lever throw. This produces a brake with a strong feel.

TRP brakes are similar to the Shimano lineup. The TRP brakes provide a touch more overall power and extra modulation compared to Shimano offerings.

Riders who prefer a bit more modulation or “feel” to their brakes gravitate towards Hope and Magura.

The latest Hope Tech 4 updates have improved their power. This puts the Hope Tech 4 in the Shimano and Magura range for overall power while retaining the excellent modulation Hope has been known for.

Magura brakes are the most frequent swap or upgrade across all Ibis builds. Riders who appreciate modulation and power will find Magura excellent in both aspects. Magura offers models with across a wide price range allowing budget friendly swaps or upgrades. Riders looking for the most adjustability or tuning for their brakes will shop the MT7 with HC3 levers.

Custom Wheels

Handbuilt or custom wheels are another popular upgrade no matter what brand you’re shopping. Custom wheels allow riders to spec a rim, spoke and hub combination as well as build specifics for the ultimate performance.

Custom wheels for Ibis builds usually feature slightly narrower rim options. This will decrease the volume slightly as well as shifting the tire’s shape to provide more grip in high lean cornering. We see many riders work with NOX carbon or WTB, Factor and RideFast alloy options.

Riders also will find traction from using the right spokes and build techniques. Our team will help you define this at time of purchase to ensure you maximize performance and longevity.

Popular hubs from Chris King, Industry Nine, Onyx and Factor are spec’d on Ibis Ripley builds. All of these hubs are available in a range of colors to highlight your build.

Wireless Shifting

While the XX AXS and GX AXS kit feature the new SRAM Transmission the GX and even the SLX and XT are popular options for the standard AXS upgrade. Equally popular are the GX or X01 AXS kits for this purpose.

Chat with our team about mating the GX AXS with Shimano Drivetrains.

Pro Tune Suspension

Take your bike’s performance to the next level with our proprietary Pro Tune Suspension. Our team will custom tune your FOX fork and rear shock and narrow the performance from the FOX Factory range to a more precise setup designed for your riding style, aggression, ground speed, size and terrain.

This is one of the biggest upgrades to any bike – having the suspension dialed in as well as having a resource like BikeCo to help you fine tune the bike at time of delivery and as your riding speeds increase!

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension – because Every Click Counts.

Dialing in the perfect Ripley Build

If you’re here to compare Ibis Ripley kits we’d expect you to develop questions! Our team is here to help you define what you need to take your bike build from “this is good” to “man, this is DIALED.” Email, call or chat on the website today.

Ibis Ripley Geometry

The Ripley is offered in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. This gives riders from 5’0″ to 6’6″ options on the Ripley.

The 130mm fork creates a 66.5 degree headtube angle on the Ripley. A slightly slacker headtube is available with the 140mm fork.

Ibis’ shows the Ripley sizing crossover as fairly minimal. For instance the taller end of the medium is listed at 5’8″ while the lower end of the large is listed at 5’7″.

Ibis bikes like the Ripley are sized based rider height as well as leg and arm length. Riders who find their height in the cross-over of sizes will determine the better size based typically on inseam, flexibility and riding style.

Those with longer legs tend to upsize to improve riding position. This will increase the wheelbase and produce a bike with a bit more overall speed capacity that isn’t quite as snappy as a smaller option would be.

Riders with longer torsos or looking for a more “poppy” trail feel will tend to downsize. Although, with modern MTB frames designed to accommodate increased dropper post lengths riders who prefer the added wheelbase may upsize – so long as the reach doesn’t compromise stem size availability or put a rider “too far” over the front wheel.

The Ripley provides very similar jumps between sizes for the Stack, Reach and Top Tube. Standover height between Medium and Large has a notable difference for riders in that size range.

Wondering which bike provides you the best fit? Our expert team is here to help you define how your size, riding style, terrain and aspirations will effect your ideal sizing.

Ibis Ripley Geometry Chart
Small Medium Large X-Large
Reach 425mm 450mm 475mm 500mm
Stack 599mm 613mm 622mm 631mm
Head Tube Angle 66.5 deg 66.5 deg 66.5 deg 66.5 deg
Wheelbase 1147mm 1178mm 1207mm 1236mm
Effective Top Tube 574mm 603mm 630mm 658mm
Seat Tube Length 14.5 in 15 in 16.5 in 19 in
Effective Seat Tube Angle 76 deg 76 deg 76 deg 76 deg
Saddle Height at Saddle Offset 600mm 700mm 750mm 807mm
Head Tube Length 90mm 105mm 115mm 125mm
Bottom Bracket Height 335mm 335mm 335mm 335mm
Stand Over Height 708mm 712mm 742mm 755mm
Fork Travel 130mm 130mm 130mm 130mm
Trail 114mm 114mm 114mm 114mm

Compare the Ibis Ripley geo with other Ibis bikes as well as models from class leaders like Mondraker, Nukeproof and Yeti!

Enduro MTB Geo Comparison

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When you buy a bike from you’re not getting simply a forwarded box.

Our team goes through quality control checks, builds, tunes and provides a base setup for each bike. This allows us a better chance to find the rare mechanical warranty issue, to ensure that the linkage and bearings are properly setup.

A suspension setup guide is provided and our team will begin working with you to ensure as your riding develops with your new bike suspension settings, cockpit setup, tire pressures, etc are addressed to keep you progressing.

Since we build every bike we can also offer part swaps and upgrades our competition simply cannot!

Looking for different tires? Brakes? Cockpit or Seating? Not a problem. Our team is happy to help you. Chat with our sales team about during and after purchase incentives on riding gear and accessories as well!

Your new bike typically will arrive with an absolute minimum of work required to get you on the trails. Usually this involves installing the handlebars, adjusting the headset and mounting the front and rear wheel. It’s that easy – and if you have questions you have access to the sales team and a variety of videos from to help you.

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