Compare Ibis Ripmo AF Kits

The Ibis Ripmo AF is Ibis’ aluminum 29″ enduro bike. The Ripmo AF is a 147mm travel frame that typically mates with a 160mm fork. Available in Deore, GX, SLX and Frame Only options the aluminum Ripmo AF offers riders Ibis’ DW Suspension and Geo in a cost-conscious format. Keep reading to compare Ibis Ripmo AF Kits. We’ll highlight the builds as well as provide common swaps and upgrades to each kit. Scroll down to shop in-stock and available Ripmo AF completes.

Ibis Ripmo AF in Charcoal Grill (Black) and Dank Avocado (Green)

Compare the Ibis Ripmo AF Completes

The Ripmo AF is a bike designed to parallel the carbon Ripmo’s trail personality. Meaning? It’s a confident, comfortable bike in a wide range of terrain. Ibis’ spec options provide riders a lot of value across the board. In fact, many experienced riders would enjoy a Ripmo AF build with minor updates as a quiver bike as well. What updates might you consider on the Ripmo AF? Let’s take a look at the similarities, key differences as well as common swaps and upgrades in the tabs below.

Ibis Ripmo: Carbon or Aluminum

One of the first questions we’re asked is to define the trail differences between the Ripmo and the Ripmo AF.

You can scroll down to compare the geometry – overall they’re very close. The main difference is found between the aluminum and carbon fiber material.

Ibis makes a high quality aluminum bike. The Ripmo AF and Ripley AF have trail proven mileage and are ready for anything you’ll want to throw at it. The differences riders can feel will be weight, a bit of damping and vibrancy.

Weight matters, but most riders won’t choose one or the other simply based on weight.

Carbon fiber provides additional damping. This is based on the weaved material, the layup as well as shapes to transfer load that carbon lends itself to. The aluminum bike will transfer a bit more of the trail frequency to the rider. However, with carbon bars such as the OneUp or Tag models offering designed damping Ripmo AF riders can upgrade cockpit for improved damping.

Another material difference is found in how vibrant the frame will feel. Carbon bikes tend to have and maintain a bit more of a vibrant feel longer into their service life.

The only riders shopping aluminum that I ask to take a long look at the materials are, well riders like me! If you’re a heavier rider (I’m somewhere in the 260 range these days) the carbon fiber will stay vibrant notably longer. Heavier or really aggressive riders may find the aluminum will work harden, which ironically means it will get softer, and the bikes aren’t as crisp a couple seasons in.

Also, riders looking at a Ripmo AF with a 170mm fork might look at the carbon bike as well. The Carbon Ripmo can help with the modified geo as well as it is spec’d with the FOX Factory fork that is a popular 170mm option.

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Let’s examine the Ripmo AF Deore, GX and SLX builds from Ibis.

Ibis Ripmo AF Marzocchi Suspension

The Ripmo AF is now spec’d with the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 coil fork in 160mm travel.

Ibis ships the Ripmo AF with a medium spring in the Bomber, however, has you covered. Part of our industry leading setup and service includes installing the right spring for your weight and riding style.

The Ibis Ripmo AF is now spec’d with the Marzocchi Bomber Air rear shock as well.

Both the Bomber fork and Bomber shock will feature parts riders familiar with the FOX lineup will note such as the proven GRIP damper in the fork and many of the internals on the Bomber Air Shock.

Follow this link for more about the Ripmo AF Suspension Details (opens in new tab).

Ibis Ripmo AF Build Kits
Deore GX SLX
Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil, 160mm 29 Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil, 160mm 29 Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil, 160mm 29
Shock Marzocchi Bomber Air, 210x55mm Marzocchi Bomber Air, 210x55mm Marzocchi Bomber Air, 210x55mm
Rims Blackbird Send Alloy Blackbird Send Alloy Blackbird Send Alloy
Hubs Ibis Logo Ibis Logo Ibis Logo
Front Tire Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5, EXO Plus Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5, EXO Plus Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5, EXO Plus
Rear Tire Maxxis DHR II 29×2.4, EXO Plus Maxxis DHR II 29×2.4, EXO Plus Maxxis DHR II 29×2.4, EXO Plus
Brakes Shimano Deore M6120 SRAM G2 R, 4-piston Shimano SLX M7120
Rotors Shimano SM-RT66 203/180mm SRAM Centerline 203/180mm Shimano SM-RT66 203/180mm
Cranks Shimano Deore M6100 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm SRAM NX Eagle 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm Shimano SLX M7120 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm
Bottom Bracket Shimano SM BB52 SRAM DUB Shimano SLX BB52
Derailleur Shimano Deore M6100 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm SRAM GX Eagle Shimano SLX M7100
Shifter Shimano Deore M6100 30t S/M 170mm, L/XL 175mm SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX M7100
Cassette Shimano Deore M6100 10-51t SRAM XG 1275, 10-52t Shimano SLX, 10-51t
Chain Shimano Deore M6100 SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX M7100
Chain Guide N/A N/A N/A
Headset 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
Handlebar Blackbird Aluminum, 780mm Blackbird Aluminum, 780mm Blackbird Aluminum, 780mm
Stem Ibis 31.8 Ibis 31.8 Ibis 31.8
Seatpost KS Rage-I, 34.9mm (125, 150, 170, 213mm) KS Rage-I, 34.9mm (125, 150, 170, 213mm) Bike Yoke Revive, 34.9 (125, 160, 185, 213mm)
Saddle WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm WTB Silverado, CroMo 142mm
Upgrades i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400 i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400 i9 Carbon Wheelset add $1,400

Ibis Ripmo AF Kit Differences

The aluminum Ripmo AF is available in 3 kits. 2 Shimano options and a SRAM GX.

Shimano Deore and SLX Kits

SLX components will be a bit lighter than the Deore kit. Overall the performance in Shimano stays crisp across lineup, however the SLX kit tends to have a slightly longer service life.

The SLX kit also features the upgraded Bike Yoke Revive dropper post.

SRAM GX Complete

The Ripmo AF is available in a SRAM GX kit as well. Overall the SRAM cable drivetrains will shift in a wider range or adjustment than the Shimano offerings. The other side of this coin is while Shimano shifts quite smooth the SRAM drivetrains have a bit more thump to them.

A popular option for the GX complete, as well as the SLX build for some riders, is an upgrade to the GX AXS derailleur and shifter. Read more about this on the upgrade tab.

Common upgrades and swaps to the Ibis Ripmo AF build

Ibis Ripmo AF Upgrades and Swaps

Ibis spec’s a great kit. But, there are some common upgrades and swaps to the Ripmo AF builds. Let’s take a look at where clients can find added performance without breaking the bank.

Frankly there really aren’t any “no-go” parts for the Deore, GX or SLX Ripmo AF bikes. But, when it comes to a precise fit or personality there are a range of components buyers should review. At BikeCo we take pride feting that perfect part in the right color to personalize the Ripmo AF’s performance, fit or look.

Common Ripmo AF Upgrades

These upgrades will help you get the right fit or modify the trail performance of your bike. Our sales staff takes a lot of pride getting riders dialed in: if you have questions don’t hesitate to call, email or use the web chat. Having a better understanding of your size, riding style, typical terrain and aspirations will allow us to fine to a spec within your budget!

Rider Contact Points

Since there are so many pedal options and preferences your Ripmo AF doesn’t have a stock pedal. BikeCo offers the best selection of clipless and flat pedals as well as offers incredible pricing when purchased with a complete bike.

Flat pedals are available in a range of sizes and concave. Depending on the size of your foot or preference you may find that a general shape works better.

Clipless pedals are available with more or less “float” or lateral movement before they disengage. Shimano clipless pedals have minimal float while pedals like Time offer more motion and rotation prior to disengagement.

If you know your preference let’s get you dialed in with your favorite. Should you have questions on which pedals are right for you work with our sales team to understand the advantages of each model we carry.

Grips are another area of personal preference. The stock Ripmo AF grips work well – but if you have something you prefer we’re happy to get it for you.


Like contact points many riders develop a “go-to” tire spec. Tires are one of the most common swaps on any bike. With notable performance differences between tread pattern, compound and sidewall lets make sure we get you on the perfect tire setup.

More aggressive riders tend to gravitate to robust sidewalls. The Maxxis Double Down technology is popular. Along with the additional resistance to cuts or abrasion Double Down tires also improve damping.

Lighter riders or those in riding in less aggressive terrain may prefer the faster and quicker accelerating EXO sidewalls.

Those looking for a faster rolling tire spec gravitate to a Minion DHF front and DHR II or even an Aggressor rear tire.

Looking for rim protection? We have that covered too. CushCore Pro and XC are popular. Some riders prefer to mix and match. Chat with our team about rim protection options and advantages for aggressive riding.


Bars and stems are a very common swap or upgrade to the Ibis Factory Spec. Often a 35mm diameter combination is preferred to the stock 31.8mm options.

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.

Carbon bars are a very popular upgrade to the Ripmo AF. This gives the bike additional damping at the grips for a less fatiguing trail feel. Particularly the OneUp Carbon and Tag bars are popular for this purpose.

Chat with our team about hand positioning and the advantages of getting 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.

Wireless Shifting

RIpmo AF builds like the GX and the SLX are popular options for the standard  GX AXS upgrade.

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

Dialing in the perfect Ripmo AF Build

Still have questions? If you’re here to compare Ibis Ripmo AF kits we expect you to have questions! Don’t be shy, 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.”

Ibis Ripmo AF Geometry

The Ripmo AF is available in four size. Small, Medium, Large and X-Large options have riders from 5′ to 6′ 5″ covered.

Like other Ibis bikes the Ripmo AF size is determined by rider height as well as leg and arm length. Riders in the height cross-over of sizes will determine the ideal size from inseam, flexibility and riding style.

Longer leg riders will tend to upsize to improve riding position. This increases the wheelbase but allows for a shorter cockpit. These create a bike with a bit more overall speed capacity. Being less cramped in the cockpit allows riders a more comfortable, confident fit. The larger bike isn’t quite as snappy as a smaller option would be.

Riders with longer torsos or looking for a more “poppy, playful” feel will might 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.

If you have sizing questions on the Ripmo AF work with our team. They will help you understand how your size, riding style, terrain and aspirations will effect your choice.

Ibis Ripmo AF Geometry Chart
Small Medium Large X-Large
Reach 431mm 458mm 475mm 495mm
Stack 613mm 620mm 629mm 642mm
Head Tube Angle 64.9 deg 64.9 deg 64.9 deg 64.9 deg
Wheelbase 1185mm 1216mm 1237mm 1262mm
Effective Top Tube 573mm 603mm 632mm 655mm
Seat Tube Length 14.5 in 15 in 17 in 19 in
Effective Seat Tube Angle 77 deg 76 deg 76 deg 76 deg
Saddle Height at Saddle Offset 650mm 700mm 750mm 810mm
Head Tube Length 90mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Bottom Bracket Height 341mm 341mm 341mm 341mm
Stand Over Height 705mm 750mm 750mm 760mm
Fork Travel 160mm 160mm 160mm 160mm
Trail 125mm 125mm 125mm 125mm

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

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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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