Comparing the Ibis Ripley LS vs. Ripmonate collins
Comparing the Ibis Ripley LS vs. Ripmo: We asked one of our longtime BikeCo clients to give us a writeup after riding the Ripmo at the recent Ibis Demo.
Leif is an experienced rider who frequents Santiago Oaks, Aliso / Laguna, Whiting Ranch, San Juan Trail – a wide variety of our local SoCal trails.
I’ve been on the Ripley LS 3 for a little over a year now. For the majority of riding I do the LS has been a perfect one-bike quiver.
I built mine with a 140mm fork to slacken it a touch and with an extra bit of bailout travel. Even with the slightly altered geometry, this bike climbs amazing. It is quick to accelerate while the steering feels nimble and precise. That precision comes into play when the bike’s pointed downhill.
The Ripley feels planted at speed, but it does lose some stability going all out full-tilt-boogie. However, at 40 years old I’m less interested in trying to take a KOM and more interested in having fun without crashing (too hard).
So, while I still appreciate going fast that speed capacity can’t come at the expense of flick-ability. The Ripley is capable of blasting over decent chunk while being playful enough to allow creative line choices or hitting the new hip or whatever on the side of the trail.
The bottom line on the Ripley is it’s notably agile, which was surprising to me, as every other 29er I had ridden felt like I had to plan my lines two turns in advance.
Based on the year riding the Ripley, I expected the Ripmo to just be a burlier revision. I guessed the Ripmo would handled straight-line speed better but made sacrifices when it came to climbing efficiency and agility.
And I was right. At least somewhat.
The Ripmo climbed better than what I was expecting, though it did not quite have the same level of acceleration as the Ripley, especially in technical sections. Still, it was an impressive climber given its travel and intended purpose.
Which brings me to descending. It was immediately noticeable that the Ripmo was more stable and surefooted at speed, but to my surprise, it was still agile and playful.
Although I didn’t ride anything that required all its travel, I felt like the Ripmo exited drops and rough sections with more speed than what I’m used to on the Ripley.
So while I won’t be looking to trade in my Ripley any time soon, if I was in the market for a new bike right now, I’d be very tempted by the Ripmo.
Sure, it may be overkill for most of what I usually ride, but I also can’t picture myself riding any place where the bike would feel out of place.
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