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Our team will contact you to go over common questions including common part swaps / upgrades, tuning considerations, initial setup requirements, etc.
Your bike will be built and setup for you including delivery documentation to help you better understand and fine tune the bike’s performance.
Remainder of balance is due at pickup or prior to shipment.
Delivery consultation on-site or available by phone / video conference goes over FAQ on a new MTB or eMTB highlighting common questions on suspension setup, bedding brakes, bolt checks, cockpit and seating fit, etc.
Our team will follow up several times after delivery to help you better understand minute adjustments. And of course we’re always available by phone, email or chat!
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Ibis Exie XT Complete in Bug Zapper Blue and Cheat-O Orange.
Like all Ibis bikes the colors look great here and EVEN BETTER in natural UV light…
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!
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.
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 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 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.
Learn more about the Exie’s FOX Factory DPS Remote rear shock on these tabs!
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 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 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Exie XT Complete
The popular XT drivetrain and brake combo produces an ultra smooth shifting (and riding) XC Endurance and Trail ripper.
XT Build Highlights
– 12sp Shimano Drivetrain. Excellent shifting feel.
– Ibis 933 wheels
– Shimano XT brakes – some of the most popular on the market.
X01 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:
FOX Factory 34 StepCast Fit 4 Remote, 120mm, 44mm Offset, 29″, 110x15mm
FOX Factory Float DPS with Remote, 190x45mm
Ibis 933 Aluminum Rims / Ibis Hubs*
*upgrade available: Ibis S28 Carbon Rims/ 29″ / Industry Nine Hydra Hubs
Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4″ EXO
Shimano XT M8100, 2 piston
Shimano RT-86 180/160
Shimano XT M8100, 30t Alloy Ring
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm
Shimano XT MT800
Shimano XT M8100 Shadow Plus 12 Sp
Shimano XT M8100
Shimano XT 10-51t
Shimano XT M8100
Cane Creek 40: IS 41 upper, IS 52 lower
Lizard Skin Charger Evo
Ibis Carbon HiFi 31.8, 800mm
Industry Nine A318
S/M: 40mm, L/XL: 50mm
Bike Yoke Revive
S: 125mm, M: 160mm, L: 185mm, XL: 213mm
note: 250lb rider weight limit
WTB Silverado 142
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.
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!)