Ripley AF SLX Complete
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Check out the new 2023 Ibis Ripley AF SLX Complete. Review Spec, Compare sizing geometry, learn about popular upgrades and more!

The 2023 Ripley AF features an updated rear triangle, or Swing Arm. Scroll down for more on the revision and what the Ripley AF brings to your trail experience.
Read on for details on the Ripley AF SLX Complete, see Ripley AF models in-stock and in-bound bikes / frames, learn about popular upgrades and more…

Questions? Use the form below, chat, call 949-470-1099 or email CustomerService@BikeCo.com to chat with our sales team.


Ibis Ripley AF SLX Complete in Protein Shake (Chalk) and Mustard Stain (Pewter).
Like all Ibis bikes the colors look great here and EVEN BETTER in natural UV light…

What’s new on the Ripley AF?

Well, notably it’s the Swingarm. Ibis’ new rear triangle features some worthy updates.

SRAM UDH (Universal Derailleur Hanger: Consolidating SKUs means you can get a UDH when you need it at home or on a trip.

Changes that allow the revised 55mm chain line which utilizes a slightly wider rear end providing a stiffer chainstay for improved traction and tracking.

Continued improvements to the manufacturing and QC mean your aluminum bike has never been so detail oriented.

Ibis Ripley AF FOX Performance Suspension

The Ripley AF continues to spec the FOX Performance Float 34 fork as well as the FOX Performance Float DPS rear shock.

Riders looking for a more aggressive setup might look at the stiffer FOX 36 as well as 140mm fork travel options.

Wondering if that’s right for you? Chat with our team who can help you understand the advantages and compromises of the slacker headtube angle, slightly higher bottom bracket, increased trail measurement.


Read more about the FOX Performance spec below!

Ibis Ripley AF Fork Travel Options

130mm Ibis Ripley AF

The Ripley AF is spec’d with a 130mm FOX Performance fork. This provides the bike with it’s stock 65.5 degree headtube angle and 335mm bottom bracket height.

Riders looking for a little more aggressive setup may investigate the 140mm option.

140mm Ibis Ripley AF

Perhaps more than the additional 6% of travel the 10mm adds are the geometry modifications. Raising the front of the Ripley AF will slacken the headtube, increase the trail measurement and slightly lift the bottom bracket.

These are popular shifts for riders attacking terrain at higher speeds. The slightly slacker headtube helps to slow the steering input which mellows the bike at big speed. The compromise, everything has a compromise right, is that the bike isn’t quite as crisp in real tight sections..

Wondering which is right for you? Chat with our team today and we’ll help you define which riders benefit from which travel setup.

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 130mm setup 15% equals 20mm or about 0.8 inch of sag. 20% will use 26mm or about 1″ of sag.

Riders who choose the 140mm option will find the sag settings quite close to the 160. 15% is 21mm while 20% is 28mm. (as mentioned in the previous tab the additional travel is more about the geometry change than “more” travel).

Volume Spacers

The 130mm FOX 34 is factory spec’d with 2 volume spacers (bike manufacturers may or may not change this). The 130mm fork can carry a maximum of 5 volume spacers.

At 140mm the factory spec is 1 volume spacers with a maximum of 5.

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.

Marzocchi Z1 Coil Rebound Adjuster

FOX 34 GRIP Rebound Controls

The GRIP 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 Performance GRIP compression lever

FOX GRIP Compression Controls

The Performance GRIP offers a 3 position on-the-fly adjuster for Open, Mid and Firm.

FOX also offers micro-adjust detents between the settings.

Learn more about the Ripley AF FOX Performance DPS 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 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 Performance DPS Rebound Adjustment

FOX FLOAT Performance DPS 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 Performance DPS Compression Control

FOX Float Performance DPS Compression Controls

The Fox Float Performance DPS shock provides the blue 3 position switch which adjusts from Firm, Mid and Open. Also known as a “climb switch” the use of this is dependent on rider style, preference and terrain.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

Ripley AF SLX Complete

Shimano’s 12sp cost-conscious option without compromising trail performance.

MSRP: $3,999

SLX Build Highlights

The Shimano SLX complete provides great 12sp Shimano performance, Ibis Send Alloy wheels, FOX Performance suspension and an alloy cockpit.

Some of the highlights of the build include:

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

– Proven Blackbird Send Alloy Wheels

– Bike Yoke Revive Dropper Post (3 sizes available depending on frame size). The Revive has an external control to bleed and reset the post as needed.

SLX Build Frequent Swaps

Common swaps:

Brakes: Magura and TRP are the most common changes here. Magura has more modulation while the Shimano come on a bit stronger. Riders who like Modulation may gravitate to the revised Hope 4 options which bring notably more power to the Hope lineup. TRP brakes are gaining traction for riders who like the Shimano feel but may want a touch more modulation from the longer brake lever.

Chain Guide: add a chain guide for more aggressive riding

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

Cockpit: If you have a cockpit you like let’s get it on the bike. Or upgrade to a carbon bar or 35mm combination to find tune your SLX build.

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

Ibis Ripley AF SLX Spec:

FOX Performance Series Float 34, 130mm, 44mm Offset, 29″, 110x15mm

FOX Performance Series Float DPS, 190x45mm
S/M: Light Tune, L/XL: Standard Tune

Blackbird Send Alloy (Send I front, Send II rear) / 29″ / Ibis Hubs

Maxxis DHR2 2.4″ EXO (front), Dissector 2.4″ EXO (rear)

Shimano SLX M7100

Brake Rotors
Shimano SM-RT66 180

Shimano SLX M7100 24mm spindle, 30t Alloy Ring
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm

 Bottom Bracket
Shimano SLX BB52

Rear Derailleur
Shimano SLX M7100 Shadow Plus

Shift Levers
Shimano SLX M7100

Shimano SLX, 10-51T

Shimano SLX M7100

Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56

Lizard Skin Charger Evo

Ibis 780mm Alloy

Ibis 31.8mm
S/M: 40mm, L: 50mm, XL: 60mm

Bike Yoke Revive Dropper
S: 125mm, M: 160mm, L: 185mm, XL: 213mm.
Note there is a 250lb rider weight limit on this post.

WTB Silverado 142

Common Ibis Ripley AF Upgrades and Swaps

Common Upgrades on Ripley AF

Some of the most common upgrades on the Ripley AF, both at time of purchase as well as considerations down the line:

Brakes – Particularly on the NGX kit riders often swap to Magura or Shimano or upgrade to Hope, TRP or the higher end Magura and Shimano.

Carbon Handlebars – carbon handlebars aren’t so much about the weight savings but take advantage of the materials damping effects which minimize the amount of trail input going into your hands. Carbon bars are available in both 31.8 and 35mm diameters.

Chain Guides – when you’re riding hard adding a chain guide helps to retain the chain to the chain ring in the rough stuff.

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.

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 Ripley AF.

Compare Ibis Ripley AF 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 as well as learn more about rider’s reach and rider’s stack!

Ripley AF: Comparative Bikes

The Ripley AF is an aluminum bike that keeps its’ fast, flickable trail bikes comfort into the light and mid enduro realm.

What else should you be shopping? Well, there’s the Carbon Ripley which will save a bit of weight as well as have a bit more trail damping from the material properties.

With cutting edge DW Suspension with 120mm of rear travel and fork options at 130mm or a 140mm the Ripley is at home for all day rips as well as more aggressive trail attacks. The Ripley continues to improve it’s frame stiffness without dramatic weight compromises: making it a bike consumable by larger riders as well as the classic sized rider who’s always gravitated to the Ripley.

The DW Suspension Ripley is often shopped alongside two other acknowledged class leaders the Mondraker Raze and Yeti. All of these bikes have geometry that’s comfortable and confident at speed while maintaining the “smaller / lighter” personality for quick changes in direction and efficient acceleration.

If you’re shopping a slightly smaller chassis the Ibis Exie, a carbon fiber bike made in the USA is worth an extended review.

Check out more bikes on our Bikes & Frames page or Shop In-Stock and In-Production Ripley AF Below

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

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