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Ibis Ripmo XT Build with Upgrades

Ibis Ripmo XT Build with Upgrades

Enjoy some shots of this Ibis Ripmo with updates. BikeCo has you covered across the board with the best in MTB from Ibis, Mondraker and Yeti.

Cockpit Setup on Ibis Ripmo

Shimano and Magura brakes are the go-to for a vast majority of riders. Shimano have a bit more “instant” bite while the Magura offers more modulation. Don’t know what’s right for you? Chat with our team about your preferences and we can get you dialed in.

FOX Pro Tune forks by

Custom suspension tuning is available on FOX forks and rear shocks. BikeCo’s proprietary Pro Tune services narrow the performance window of stock product to allow more finite controls and adjustment per rider. Size, ground speed, terrain and aggression help us get your suspension right in the sweet spot for you.

Shimano XT Build on Ibis Ripmo

Whether you’re shopping Shimano, like this XT build, or SRAM Ibis has a factory build for you. And BikeCo has all the parts to dial in your build. From your favorite brakes, tires or custom wheels we have you covered.

Industry Nine Stem with OneUp Components Carbon Handlebar

The most popular handlebar right now is the OneUp Components Carbon Handlebar. Designed to provide more small bump compliance without becoming “soft”. Shop the OneUp bar here and learn more about the details that set this bar apart.

Ibis Ripmo XT Build with Upgrades

In the market? Whether you’re looking for an Ibis Factory Complete, a build with some upgrades or a custom spec banger is here to dial you in. Shop in-stock and in-bound Ibis, Mondraker and Yeti bikes from!

Ibis Demo: Tues March 29 – Sat April 2

Ibis Demo Days: Tues 3/29/22 to Sat 4/2/22

BikeCo is excited to host the Ibis Demo Fleet Tuesday March 29 through Saturday April 2nd!

As we start to sway back into a more normalized retail experience it’s great to see the Ibis Demo Fleet here again.

Check the schedule and book your ride on an Ibis 29er: the Ripley (available in Small through X-Large) or the Ripmo (available in Small through X-Large).

To demo these bikes you’re going to need a valid drivers’ license, credit card, helmet and other riding gear. While Ibis does supply an assortment of pedals (typically Shimano clipless) we suggest that riders bring their own pedals to demo these bikes.

Demo bookings are shown below. To schedule your demo it’s best to call the shop at 949-470-1099 and speak with one of our team to get onto the list in real time!

Morning Demos can be picked up at opening, 10am or the evening prior after 5:30pm and are to be returned by 1:00pm. Afternoon Demos can be picked after 1:30pm and are to be returned by 5pm.


Ibis Demo Schedule: Tuesday 3/29 to Saturday 4/2

Ibis Bikes Available for Demo

Ibis’ demo fleet currently consists of the carbon fiber Ripley and carbon fiber Ripmo. You can read more about each model as well as how the carbon fiber and aluminum bikes compare below.

Custom Ibis Ripley with Float X

Ibis Ripley

The Ripley is a 120mm rear travel bike spec’d with a 130mm fork from the factory. Tagged “snappy, flickable, playful, fast, lightweight and versatile” by Ibis it’s going to be hard to argue against any of those points.

The Ripley is an exceptional trail bike and competent into some enduro terrain as well. Many local riders, or riders in other areas known for a bit burlier terrain, find that a 140mm air shaft swap on the fork produces a great feeling bike, slightly more relaxed headtube angle giving the bike a bit more punch.

Another aspect to the Ibis Ripley that widens it’s trail capacity is its ability to accommodate up to 2.6″ tires (depending on brand). While less riders are gravitating to the 2.6 – MANY riders enjoy adding traction and a bit more small bump compliance with tires in the 2.4 to 2.5″ range.

Ibis Ripmo

Ibis’ Ripmo was a bike that was able to blur the lines between a true EWS enduro machine and a bike you’ll want to pedal all day. 147mm of rear travel spec’d with a stock 160mm fork seems like a bike build to be comfortable in the chunk, and the Ripmo surly is. But, in a sort of sinister “I want to be a trail bike too” way the Ripmo pedals shockingly well for a “big” bike.

Like the Ripley the Ripmo can be slightly “over-forked” with a 170mm front end for a bit slacker headtube and a bit more punch through the rough stuff. FOX forks make this an easy option by swapping the air shafts.

Ibis AF: Aluminum versus Carbon

We get a lot of questions about the differences in the Ibis Aluminum and Carbon bikes. Let’s go through some of the most often asked queries between the carbon and AF bikes.


Aluminum weighs more than carbon fiber – pretty cut and dry right?

Looking at the Ibis site for their published numbers they show the carbon Ripmo at 6.74 lbs spec’d with an X2 shock (usually they weight Mediums, but it doesn’t say on the Ripmo page).

The RIpmo AF is published at 8.25 lbs in size M with a DVO Topaz Air shock.

Now, with and production weight there can be a notable +/- associated with it – so a bit of a grain of salt is needed in the weight comparison.

The Ripmo and Ripmo AF are listed at about 1.5 lbs difference or about a 20% difference depending on how you want to look at it.

So, 1.5 lbs (now, the larger bikes will have a bigger gap as there is more material used) but 1.5 lbs – what is that? Well water weighs 8.3 lbs per gallon according to the web so 1.5 lbs of water is 24 ounces. Or, the difference between a full and empty water bottle.

The Ripley and Ripley AF are harder to compare as the carbon Ripley published frame weight is without a shock while the Ripley AF’s weight is published with the shock. So, let’s assume its kinda in the same range as the Ripmo above.

Something else to consider on the weight – since a good deal of a bikes’ architecture is in the swing arm a good portion of the weight increase is actually pretty low on the bike’s center of gravity. That said, it’s also unsprung weight for those of you really getting into the full technical details.

Demo-ing the carbon but shopping the aluminum and want a concept of the difference? Bring an extra bottle!


I tend to break down MTB geo into a handful of measurements. Stack, Reach, Wheelbase and Headtube Angle all play a bit part of a bike’s personality.

Looking at the Ripley and Ripley AF let’s compare a size L.

Ripley: 622 stack, 475 reach, 1207 wheelbase, 66.5 degree headtube
Ripley AF: 622 stack, 475 reach, 1217 wheelbase, 66.5 degree headtube

I’m not exactly sure where the wheelbase stretch is as both bikes list the same fork spec, headtube angle, trail and chainstay length. I’m also doubtful that I could feel the 10mm, 1cm or 0.39″ difference…

Ripmo: 628 stack, 475 reach, 1238 wheelbase, 64.9 degree headtube
Ripmo AF: 629 stack, 475 reach, 1237 wheelbase, 64.9 degree headtube

The Ripmo AF and Ripmo have slightly different fork spec’s but are relatively close with the exception that the Ripmo carbon will have a bit more trail with the FOX fork.

Custom Ibis RipmoAF Build King Nox


One of the best things about Ibis is the lack of any proprietary bits. This means you can spec or upgrade your Ibis down the line with any number of options whether you choose the carbon or aluminum bikes. In fact, we’ve seen a LOT of banger aluminum bikes come out of the shop over the years with carbon wheels, FOX Factory suspension, etc, etc.

A difference between the aluminum and carbon bikes is the stock suspension.

The carbon Ripley is spec’d with the FOX Factory DPS rear shock and FOX Float 34 Factory fork across all of the builds. The Ripley AF is spec’d with the Fox Performance DPS and FOX Performance 34 fork.

With the Factory options riders have extra compression tuning availability on both the rear shock and fork.

On the Ripmo carbon the spec is the FOX Float X2, the most sought after rear shock for enduro riding as it has high and low speed rebound as well as high and low speed compression adjustments.

The Ripmo AF is spec’d with the DVO Topaz.

Carbon versus Aluminum: On Trail, the “Feel”

If I was forced to list a single notable difference between the aluminum and carbon bikes (and in fact, this same thing applies between the bikes with top tier carbon fiber and lower models in a secondary carbon) the carbon bike (or better carbon) has some additional “vibrance” on trail.

Carbon bikes will have a bit more “pop” to them while at the same time taking out some of the trail chatter. Seems kinda magic to get both right?

I’ve never really looked at the actual material data to try to wrap my head around it. I would imagine it has something to do with properties related to yield or plastic deformation. Since carbon doesn’t have a plastic deformation per se compared to metals – plastic deformation or yield being when something is loaded beyond capacity to return to the normal shape and takes a bend – it’s likely that has something to do with the ratio of stiffness to ultimate strength (or when things go BANG).

Carbon also lends itself to complex shapes which when appropriately designed can be used to absorb, deflect and flow stresses more uniformly. That said, there’s some amazing stuff available with aluminum hydroforming as well.

What makes Carbon and Aluminum Ibis Bikes Class Leaders?

Geometry. Suspension Design. Capacity for customization.  Attention to manufacturing details. Really the things that make an Ibis and Ibis are what sets both their aluminum and carbon fiber bikes apart.

Whether you’re shopping an aluminum bike starting in the low $3,000 range or prefer the carbon bikes starting in the low to mid $5,000 range BikeCo can dial in your Ibis dream bike. Chat with our sales team about which bike, specs and setup are best for your riding. – The Best in MTB.

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Ibis Ripmo with RideFast LocoMoto Rims

Ibis Ripmo with RideFast Rims

Enjoy some shots of this Ibis Ripmo with RideFast LocoMoto rims laced to Industry Nine hubs.

This build started with the Ibis XT Complete. The XT Ibis build features the 1×12 HyperGlide + drivetrain as well as Shimano’s most popular 4 piston XT brakes.

From there our team worked with the client to understand their riding needs to dial in the spec.

Industry Nine Hubs on RideFast LocoMoto rims

Industry Nine Hubs on RideFast Rims

The industry Nine Hydra hubs provide riders quick engagement, a variety of awesome colorways and are Made in the USA.

RideFast LocoMoto rims are a cost conscious aluminum option with attention to detail across the design. In particular these LocoMoto rims feature a 30mm internal rim width, a popular width for a lot of riders.

Slightly narrower than the stock Ibis 35mm internal width rims the LocoMoto creates a bit more radius on the mounted tire’s shape.

RideFast LocoMoto rim with tire mounted

Rim Width: Cornering & Support

Wider rims benefit many riders providing increased volume which allows a lower PSI to support the same weight. This lower PSI allows more conformity in the tire which translates to increased grip.

The other side of the coin with wider rims is the effect on cornering lugs. The wider mounting surface slightly “squares off” the tire pulling the cornering lugs more vertical. This can compromise traction during high lean angle corners.

Narrower rims, and when we say “narrow” we mean the kind of 29-33 range these days, with the increased tire radius pull the cornering knobs outside of the sidewall shape. This allows riders to lean deep into corners without riding past the cornering knobs.

The lower volume of a narrower rim will require greater PSI for support. This can compromise traction if it takes so much pressure to keep you off the rims that the tire can’t conform and stick to the trail. This is where the wide range of sidewall support options helps dial in performance by the way.

CushCore: Support & Protection

An option to help keep your rims true and minimize snake bite tire cuts is to add CushCore rim protection to your setup.

CushCore protection is available in both PRO and XC. Many riders mix and match or run only one CushCore depending on their requirements.

You can shop rim protection options here or use the chat, email or call and our team will help dial you in.

Ibis Ripmo with RaceFace Stem and Bars

Other Popular Upgrades

Have other ideas for your dream build? Stoked! We can help you dial them in.

Popular upgrades include cockpits, like the 35mm RaceFace shown above, frame protection, and brakes.

Wondering about your dream bike’s availability? Check out what we have in-stock, in-production (soon to be available) and in-bound here.


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Custom Ibis Ripmo: AXS, King, Magura

Custom Ibis Ripmo with SRAM AXS, Chris King and Magura Brakes

Custom Ibis Ripmo: SRAM AXS, Chris King, Magura

Enjoy some shots of this Ibis Ripmo before it heads to it’s new home. This Custom Ibis Ripmo features SRAM AXS, Chris King, Magura brakes and more.

SRAM AXS technology has proven robust and reliable. We’ve put a lot of riders out on the XX1 and X01 setups with great results. Crisp performance, excellent battery life and the clean lines without shifting or adjustable seatpost cables are most often mentioned as favorites with the AXS drivetrain and Reverb AXS seatpost.

RockShox Reverb Controller


The RockShox Reverb AXS controller and Magura MT7 brake could be paired with a Magura specialty mount for an even cleaner look. However, the upside to individual clamp mounts is improved finite adjustability. Which would you choose? (good problems to have either way right?)


RaceFace Kash Money Stem


The RaceFace Kash Money stem is a great colorway to accent a lot of builds. Imagine this stem with the new SRAM copper drivetrain…

Chris King inset headsets reduce load on the frame being a “one and done” product. With simple service your headset will easily last the frame’s service life.

This build features 30mm of  spacers so the rider can dial in the perfect setup. Modern bikes have tended to run taller cockpit setups for improved power transfer particularly in steep chutes.  When your handlebars are too low in steep terrain the bike will feel like it’s trying to “suck” out under you. Having your hands in a proper “power” position gives you the leverage to aggressively push through the steeps.

Handbuilt wheels by


Ibis S35 Carbon rims laced to Chris King hubs


Ibis S35 carbon rims are a popular option for riders looking for a bit more compliance in their carbon hoops. Definitely not “noodle-y” the Ibis rims allow lighter riders or those without the ground speeds for ultra rigid options to improve small bump compliance and tire tracking. The Ibis’ rims are so popular it’s common to see them on other frame manufactures builds as well! On this build the Ibis rims are laced to Chris King hubs with DT Swiss Competition spokes.


Magura MT7 4 piston caliper detail


Magura brakes provide riders excellent modulation, power, long service intervals as well as tuneability with a variety of levers, rotors, rotor sizes and pad compounds. The most popular lever for the Magura MT7 brakes is currently the HC3 offering. The Magura HC3 brake lever provides easy leverage ratio as well as fit adjustment. The HC3 lever’s clear adjustment lines give riders a reference point to fine tune performance.

Another popular feature on the Magura brakes are the removable piston accents. Many riders pop these out for a quick spray paint or paint pen customization!


Chris King and SRAM Logos on wheel build


More popular components here at BikeCo. Chris King hubs are made in the USA, provide great engagement and with simple service are essentially lifetime hubs. DT Swiss spokes provide riders the most consistency production run to run. DT’s wire selection and manufacturing mean their spokes are second to none in terms of mechanical performance attributes.  SRAM Eagle cassettes are now available in 10-52t configurations as well as the 10-50t. The difference is the 52t requires the newer derailleur pulleys (which are larger). These are available on all AXS derailleurs as well as the new MAX mechanical derailleurs.


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Ibis Ripmo V2 NX Complete Pics & Weight

Ibis Ripmo V2 NX Complete

Ibis Ripmo V2 NX Complete Pics & Weight


Ibis Ripmo V2 NX Build

The new Ibis Ripmo V2 features revised geometry including a slacker head tube angle. With the more linear DW Suspension the Ripmo can now be run with a coil shock as well. However, many clients will still enjoy the ultimate tuning capacity of air shocks like this Fox Factory Float X2. (You may find yourself running a bit more volume spacing in the air shock to compensate for the linear suspension design. But you may like the more plush feel too!)

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Custom Ibis Ripmo V2 Build

Custom Ibis RIpmo V2 build by

Custom Ibis Ripmo V2 Build

Enjoy some photos of this custom Ibis Ripmo V2 build! The Ibis Ripmo V2 features updated geometry as well as a revised DW link suspension. This custom Ripmo V2 by is highlighted with some of the very best components in MTB.

A variety of purple components by Industry Nine, Hope, Wolf Tooth as well as Chris King contrast the Ibis Star Destroyer Grey frame. Continue reading Custom Ibis Ripmo V2 Build

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Aluminum Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis Ripmo AF Red Savina Frame Detail 1

Aluminum Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis Cycles aluminum Ripmo AF are going to get, and keep, more people riding MTB. Bold statement? Nah, I don’t feel out on a limb on this one at all.

Ibis licenses one of the absolute best suspension designs. Creates confident bike geometries that perform in wide ranges of terrain and rider styles. Runs an efficient business model. These factors ensure your alloy Ibis Ripmo AF  is a great purchase.

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XX1 AXS Ibis Ripmo

9 6 19 Ibis Ripmo XX1 AXS Enve FB2

XX1 AXS Ibis Ripmo

Enjoy a couple shots of this banging XX1 AXS Ibis Ripmo build by BikeCo.

When it’s time to build a dream bike work with the best. Whether your dream build is wireless SRAM AXS, Chris King on Enve like this one, or an NX or GX setup BikeCo has you covered. Continue reading XX1 AXS Ibis Ripmo