Ibis announce the new Exie, a more affordable version of its existing cross-country bike

The new Ibis Exie bike surrounded by woodland
(Image credit: Ibis)

Ibis has today launched a new more affordable version of their World Cup winning cross-country bike, the Exie. The existing Exie will be renamed the 'Exie USA 'as it's made in Ibis' Santa Cruz factory, while the 'new Exie' is hand-built in Vietnam.

The (new) Exie, will be available in three different builds – Shimano Deore, SRAM NGX (a mix of NX/GX), and Shimano SLX. All three versions run a 120mm Fox Float 34 Performance fork with a GRIP damper, which is combined with a Fox Float 34 Performance shock. The bikes all run on 29-inch wheels and come in two colorways, 'Bug-Zapper Blue' and 'Cheat-O Orange'.

The new Ibis Exie bike on a clifftop

The Exie's rear end uses a combination of bushes and bearings (Image credit: Ibis)

The bikes are designed with low standover heights, which combine with dropper posts with maximum travel, to give riders as much room to maneuver as possible and enable them to find a frame size with a corresponding reach that fits well. Standover heights start at a very low 722mm for the size small, while the biggest size (X-large) is 754mm is more akin to what you'd find on a small to medium-sized bike elsewhere.

The 67.2-degree head tube angle follows the industry-wise shift towards slacker XC front ends. However, the size-specific seat tube angles buck the current trend towards steeper angles and are relatively slack, with 73.8 degrees on the small and medium frames, 74.8 degrees on the large, and 75.8 on the X-large. Ibis reckons that a less upright seat tube helps to harness your strongest muscles and protect against knee strain.

A close up of the new Ibis Exie bike

Ibis have gone with as short a stem as possible and added the lost stem length to the reach (Image credit: Ibis)

Ibis Exie pricing and availability

Ibis have an expected date for the new Exie of "January 2023", which obviously is now. Pricing starts at $4,999 for the Deore and NGX models, with the SLX version costing $5,499. Rest of world pricing TBC.  For more info, head to Ibiscycles.com (opens in new tab)

Ibis Exie Deore spec

The new Ibis Exie Deore spec model

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  • Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance Series, Step-Cast, Grip, 120mm, 29", 110x15
  • Shock: Fox Float 34 Performance Series, DPS with EVOL, 190x45
  • Wheels: Ibis 933 aluminum rims with Ibis Logo hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis Recon Race, 29 x 2.4in, Exo/TR WT, front and rear
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore, M6100, two-piston, Shimano SM-RT66 rotors, F: 180mm/R: 160mm
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore, M6100, 30t Alloy Ring, 24mm Spindle, 175mm
  • Gears: Shimano Deore, M6100 Shadow Plus, 10-51 cassette
  • Handlebar: Ibis Aluminum, 780mm
  • Stem: Ibis 31.8 (40mm, 50mm depending on size) 
  • Seatpost: KS Rage-i dropper (125, 150, or 170mm)
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado
  • Price: $4,999

Ibis Exie NGX spec

The new Ibis Exie NGX spec bike

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  • Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance Series, Step-Cast, Grip, 120mm, 29", 110x15
  • Shock: Fox Float 34 Performance Series, DPS with EVOL, 190x45
  • Wheels: Ibis 933 aluminum rims with Ibis Logo hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis Recon Race, 29 x 2.4in, Exo/TR WT, front and rear
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore, M6100, two-piston, Shimano SM-RT66 rotors, F: 180mm/R: 160mm
  • Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle DUB, 30t Alloy Ring, S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm
  • Gears: SRAM GX Eagle derailleur, NX Eagle shifter, XG 1275, 10-52 cassette
  • Handlebar: Ibis Aluminum, 780mm
  • Stem: Ibis 31.8 (40mm, 50mm depending on size) 
  • Seatpost: KS Rage-i dropper (125, 150, or 170mm)
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado
  • Price: $4,999

Ibis Exie SLX spec

The new Ibis Exie SLX spec bike

(Image credit: Ibis)
  • Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance Series, Step-Cast, Grip, 120mm, 29", 110x15
  • Shock: Fox Float 34 Performance Series, DPS with EVOL, 190x45
  • Wheels: Ibis 933 aluminum rims with Ibis Logo hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis Recon Race, 29 x 2.4in, Exo/TR WT, front and rear
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore, M6100, two-piston, Shimano SM-RT66 rotors, F: 180mm/R: 160mm
  • Crankset: Shimano SLX, M7100, 30t Alloy Ring, 24mm Spindle, 175mm
  • Gears: Shimano SLX, M7100, Shadow Plus derailleur, SLX, M7100 shifter, SLX, 10-51 cassette
  • Handlebar: Ibis Aluminum, 780mm
  • Stem: Ibis 31.8 (40mm, 50mm depending on size) 
  • Seatpost: Bike Yoke Revive Dropper (125, 160 or 185mm)
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado
  • Price: $5,499
Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

Richard has worked as print and internet journalist for 22 years. He's the editor of the Bikeperfect.com team, having previous been editor of What Mountain Bike magazine and written for Bikeradar.com, MBUK.com, Off-Road.cc, Mountain Biking UK, Cycling Plus, as well as many other magazines and websites. Rich has been riding mountain bikes for over 30 years and mostly likes hitting flowy yet technical trails that point downhill. A jack of many trades, Rich has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance MTB races, not to mention also now adding gravel to his riding repertoire. A resident of North Devon, he can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield in the Quantocks, the Mendips or Exmoor. 


Current rides: Canyon Spectral:ON, Jamis Faultline A1, Vitus Substance VR

Height: 176cm

Weight: 70kg