Ripmo V2 is a rowdier Ibis 29er

Ripmo V2
Ripmo V2 is slightly slacker and longer (Image credit: Ibis)

Ibis has applied some new frame geometry details to create its Ripmo V2 carbon-fibre enduro bike.

The Santa Cruz-based bike brand revealed its Ripmo AF last year, which features an aluminium frame and more progressive geometry than its composite sibling.

Followers of the Ibis brand who desired the Ripmo AF’s geometry numbers, in combination with the mass and feel benefits of a carbon frame, will be thrilled with the company’s latest release.

Ibis has taken the AF’s angles and applied them to the Ripmo’s carbon-fibre frame to create the V2. This new 2020 bike still rolls on 29er wheels, yet most of the key frame specification numbers have changed.

The revised frame retains a Dave Weagle-designed linkage, but rear shock suspension travel has been increased ever so slightly, from 145- to 147mm. The front fork travel is unchanged, at 160mm, with all Ripmo V2s running a 44mm offset fork.

What should be of even greater appeal to those Ripmo riders who frequent the steepest and most technical descents, is that this V2 version is also compatible with air-shocks.

Ibis has changed the head angle on its Ripmo V2, slackening it by a single unit of measurement, to 64.9-degrees. The more relaxed head angle also allows for a longer front centre, with Ibis increasing Ripmo V2’s reach by a few millimetres. As a reference point, the size large now has 4mm more reach, at 475mm.

Other frame detail upgrades include new protective covers for the suspension linkage. These should prevent mud ingress and keep small rocks and pebbles from wedging between the carbon frame and those short links, which join the Ripmo V2s triangles.

Ripmo V2 frame-only pricing starts at $2,999. Ibis is also offering a grade of complete builds, priced from $4,399 to $9,299.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.