Ibis joins trail 29er crowd

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US company Ibis might be late to the 29er trailbike party, but it's making a heck of an entrance with the Ripmo.

So named beccause it contains elements of both the brand's Ripley and Mojo HD4 models, the Ripmo has a claimed sub-2.7kg frame weight and sports 145mm of DW-Link rear wheel travel.

The Ripmo is also a new approach for the brand in geometry terms. The reach is about 10mm longer than the already roomy HD4, and has clearance for a 170mm dropper along with an upright 76-degree seat tube angle. 

It'll handle 2.6-inch tyres, sports short chainstays and a 148mm Booost rear end as well as a threaded BB and bash guard, uses easy-access internal cable routing and offers the ability to run both a piggyback reservoir shock and a large water bottle at the same time.

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It does require the use of a 44mm offset fork, which is shorter/steeper than the regular 51mm offset fork. This combines with the bike's 65.9-degree head angle and long top tube to give it sharper steering response

A Shimano XT/Fox Factory 36 RC2/DXP2/alloy wheeled version will cost $8479 locally, while frames start at $4290. Test coming soon!

Check out Rowney Sports for more details

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