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With its well balanced modern geometry, the Ripley is ready for any adventure. The long front end, slack head angle, and short rear end gives you the confidence to try new lines, while the steep seat tube angle and shorter offset fork makes it easy to maneuver technical climbs and flowy singletrack. Its combination of modern geometry, a stiff lightweight carbon chassis, and 120mm of ultra efficient dw-link travel, means it’s equally happy popping off bonus lines as it is crushing all day epics.
The conclusion of our group test is: “there are bikes that climb excellently and descend well and others that descend brilliantly and climb well.” And then there are bikes that are extremely agile, and others that are stable and composed. The best trail bikes master the art of perfectly uniting supposedly opposing characteristics, that are not only fun on flowing sections or on narrow technical trails but shine on rough terrain too. The bike that manages this balancing act is the Ibis Ripmo X01. On top of that, it impressed us with ingenious features such as the fully insertable 175 mm dropper seat post, excellent finish and the superb performance of the DW-Link rear end. With this, the Ibis Ripmo secures the coveted “best in test” and is crowned our best trail bike of 2019.
The versatile trail bike that the brand was built on, the Mojo 3 is right at home on any trail, fast climbing and descending. The dw-link suspension performs beautifully through the mid stroke, remaining smooth and predictable through the entire range of travel all while remaining absurdly efficient. The extra mid stroke support allows a low bottom bracket height for excellent handling without pedal strikes. With the dw-link suspension and a super stiff chassis, the Mojo performs way beyond its travel class.