Outdoor Gear Lab just published a test of 6 extremely capable trail bikes. We're happy to report that the Ripley was given an editors choice.
According to OGL: "Six professional bike testers used a relentless testing protocol two years in the making to put the Ibis through its paces against the Yeti SB5.5, Santa Cruz Bronson, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie, Pivot Mach 429 Trail, and Intense Recluse."
Here they are, stiff competition!
The full review of all the bikes can be found here: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Best-Trail-Mountain-Bike
Ripley test here: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Trail-Mountain-Bike-Reviews/Ibis-Ripley-LS
"The Ibis Ripley LS is nimble and fast, begging to hit every side feature in sight"
"That thing is a race rocket" said their lead tester
"The Ripley LS is a blaze-orange hot rod, sporty, precise and made for high speeds. The steering is nimble, playful and light. One tester even called it flickable, reminiscent of the 2016 Ibis Mojo HD3 we tested in the Enduro Review. Its momentum is the only characteristics that consistently reminds us that it's a 29er. It's an easy bike to turn, so it'll go wherever you want. "
"This bike is just fun, keeping the rollover benefits and endless traction of a 29er without sacrificing a playful attitude and whiplash cornering skills. It’s an original, and it’s a riot."