Ahead of the first round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) in Rotorua, New Zealand, Ibis and POC are proud to formally announce their continued partnership with the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team for the 2017 season.
POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor, apparel and accessories was founded in 2005 in Sweden, with the mission “to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists”.
2016, which was the first year of partnership between POC and Ibis, marked a great EWS season for the team with some fantastic individual performances spread throughout the year and ending with an incredible second place overall in the team competition. The 2017 season will hopefully produce more of the same and the team will again ride with POC helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel, including the enduro range of POCs new mountain bike collection, Resistance.
Paul Morel, Head of Marketing, POC, said – “The first season of our partnership has been marked by extremely positive experiences and it’s a pleasure to keep working closely together with Ibis and the Enduro Race Team in 2017. At POC our mission guides us on everything we do, and working with a company like Ibis, who want the best performance and safety for their athletes fits perfectly with our approach. We have been really impressed by their dedication to their team riders and how they are continually looking to innovate to improve the rider experience. We are proud that our products have helped the team perform to such a high standard and their feedback has been invaluable in making our Resistance collection even better in 2017, which we hope will be seen in this year’s EWS results”.
During the 2017 season many of the Ibis team riders will use the Tectal Race and Coron helmets, Crave sunglasses and Cornea goggles, VPD knee and elbow pads, and the new Resistance enduro jerseys and shorts which feature a specific race cut, advanced fabric and integrated protection.
Tom Morgan, Ibis President and Team Manager, continued – “We are incredibly proud of what the team achieved last year, especially as they naturally took on and developed the personality of Ibis. Continuing our successful partnership with POC is also part of that personality as we have mutual perspectives on rider safety and performance. As we look forward to the new season of racing, and all the extremely diverse environments we will go to, it’s really good to know we have leaders in innovation, performance and safety supporting the riders as they take on some extremely technical and fast EWS races”.
The 2017 EWS racing season will kick off on the 26th March in the Southern Hemisphere with Rotorua challenging the riders with some of New Zealand’s most technical singletrack.
Robin Wallner, Ibis Cycles Enduro Team rider added – “I’ve had a long partnership with POC, which started way back in 2009. Throughout that time what has struck me most is their absolute focus on rider safety and performance. Their willingness to listen to rider feedback is a key asset and from the training and riding we have already done this year it is easy to see that the needs of enduro racers have been integrated in their protection and new Resistance apparel.”
Resistance collection – http://www.pocsports.com/eu/mountain-bike-apparel/resistance-collection/
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Ibis web - http://www.ibiscycles.com
Ibis team - http://www.ibiscycles.com/team/
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Read the full text of the press release here.
Ibis' reputation for providing excellent customer service is well established, but on paper our 3 year warranty did not reflect the level protection that we were actually providing customers.
Manufacturer's warranties are almost always guarantees against defects in materials and workmanship exclusively. If a bike frame truly has such a defect it will almost always present itself fairly quickly after the bike is put into use, and that was the basis of our original 3 year warranty. However, in practice we would replace frames outside of the warranty period if it was clearly defective. Since we were in fact providing a warranty that lasted beyond the 3 years it only made sense to offer people that sense of security upfront. Going to 7 years we feel is more than sufficient to cover any defective part and provide customers confidence in their purchase without getting into any gray areas of wear and tear, abuse and depreciation.
At Ibis, we are making significant investments in quality control and continuous improvements in engineering. With a dedicated staff that is working on manufacturing technology and process improvement, Ibis is striving to provide the best quality, most advanced bikes on the market.
7 Year Guarantee - Ibis Frames and Rims are guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 7 years for the original owner. Ibis will either repair or replace at its option any part it determines to be defective. Paint and finish are covered for a period of 1 year.
Lifetime No-fault Guarantee - Provides for low-cost replacement or repair of parts damaged in a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the original owner.
This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, nor does it apply to damage that is the result of abuse, neglect, improper assembly, improper maintenance, alteration, misuse or massive hucking. The costs of disassembly, reassembly or repair of any attached components are not covered by this warranty and are the responsibility of the original owner. Under no circumstance are the costs of shipping to or from Ibis covered by this limited warranty.
This warranty is non-transferable and applies exclusively to Ibis bicycles and rims manufactured after January 1, 2016
NO FAULT REPLACEMENT
Should your Ibis be involved in a crash or other non-warranty situation, Ibis Cycles will make replacement parts available at a minimum charge to the original owner. Ibis Cycles does this at its sole discretion and reserves the right to refuse this offer, so don't go crashing your bike on purpose. We already know that one.
Unless otherwise provided, the sole remedy under the above warranty, or any implied warranty, is limited to the replacement of defective parts with those of equal or greater value at the sole discretion of Ibis Cycles. In no event shall Ibis Cycles be held responsible for direct, incidental or consequential damages, including, without limitation, damages for personal injury, property damage, or economic losses, whether based on contract, warranty, negligence, product liability, or any other theory. Okay. Good!
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."
Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine just completed a very thorough test of 5 carbon wheelsets that took place over the course of the 2016 season.
Here's how Enduro described it:
"The editors of ENDURO magazine not only live to get into the mountains but love to ride hard, and race too. We are lucky enough to have access to the world’s most desirable carbon wheels and have been smashing five premium sets down rugged race stages throughout the 2016 season. From EWS rounds to big mountain missions the test wheels have had some hammer, it’s time to find out how they performed."
One of the wheelsets tested was our 742 Ultra Wide Carbon, a 27.5" wheelset with a 35mm inner width. Reading into the test, we can see a few interesting points:
In addition to those points above, it should be noted that the wheelset that costs the most by far is the heaviest by over 200g per set.
Also, the Reynolds, SRAM and Stan's wheels should be more realistically compared to our 735 wheels, which are 29mm internal, closer to the internal width of those three wheels. The 735 wheelset is 100+ grams lighter than any of these, and priced the same as 742's.
As you've no doubt guessed by now, we won the test! Here's what Enduro had to say:
Our pick of the bunch would be the very impressive IBIS 742 which deliver a compliant ride which is stiff enough to power through rock gardens without shaking out your fillings or breaking the bank. The addition of the reliable Industry Nine Torch hubs is the icing on the cake.
Here's a little more info we got from one of the editors, describing the test.
I have to say that the 742's are just excellent, despite our best efforts to break them, they have soldiered on like champions. We have even had EWS elites on them at international races and we have not had to touch them - excellent. We really liked the feel of the wheel, light and spin up well, but feel like a heavier wheel through rock gardens, tracking well with minimal deflection.
Great hoops and it was easy for us to give them the top honours.
Link to the overall test: http://enduro-mtb.com/en/high-rollin-5-premium-carbon-wheels-test/
Link to the Ibis test: http://enduro-mtb.com/en/high-rollin-5-premium-carbon-wheels-test/3/