The Ripley AF is our beloved, category-defying, short-travel, singletrack-scorching Ripley - rendered in aluminum, with more aggressive geometry. All the sizzle and pop of the carbon Ripley, now available as a complete bike at a wallet friendly, sub $3000.
Modern Geometry, Precise Handling
A trail-friendly 65.5-degree head angle and short (44mm) offset 130mm fork combined with 29” wheels makes for a super planted but still playful front end feel. A 76-degree seat angle puts your power directly to the pedals, while the short chainstays and pedal-friendly dw-link kinematics deliver that power without squandering a single watt.
DW Link Suspension
Our 15-year collaboration with Dave Weagle has yielded yet another bike with unparalleled climbing efficiency and tractability. Incredible snap and responsiveness are its trademarks, and a whole mess of plush, chunder-eating, downhill-crushing goodness gets thrown in for good measure. Wrap that together and you get the best suspension you’ll find anywhere. It’s that good.
Long Dropper Post
The Ripley AF frame is designed with clearance for long droppers in mind. Check out the ‘Dropper Insert’ tab in the Specs & FAQs section below to find out which length of seatpost will fit your frame.
Pick Your Size
We use words like small, medium, and large to describe our sizing because it’s easy to understand, but our ultra low standovers give you the ability to size your frame based on reach and preference.
2.6” Tire Clearance
We pioneered the wide rim revolution a few years ago and inspired a new crop of wider 2.4” — 2.6” tires. When paired together, this combo can be run at ultra-low pressures that produce elbow-dragging cornering traction without sacrificing speed.
Removable ISCG-05 Mount.
There if you want it, removable if you don’t.
Seven Year Warranty
We stand behind our products. If it’s our fault, we’ll fix it. Our aluminum frames are backed by the same 7 year warranty and excellent customer service as our carbon products.
Ripley AF Geometry
Contemporary Geometry, Precise Handling.
- 65.5° Head Tube Angle
- 76° Seat Tube Angle
- 17" / 432mm Chainstays
130mm Fork (537mm axle to crown)
|Seat Tube Length||A||368 14.5||381 15||418 16.5||482 19|
|Top Tube Length||B||574 22.6||603 23.7||630 24.8||658 25.9|
|Head Tube Length (4mm stack of lower cup not included)||C||90 3.5||105 4.1||115 4.5||125 4.9|
|Chainstay Length||D||432 17||432 17||432 17||432 17|
|Seat Tube Angle||E||76° 76°||76° 76°||76° 76°||76° 76°|
|Head Tube Angle||F||65.5° 65.5°||65.5° 65.5°||65.5° 65.5°||65.5° 65.5°|
|Wheelbase||G||1157 45.6||1188 46.8||1217 47.9||1246 49.1|
|BB Height (with 2.5 Maxxis Minons)||335 13.2||335 13.2||335 13.2||335 13.2|
|Stack||599 23.6||613 24.1||622 24.5||631 24.8|
|Reach||425 16.7||450 17.7||475 18.7||500 19.7|
|Standover||676 26.6||703 27.7||722 28.4||759 29.9|
|Trail||114 4.5||114 4.5||114 4.5||114 4.5|
|Saddle height for seat tube angle||620 24.4||700 27.6||750 29.5||807 31.8|
Sizing Guide (Rider Height)
|Frame Weight||7.45 lbs with shock|
|Shock Specs||190 x 45mm|
|Boost Axles||148mm rear / 110mm front|
|Rear Brake||160mm post mount / 203mm max rotor|
|Chainstay Length||432mm (17 inches)|
|Bottom Bracket||Threaded BB (73mm BSA)|
|ISCG 05 Compatible||Optional removable adapter|
|Headset||ZS44 upper / ZS56 lower|
|Colors||Monolith Silver or Pond Scum Green|
|Sizes||S / M / L / XL|
Ripley AF Specific FAQs
All our manuals are available here. You can also find the Setup guide for the Ripley AF in the 'Setup' tab on the right.
There are two different tunes for the Ripley shock. Our standard tune and a light tune.
Since August of 2019, we have been shipping small and medium Ripleys with the light tune. To identify the light tune, find the four digit code on the shock. Here are the light tune codes: DZGP, DZGN or DZGM. The standard codes are DXBC, DWSL and DWRC.
Nearly everyone under 160 pounds should use the light tune. Above that and you will want the firmer tune.
Some lighter riders may prefer the standard tune if any of these describe your riding:
- Your riding style has a lot of jumping and you want more rebound control on landings
- You have a lot of really long downhills and don't want to overheat the shock
- You are a Semi Pro or above DH racer
Fox, or an authorized Fox service center can revalve your shock for you if you want to go with a different tune.
Our stock build comes with a 130mm fork but you could pair it with a 120mm stepcast fork to create a BC Bike Race weapon. Or, throw on a 140mm fork and burly tires to build a lightweight enduro bike.
Yes, but the bike is optimized around a 44mm. The 51mm offset fork shortens the trail (the distance between the contact patch and the steering axis), which can cause the front end to feel less stable.
The size small and medium frames ship stock with the Traction Tune.
Yes, when placing your order, please notify your dealer that you would like your frame equipped with the Traction Tune Shock.
The Ripley can accommodate up to a 29” x 2.6” tire.
The max chainring for a Ripley is a 34t.
Yes, the max size oval chainring we recommend is a 32T. Not all oval chainrings are the same, so we recommend double checking clearance before installation.
Ripleys fit 26 oz Purist bottles on all sizes when the Arundel side loader cage is used.
You can find torque specs for the Ripley AF in the tab on the right.
170mm crank on small and medium
175mm crank on large and extra large
40mm stem on small
50mm stem on medium, large and extra large
The Ripley uses 160mm post mount rear brake mounts.
To run a 180mm rotor, you'll use the following Shimano part number: SM-MA-F180P / P2
To run a 203mm rotor, you'll use the following Shimano part number: SM-MA-F203P / P
For more information, the following is a link to the adaptor chart:
To see our general FAQs click here.
Dropper Post Saddle Height Calculations
Do not try to insert your post deeper than these measurements. Forcing the post can result in a seat tube failure.
IMPORTANT: Before riding, check the saddle to tire clearance with the dropper post fully dropped and the air out of the shock with frame compressed to bottom out.
|Max insertion to cable exit||255||270||300||370|
Measurement from center BB to center of saddle rail (mm)
Measurement from center BB to center of saddle rail (mm)
|Hardware||Torque Spec (Nm)||Thread Treatment / Notes|
|Lower Link 6mm Preload Bolts||2||Loctite 243 on threads, grease on flange|
|Lower Link 5mm Pinch Bolts||10||Loctite 243|
|Swingarm to Clevis Pivot Bolts||10||Loctite 243|
|Lower Shock to Clevis Bolt||20||Ti anti-seize|
|Rear Brake Caliper||6||Loctite 243|
|Upper Link Bolts||10||Loctite 243|
|Forward Shock Mount Bolt||10||Loctite 243|
|Seat Binder||5||Ti anti-seize|
|Derailleur Hanger Bolt||5||Grease|
|Bushings||Apply Slick Honey (grease) to all bushings during reassembly|
|Hexle||There is not a numerical torque figure for the Hexle. We recommend tightening the 5mm with your multi tool that you carry with you. This way you’ll be able to remove it in case of a flat out on a ride.|