Ibis is beyond stoked to announce our 2019 team roster.
We gathered the team in Santa Cruz last December for some product testing, bike riding and a few trips to the gym for some serious training. The antics are chronicled in the video above.
Robin Wallner joined Ibis four years ago, when he first made the leap from racing World Cup Downhill to Enduro. We're very excited to have re-signed Robin to the team. He’s become an invaluable resource in testing and development, as well as a Team Dad (both literally and figuratively). We look forward to working with him for many years to come.
After winning the EWS Team Championship in 2017, 2018 was a rebuilding year with new faces, Bex Baraona, Julie Duvert and Lewis Buchanan. The team was rounded out with leader Robin Wallner.
The team instantly meshed, with Robin Wallner and Bex Baraona kicking off the season with their best career results ever - on the yet unreleased Ripmo. Scotsman Lewis Buchanan rounds out the roster.
As the season progressed, Robin earned another podium finish, and was consistently finishing in the top 10. He was ranked number two until he skipped La Thuile to be present at the birth of his son, Ted Wallner (your future 2040 EWS Champion).
We are excited to report that we raised $21,200 in the "Support Trails & Win a Hakka MX" fundraising campaign! This fundraiser was held to celebrate the Old Growth Classic, the first ever bike race in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The Old Growth Classic was held on August 25, 2018, by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) as a benefit for their organization and State Parks.
MBOSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 1997 to support, preserve, and expand trail access and responsible mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. They have since become a highly skilled trail stewardship organization with expertise in advocacy, trail and bike park design, construction and maintenance, and project funding. We are proud to support this organization, and thrilled at the success of this campaign!
For every $10 donated to this campaign, people were entered into a drawing for an Ibis Hakka MX, custom built with components from Easton and Praxis. We set a campaign goal of raising $18,000 to celebrate the inaugural Old Growth Classic taking place in 2018, and we are thrilled that we exceeded our goal by $3,200, raising a total of $21,200! All of this money will go directly to the work MBOSC does to build and maintain trails in Santa Cruz County.
And now to announce the lucky winner! Congratulations to Bryan O’Sullivan from San Francisco! Bryan is a mountain biker who rides all over the Bay Area and Tahoe, and he donated to the campaign because he “loves our local mountain bike trail advocacy organizations, and MBOSC is one of the most effective such groups in all of California.” While Bryan is a mountain biker at heart, he’s excited to add a new gravel bike to his quiver. “I’d been thinking hard about getting a Hakka MX, so this feels like absurdly good luck. I’ll ride the bike on a combination of 40-mile commutes through the Peninsula hills and fireroad rides through Marin and the Santa Cruz mountains.” The Hakka MX is a versatile bike, and Bryan is choosing to build it with 650b Easton EA70 AX wheels to optimize comfort and fun.
Congratulations Bryan! We can’t wait to see you on your new Hakka MX!
Our signature frame designs are the result of one extraordinary woman, Roxy Lo. With a career that’s taken her from Pottery Barn to designing every Ibis since 2005, she has become one of the most influential designers in the cycling industry.
Despite her impressive stature in the design world, Roxy is only 5’1. But she’s never let that number hold her back, so she works overtime to ensure that the bikes she designs for smaller riders (and herself) have all the same features as larger frame sizes - regardless of wheel size. That includes water bottle mounts, great standover, clearance for longer dropper posts, and (of course) great design.