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/