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40 Years, 25 stories

On April Fools day of 1981, Scot Nicol hung up his shin­gle” on a funky lit­tle shop a few miles east of Men­do­ci­no Cal­i­for­nia. On that day, Ibis was start­ed with­out mon­ey and with­out a plan. Today we’re locat­ed in San­ta Cruz with 40 (or so) peo­ple work­ing at Ibis. Our 5 own­ers all work full time for the com­pa­ny. Hans Heim is our CEO, Tom Mor­gan is our pres­i­dent, Col­in Hugh­es leads our engi­neer­ing depart­ment, Roxy Lo is our design­er and Scot tries to stay out of the way.

Back in 2011 on our 30th birth­day, we decid­ed to recap a few sto­ries and high­lights and take a trip down mem­o­ry lane. We dust­ed the cob­webs off the old pho­to albums, went through the archives and tried to remem­ber stuff long since for­got­ten (the 60’s were rough on some of us). We made it to 25 sto­ries, then the weath­er got good and we trad­ed typ­ing for ped­al­ing. We’ve still got about 20 years of his­to­ry to write.

"We made it to 25 stories, then the weather got good and we traded typing for pedaling."

Chuck Ibis

Down below, you’ll see links to some sto­ries that tell a tiny bit of the his­to­ry of Ibis. Get ready for some bad hair­cuts and embar­rass­ing paint jobs. And a bit of a his­to­ry les­son on all things Ibis and moun­tain bike.