A local dirt connoisseur was looking to upgrade from a Ritchey P29 steel hardtail with a 120mm fork on the front to something that could handle more, faster, better. He had ridden his bike to its limits, and needed something new that would meet his needs and look absolutely awesome doing it!
Ibis is currently on their third iteration of the Ripley LS frameset. It’s a 120mm, full carbon frameset with a very progressive rear suspension setup and traditional touches such as:
- English Threaded BB
- Press-Fit Headset
- Replaceable Dropout Hanger
- External Hydraulic Brake Routing
We went forward with the build from the frame up, so he had input on everything from color to the quality of rear shock. For colors, he went loud, and for the shock, we chose the Fox Kashima Float, which has tuned to the specs of Ibis’ suspension platform from the Fox factory.
We chose a full Shimano XT group (from drivetrain to brakes) which was a weight-conscious choice as we were shooting for a sub-30lb build. For a tidier cockpit, we removed the shifter’s gear indicator. We chose to go with a Race Face Turbine crankset with a “cinch” chainring system that integrates the chainring into the crankarm without the use of chainring bolts. It makes for a seamless look and much lighter setup. The install of the English to BB30 bottom bracket was a bit tight, but still manageable.
For a few more quality additions, we looked to the folks at Wolftooth Components. Their parts high-quality and easy to install (as I’ve said many times before), and they compliment nearly every bike with their snarling wolf logo. We went for a 30t wide/narrow chainring setup (with an 11-46 XT M8000 in the rear) for some excellent climbing ability without losing too much of the top end speed. A chain guide was also added as a little extra insurance to avoid a dropped chain over rough patches and as the rear goes through it travel.
The final outcome was nothing short of awesome! Small details were not overlooked. If you are considering having (or currently having) a custom bike built, do sweat the small stuff! Make sure you’re adding the right touches to make the bike your ideal machine.
Fox has decal kits in an array of current colors to make your bike look “matchy-matchy”. This customer is also sporting a Build No. 5 with a boost hubset. The wheels came in at 1,500g for the pair!
I had a lot of fun with this build. There where no hiccups in the build process, no QC surprises, and it was easier than other full-suspension bikes to cable-up! It also helps that it’s an Ibis with an exceptional suspension design. To my customer, thanks for the build opportunity, have fun on the trails, and wash your bike often!