2018 Ibis Ripmo

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
That advice seems rather out of character for you... I would have thought upgrading/changing for the sake of it/German bearings would be other good justifications?
I don't upgrade or change for the sake of it! I started riding (properly) in 2012, and started posting up here at the intersection when I finally started learning to ride a bit better, and was figuring out what kind of bikes were working for me, and then, finally had the money to explore that a little.

But when it comes to bearings, they all come out of one of maybe three factories the world over, so just buy what's most cost effective that works. Add extra grease if you feel the need to (I like to as a matter of practice), and if they clap out or feel notchy, bang em out and slap some new ones in!
 

hifiandmtb

Sphincter beanie
Looks like a good option.

Anybody know the intervals they recommend for bearing replacement?
And Tubbsy - I've got the tool now. We will share it.

The bearings in mine were replaced before I bought it...no need to do anything now (I think).
 

Tubbsy

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Had the shock and fork serviced on the LS.

Installed a spacer, the smallest one, and it’s made a surprising difference. The bike rides a lot higher in its travel now. Far fewer pedal strikes (which was a regular occurrence), and I can now imagine running 140mm up front would work well.
 

beeb

Likes Dirt
Jeez - there's not much in it! (Between this and the Ripmo)

Slight extra bend in the top tube, different shock front mount, minor rear shock yoke difference. Rear triangle looks indentical!
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Tubbsy

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Yeah I tried a quick overlay in photoshop with an LS, but I couldn't find the same size front triangle with a quick search.

Certainly the rear triangle is a lot longer than the LS, the front looked a touch slacker but the seat tube angle looked identical.

If the XL is notably longer I'd be tempted to change frames as my LS is a bit short for my liking.
 

shiny

Likes Dirt
Decisions indeed, long travel Ripmo or short travel Ripley...I do like the Blue Steel. A little while until I have the funds to buy. Shame they didn’t make it 130mm would have been easier to decide. Looks great though.
 

Tubbsy

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The LS has always felt like it has more than 120 out back to me; I never feel it bottom out and I'm not a very precise rider.

I wonder whether the more aggressive front end would change that?
 

shiny

Likes Dirt
Yeah, looking forward to the first ride reviews that should appear tomorrow. The Ripley always had a rep for punching above its travel.
 

Tubbsy

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Fork offset has changed, so I'd need a new fork too which makes it pricey.

What's available in 44 offset that can be set to both 130 or 140?
 

beeb

Likes Dirt
Fork offset has changed, so I'd need a new fork too which makes it pricey.

What's available in 44 offset that can be set to both 130 or 140?
What fork do you have? With Fox forks (and probably most others) you can generally just swap the CSU if desired.
 

Tubbsy

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What fork do you have? With Fox forks (and probably most others) you can generally just swap the CSU if desired.
I’ve got a 34 Factory from 2017.

But the Ibis site seems pretty keen on a 44 offset.

EDIT: I see what you're saying, so I could change travel and offset with one of those. Or is the travel change an internal option?
 
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