Flying a Scotsman
Ripley definitely. @hifiandmtb is the expert here having owned both, but it sounds like you won't take advantage of all that extra travel and probably enjoy a slightly poppier and more nimble ride on a Ripley.Being a mere mortal my ambitions and capabilities are very different. I’m never riding blacks - period - I don’t enjoy it. I don’t do doubles or big drops so I am guessing the ripmo is not really for me.
I bought the Ibis without a demo based on the reviews, and my experiences matched up with what I'd read on the big review sites. In hindsight the XL is a tad small for me at 193cm tall, but it's not a deal breaker, and sizing is better for the v4.
They're well made, threaded BB and no silly proprietary stuff, seven year warranty, nothing's gone wrong on mine (or anyone else on here that I'm aware of), DW link has a great bottomless feel (feels more than 120mm to me) and you don't see many about the trails.
A bit on the pricey side, and if you're heavier you might need a bigger volume spacer in the shock, that's about it.