Ibis is releasing two new versions of the highly regarded Ripley 29er later this summer, the Ripley and Ripley LS. The New Ripley will retain the nimble geometry of its predecessor with a 69.2° head angle while the Ripley LS gets a slacker head angle of 67.5° and a 15mm (.5") longer top tube. Additional changes include increased tire clearance, internal cable routing, threaded bottom bracket, Boost 148 or 142mm axle and rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection.
Ibis has been working in secret on the new Ripley for some time now and though I was aware of some of the changes, such as the increased rear tire clearance, most it was a well-kept mystery. Call it an upgrade, an update or new, the changes on the Ripley's are both subtle and significant.
The dw-link Ripley has 120mm of rear travel and can use 120 to 140mm front forks. It has a tapered headtube, two water bottle mounts, a threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing, a 12x142mm rear axle (Boost 148 - available Nov 15) and an integrated direct-mount front derailleur. The bottom bracket height is 13" for the New Ripley and 12.8" for the Ripley LS, and the chainstay length is 17.4" and the frame weight is 5.5 lbs.