As mountain bikes continue to get longer and slacker, many riders find themselves gravitating towards balanced options like the Ripley XT Factory Mountain Bike. With 120mm of DW-Link travel, it can still get loose on descents, but the 66. 5-degree head tube angle still makes the bike plenty nimble for steep switchbacks and tight terrain. The steep 76-degree seat tube angle puts us in an optimal position for pedaling all day long, and the DW-Link rear suspension is incredibly supportive while also producing excellent rear-wheel traction on techy climbs. The beauty of DW-Link is that it’s just as good on the up as it is on the down, providing great cornering grip, and Ibis specs a 130mm travel fork to further boost the bike’s descending capabilities. The Ripley is built around burly 29in wheels for their superior rollover ability for square-edge hits, and the in-house S35 Aluminum wheels from Ibis hold up to many miles of hard riding. The carbon frame is lightweight and stiff for efficiency, while the Fox 34 Factory fork provides predictable tracking in rowdy terrain. Shimano’s 12-speed XT groupset supplies reliable shifting characteristics, with a wide range of gears to help us conquer sporty climbs. Shimano XT brakes provide ample power for tackling challenging terrain with instant engagement. We consider the Ripley worthy as a one-bike quiver for efficiency-focused trail riders, or as a short-travel addition to a bigger bike for XC rides and trail loops. *Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.