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Ibis Ripley Evo V4 - Custom Shimano 12 Speed build

Ibis Ripley Evo V4 - Custom Shimano 12 Speed build

The Ripley is Ibis' snappy, flickable, playful, fast, lightweight, and versatile 29” trail bike.


With its well bal­anced mod­ern geom­e­try, the Rip­ley is ready for any adven­ture. The long front end, slack head angle, and short rear end gives you the con­fi­dence to try new lines, while the steep seat tube angle and short­er off­set fork makes it easy to maneu­ver tech­ni­cal climbs and flowy singletrack.

Its combination of modern geometry, a stiff lightweight carbon chassis, and 120mm of ultra efficient dw-link travel, means it’s equally happy popping off bonus lines as it is crushing all day epics.

Custom Specification

We have put together the following custom build options for the IBIS Ripley based pretty much on what we would spec ourselves here at Evo. There are also upgrade options such as Fox Factory suspension (Kashima stanchions) and even custom hand-built carbon wheelsets. 

These bikes are fully built to order so if you want to change anything please feel free to contact us or leave a comment at the checkout i.e. stem or bar colour etc.

Wheels are all hand built in store by our very own DT Swiss certified wheel builder.

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All models feature the same top flight carbon Ripley 4 frameset from IBIS with Fox Performance DPS EVOL rear shock. UPGRADE: You can upgrade rear shock to Fox's range topping Factory model which gains the Kashima coated stanchion and air sleeve.


Standard spec is super high with a Fox Float 34 Performance fork with the latest Grip Damper in 130mm travel guise. UPGRADES: The Ripley is such a flexible model that bridges XC and Trail that you could build it up as more of a lightweight XC build with a 120mm fork (consider speccing narrower rims and tyres in the relevant sections if you like) or even to a 140mm fork which is a popular option with many rider's although we think you may as well get a Ripmo if that's how you ride. You can upgrade this fork to Fox's range topping Factory 34 Float FIT4 version which gains the Kashima coated stanchions and FIT4 damper.


On this Shimano model we are featuring the latest 12 speed 1x Drivetrains from Shimano and these are complete drivetrains, no cheaper cassettes, chains or BB's used to get the price down. We offer SLX, XT and XTR. All are the very latest model range.


We really like and rate the Shimano brakes and feel they match and work with the Shimano drivetrains perfectly (funny that!) and feel the 2-pot offerings IBIS spec as standard offer more than enough power to suit this bike whilst maintaing it's low weight. If you would prefer the 4-pot offerings please feel free to contact us but we feel that if you need 4-pot brakes you should be looking at the Ripmo rather than the Ripley but hey we'll build you what you want either way. All these wheelsets feature Centerlock rotors. SLX brakes will come with SLX rotors, XT with XT rotors and XTR with XTR rotors, no corners cut to keep prices down!


To fit the latest 12 speed Shimano groupsets we are offering the following options that all offer the correct MicroSpline fitment. All rims provide the 35mm inner rim width IBIS pioneered and we feel they offer the correct ride characteristics IBIS aim for with this model. All wheels are fully handbuilt by our resident DT Swiss certidied master wheelebuilder.

SLX M7100 hubs on RaceFace AR Offset rims built with Sapim Race double butted bloack spokes and brass nipples.

XT M8100 Hubs on RaceFace AR Offset rims built with Sapim Race double butted bloack spokes and brass nipples.

DT Swiss 350s Hubs on RaceFaceARC Offset rims built with Sapim D-Light double butted black spokes and Sapim black double square alloy nipples.

Industry Nine 101 hubs on Ibis S35 Carbon rims built with Sapim D-Light double butted black spokes and Sapim black double square alloy nipples.


Ibis spec their Ripley's with Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres but we find UK customers far prefer Maxxis so we are offering the following options:

Maxxis Rekon A great all rounder tyre with plenty of grip and fast rolling. We spec the 3C MaxxTerra 2.60 WT versions.

Maxxis Assegai 2.50" WT - Greg Minaar's signature tyre, superb all round grip and fairly fast rolling considering the amount of grip on offer.

Maxxis Minion - The perennial favourite for aggressive riding when huge amounts of grip are are the order of the day. We spec the Minion DHF 2.50 WT MaxxGrip front and Minion DHRII 2.40WT Maxx Terra rear

We offer bars which we really rate for shape and feel as well as just weight or price.

RaceFace Chester35  - Standard spec is this smart and good value bar from a brand you can trust featuring a 20mm rise in a 780mm width which weighs 400gr.

RaceFace Turbine R - A little wider at 800mm but a top quality alloy handlebar at 300gr (colours available so if you want something other than black please leave a comment at the checkout along with any other notes).

RaceFace Next R Carbon - Top flight carbon handlebar at only 215gr and in colours too.

Deity Skywire We love Deity bars, they always have the nicest ride feel, something they pride themselves on so much it took them nearly 3 years to get their 35mm carbon bars feeling as good as their 31.8mm bars. 222gr

OneUp Carbon Bar - OneUp have really shaken up the industry with their innovative parts such as steerer integrated tools and superb mciro chainguides. Their new carbon handlebar is equally innivative with a quite radical ovalised shape to tune in compliance and comfort not found in many other bars (if any). 800mm with 20mm rise. 220gr Worth pairing with their EDC Stem.


RaceFace Chester 35 - A great vaklue entry level stem with great looks and only 160gr - Will come in 40mm length unless 50mm requested in notes.

RaceFace Turbine R - Loevly top end machined alloy stem in a range of colours (If you are getting the Fox Factory Kashima upgrade worth checking out the Kash Money colour as it matches perfectly), only 130gr. WIll come in black 40mm unless otherwise requested in comments (available in 32mm, 40mm, 50mm)

Deity Copperhead - Our second favourite stem (the Industry Nine A35 stem takes top spot) absolutely beautifully machined, light and very smart looking stem avaialble in a few colours (bronze matches Fox Kashima really well). Only 135gr and pairs Deity bars a treat. Will come in black 35mm unless otherwise requested.

OneUP EDC Stem - OneUp EDC STem including their brilliant EDC tool system that fits inside the steerer tube.

 Industry Nine A35 Stem - Absolute top end stem, 100% machined in the USA and in loads of lovely colours. Stem wil lcome in black 40mm unless otherwise requested.


Deity Knuckleduster A new in-store favourite surpassing the legendary DMR Deathgrip. Really soft and comfy.

DMR Deathgrip Race Edition Thick - Our best selling grip ever. Very soft (not as soft as the Deity though) and great shape.

Ergon GA2 - A more expensive grip but really comfortable especially good for rider's who get numbness/tingling in their palms or fingers.


The following are our most preferred dropper seatpost options.

OneUp Dropper V2 We feel this is the best value vs performance post on the market. Dead easy to adjust and service and great value with a nice remote lever.

Rockshox Reverb 1x - The latest and the best version fo the post that changed the way we ride. We have found the Reverb to be very reliable and durable compared to just about every other make. Now with long service intervals and new vent vaklve to easily and quickly bleed off any air causing some drop in the saddle. The post we spec on our own bikes.

RockShox Reverb AXS - The absolute best featuring wireless actuation and proving very reliable in long-term tests.

Fox Performance Dropper Post - A great seatpost and favoured by all Fox Racing fans. A reliable and durable cable operated post.

Fox Factory Dropper post - The Kashima stanchion version of Fox's well regarded dropper post.

BikeYoke Revive 185mm - Ibis spec the BikeYoke post and it has an excellent reputation for durability and a very light action, fine German engineering.


FSA Orbit  - A decent entry level sealed cartridge bearing headset at a decent price.

Cane Creek 40 - A quality USA made well sealed headset.

Hope Stainless - A benchmark for quality - UK made with stainless bearinghs and a reputation only surpassed by Chris King.


Ergon SM Sport - Ergon make a great range of saddles with very good comfort utilising Orthopaedic foam and this is their latest mountain bike saddle for trail riding now with cutouts. 305gr

Ergon SM Comp - As above but with additional Orthocell pads and TiNox rails. 270gr

Ergon SM Pro - Utilising Orthopaedic AirCell foam amnd Orthocell pads and TiNox rails. 235gr

Tubeless Valves

At Evo we use quality tubeless rim tape and OrangeSeal sealant in all our Evo Customs builds but can offer the following tubeless valve options

Brass Valves - Standard fitment

Muc-Off Tubeless Valves - A quality light weight alloy tubeless valve in a range of colours.

Milkit Valves - A clever anti clog alloy tubeless valve. Not very good for topping up sealant via the valve.


Since 2005 Ibis have partnered with suspension guru Dave Weagle on the dw-link suspension platform. It provides an unparalleled combination of climbing efficiency and downhill performance, that has been proven repeatedly at the highest levels of racing.

We use names like small, medium, and large to describe our sizing because it’s easy to understand, but our ultra low standovers and clearance for long droppers give you the ability to size based on reach.

Whether you order an XTR or NX kit, you’ll get the same premium carbon fibre frame. All IBIS bikes are built from the highest grade materials and optimized for the best strength, weight, stiffness, and ride performance. The Ripley weighs 5 lbs without shock.
Sometimes, shorter is better. Instead of the typical 51mm offset, the new Ripley uses a 44mm offset. This gives you the stability of a slacker head angle, while retaining the BMX like feel of, well, a Ripley.
IBIS pioneered the wide rim revolution a few years ago and inspired a new crop of wider 2.4”–2.6” tyres. When paired together, this combo can be run at ultra low pressures that produce elbow-dragging cornering traction without sacrificing speed.
A really neat feature our mechanics love, there if you want it, removable if you don’t.
Internal cable routing used to be a pain in the ass but the IBIS internal tubes make routing easy. Just pop the housing through and it comes out the other end, no need for swear words or a pickset.
IBIS utilise a removable polycarbonate skid plate protects your downtube from sharp pointy things.

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