The 2017 Ibis Ripley LS combines solid performance with a hyper-sporty trail feel to deliver tons of downhill fun. Supremely nimble, the Ripley demands side feature action. It's not a bad climber either. Uphill handling is pleasant and pedaling is efficient, until the going gets rocky. On technical climbs, the front wheel can deflect, and we clang pedals and cranks with maddening consistency. Aside from that, the Ripley rips. Taking just enough out of the hits to keep you comfortable and confident without dumbing down the ride, the Ripley LS's has an incredibly light and lively trail feel.
We recommend the 2017 Ripley for zippy rides on mellower trails through rolling singletrack and a few rock gardens, with the option of lapping bigger descents on occasion. It's not a rocky mountain town bike so much as it is a foothill rager.