Ibis Gets into Gnarcore with New Ripley Lower Pivot, Cable Guide & More

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No, Ibis isn’t getting into some new type of music, instead the company is introducing some running changes to the Ripley. Initially, the bike’s lower pivot had been designed to be as light as possible while still passing their machine and ride tests. While the part has proven to be durable under normal conditions, Ibis has added about 8g of material to the part to ensure that it is “more tolerant” of over tightening the hardware. The new lower pivot has been shipping out on all Ripleys after January 8th, 2014 as well as a new titanium bolt. Even though the part is slightly heavier, Ibis claims the GnarCore increases the lateral stiffness by 10% – a big number for 8g of material and a new bolt.

Ripleys shipped without the GnarCore can be retrofitted to the new pivot with a kit available for purchase from the Ibis web store. The Kit retails for $34.95 and includes the lower eccentric core, matching cap, stainless fastener, and Ti bolt with aluminum nut. Ripley also gets an update in terms of cable management, check out the cable Dice next.

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Like a lot of full suspension bikes, when the suspension cycles the cables on the Ripley tend to migrate if not tied down. Until now Ibis has been using a zip tie to keep things in place which worked as long as they were tight. As an improvement over the zip tie, Ibis now offers the Cable Dice which is a small block of aluminum about the size of a die that has 4 holes for all of the cables and hoses to clamp down around them with one bolt.

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Cable dice began shipping on frames on February 1, 2014, and are available in the Ibis store for $8.95 to upgrade your bike that is still using a zip tie.

FD-Cover-24-400Finally, for riders who have gone 1x and hate the look of the naked front derailleur mount, Ibis has a solution. The front derailleur cover does exactly as implied and keeps the threads and mount nice and clean in caseĀ  you ever were to go back to that front derailleur. The kit includes a black aluminum bolt and retails for $4.95.

Comments

brad - 02/06/14 - 11:58am

Will that front derailleur mount cover work on any frame with the direct mount front derailleur?

Fabricio - 02/06/14 - 12:31pm

@brad it should be, all the direct mount frame mounts are standard in the industry, I heard someones using the Pivot Cycles cover on Ibis frames before this, regards

pfs - 02/06/14 - 2:02pm

Its awesome that this is presented so cheerfully. Obviously there were some huge problems to the bike (did they ever fix the problem where cables saw through the steerer tube) and these “upgrades” were completely necessary and the bike probably should have not been released without them.

Ploutre - 02/06/14 - 2:46pm

@pfs the magic of the all-mighty Marketing :)

Darryn - 02/06/14 - 3:14pm

I love how they have the balls to charge for stuff that simply makes the bike work (hopefully).

mike - 02/06/14 - 4:44pm

translation: We screwed up the first time around but if your’s breaks it will only cost you $35 to fix.

Chasejj - 02/06/14 - 6:58pm

Translation- The hardcore riders are all having theirs fail, but the coffee shop/old guy crowd of riders never break their’s, but now we can sell them the new HD parts to them as an aftermarket since they won’t be able to sleep knowing their may be a chink in their precious pivot.
Profit from the new HD sales will cover the warranty replacements we made to irate badasses.

Brilliant!

Tandumb - 02/07/14 - 11:25am

Oh Ibis… This could have ALL been avoided if you would have just sent me a proto ripley to test for a few months… Now you have to make all these little widget thingies to CYA.

Rob - 02/09/14 - 3:54am

After 4 months of trying to get rid of the creaks and clicks from the bike, I decided that enough was enough, and returned my creaking Ripley back to the local Ibis dealer.
The Ripley was a joy to ride, but it’s mechanical imperfections are totally unacceptable at this price level.

Nick - 02/09/14 - 3:54am

I am a hardcore rider- I’ve been riding the hell out of my Ripley since I bought it over 3 months ago. I still haven’t had any problems with the pivot, and the cable routing issue was a known issue and an easy fix. Purchasing the first generation of anything is always a risk- companies update and revise their designs constantly to make them work better, otherwise we’d all be riding penny farthings.

DowningK - 02/09/14 - 3:12pm

Typical bitterness from the peanut gallery. I’ve had my Ripley since the spring and I’ve been tearing it up. NO issues at all. Hands down the best FS I’ve ever ridden. Creaks and clicks?? Not with me, and I am far from and old coffee shop guy. Keep it up Ibis

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