The Ripley development story has reached almost mythic status and it seems every review of the bike adds another year to the development. Yes, it took 6 years, but in that time we went through two wheel sizes, two travel lengths, two types of bearings, and two factories. It was a long road but also a rewarding result.
Originally we approached Dave Weagle (suspension guru, inventor of the dw-link who has never let us down on a suspension design) and told him we wanted to build a super fast and lightweight suspension bike and that it needed to be efficient for racing but not so focused on it that it wasn’t good at anything else. We asked for 100mm of travel and told him we wanted to be able to build the bike to be the lightest and stiffest in class. What he came back with surprised us: He had figured out how to shrink the whole dw-link system down to two tiny eccentric links.
During the same time we were riding other 29ers and realized how we were spoiled by the 140mm of front and rear travel found on the Mojo. The big wheels certainly help mitigate the shorter travel, but 100mm forks to us felt like we were going back in time (not in a good way). We're were sure a 100mm bike would make a World Cup fire road racer happy but it wouldn't make us happy. Back to Dave. Can you make the eccentric bike have 120mm of travel and still be just as efficient? No problem he said, so we both got to work.
120mm rear wheel dw-link travel
Carbon fiber monocoque frame and swingarm
5.5 Pound frame* with Fox FLOAT DPS EVOL
Approved for 120-140mm forks, 51mm rake is STRONGLY recommended
Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
Shock Specs: Fox Factory FLOAT DPS 3pos w/Adj and EVOL Sleeve with Kashima Coat 184mm x 44mm
Provision for internal cable-actuated or hydraulic adjustable seat posts
Post mount rear brake mounts
Shimano side swing front derailleur compatible.
* Frame weight is for a medium black with shock but without seat collar, rear axle, or water bottle bolts
Two geometry options: The nimble geometry of the original or a new school long and slack version called the Ripley LS
Internal cable routing using our flexible and easy to setup port system
Increased tire clearance
Threaded bottom bracket
Seat mast lowered by 1/2” to accommodate today’s longer droppers
Boost 148mm x 12mm Shimano through axle
Stiffer eccentric cores
New rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection
Two new colors (let's call them "Tang" and "Black")