Saturn’s Ibis Ripley Dream Build
What bike does the man behind the GTA’s largest exotic car owners, lifestyle, and social networking group, Saturn’s Drives, get? Does he pick something foreign, maybe Italian? Or does he go small and boutique? Or something from one of the big guys?
Well what ever he picks, it better be like an exotic car: flashy, loud, a little bit ostentatious, and top of the line.
Saturn went with the Ibis Ripley, the California brand’s 29″ trail bike with 120mm of DW Link driven rear travel which I had the pleasure of building up and sneaking out into the alley to snap a few pictures.. Here is a gallery of the complete bright, bold, and a little bit vulgar build.
Saturn paired the Fox Float Factory DPS shock with a Fox 34 Factory fork at 140mm on his Ibis Ripley to ensure he got the full Kashima treatment.
The wheels are Nextie carbon rims with some beautiful purple to blue faded decals laced to a set of purple Hope Pro4 hubs with Sapim CX Sprint spokes. All of which is topped off with some purple aluminum Muc-Off tubeless valves. Wrapped around those wheels are a pair of Goodyear Escape tires, an obvious choice for a car guy.
The drivetrain is of course Sram XX1 Eagle AXS with oilslick cassette and chain to match the purple accents on the bike. Carbon fiber cranks are old news and titanium is where it is at when it comes to dream builds, so Saturn chose Cane Creek’s titanium EE Wing cranks which are paired with a purple Blackspire chainring. All of which is spinning on a Wheels Manufacturing bottom bracket which threads beautifully into the Ripley frame.
Of course to maintain the clean look of as few cables as possible, Saturn opted for a Rockshox Reverb AXS topped with a Syncros Tofino saddle.
The only two cables on this Ibis Ripley are courtesy of a set of Sram Level Ultimate brakes with 180mm rotor front and 160mm rear.
To top off this Ibis Ripley build, the headset is, of course, from Chris King which brings even more purple into this build. And the handlebar is the almost vulgar Syncros Hixon one piece bar.
Overall this was an extremely easy and satisfying build to do. Of course it is always a pleasure working with top of the line parts but the Ibis Ripley frame was easy to assemble thanks to sheaved internal cable routing and a threaded bottom bracket. Now if only I could give you guys a ride review as well.