Ibis Bikes Spotlight: A close look at the Ibis Models at Merlin Cycles!

Today, we are shining the spotlight on Ibis Bikes – a brand synonymous with cutting-edge design, exceptional race day performance, and a passion for hitting the path less pedalled. From techy full-suspension e-bikes to classic all-day trail centre shredders, Ibis offers a diverse range of models that cater to every rider’s unique needs. Let’s delve into the features of the Ibis Bikes we have eagerly awaiting their new loving owners… E-Bike? Alloy? Carbon? Gravel? We’ve got you covered!

Ibis Oso GX Full Suspension E-Bike: A whole new sport demands a whole new bike!

Are you ready to take your off-road adventures to a whole new level?

The Oso doesn’t just lean into enduro territory. It drops in, elbows out and goggles down. The long wheelbase, roomy cockpit and slack 64 degree head angle is inspired by Ibis popular race winning Ripmo. And it’s size specific seat angles allow riders of any height to bang out climbs in comfort without wasting a watt.

The Bosch Performance line CX motor has a quiet, powerful 85 NM drive unit, which offers the most natural feeling acceleration since the invention of gravity. On top of that, you get Bosch’s 2 year warranty, a network of 2400 dealers across the U.S., UL safety certified batteries, and it’s carbon neutral operations. So, in case you were wondering, that’s why they went with Bosch. With a deep 750wh battery on medium to XL frames, the Oso is built to go big and still have enough juice left to go home.

It may look a little odd, but the Oso’s Upper Link suspension is still the all mighty dw-link. That means it packs all the traction and efficiency you’d expect from an Ibis, but with a more supportive leverage curve to keep up with all the demands of a full powered e‑bike.

7 Year Warranty: Ibis believe stand behind there products. If it’s their fault, they will fix it. Ibis aluminium frames are backed by the same 7 year warranty and excellent customer service as all their carbon products.

If you’re looking for an E-Bike inspired by a race bike with added comfort! look no further than the Oso…

Ibis Ripmo SLX Mountain Bike: Shredding steep descents all day long…

What if you took everybody’s favourite bike and made it a little slacker and little longer? Hell, what if it was made more progressive and coil compatible? And that’s exactly what Ibis did for the Ripmo carbon. Active ingredients include: 29″ wheels, berm-defying cornering tendencies, and a love for long rides.

This frame was designed with performance and weight in mind and build using lightweight Premium Carbon. All of Ibis’ bikes are built from the highest grade materials and optimized for the best strength, weight, stiffness, and ride performance no matter how much you spend. The Ripmo weighs a svelte 6.25 lbs with a DPX2 shock and com­plete builds start at 28 lbs (12.7Kg).

Featuring, modern geometry with a steep, 76-degree seat tube angle and a rangy but not stratospheric reach, the Ripmo AF places riders centrally and upright over the bottom bracket. It makes for an efficient position that can go the long haul with­out placing too much weight on its slack, 64.9‑degree head tube angle.

A 44mm reduced offset fork is more sure footed on steep descents and steadies high speeds. Better up, better down.

We’re a big fan of this classy-stealthy paint job too… You’ll be the talk of the trails on this beauty.

Ibis Hakka GRX Enve Carbon Gravel Bike: Versatility at it’s finest…

The Hakka MX from Ibis is their answer to the Swiss Army Knife. It’s the bike you should choose if heaven forbid, you could only have one bike. The Hakka MX is a gravel bike. It’s also a cross bike and a road bike and perfect for bike packing trips!

Lightweight: With its ultra-versatile geometry and 1000g frame weight, the Hakka MX is just as happy crushing the local club ride as it is jumping barriers or camping out.

Versatile: With the Hakka MX, you can run road, cross and gravel friendly 700c wheels, or if you are into burlier back country exploration, go with the option of fitting smaller wheels 27.5/650b. With the Hakka MX, you don’t have to pick one tyre option or the other. The subtle sculpted chainstays give the frame clearance for up to 700x40c or 27.5 x 2.1″ tyres.

Cable Routing Options Galore: No ma­tter which drivetrain you prefer, 1x, electronic, or 2x, the Hakka MX has you covered. The frame has internal cable routing provisions for every drive train on the market, plus routing for a dropper post.

Bottom Bracket: Ibis have tried every bottom bracket under the sun and in the end, they have not found anything that’s more reliable than a threaded BB. The Hakka features the T47 BB standard, which uses 30mm bearings enabling you to use the recent crop of lightweight cranksets. This is the best way to combine a threaded BB with 30mm spindle compatibility. It’s lightweight, quiet and durable, because no one likes a creaky bike.

This really is a quality all-round bike Ibis have created, allowing you to use it as a fast commuter, which doubles as a trusty gravel/road adventure steed. Plus it just looks elegant and cool, in both the Salt Water Taffy and Wizard’s Potion paint job…

Ibis Ripley AF: Crushing all day epics and races…

The Ripley AF is category-defying, short-travel, singletrack scorching Ripley rendered in aluminium, with more aggressive geometry. All the sizzle and pop of the carbon Ripley, now available as a complete bike at a wallet friendly price. The Ripley AF comes in two contrasting paint jobs, with a sleek modern aesthetic.

Modern geometry, precise handling trail friendly 65.5‑degree head angle and short (44mm) off­set 130mm fork com­bined with 29″ wheels makes for a super planted but still playful front end feel.

A 76-degree seat angle puts your power direct­ly to the pedals, while the short chainstays and pedal friendly DW-Link kinematics deliver that power without squandering a single watt.

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

The Ripley AF is definitely one of our favourites at Merlin and if a carbon frame isn’t an essential in your new bike checklist, this all-rounder alloy MTB is one to consider, sure to provide plenty of fun and thrills at the trail centre.

Ripmo AF: Aluminium Award Winning Frame!

The Ripmo AF (Aluminium Frame) brings the award-winning performance of the carbon Ripmo to a wider, rowdier audience. It’s everything Ibis love from the carbon Ripmo, plus a few tweaks. 

It’s Metal: Over Ibis’s long tenure from mountain biking’s awkward adolescence to its current anything shreddy era, they have experimented with steel, aluminium and titanium. Ibis remember the metal times too, and it feels good to offer a premium ride experience to Ibis family of riders, courtesy of durable, affordable aluminium alloy.

Modern Geometry: With a steep, 76-degree seat tube angle and a rangy but not stratospheric reach, the Ripmo AF places riders centrally and upright over the bottom bracket. It makes for an efficient position that can go the long haul with­out placing too much weight on its slack, 64.9‑degree headtube angle.

A 44mm reduced offset fork is more sure footed on steep descents and steadies high speeds. Better up, better down.

The Ripmo AF would be a fantastic option for those looking to take on technical trails, big air and enduro riding.

All these models are available at Merlin Cycles, you will also find a range of our Ibis models on display in our shop! Want to know more or need help choosing your ideal Ibis? Give us a call or visit us for further information on the models we have…


  • Alex Cowie

    Outdoor Leadership and Coaching BA (Hons) Keen cyclist, runner, and outdoor enthusiast. I have been cycling since I was very young and always had a love for the outdoors. I have completed many long distance events including ultra marathons such as the Chester 100, Berkeley Marathons UK and Gravel Century rides.

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