On April Fool's day of 1981, Scot Nicol “hung up his shingle” on a funky little shop a few miles east of Mendocino California. On that day, Ibis was started without money and without a plan. Today we’re located in Santa Cruz with 40 (or so) people working at Ibis. Our 5 owners all work full-time for the company. Hans Heim is our CEO, Tom Morgan is our president, Colin Hughes leads our engineering department, Roxy Lo is our designer and Scot tries to stay out of the way.
The HD6 is the evolution of one of the most successful enduro bikes in history. Designed with input from our Enduro World Cup team and building upon our award-winning Ripmo and HD lines, the HD6 features increased travel, a completely redesigned suspension layout, and mixed wheels.
Ibis paid attention to essential frame details and did its due diligence in keeping pace with evolving geometry trends to produce a long-travel 29er that’s fast, balanced and fun.
The Ripmo AF really blends the line between trail and enduro when you get it pointed downhill, making use of every millimeter of its 147mm travel – when the going get fast and rough the bike settles in and just wants to go.
I had a frickin’ blast on the Ibis HD6. It arrived as a bit of a sleeper, but quickly grew on me as I tried to ride it on everything. Big climbs with hike-a-bikes? Likely more suitable than your trail bike. Shuttles or bike park laps? Yes please.
As it turns out, Oso hides its dimensions very well, and there's a ton of stability thanks to the longer wheelbase, which comes in handy when you're working up through a technical section of trail.
From the first ride on, the Ibis Ripley AF was a blast on almost any type of singletrack we rode. The suspension is excellent and the added weight of the aluminum frame is more than worth the cost-savings.