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Ibis has a brand new mountain bike. Besides, it’s a replica of an current bike – simply made someplace else.
That’s not all that shocking on condition that the unique Ibis Exie was the product of Ibis’ Carbon 831 Lab. The aim of that lab and the unique Exie was to enhance their prototyping and improvement. Technically, the challenge began to see if they may produce a single-size run of small Ibis Ripley frames.
These frames have been a hit and led to their first mannequin that was constructed totally in-house: the unique Exie (now referred to as the Exie USA).
Ibis took the majority of what they discovered within the layup course of for the Exie USA and took that to the manufacturing facility in Vietnam to copy the method. The result’s the brand new Exie (simply Exie, not Exie USA. Received it?). The Exie will now be offered alongside the Exie USA, simply with a barely completely different weight and really completely different value.
Beginning with the World Cup-winning Exie USA as a template, the brand new Exie nonetheless presents a carbon fiber body, just one that’s about 250g heavier. That, and a mixture of an inexpensive Shimano Deore or SRAM NX/GX drivetrain means Ibis was capable of drop the beginning value for full builds by $3,000 in comparison with the Exie USA ($4,999 vs. $7,999).
Ibis Exie Geometry
Working an similar geometry chart, the Exie is constructed round 100mm of rear journey with a 120mm journey suspension fork, 29″ wheels, a 67.2º head tube angle, a average 73.8-75.9º seat tube angle relying on the dimensions, and longer attain numbers constructed round a shorter stem.
Like all Ibis mountain bikes, the Exie is constructed to accomodate lengthy journey dropper posts with a low standover peak. Full bikes will embrace both a KS Rage-i (125, 150, or 170mm) or Bike Yoke Revive (125, 160, or 185mm) dropper relying on the mannequin and body measurement.
Whereas the Exie is supposed to be a go-fast race machine, it’s additionally constructed to deal with all-day downcountry epics and has clearance for 29 x 2.4″ tires to get it completed.
Additonal (and welcomed) options embrace an built-in higher chain information, threaded backside bracket, molded rubber chainstay guard, and downtube guard, plus mechanis-friendly inner routing (full tunnel, and never by means of the headset). All body sizes even have clearance for 2 water bottle cages.
Ibis Exie Pricing, Colours & Builds
Provided in both Bug Zapper Blue or Cheat-O orange, the Exie shall be avaialble in three construct kits starting from $4,999 to $5,499. These which might be wanting a frame-only should improve to the Exie USA. Full builds of the Exie USA will proceed to be offered for $7,999 to $12,799.