For riders who like a high-elevation climb along with their epic big mountain descent, the Ripmo XT S35 I9 Carbon Wheel Mountain Bike is the perfect no-compromise option. The Ripmo’s 147mm of rear travel might make it seem like it’s a planted enduro bike, but thanks to modern geometry and the efficiency of its DW-Link suspension, it climbs quite well. The beauty of DW-Link is that its climbing benefits are equally helpful on the descents, with a progressive shock tune that’s soft at the start of its travel for rear wheel climbing traction and small bump sensitivity. With a modern 64. 9-degree head tube angle, the Ripmo provides lots of stability for ripping descents, and 29in wheels front and rear welcome technical terrain from the PNW to the desert. Ibis smartly specs a 160mm travel fork up front to make the most of the bike’s descending capabilities. This impressive build from Ibis utilizes performance components from Shimano’s XT line, starting with the 12-speed drivetrain that offers crisp shifting and a wide gear range. The Fox Factory 38 fork has 160mm of travel to soak up big hits, and the 38mm stanchions deliver enhanced torsional stiffness for tracking predictably in high-speed corners. Ibis makes this build feel more responsive with their in-house S35 carbon wheels that accelerate quickly and hold up to aggressive riding. Shimano’s XT 4-piston brakes bolster the bike’s descending characteristics with excellent stopping power. We recommend this Ripmo build as the ultimate one-bike quiver for riders who want to climb all over the high country and still hit the bike park from time to time. *Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.