SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ibis Cycles announced Wednesday that it is manufacturing size small Ripley LS carbon fiber mountain bike frames at its facility in Santa Cruz. The company has previously not offered the Ripley LS in a size small (it predecessor, the Ripley, did come in a small).
The company began building a carbon fiber manufacturing facility about four years ago to explore making bikes here. Ibis’ theory was that much of a carbon frame’s cost is in labor, and that by developing new manufacturing techniques it could reduce labor time for each frame, making the product price competitive with those made overseas.
Ibis said the resulting frame is 200 grams lighter than the Ripley small made overseas and takes about 40 percent less time to manufacturer.
Conveniently, the size fits Ibis designer and co-owner Roxy Lo. Besides the weight reduction, the new small frame was updated with a longer reach, steeper 75 degree seat tube angle, and clearance for 2.6-inch tires
“For now, the only product we plan to produce in the United States is the size small Ripley LS. This will allow us to start ‘small’ and scale up. We hope to someday produce a …read more