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Ibis Bicycles was founded by Scot Nicol, one of the earliest mountain bikers in northern California. The company began in Nicol's garage in 1981, when a friend asked him to build a frame.
The company produces the popular Mojo, Ripmo, and Ripley mountain bike frames among other models.
Nicol sold the company to an investment group in 2000, which ran it aground 20 months later. Thankfully, Ibis returned to the industry at the 2005 Interbike tradeshow.
Hans Heim, a former co-owner of Bontrager Cycles and Santa Cruz Bicycles, partnered with Nicol, Tom Morgan, and Roxy Lo to relaunch the brand. Today, their products are distributed in over 30 countries.
Ibis is renowned for their precision-made "hand job" cable hanger, which looks like a fist reaching up and grabbing the rear brake cable. The Hand Job took an unnoticed part of the average bike and made it a signature style of the Ibis brand.
Although the company primarily manufactures its frames in Asia, In 2018, they began producing a small quantity of US made frames under the label Carbon 831. Ibis frames were initially made of carbon, but today, they manufacture aluminum frames.
Ibis cycles sponsors Brian Lopes. Lopes also collaborated with Ibis Cycles in developing the "Lopes Link", a suspension upgrade for the Mojo and Mojo SL giving more handling precision.
Ibis was one of the pioneers who made use of carbon fiber for bike frames, and 20 years into it, they've continued to build some of the finest bikes. Their bikes are built for the every-day rider who values workmanship and ride quality.