Ibex Ignition 3: RL’s Update

It was my turn to have fun with the Ibex Ignition 3. Joe and Jeremy both had turns riding this bike and each of them had one thing in common they didn’t like about the Ignition (Iggy). The long stem and riser bar. One of the things Joe mentioned in his previous articles about the Iggy was having to lower the stem the lowest position possible. After doing so, he still felt like the rise was a bit too high.

Enter RL’s garage. I took the reigns of the Iggy a while ago. Since then I’ve made some changes to accommodate my size (I usually ride a medium) and riding style. First up was the bars and stem. I opted for a 1.5 rise and shortened the stem by using the Sette Stumpy stem from Pricepoint.com. This allowed the large cockpit area to become more compact so that my short arms could easily reach the bars. I also did away with the swooping seat post and went with a standard post and scooted my saddle in. Now this baby was getting closer to what I like as far as sizing goes.

I then did away with the front WTB Velociraptor Tires since I didn’t care for them. In its place I installed a Maxxis ADvantage, 2.4 tire. This was perfect for tackling some of the most technical trails SoCal can offer, besides, the ADvantage grip like nothing I’ve ridden before.

Here’s how the Iggy looks nice. The front tire was replaced (yes I kept the back on for now) with the Maxxis ADvantage, shorter stem, lock on Intense grips, Oh I also replaced the rear cassette with an 11-27 Dura Ace cassette. It’s the same one Priscilla has on her bike, but that’s for another article…So there you have it. This is an ALL Mountain bike that I plan on using as my DH Bike. I’m thinking about getting rid of the big ring and placing a bash guard on it since I really won’t be using it for DH purposes. Eh who knows…

Ibex Ignition 3: First Ride, first impressions…

The Ibex Ignition 3, Emerald Sand color, had been previously reviewed by two other staff members (Lance & Jeremy). As we are all individual riders and have different riding style, I’ll share my first impressions of the Ignition 3. I’ll try not to be redundant and rehash any of the previous reports on this bike.

Off the bat when I picked up the bike from Jeremy, the first thing I noticed was the weight. As I mounted the bike onto my hitch rack, the bike felt to be on the heavier side. Also what immediately got my attention was the 2? hi-rise handlebar. In my thoughts, it looked a little high for me. When I arrived home, I rode the bike on the streets to see if I needed to make any immediate changes. I wanted to be comfortable on the Ignition without changing any of the parts for the review.

I noticed two things – definitely with the 2? rise, the bars were too high and the rear shock was set-up was too stiff (since it was last set-up for Jeremy’s weight). Back in the garage, I lowered the stack height of the stem, binging it down by 10mm.

I also adjusted rear shock to the appropriate pressure and the sag to my weight. Last, I swapped out the stock pedals to the Crank Bros Candy SL. I had an extra set of pedals and my shoes are already equipped w/cleats (for Crank Bros pedals). Changing this part of the bike should not compromise the review.

First Ride: I took the Ignition to my local training ground, Coal Canyon. This trail is a ride in – ride out, which consists of fireroad climbs all the way up to the summit. I started a little later in the morning therefore the sun was already beating down. There are no shades going up Coal Canyon so it can get hot…ugh. Shortly after the entrance, when the flats transitioned into an incline the Ignition climbed very well. The bike’s front suspension, Marzocchi MX is equipped with a lockout however I didn’t need to use it. I cruised up the first two miles effortless. Despite the Ignition’s climbing efficiency, I can definitely feel the weight which eventually will take a toll on your legs.

  Coal Canyon trail, 241fwy and Anaheim Hills in the background.

As the trail became steeper, with the hi-rise bar and the lack of height adjustment on the fork, the Ignition steered all over the place. It was manageable but the efficiency was no longer there. At certain areas of the trail, when I stood up to mash on the pedals, the high position of hi-rise bars felt awkward. I reached the four mile mark and decided to head back down.

Bombing down the fireroad on the Ignition was a blast. I only wished I would have climbed all the way to the top as the four miles ended too quickly. The Avid brakes worked really well, both front and back. There were certain sections where I was approaching a turn and merely feathered the lever to slow down. I felt confident on the descents. The rear suspension wasn’t quite as responsive as I wanted it to be. Perhaps I needed to adjust the rebound… There aren’t too many technical areas on this trail so as I was climbing, I spotted a few hill-side rock sections that would be pretty fun. Sure enough I was able to hit some of these sections on my way back down. All though not too technical, the Ignition stay true to the line I picked.

First impressions:  The Ignition is a bit heavy.  I believe we had weighed this close to 35 lbs.  It can certainly use a diet.  However, with the first ride, the bike lived up to its label as an All-Mountain bike.  Despite the small issue of handling on steeper sections, it did very well on both ascents and descents.  Sure adjustments will have to be made, but we do that on most of our bikes anyways.

Back at home I lowered the stem by another 10mm. Hopefully this will feel a little bit more comfortable on the next ride. I’ll be riding the Ignition 3 quite a bit more so stay tuned for a full review in the next few months.  Below is a short video of the bike in action.

Price: $849.00

Frame:  6061 Aluminum w/ 5″ Travel
Fork:  Marzocchi MX Lockout – 120mm
Rear Shock:  Rock Shox BAR 2.1 Air*
Shifters:  Shimano Deore Rapidfire (SL-M530)
Front Derailleur:  Shimano Deore (FD-M530)
Rear Derailleur:  Shimano LX (RD-M581-SGS)
Crankset:  FSA Gamma Drive (44/32/22T)
Bottom-Bracket:  FSA MegaExo
Cassette:  Shimano HG 50 9-spd (11-34T)
Chain:  KMC Z9200
Brakes:  Avid BB-5 Mechanical Discs
Rotors:  Avid 7″ Roundagon (185mm)
Levers:  Avid FR-5
Rims:  WTB SpeedDisc All-Mountain
Hubs:  Formula Disc
Tires:  WTB VelociRaptor (26″ x 2.10)
Headset:  Aheadset STS-2K
Handlebar:  UNO Alloy OS (50mm Rise x 670mm)
Stem:  UNO OS Alloy – 3D Forged
Seatpost:  UNO Microadjust Alloy ( 31.6mm dia.)
Saddle:  WTB Speed V Comp
Pedals:  Shimano M505 Clipless w. Cleats

Ibex Ignition Update

I’ve been able to get in a few rides the last couple of weeks on the Ibex Ignition 3 and have a few thoughts/impressions for you. They were all night rides so no action pictures of the bike yet. I have to admit that it has been a while since I’ve gotten a good amount of seat time on a 26″ bike let alone a 26″ full suspension. The Ignition 3 is a different animal from my normal ride a 29er but I’m still enjoying it. The biggest change for me is two-fold: 1. 5 inches of travel & 2. All Mountain steering.

1. The 5 inches of travel really change the way I ride. The travel allows me to be more aggressive as it flattens out pretty much everything on the trail. The travel provided by the Marzocchi fork is super plush and has a great lock out feature that I use when climbing. This helps quite a bit with front bob. The rear suspension is still a work in progress as I dial in the correct amount of air pressure. I’m going to try using a different shock pump as I can’t get mine to pump up enough air for me. I also have to say that the BB5 brakes, 7? front & rear, have been amazing. More power than my hydraulics running 7? front, 6? rear. The modulation is very nice as well.

2. The All Mountain steering has been great on the downhills. It is a bit more slowed down in comparison with more XC oriented bike. This makes for more stable descents which fits well with the AM type of bike it is. On the uphills the slower steering requires a little more finessing for doing some technical stuff and the heavier bike makes me a bit slower. Also, because the rear shock is not dialed in just right, I have a hard time with the standing climbs. I experience way too much bobbing in the rear for standing climbs to be productive. I am working on this problem and I hope to have it solved shortly when I use the correct tool.

More thoughts to come as I take the Ibex Ignition 3 out for some more riding including to Aliso Woods for Saturday’s ride.

For more information on the Ibex Ignition 3 click here.

Date Ride on the Loop

The family that plays together stays together. Least that’s what I’ve heard. So last week I finally got to take the other half of the fam(wife) on our first ride ever. She on her Ibex and me on the Nirve Night Owl. I thought the trail was level enough that my wife wouldn’t need her helmet but she was quickly riding better than I’d hoped and I was kickin’ myself afterwards for not bringing them. No one fell though, and we had some nice green scenery thanks to the recent rain.

We sure not much for the night scene(clubs, etc.) so we like to find excuses to hang out together. This was a great one. While racing and rolling great singletrack is fun, I loved taking it easy and found it more relaxing and laughed more on a ride like this. Besides, it was a good excuse to show off my stoppies in front of the wife. Sure helps get her in the mood for late night activities. 🙂

It’s also fun teaching the basics. You forget that all those shifters and brake levers can be a little confusing when you first start. If you look hard(first pic) you’ll notice my wife put on her Specialized BG gloves on upside down, with the palm padding on the top of her gloves. I noticed half way through the ride and had to force myself not to laugh too hard.

Leavin’ me in the dust

We went into some pretty skinny singletrack, further along these railroad tracks and she had no problems whatsoever. Most importantly she had a smile on her face the entire time. I’d been reading RL’s tips for getting your wife into biking and made sure I was positive and didn’t push her or make her ride anything more than a novice was ready for. Still, it’s really encouraging and I can only hope that one day she’ll be out riding epics with me. Baby steps first though. Baby steps.