08.30.2006 | 5:06 pm

When I got back from NY last week, here’s what I had waiting for me:

Oh, that’s a terrible picture, isn’t it? I really need to get a real camera, or at least a phone with a good camera. OK, let’s go to a product shot from the site, then:

Yes, that’s right. I am currently reviewing an Ibis Silk Carbon SL for CyclingNews. After this review, I plan to keep this bike. Here’s why:

  • It’s beautiful. Dark, stealthy, serious-looking carbon everywhere. With a shiny, shiny laminate. And the build spec on the SL is not exactly slouchy: Easton Ascent II Wheelset & EC90 SL Fork, Shimano Dura-Ace 10 Drivetrain, Easton components. Sassy.
  • Cool Ibis headbadge:

  • Descends beautifully.  So stable. So fast. I hit 56mph coming into work today.
  • Climbs insanely well. But you’d expect that from a bike that weighs 15.47 pounds, wouldn’t you?
  • I’m the first kid on the block to own one.

I’ll be writing the review after riding this bike at Lotoja, and will be including an interview with Scot Nichol, founder of Ibis. Scot’s an incredibly funny guy who just happens to have a deep knowledge of all things bike-related; the interview should be interesting reading.


  1. Comment by Unknown | 08.30.2006 | 5:41 pm

    I finally finished reading the Mtn Bike Action article on the Ibis Mojo carbon full suspension and it looks equally as sweet.  Looks like Ibis is coming back to market with a vengeance!

  2. Comment by jim | 08.30.2006 | 6:05 pm

    I am so very jealous.  I am also amazed that they allow you to review and just keep such a machine.

  3. Comment by Unknown | 08.30.2006 | 6:22 pm

    Carbon IS wonderful when done so well. Maybe a Mojo is just what you need to break 9 hours at Leadville. Think of the ink that would get IBIS.

  4. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 08.30.2006 | 6:23 pm

    I. Hate. You.

  5. Comment by Unknown | 08.30.2006 | 6:40 pm


  6. Comment by BIg Mike In Oz | 08.30.2006 | 6:47 pm

    Maybe someone out there has a digital camera they need reviewed.  That would solve a few problems.
    Congrats on being trusted with such a nice machine, although I do notice that they sent you the "short, squat" model while the marketing department photo is of the "tall, agile" version.  I wonder if that makes any difference to the handling.

  7. Comment by Tim D | 08.30.2006 | 6:53 pm

    Do they still have the had job brake boss and the toe job pump peg?  If not, I’m not interested.

  8. Comment by Tim D | 08.30.2006 | 6:53 pm

    That was suppose to say hand job

  9. Comment by Unknown | 08.30.2006 | 7:29 pm

    That is one hot ride, Elden.  I am jealous beyond words. 

  10. Comment by Stephanie | 08.30.2006 | 7:53 pm

    I just had a heart attack when i saw how much that thing cost…

  11. Comment by James | 08.30.2006 | 8:43 pm

    15.47? You aren’t taking their word for it, I hope…you did hang that thing on a scale, right? I mean, I’d hate to get all lathered up by your review only to find that it actually weighs 15.49 pounds or something.

  12. Comment by Nick | 08.31.2006 | 12:06 am

    My Buddy has that bike and rode it to portland with me. Great ride. It LOOKS fast.
    Is it a steed worthy of RAMROD?

  13. Comment by barry1021 | 08.31.2006 | 2:57 pm

    Try to not crack the down tube. If you actually get to keep it for nothing after reviewing, I am starting my own blog.

  14. Comment by Jsun | 08.31.2006 | 4:53 pm

    If you are already planning to keep the bike and you are going to ride with Mr. Ibis I think we already have our review, but you may be able to find something to critique.  Perhaps a built in sandwich holder.

  15. Comment by Tyler | 08.31.2006 | 10:25 pm

    Steph — Not sure which way the heart attack went, but that’s pretty cheap for a sub-kilo carbon frame!  Is that weight on-the-road, then, as tested?  If so, not bad at all.  I’m sure slightly-less-than-fatty can tell us if it’s stiff, too.
    Frankly, it looks like every other carbon bike out there.  Just piece the tubes together, throw on a 12k weave, and, whammo, there’s your racebike!  I guess that’s why Pinarello and Colnago can’t resist making "ribbed for your pleasure" frames that have waves and ripples every whichway. 
    It’s a sweet headbadge though.

  16. Comment by Christina | 09.1.2006 | 3:40 am

    I like the sass, but I don’t know about that name.  "Ibis Silk"

    ibis (noun): 1. Tropical wading bird.  2. A gregarious wading bird with a downward-curving bill.

    silk (noun): 1. The fine fiber that silkworms secrete to make their cocoons. 2. Textiles thread or fabric made from the fiber that silkworms secrete.  3. The tuft of long soft hairs that forms at the end of ears of corn.
    So there’s my super duper important content to help you w/ your review.   
    -Beast Mom

  17. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 09.1.2006 | 3:46 am

    I’m with Botched. I hate you for having such a sweet rig! Do you actually get to keep it for nothing just for reviewing it, or am I just reading into that wrong?


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