New Bike Day! Ibis HD3


The older I get the more I enjoy trips with friends. Riding mountain bikes in amazing places like Colorado with great friends are some of my favorite times looking back on recent years cycling. With that in mind, I was fortunate enough to purchase a new trail bike this year. I choose an Ibis HD3 based on a demo a few years ago at our local trails, friends recommendations, and the geometry coupled with the pedaling efficiency of the DW Link suspension.

I ordered the frame set in December and waited patiently for the in demand bike to show up in Illinois at my local bike shop. With great things comes great demand I hear. I moved a handful of parts from my previous trail bike to the frame, mainly the Shimano XTR bits. What I didn’t have to move over I purchased the remaining Shimano XTR parts to round out the bike.

Shimano XTR trail brakes, XTR 2 by 10 shifters, Thomson Downhill aluminum handlebar for durability, and a Thomson 50mm stem make up the cockpit.
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The wheel build consists of Derby 41mm wide carbon rims, DT Swiss 240s hubs, Shimano XTR rotors, Specialized Butcher front tire and Specialized Purgatory rear tire both of which set up tubeless.
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The dropper post I had on my last trail bike made a huge difference on my last trip to Colorado, it was a no brainer on this build.

I can’t thank my amazing local bike shop enough for helping me through the build process or talking parts, ordering the correct pieces, and building up the bike. Bloomington Cycle & Fitness is great.
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Bike Update – 2016-03-16

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5 thoughts on “New Bike Day! Ibis HD3

  1. Pingback: Today On A Bike | Cycles In Life

  2. Hi
    Can you post some thoughts on the Derbys?
    Have you noticed any drawbacks to such a wide rim?
    PS beautiful build

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