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Ibis Sonoma(9 posts)

Ibis SonomaDINOSAUR
Jul 17, 2001 1:42 PM
Came across this manufacturer on my LBS website. I like the geometry and powder coat paint job. Two models, steel and ti. Steel for 1k, ti for around 2K. Anyone have any input on these frames? I think Ibis is more known for their MB frames.

http://www.ibiscycles.com/sonoma.html#
I have oneDAS
Jul 17, 2001 3:30 PM
I have an Ibis Spanky '00. I believe it's the same as the Sonoma. It's a great steel bike. They use 'moron' tubing which is pretty flexible. I've taken it on very long rides and it's very smooth...no pain. I built mine up with Ultegra. It's not the lightest bike in the world but it's a quality steel bike, I love it! I think I got the frame for $850 since it had a ding in it. I got the egg plant black color, great powder coating job. I got a 55.5cm and I'm 5'10". I love to hammer this bike. I mostly climb, do long rides, centuries, etc. I don't race much at all. I wanted comfort and quality steel, and that's what I got! I've seen a couple on the road. And I've seen more Ti than steel bikes. It's a bit different, not everyone has one like a Trek.
They are now made by Carl Strong>2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 17, 2001 4:51 PM
Not to say that is all bad but Ibis as a company has changed, they have been somewhat sold. They moved to Montana and have kind of joined in with Carl Strong. The aluminum Ripley is made by Anodizing Inc and the Silk Ti's were made by TST (Titanium Sports) who makes frames for Yeti, Mongoose and others.
I don't think somike mcmahon
Jul 17, 2001 5:24 PM
Ibis is sharing a new facility in Bozeman with Carl Strong, but I'm almost certain that Strong isn't building Ibis bikes. I read something on the subject about a week ago from someone at Ibis and it stated that Strong and Ibis are still operating as separate companies.
yupHank
Jul 17, 2001 5:54 PM
I posted a link from Scot Nicol about that but can't find it now. They're sharing the same roof but that's about it.

Dino, I have an Ibis Mojo (mtb) from 1995 (when they were in Sebastapol - before Santa Rosa and now Montana) and I would say it is one of the most solid bikes I've ever owned. Fantastic workmanship and wonderful mtb geometry. I will never ridden a mtb I liked better and I will NEVER sell it. The people at Ibis are very cool and they make a great product. That said, if I was buying a road frame I'd probably be leaning more toward Steelman - comes in more sizes and he builds his fork in house (Ibis farms that out--doesn't matter if you want a carbon fork). But obviously let fit decide - both would be great.
yupDINOSAUR
Jul 17, 2001 9:53 PM
Saw a custom someone had posted on the VeloNews forum last year.
I can't remember if it was a Strong or a Steelman. It had a powder coated paint job, and it looked very similar to the Ibis. Hmmmm I might drop by the Steelman outfit the next time I am in the Redwood city area to visit my mother-in-law. It sounds like the Sonoma might be to flexible for my taste. I'm heavy and I want something with a strong bottom bracket with no flex.

Gad, at this point I'm ready to say screw it and buy a Pinarello Paris from Gary Hobbs and build it up with Campy Chorus.I kinda like the ride of an al bike when I ride over all the ants in the road...
I will correct and clairify myself inside>2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 17, 2001 7:06 PM
Ibis is sharing the Bozeman facility with Strong frames, you are correct. I will correct myself and say that the welders that worked with Carl Strong at Strong frames not Carl himself are welding the frames and probally training new welders. But where the story wanders is the fact that the new investors took nobody from the old company with them. All the inside reps are new as I speak with them regulary and they are keeping me abreast of the changes and they emphasize that it is a all new company. The Steel frames will be unchanged in their production and tubeset so most probally not see a diffrence but then I have not seen one of the new frames yet so I can only speculate.
:~)
good infoHank
Jul 17, 2001 7:16 PM
I'm sure the quality will remain unchanged. But I'm definitely keeping my Sebastopol bike.
Good call...it's a classic.>2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 17, 2001 7:29 PM
I wish I had never gotten rid of my Mojo.....it was the best riding bikse I have ever put a leg over....