Impeccable trail manners.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Forme Ripley 2


  • Comfortable, neutral riding position.
  • Surprisingly fast rolling.


  • Quick-release fork is flexy.
  • Top tube is sky high.


Forme Ripley 2 (2017) review


Price as reviewed:


In association with Sombrio

When we unboxed the Forme Ripley 2, we thought that Forme had merely chucked a long travel fork on an average XC frame to achieve its slack 66.6° head angle.

On closer inspection however, the regular 311mm BB height indicated otherwise. The frame’s geometry is 100 per cent correct for the 120mm RockShox suspension fork, but it is also very tall, with the top tube offering little in the way of standover clearance.

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The long hourglass head tube also meant that we needed to drop the Crank Brothers stem as low as possible to achieve our optimum handlebar height and better load the front tyre.

However, as soon as we did this, the shifter pod would hit the top tube when the handlebar spun round, and both could get damaged in a crash.

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The Ripley also shares the same issue as the Scott Scale 760, in that the 9mm quick-release RockShox fork reduces stiffness and gives less precise steering than 15mm designs.

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Even with the gangly frame proportions, the 
Ripley’s trail manners were impeccable.

It has a really neutral riding position, it maintains speed incredibly well, and there’s a decent level of compliance in the rear end for added comfort.

With a lower top tube and a stiffer fork, this great value package could easily give the top bikes a run for their money.

Review by Charlie Collins

forme ripley


6061 Alloy
Fork:Rockshox XC32, 120mm travel
Wheels:Shimano Deore hubs, Mavic EN321 rims, Schwalbe Hans Dampf/Nobby Nic 27.5x2.35/
2.25in tyres
Drivetrain:Race Face Ride chainset, Shimano Deore shifter, SLX r-mech
Brakes:Shimano M355, 180/160mm
Weight:12.47kg (27.5lb)
Sizes:18, 20in
Size tested:20in