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1983 Ibis
1987 Ibis
1987 Trials Comp
1988 Ibis
1988 Ibis Trials

1988 Avion
1988 Capt. Dondo Ibis
1989 Mtn. Trials proto
1989 Mtn. Trials
1990 SS
1991 SS

1992 SS w/ Campy
1991 Tandem
1993 Scorcher fixed gear
1996 Szazbo
1997 Alibi

1981

Ibis founded in Mendocino, CA.

 
1982

Scot in 1982 on Ibis #7, Mt. Diablo:
Ibis


1983

July Ibis 1983 Ad:
Ibis



1984

Moved to Sebastopol, CA.  First Ibis road bike.

March 1984  Ad including Roller Cam brakes:
Ibis


1984/85 catalog:
Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis



1985

Ibis trials bikes go into production.

November 1985 Ad:
Ibis


  
1986

Ibis tandem frames go into production.

1987

Ibis Avion, first complete bike.  The Avion is reviewed below in a November 1987 bike test:
Ibis



July 1987 Scot Nicol Interview:
Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis


November 1987 Bicycle magazine article with several different mountain bikes including an Ibis:
Ibis  Ibis  Ibis  Ibis  Ibis Ibis  Ibis  Ibis  Ibis  Ibis  Ibis



1988

Out of the garage and into semi-legal work space.

 December 1988 Mountain Trials bike test.
Ibis Ibis


 Andy Grayson: 1988 NORBA Trials Champion:
Ibis


 May 1988 Bicycle Guide pictures:
Ibis

1988 carbon Ibis with Ti lugs:
Ibis  Ibis


1989

June, 1989 Ibis Ad:
Ibis

1990 

Birth of the SS, last pre-suspension hard tail

Titanium production begins

Scot Nicol (founder) inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame


1991 

April 1991 Scot Nicol interview and bike review from Bicycle Guide:

Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis


Wes Williams with the precursor to the Scorcher, May 1991 Bicycle Guide:
Ibis


August 1991 article about a12" Ibis SS:
Ibis




1992 

January 1992 Ibis Ad:

Ibis
 

July 1992 Bicycle Guide magazine tandem review:
Ibis Ibis Ibis Ibis
 



1993 

Limited edition Scorcher (retro-styled fixed gear) 100 made (25 small, 25 large and 50 medium), custom handlebars were made to replicate an old Torrington design.

November 1993 Scorcher review from Bicycle Guide magazine:
Ibis  Ibis


 
1994 

Moron (more on the ends) tubing for the Mojo

SST (Shimano Suck This) component package available consisting of Control Tech or Syncros stem, Dia Compe 987 brakes, Grip Shift, XC Pro brake levers, Taperlite bars, King headset, Cooks or Topline cranks, Onza pedals, White or Hugi hubs, Mavic 230 rims, Ritchey bottom bracket and XTR derailleurs.  These specs were subject to change depending on availability.

First butted titanium (with Gary Helfrich)

Titanium road bike

Touché road tandem (steel or Ti), Cousin It mountain tandem (steel or Ti), Cousin It Road tandem (steel)

Ibis

Prototype Szazbo full suspension in steel and Ti

 
1995 

Szazbo full suspension (Sweet Spot) in aluminum (first Al bike)

Cousin-It mountain tandem, Forte Road Tandem, Touché road tandem in steel and Titanium

EZ-Street road tandem

 
1996 

First prototype BowTi

 
1997 

Ibis Alibi aluminum hard tail

Hakkalugi cyclocross

1998 

Spanky road bike with Moron

BowTi production

Limited run of single speed frames (one for each letter of the alphabet)

1999 

Moves to Santa Rosa

Launch of Geax tires with Vittoria

Mai Tai titanium mountain bike and Sonoma Ti road bike

2000 

Silk Ti pivot-less full suspension

2002 

Ibis files for bankruptcy.

2003 

John Castellano (designer of many of the Ibis full suspension bikes) now offers some of the Ibis bike models as well as parts for older Ibis bikes.  For more information check out
Castellano Designs.

2005 

Watch for the announcement of the righting of the good ship Ibis at the fall Interbike trade show!!

2000 
 
From the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 
Scot Nicol
In 1965, at age 11, Scot acquired his first ballooner by rather questionable means. The irresistible late 1940s model Schwinn was in a neighbor’s garage when he spied it. Always one to make a deal, Scot quickly offered his mother’s lightweight bike as a trade on this classic cruiser. “Mom finally forgave me 22 years later when I repaid her (with interest) by delivering her a custom Ibis.”

Acrobatic tricks soon became his specialty on his new bike. In Breeze and Gary Fisher in a trip to Crested Butte for a trip over Pearl Pass. “They liked me at first because I had a car that would probably make it to Crested Butte (unlike any of them). Later, when they found out I could ride up and down hills as fast as any of them, plus ride wheelies in circles around them, they accepted me into their group.”

This proved to be a valuable association for Scot, as he apprenticed with Breeze and Cunningham that winter. Soon after that, the first Ibis rolled out of the shop he had set up in his greenhouse in Fort Bragg, Calif. That bike was shorter and steeper, and rode more comfortably than the other mountain bikes available at the time, so it soon became successful.

Scot also raced mountain bikes in the first years of the sport; his most notable results were a sixth place at the 1983 NORBA Nationals, a win of the Last Central Coast Clunker Classic, and an overall win at the first Bishop 7500/Mammoth Stage Race. In 1984, Scot met up with Tom Hillard and was quickly hooked on trials riding, leading to several years of development of trials bikes, with some strange incarnations along the way. Scot used his acrobatic and bike handling skills to win dozens of trials events, finishing third at the national championships in 1985.

A 1987 trip to Europe with his wife Ginny was the thrust behind the production of the first Ibis Tandem. From that beginning, Ibis produced a few tandems in 1988, many more in 1989 (after being named bike of the year by Bicycle guide Magazine), and fully half of the production in 1990 is devoted to satisfying the demand for the two tandem models that Ibis produces.

“Ibis is a bird of beauty, revered by the ancient Egyptians for their grace and form. In fact they often carried their mummified Ibis with them to their tombs, “explains Nicol. “Although I don’t really hope to have people get buried with their bikes, hopefully people will continue to ride and enjoy their Ibis bikes while enjoying this sport that has brought created so many wonderful friendships.”

 

 

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