Ibis was founded way back in 1981 by Scot Nicol (He is also known as Chuck Ibis and that’s a whole other story…).
A long time ago, 1981 to be exact, the first Ibis bicycle was constructed in a funky little workshop up in Mendocino California. The short of it is that someone saw this first bike and asked, “can you build me one?” I said yes. One thing led to another. And for 20 years, the motley crew called Ibis built some of the finest, most innovative bicycles on the planet. It started
We had a great run, and in 2000 after exactly 20 years it was time to sell the company. Unfortunately, Ibis Redux or Ibis Deux or Ibis II or as the lawyers called it Ibis LLC didn’t last long. Now my mom always told me, “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” you know the rest. So I’ll resist strong temptation and just say that after 20 months, the new owners threw in the towel and declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
‘Nuff said. It was a big disappointment to many of you, and a huge loss for me.
Sometime the following year, I got a phone call from Hans Heim, an industry veteran whom I’ve known since the early days of Ibis when he was serving his Specialized masters. After Specialized, Hans was an instrumental force growing the business at Bontrager Cycles, and after that was an instrumental force in growing a little company called Santa Cruz Bicycles. If you see an instrumental habit developing, it’s probably due to 29 years of piano playing. Hans and his partner in Santa Cruz Rob Roskopp decided to part ways in 2002, and Hans left Santa Cruz Bicycles. Hans was not done making his mark on the bicycle industry, and called me to inquire about Ibis. Once again, one thing led to another, and Ibis is back. Our new “Velo Club” consists of Honch Hans and myself, and we’ve added a couple of youngsters to keep us geriatrics fresh.
I’m proud to say that with this crew, Ibis is back. We’re going to continue on the path we left behind in the spring of 2000, bringing you the best, most fun to ride bikes we can.