Many thanks for all the votes and the kind words!
Ibis was and is certainly one of the best touring bikes but compared with some mountain bikes showed in this BOTM is far behind (I mean the riding characteristics). That's why the brand has not managed to be at the top.
When is a brand on the top? I don't get it. I agree on the touring bike character, that's why I like it.
It also has a bit to do with your body dimensions. In the past I owned a few MountainGoats, a Yeti ProFro, SC Tazmon, to name only a few. Borrowed a YoEddy. Compared to my Ibis Custom or SS models, they rode like ***t. If one has long legs and short torso/arms, the Ibis geometry is one of the best.
Components? I can't see anything particularly or spectacular bit on it.
Depends on. What about the clamp-on stem years before Aheadset stems?
And it took me years to find the silver WTB hubs/headset. And the 26.0mm clamp handlebars.
Or is it the original paint job? never understood what is supposed to be special at this paint job?
As said before, depends on taste.
But I know it's built with passion and well staged, therefore deserved to win.Congratulations to you Huelse
...and I am sure we will see more beautiful bikes of you.