It has become no secret that I fell in bike love with the Ibis Mojo this past season and for good reason. No other bike in recent years has made me want to get out and ride more than that shiny carbon two wheeler that I spent the better portion of my season on. When we find bikes like this we try not to get too caught up in them as we know that we'll have to move on to new pastures sooner or later - that's what we do as testers, writers and lovers of this sport. Once it was my turn to move on, I found out about the Mojo HD - since that time I've been looking forward to riding one and seeing if it would live up to my Mojo experience.
Inside we're gonna tell you a lot more about all the bikes that Ibis offers the mountain bike crowd,
It all began as a search for the next trail bike to build and after reading and hearing enough good things about the Mojo from Ibis, it was decided to see what the hype was all about.Initial Build up Article
How to clean a dirty Ibis feature
Final review of the Ibis Mojo
As you can see the results were favorable and the bike stood out in my mind as one of my top rides ever and that is a tough list to get on to. Along the way I had the good fortune of getting to meet a few of the owners of Ibis, an engineer and their world renowned athlete Brian Lopes. Ibis has made a name and brand for themselves by not wanting to be the biggest, most bad ass company out there, but rather a company that makes high quality bikes that the end users (you and I) will love to ride on our local trails and beyond. The fact that the owners themselves are very approachable meant that I was able to ask them questions and tell biking stories too, with out feeling like I was being a grom. Heck I even learned that Scot can fly a plane and lived in Alaska for a while - frick that adds personality to a company.
Enough about thoughts and feelings, let's talk about their bikes now for a bit. The Mojo put them back on the map for high end, high quality rides, let's hear about the Mojo HD and the Tranny.Scot talks about Ibis, the Mojo HD and working with Brian Lopes and Lopes talks about the Tranny:
Prototype Ibis Mojo HD
160mm of rear wheel travel via the DW Link Suspension platform
The tapered headtube is compatible with the new tapered steerer standard of 1 1/8th upper and 1.5 lower.
If you want to run your current straight 1 1/8th fork, you are covered too as there will be an adapter available
and you will be able to use a traditional headset top and bottom.
67 degree head angle with a 160mm fork (Brian's been running a 170mm fork, you can also run up to a 180mm).
The chain guides will be proprietary and brands will be announced once the frame hits retailers.
The frame will not have ISCG mounts so it will not be HammerSchmidt compatible
The leverage ratio on both the Mojo and Mojo SL is designed for air shocks. The Mojo HD comes with an 8.5" x 2.5" Fox RP23. Note - A DHX air will work on all but the small size. A coil shock is not offered because the linkage rates weren't designed for it. The top tube has be lowered to get slightly better stand over than the regular Mojo while having a higher BB because of the longer travel.
12 x 135mm Maxle rear axle
Post mount magnesium left dropout, carbon right dropout
Dual row angular contact bearings in the front of the lower link that have less play than standard sealed bearings. Preload adjustment is not necessary. Large 28mm x 15mm x 7mm radial bearings in the rear for stiffness and long wear.
Front derailleur and adjustable seat post housing (if you use them) run along the top tube
Additional Mojo HD Prototype Specs
The HD runs full length cable housing. Rear brake and rear derailleur run on the down tube,
and there will be a cable guard made of foam-backed polycarbonate.
•Price and delivery date are both to be decided
•Target weight for the frame and shock: 6.2-6.5 lbs.
•Chain stay length: 17.125".
•Top tube lengths are the same as regular Mojos
•Max rear tire sizing - 2.35"-2.5" depending on brand and height of the side knobs.
•The bottom bracket height is 13.8"-14" depending on tires.
•The graphics on the production models will be different than that which is pictured above.Learn more about the Mojo HD here.
As you can see there are some exciting things happening over at Ibis Bicycles right now and moving forward. You can be sure that we'll be getting our greasy paws on a Mojo HD in the new year, so stay tuned to see where we take it!
-Tyler "Brule" Maine