Ibis Mojo – All Mountain Build

Apr 2, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
With my want to get out and ride around in the woods more and more these days and not just via shuttles, I felt it time to build up a proper All Mountain (AM) bike. Last season I did up a few “wolves in sheep’s clothing” AM type builds, but this year I wanted to do it right. To begin I had to find the right tool for the job. Enter Ibis and their Mojo.

Read on to see how the build shaped up.After seeing what Kakah was doing on his AM bike last year and feeling how light it was, I knew that I too could have that light of a set up and not have to worry about whether or not the parts would hold up to my heavier mass as a rider. I looked around and there are a lot of get options out there and several are very light too, but after reading the article that Calgary Cycle submitted about their custom build up on an Ibis Mojo SL that weighed in a 23.5lbs with pedals, I knew that I wanted to look in that direction too. Having always thought that carbon bikes were out of my price range, I was more than pleasantly surprised to see the pricing on the Ibis Mojo. At $1999 USD with a Fox RP23 rear shock, and weighing a meager 5 pounds, 9 ounces (medium frame weight), I knew that this would be my starting point.

Sexy Curves

Sexy Curves


Sizes: Small Medium Large X-Large

Geometry:

SmallMediumLargeX-Large
Seat Tube Length15.5"17"19"21"
Head Angle69.069.069.069.0
Seat Angle73737373
Effective Top Tube22.0"22.8"23.6"24.4"
Chain Stay429mm429mm429mm429mm
Wheelbase41.9”42.7”43.5"44.3"


I ordered up the regular Mojo as I like paint and their Eddy Orange is super flashy and you’ll be able to find me if I get exhausted in the woods while riding and have to flag down a search helicopter. I wanted to stick with a coil fork and at least 6 inches of front travel, so the Fox 36 Vanilla RC2 was ordered up to match the RP23 in the rear. If you have not ridden a 36, then you should borrow or demo one as you may be pleasantly surprised by the overall feel and responsiveness of it. They are as sturdy as most DH forks, but trail ready for any All Mountain adventure you are on. A few select Ibis parts (seat post, handle bar and stem- learn more about this further down in the article) came along with the frame as did a Cane Creek internal headset.

Fox Shox RP23 rear shock

Fox Shox RP23 rear shock

Fox 36 Vanilla RC2

Fox 36 Vanilla RC2


Since I am a hefty guy and not a light weight like Derek at 180lbs and his 23lbs bike – heck I weigh more than them both combined – I knew that picking reasonable parts would be pretty easy and I’d start with items that I already had. My old faithful XTR crankset just got a new Hope BB that I picked up while driving through the Kootenays a few months ago, so this set up was a must on the new bike. Connex gold chain, SRAM PG-990 (11-32) cassette, X.0 rear derailleur, X.7 front derailleur and X.0 shifters round out the drive train. Custom white Avid Juicy Ultimates with 6" rotors for braking duties and the ol' WTB Devo Ti saddle would round out my parts that I already had.

I just had to sort out the cock pit (bars, stem and seat post) and the wheelset and the Ibis would be rolling (literally). Since I picked up Ibis' own bar and stem with the frame I thought I would begin with why I chose not to run them in the end. The Ibis XC riser weighed in at a light 260 grams, but is only 26-1/4 inches wide, making it too skinny for my liking. I went the route of the Easton Monkey Lite DH for a few reasons. It's 28 inches wide, weighs 30 grams LESS than the Ibis bar and I used to ride the original Monkey Lite riser bars back in the day so I know that they are strong. The Ibis stem is close to the lightest I have seen at 108 grams for a 80mm reach. I really prefer the shorter reach and went with the 65mm Easton Havoc stem at 212 grams (close to double the Ibis). I have my eyes out for a light weight 60-65mm stem, but for now the burly Havoc is getting the job done just fine. I am sticking with the Ibis 350mm, two bolt post for now, but may swap to a longer 400mm option from elsewhere at a later date as I am riding on the minimum insertion line and would prefer not to be.

Easton Monkey Lite DH bar, Havoc Stem, X.0 shifters, Orange Jagwire housing and Juicy Ultimates

Easton Monkey Lite DH bar, Havoc Stem, X.0 shifters, Orange Jagwire housing and Juicy Ultimates


For wheels there is always the favorite "build up" of all one's favorite parts or go with a wheelset from any of a number of reputable wheel companies. But what about the little guy that has a component company with their own wheelset? After reading some very favorable reviews over the past year on Transition Bike's Revolution 32 and 36 downhill/freeride wheelsets, I got looking into whether they had an AM/XC offering. At $299 USD and only 2070 grams (20mm front, 135 regular Q/R rear) it was a no brainer to give the Revolution AMs a go on the Ibis Mojo. Since I know that the crew behind these wheels rides hard, that was also an incentive to give them a try as I am sure I won't be inflicting any more abuse than Cam Burns himself does on them.


Tires was a little tougher as I had pretty good luck with my set ups last season, but wanted to go with something different that still came in a wider foot print and Kevlar bead. In the end it was a weigh off and the Schwalbe Fat Albert in a 2.4 won and is the tire that I am going to run first on the Revolution AM wheelset. Unfortunately the local shop only had Schwalbe tubes and they are heavy (186 grams each), so I will replace them once I find a lighter option in my travels. Rotational mass is important to keep down with out making too many sacrifices and I think I am at a great starting point for this season.

Me talking about my Ibis all mountain build up and why I've chosen the parts on it:
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Frame and Size2009 Ibis Mojo
•140mm (5.5") travel
•Medium Frame
•Carbon monocoque frame and swing arm
•DW Link Suspension
Weight of complete bike29.8 pounds
Rear ShockFox RP23
•Air spring
Fork2009 Fox 36 Vanilla RC2
•20 mm Tool less removal
•160mm Travel
•Rebound, High/Low Speed Compression, and manual Preload adjustments
HeadsetCane Creek IS2, 1-1/8th” Black
Crankset2008 Shimano XTR, 22/32/44T, 170mm arms
Bottom BracketHope External BB with Stainless Steel bearings, (113grams)
Pedals2007 Shimano Clipless
ChainWippermann Connex 9 speed (Gold)
CassetteSram PG-990, 9 speed, 11-32
Front DerailleurSRAM X.7, 34.9
Rear DerailleurSRAM X.0, 9 speed, long cage
Shifter Cable/HousingJagwire Color match Orange
Shifter PodsSram X.0 pods, 9 speed rear and 3 speed front
HandlebarEaston Monkey Lite DH, 711mm width x 40mm rise, 31.8mm clamp diameter, 230 grams (Carbon)
StemEaston Havoc DH Stem, 31.8mm clamping diameter, 65mm reach, 212 grams
GripsODI Ruffian MX lock ons, Red
BrakesAvid Juicy Ultimates, 6” rotors, White with Tyler Maine in the Carbon levers
Wheel SetTransition Bikes Revolution AM wheelset
•Front 20mm, sealed bearings
•rear sealed bearings, 135x10mm regular Q/R
•Double butted spokes
•2070 grams for the set
TiresSchwalbe Fat Albert 26 x 2.4, Kevlar Bead, 756 Grams each
TubesSchwalbe, 186 Grams each
SaddleWTB Devo, Ti rail, 196 grams
SeatpostIbis, double bolt, 31.6, 350mm length, 240 grams
ExtrasIbis, Seatpost Q/R
•Sigma Wireless Speedometer

This is the first DW Link bike that I have ever ridden so expect to hear more on my thoughts once I get a few hundred kilometers under those links. Right off the bat I know that the leverage ratios are in my favor and that I will in fact be able to run this bike with out a re-valve for my size. Thanks to everyone who helped get this build up underway and I look forward to telling you how it all goes in the coming months.


Links of interest:

-Ibis Bikes
-Fox Racing Shox
-Easton Monkey Lite DH Bar and Havoc Stem
-Transition Revolution AM Wheelset
-Schwalbe Fat Albert Tires
-Jagwire Cables -sourced through Cycles Lambert in Canada

-Scot Nicol's Personal Blog:
www.chuckibis.com/chuck_spew/

Happy Trails,
Tyler "Brule" Maine




138 Comments

  • + 5
 I can't believe you put Transition wheels on an Ibis, Thumbs Down
  • + 1
 My thoughts exactly!
  • + 1
 Agreed, Especially when it has XTR cranks, Juicy Ultimates, X.0 etc.
  • + 0
 Hey guys, let me re-state my choice on these wheels. There are a lot of really nice, fairly light wheelsets out there, or better yet I could buy all the parts and build something unique. But at $300 USD and weighing in at around 2000grams, I thought it is more than fair to give these a try. They are using the exact same rim as Gravity uses on their wheelsets, just they've chosen to go with a more generic hub to reduce costs. In the end, time will tell if it was a good choice or not.
  • + 0
 brule, I'd be very interested to read more about that wheelset but i haven't been able to find any reviews on them. keep us posted. cheers, and thanks for the article.
  • + 0
 those wheels blow tires off the rim if you corner hard enough and weigh a bit
  • + 1
 I think its a good choice for this rider weight range, they dont break the wallet, light enough and strong enough. When u weight this (respect Brule Wink ) and U ride as agro as Brule seem to, there's no point in spending fortune on something U will twist and bend anyways. Perhaps sunrims singletracks would be a bit better, but transition adds a bit of patriotic touch to it Smile
  • + 1
 yes but if every time you rail a corner hard the tire blows off, thats no good. maybe he just smashes and doesn't actually rail corners hard. in which case no big deal. smash away.
  • + 1
 LOL if your blowing tires off your rim big tard you have absolutely no clue how to seat a tire correctly. NO rim, and I mean NO rim, has an issue like that. Period. The only thing different on rims is the core section. The rim sides are all the same in design using a lip at the top. What is there to screw up?

Seems like just because you see something happen once or twice, you automatically think its like that on EVERY product. Please show me written recall / tb information on these wheels. There isn't any. If so many riders were having very dangerous issues with them, why wouldn't you read about them, why wouldn't they recall them, and why wouldn't they be pulled from the market until fixed. Think about it.
  • + 1
 do you think a company is gonna tell you every time a product has a problem? they don't.
All rims are not the same. thats for damn sure
a company like transition and many other companies out there buy whatever taiwan sells them. do you think taiwan cares if people blow tires off the rims they already collected the money for.
you might be retarded.
i live in bike land. you know, where we say a million bikes a day. tons of EVERY product you could imagine.
i've seen plenty of these rims with tires blown off them.
big people, small people, slow people, fast people.
look at the valve stems. every time i put a tire on these rims, the valve core goes crooked after a few rides. that means the tire is sliding.
you'd like to believe i'm retarded. but it just isn't the case. i've been riding bikes my whole life. and i know it doesn't mean shit that a guy says he's a bike mechanic. but i been all over this industry. its a shit show
  • + 1
 lovely bike but bad move with the brakes! they will be seriously under powered!!! i have them with a 203mm front and a 185 rear on a 31lbs bike with me being 140lbs and they simply havn't got enough pull on them and you find the limits of them too quickly.
other then that you have built my dream bike (if it was in the green Big Grin )
  • + 0
 So far I am running 6" front and rear rotors with no issue. Once I get into the mountains a little more and get some more technical descents under them I should have a better feel for the power. Are you XC riding your bike or freeriding it?
  • + 7
 actually, t3h1337r, bigger rotors do result in greater stopping power. Torque increases as the radius on which the clamping force is applied increases, resulting in a very significant increase in braking power. you are correct in that they dissipate heat faster, but the primary logic behind larger rotors is more power. Simple physics dude.
  • + 2
 more power + accumulate less heat as well
  • + 2
 I stand corrected dreignk. Thats the first actually decent, educated comment I have seen come toward me. People like bigtard just seem to think that spitting out worthless insults all day long will help them get their point across. Pretty sad he was getting that worked up being hes almost 30 and getting over hyped on a web forums. Called get a life bigtard?

Anyways rock on dreignk, you worded that great.
  • + 2
 anyway back to the original question...
AM more, its a specialized enduro 2008 and im coming from Hayes 9s on 203mm front nd back
their light and if thats what you want then sure go for them but for that sort of bike, id say go for 'The ones'tried them a few days back and they simply are the best
just my opinion and if i get stick that fine but for your bike, weight, and assuming your riding ability (on offence with that) then id say that they are under powered for what you need
  • + 1
 I use 185/160 XTs and as long as I am doing my braking properly I can clear a 3 minute downhill without bigger finger fatigue. Two years ago when I was boiling brakes I had 203 rotors and it didnt help at all, I couldnt get all the way down the mountain without stopping. Of course 203 brake better but.. the same goes with the brakes themselves, he could just go for Codes.
  • + 1
 2 years ago you probably weren't running the same brakes. the point is. anyone who says six inch rotors are just as powerful as eight inch ones is stupid. and should be abused for saying so.
  • + 0
 I've been running the same brakes since 03. Why on earth would you need to keep re buying stuff? To stay on top of the latest "trends"? Sorry but brakes are brakes. And no someone shouldn't be abused for saying something like that. I think you need to get that out of your head... it just makes you look like a turd.
  • + 1
 if i've finally convinced you that i'm a turd. then my goal has been met.
brakes are brakes?
are you saying that you'd be just as happy running hayes nines on your dh bike as codes. don't be stupid
  • + 0
 ?

I run hayes mech brakes on my dh rig. I have nothing to fuss with, plus I try not to use my brakes anyways, so why spend a pile on them. I'm happy on whatever I get that doesn't need super attention. I like to set and forget.
  • + 2
 mechanicals on a DH rig?! that simply cant be enough! i dont have enough stopping power from me hydros on my XC/AM bike
btw got back from a weeks riding agressive XC in North Wales 2day, and the ultimates have started to up their power on their own, though i still think that they arn't the right brake for me ( or you brule) due to the riding that they are expected to deal with on our bikes
  • + 0
 Its plenty enough. Done northstar ski resort on em, whistler on em, sea otter on em, chdh on em. I try not to use my brakes... they just slow me down.
  • + 2
 im not commenting on the amount some1 has to use them, im commenting on the power that they provide when they are needed to be used. what you just said is a stupid comment with no real relivence to what we are talking about other then trying to big yourself up.
  • + 0
 dude what are you talking about ajh4446. I was replying to what you said. Power is fine. They grab just fine. If your lacking power on mechanicals you need to get your hands into shape... thats all. Since when is everyone around here so hardcore. I never once said anything to you degrading. Stop name calling and wise up.
  • + 2
 again trying to big yourself up "you need to get your hands into shape... thats all." thats no real help to anyone. just gone on your profile and you simply cant be riding your bike as hard as you say you are if you have a 54lbs bike, and then say that mechanicals are enough. :S
  • + 2
 t3h is a dolt. its been finalized. and he's obviously not very good at biking if he doesn't realize the benefit of good brakes. if you know how to ride, you know you need the best brakes out there. not mechanicals
  • + 0
 lol. no, I'd just rather buy booze and party than spend 250+ on something I will barely use. What does me liking mechanicals have anything to do with how "good I ride". I just choose not to spend so much on something I only use a small fraction of the time I'm on my bike. Booze Boobies and Bikes. I doubt any hot chick would care about what brakes you run. Go buy a gal a drink or something.
  • + 2
 well if you dont ride much then why are you commenting? guess in this whole thing all that has been showed is that you dont know what you are talking about. :S
  • + 2
 listen t3h it appears, by what you keep saying, that you think your AWESOME because you don't spend time on your brakes. it takes brakes to go fast you friggin dolt. if you don't use your brakes it means your going too slow to need them. you should stick to booze and partying by the way, my hot chick loves her good brakes. she's probably faster than you too.
  • + 0
 I di rude aj, every day. About 10 miles a day. I dont ride my brakes that much. I never said I didn't ride.

And big tard, why on earth are you getting so "intense" with these replies. Just chill out dude. You don't need to comment on every one of my replies.


best reply I have ever seen in my life "it takes brakes to go fast you friggin dolt".

That has to be the most idiotic thing I have ever seen in my life. Now your sounding like Al Gore.
  • + 0
 do ride aj* man I can't type.
  • + 2
 simple thing is you have a heavy bike, close to twice the weight of mine, and chances are, assuming that is, that you weigh more then me due to me being only 17, but from my experiance, juicy ultimates (which is what this whole article is about btw) dont have enough power, and mechanicals have even less power then any hydro that i have used (bb5s and hayes)
also by you saying that you ride 10miles a day makes me think that you use your bike for commuting, which doesnt really have any relivence as to what we are talking about.
  • + 0
 oh yeah t3h.
"i don't use my brakes, they only slow me down"
is actually the most idiotic thing someone has ever said about bike parts
You're still the six inch is as powerful as eight inch guy aren't you?
since you pretend to understand cars so much. obviously formula one cars have way shittier brakes than any type of car out there because they're the fastest cars right. obviously they couldn't go fast if they had good brakes right?
hey stupid, i'm going to keep telling you your stupid until you stop saying stupid things
  • + 1
 God damn U guys! Stop it! Ur "Ill prove U Ur stupid"-like discussion is spamming my notice board! Off course t3h is trying to show off how bad ass he is and has no damn idea what is he talking about. But ajh4446 why the hell U try to prove to the kid that he's wrong?! Leave him alone, Let him live, he'll get some self confidence as he grows up, meets girls and starts to use his wee wee - doesn't matter if it's 6" or 8" or just 4" - all that matters is how u use it...
  • + 2
 he's old enough to hear he's a dumbass. and its the only way he might realize he should wise up.
thats what pinkbike is for right?
  • + 0
 wow you guys really take what other people choose to run seriously. All of you guys who have replied to me need to just buzz off. Seriously.
  • + 0
 you, particularily, just keep beaking off about all this crap you think you know all about. but its just trash. keep it to yourself if you don't want people judging what you say.
  • + 0
 lol, dude why are you still going on and on and on. Your like a broken record. I'm done responding to you.
  • + 0
 yeah till the next time you say something stupid that you think you know something about. then we'll talk
  • + 0
 wow dude, do you really have to have the last word for everything? Step it up, grow up, and leave it alone.
  • + 0
 if theres one thing i don't do. its leave it alone
  • + 2
 hahaha and im the 1 thats spamming the notice board?!
szfebtt - i tried to bring it back a few times, read my comments, but il let you off as what you said at the end made me laugh lol
  • + 1
 loving the bike - I think this type of frame may be a lot more common soon, now that newer 'tech' 7" travel dh bikes are becoming more popular than the longer travel frames, it won't suprise me if people end up rockin dh trails on lightweight 6"ish travel 'dh' bikes before long, afterall, its all the travel you need for a lot of dh courses if you aren't a complete hack....
  • + 5
 What is DW link suspension?
  • + 0
 a linkage design. eg. FSR, VPP etc
  • + 0
 oh so its just the ibis companys type thing like FSR. Kind of like a patent name?
  • + 0
 That is correct.
  • + 0
 Aye, but Ibis didnt create it, It was created by the guy with initials D.W. (I cant mind his name just now Razz ), and so Ibis will pay to use the design in their bikes; Just like Iron Horse previously payed to use it on their bikes. I think its pretty stingy of people to be neg propping you for merely not knowing something, thats harsh. =\
  • + 1
 yeah thanks bunkey0207 and brule. I love the look of this bike. It reminds me of a santacruz. How much do these bikes run for?
  • + 1
 2000 USD, dno what that is in CAD. Its much better than a Santa Cruz IMO.
  • + 1
 and that is just a frame?
  • + 1
 yes it is Razz your probably looking at about 5000-7000 USD for a good spec, lightwieght build
  • + 1
 well then i guess Brule is a rich man!!! lol
  • + 1
 Haha lol, I'm guessing he's a 30yr old big kid with a decent job who likes to spend his hard earned cash on bikes rather than other things such as new cars etc Razz get a job and anything is possible - thats how I ended up with Fabien Barel's old bike, I'm 15 and live in a 4 person household with average income, so it cant be too difficult Razz
  • + 1
 lol. nice. i do have a job tho.
  • + 1
 get saving then!
  • + 1
 lol. i just bought a new hardtail. lol Razz
  • + 1
 hi tyler, sweet bike! im so close to building up a similar thing but a bit lighter in the wheels and fork (pro 2's on stans flow with sapim spokes and either a float or a talas 36). just wondering if you could check the head and seat angle and the bbheight when you get chance? ive only been able to demo one with a 140mm fork so would really appreciate this info. thanks!
  • + 1
 Rode one of these bad boys last summer, with a Pike 454 on the front. Great bike, so light and maneuverable, amazingly plush... the guy I rode with used to carry a spare rear shock with him, a DHX5 tuned for DH, and rode to the spot on a Float tuned for XC Smile

Granted, I didn't shred his bike, because the frame costs more than my last 3 bikes combined, but it felt really solid, even though it's carbon!
  • + 1
 Was wondering how you like the RP23 in the rear? I have a Mojo as well, but just could not get the rear to feel as plush as the front (Float 32 RLC). So i opted for a '09 DHX Air 5.0 for the rear and now it feels very plush. Anyway, just wondering how you like it as i'm sure that Vanilla up front feels smooth as butter. Great color too btw. Is this your personal bike paid with your hard cash, or a test mule?
  • + 1
 How much do you weigh? SO far the shock is proving to be the right choice. Just heading out for a ride with Karl, so should see how it is on a nice long climb and I'll pay extra attention to plushness for ya, but so far it's nice for my size.
  • + 1
 I weigh 174, about 185 with riding gear. Would love to hear how things are working out for you so far.
  • + 1
 I'm not aware of a website for geometry calculations, but it depends on fork Axle to Crown lengths. Typically you can estimate a .5 degree (1/2 degree) change in head tube angle for every 10 mm of Axle to Crown length changed.

Tyler's bike is sweet for sure and I'm sure it's built with his own requirements in mind. The shiny hi-tech orange carbon is real appealing.

For me, personally, I wanted 3 things when building my AM bike. First is Passion of the builder, handbuilt and not a generic bike from the far east; Second is Simplicity (single pivot, traditional frame construction materials, ie. aluminum); and Third is Strength with larger and larger diameter tubing, stronger gusetiing, etc. and quality materials (20 mm axle fork, DH strong but XC lightweight wheels and components). My Foes XCT-5 large is around 30 lbs with curnutt coil shock (heavy) and, like someone mentioned, Hope Pro 2/Stans Flow wheels (Alpine 3 spokes though).

Enjoy you ride Tyler! Because after all its not about the bike, it's about the ride!
  • + 5
 Tyler ... sweet bike
  • + 1
 bikes amazing. cant wait to hear how it jumps and holds up. you should really rail the crap out of it! just for all of us jumpers! those wheels will split at the seam in a short bit. but the price and weight are great....
  • + 0
 I kind of like you Tyler, but I quite don't understand you. Do you mean to say you've got yourself ridden of your Slayer SXC90 so that you can get this other one you want now? You are not choosing this bike over your Slayer-ride are you? Moreover, you said your Slayer was supposed to help you shed off some extra pounds you'd gained over Christmas as your mom was a very good cook, but now you've got yourself a bike which is even lighter. No, I mean, I'm only joking.

One of the things which really makes me wonder about this bike is the fact you have 160mm front travel in the front but it does not feel like any particular AM monster at all (well, I mean if you come from the eye of course: it is true I've never tested it). As a mater of fact, I had this idea about buying this bike myself before getting my hands on my Slayer (I've got one as well), but I was a little bit worried about carbon frames and I did not buy it in the end. I must admit your setup is quite impressive though as it comes with X0s, XTRs and that Vanilla fork: I hope you will enjoy it.
  • + 1
 That Slayer SXC 90 was from 18 months ago and we quickly learned that I was too heavy for the leverage ratio and would have to revalve the shock in order to ride the bike properly. In the Slayer article I stated that we'd find a new rider for it and Mike (Kakah) was the rider that enjoyed that bike for the test duration and reported on it. So all the Slayer references are from last year and needless to say I never fully lost the CHristmas cooking on the bikes I ended up riding last season. This is attempt number 2 at loosing the turkey and stuffing that is still on my waist.

I did the research and took a look at who was riding these bikes, where they were riding them and how I ride. The guys in ALberta in the Rockies are hammering on them in rugged terrain, the California and Oregon crews are putting them through their paces too, so I am sure that I will enjoy the AM style build, but only time will tell. (I have ordered a heavier weight spring for the fork already).
  • + 0
 this was the "other" hot bike last year with our peeps in these parts. (The other was a Giant) There's gonna be a few of these in the Alberta Rockies this coming season too I'll bet. They are versatile and the whole bike build from IBIS is good bang 4 $$ too. I can't wait to see if Ibis does a FR/DH frame sometime soon.
  • + 0
 Stay tuned Shondo.
They are currently working on a 7 inch DH rig and Lopes will race it i'm sure when they unveil it.
The just released their 19lb Hardtail(The Tranny), and a 14lb cyclocross bike(The Hakaluggi) this year, so the DH/FR rig should be next.
  • + 0
 If you think the Mojo on CC was light, check out the little number in my "Customers Bikes" gallery. 23 lbs even, and the guy puts it through 80 miles of singletrack three times a week! XTR cranks, X.0 shifting, DT Swiss fork and shock, custom DT 190s hubs on XC717 rims, and a compliment of Masterpiece and WCS components to round it all out. It feels so nice!
  • + 0
 Sorry, I mean 22.5! Mentally I had remembered it being heavier than the other Ibis we built at the shop, so that ride must have been 22 lbs! Ibis makes a sick build called the "WTF" that uses some sketchy components to achieve a 22 lbs weight mark.
  • + 0
 Nice looking build, however I'm a bit surprised at the final weight. I'm running a similar build, but with an '09 Nomad with no carbon bits on it with an adjustable post, and I'm at the same weight (29.8 lbs). I always thought a Mojo would have at least 2 lbs on my Nomad
  • + 0
 Similar but not the same, so I bet the parts make up the difference you are wondering about. PM me your spec and I call tell you where the weight differences lay. THanks.
  • + 0
 sweet looking bike! but... I would still use FOX Float fork, and fat alberts... if its is a lightweight Schwalbe Nobby Nic evo eats fat albert for a breakfast - light, weight thicker sidewalls...
  • + 0
 I've ran air forks and enjoyed them, but I really do like the feel of the 36 Van forks and will stick with it. As for the tires, I have not seen anyone around here with Nobby Nics, so maybe I'll have to be the first to try them in a few months. Thanks.
  • + 0
 I own Fat Alberts and Im not totaly satisfied with them, especialy on dry gravel which is found on trails I ride sometimes. However if going light the Nobby Nics Evo offer a thicker sidewall with a lower weight. the knbos are pretty much the same. They come with around 650g at 2,2" which i prefer as they dig a bit deeper into the stuff... They also offer nearly a double price comparing to Fats but when we speak of Mojo the price talk seem as pointless as the Ferrari owner complaining about the toys fuel consumptionSmile So I encourage thee to try Nics. Cheers!
  • + 1
 I mean i love the light weight rotating mass, but it always weighs too much when U have to push it home when the air is out after a snakebite...
  • + 1
 Actually talking about price is relevant, as the Ibis frames are amazingly cheap for what you get. A Bottlerocket frame is 26 bucks more expensive than the carbon Ibis. Although I think that may be in CAD for the Bottlerocket and USD for the Mojo. Either way, the point is they're good value ahah.
  • + 0
 Haven't you just built a (heavy) 5 inch trail bike? A TREK Fuel EX8 has very nearly the same travel and weighs 28.4lbs completely stock with a Taiwanese aluminum frame. Costs $2700 complete bike.
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 Nope I have built a bike that I like with parts that I want to ride. Yes there are bikes lighter and a lot that are WAY heavier. I have built a bike that I want to get out and ride and see how it hold up to the environment I live and ride in. Personally bikes in the low 20s still scare me and I want to have the weight in the right places. Stay tuned to see how it all holds up.
  • + 1
 come to think of it im sure there was a website where you could put the geometry of your bike in and change the fork and it would calculate the new angles. anyone got a link?
  • + 2
 That's a lot of stickers. The the dude holding the bike looks like jesse james from west coast choppers.
  • + 2
 all you need is a gravity dropper now
  • + 2
 WHile the gravity dropper is being hailed as a must have in so many riding areas, I still have trouble justifying one where I live as our XC is one long climb and then a long descent. In central California riding last year, I thought I would love to have one as our group was rocking a few of them and the rolling terrain made sense to have one. Maybe if I lived elsewhere.
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 Yeah up here in northern california its a must almost
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 its a must dlowebiker? Sorry but the majority of riding in the bay area etc (excluding tahoe) is AM riding. I rarely need my full dh rig, but for some sick twisted reason I get off on pushing my bike up redicilously long climbs. I guess its the fact I can ride 10x's faster down once i'm up there Big Grin
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 i have a AM bike. transition covert with a gravity dropper. and a dh bike and a xc bike. what are you trying to say?
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 what t3h1337r is trying to say, is he's an idiot and has no reading comprehension skill. thats why his answer makes no sense what so ever. he just wanted to say something retarded like "i guess its the fact that i can ride 10 times faster down once i get up there"
he's hardcore eh?
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 Im loving the bike, same as me. That is a bitchin fork too.
  • + 1
 dude bring that thing out to golden and pedal it, or is it just to decorate your tail gate all summer?
  • + 1
 You know I love tailgates and couches Nate! I will do my best to get out there to ride with you. Maybe you want to meet in Revy?
  • + 0
 I have been rolling on the FAT ALBERT 2.4 (UST) for 2 years everywhere in
the Alps and never got any problem. You won't regret this choice.
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 Thanks for the heads up on your success to date. So far I am really impressed with how well they roll on hard pack as that is part of my commute, and the local trails are really muddy so we're trying to let them dry out. More to report later on.
  • + 0
 you sir have excellent taste. Ibis has one of the best trail bikes in the world with the mojo I cant wait till they build a real dh bike
  • + 3
 really a beautiful bike
  • + 1
 Looking at this bike is like 'looking at a nudie picture in Playboy" for the first time. Real nice.
  • + 0
 That's a lot of stickers. Id the dude holding the bike jesse james from west coast choppers?
  • + 0
 sweet build all these new AM light bikes are making my quake seem way over the top, keeps me fit though
  • + 1
 That is just about my dream do everything bike. So jelous of him right now
  • + 1
 hah, you can hear the filmer laughing
  • + 1
 I saw a Mojo at my shop the other day. So sick!
  • + 0
 Nice bike Tyler. Glad to see you want to get out the shuttle syndrome. Head my way and we can get some laps in.
  • + 0
 Denise can't come though as this would be a slow guys ride and not a fit ladies ride Smile Ok if she waits at the top of the climbs I'll join you two.
  • + 0
 Beautiful frame, sweet design and great colour choice... I'm sure you'll have fun with this rig.
  • + 0
 it should be sweet! my mojo runs a fox 32 and weighs in just under 25lb. enjoy it
  • + 1
 I love these bikes... Though would take a santacruz nomad over it....
  • + 1
 Two very different bikes.
  • + 0
 Well props for taking the custom build route, it's certainly a lot cooler than a Fuel EX. ('cept maybe my EX8 Wink )
  • + 0
 i was thinkin the same thing^^^^ props on the custom bike. my ex 7 weighs in at 29.6 lbs but it is not as cool as the Ibis i would have to admit.
  • + 0
 I can't even explain how much I like this bike, just looking at it makes me want to ride.
  • + 0
 great bike, great article. Hope it rides as good as it looks....
  • + 0
 I think Mojos are sexy looking bikes. Great write up.
  • + 0
 that's a bike guy's bike 4 sher.
  • + 0
 Haha maybe Smile Ok you're right.
  • + 1
 super smart build choices. light but tough. gonna be ridden not just hidden. Functional art. I'm impressed.
  • + 0
 cool bike i still cant believe brian lopes went to ibis
  • + 1
 Schwalbe represent
  • + 0
 How would this frame hold up doing some light duty drops and jumps?
  • + 0
 It will handle them like any other 5.5in. travel bike out there.
The Carbon Fibre Frame is stronger than most give credit, and IF you destroy the frame(and that's a BIG if!) in a major crash, the crash replacement policy Ibis has, is lifetime for the Original Purchaser.
They'd replace it free if it's factory defect(3yrs), and it would cost you minor bucks to replace the frame part affected.
Front Triangle $450, rear is 250. if you caused the damage.
  • + 0
 Ask Lopes, he won the Crankworx Air DH on his and a few other gravity events too.
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 im waiting to hear how this frame holds up under a bigger guy like you riding it hard. i've always been a little leary of CF frames for anything other than xc. sick build though!
  • - 1
 slabhb carbon is stronger than aluminum. Check out BCD frames. Those things are gnar. Never heard of one breaking also. GT's new frame was sick and pretty damn strong, rotec's old carbon dh frame was beast also, fmf's carbon bmx race frame is sturdy. Carbon has come a long long way since the late 90's. Look how many people run carbon bars. Heck raceface used to have the carbon insert crank arms that held up fine. Fact is its proven now. Just the old first gen thermoplastic frames back in the early to mid 90's were scary. Too many companies have proven it to be very very reliable to ignore its sheer strength.
  • + 0
 Sickter - enjoy Tyler!
  • - 1
 Nice XC bike.
  • + 10
 And a much nicer looking! i bet that bike is so sweet to ride
  • + 1
 those bikes are lush, lopes uses them for 4x
  • + 0
 don't own either but didn't this bike finish ahead of Minaar's SC at the Crankworx Air DH last year?
  • + 0
 wow. fail goes to the sc fanboys.
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flag wonderworks (Apr 2, 2009 at 9:06) (Below Threshold)
 Santa cruz are much better than Ibis for sure i never said the best bikes going , Santa cruz hanve proved much more than Ibis having the world cup downhill winners on their bikes for how many years?
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 sorry but i never knew Ibis made a dh bike? your comparing forks to spoons here mate.
  • + 3
 And if you looked at the facts behind the suspension, the last 2 years have been dominated by someone who was on the same chassis that this bike is designed around, the DW Link.

Hello Iron Horse/Sam Hill?
  • + 0
 Good point man, I forgot about that one! Wink
  • + 6
 Santa Cruz are nice bikes, but the Mojo aint no wannabe SC. Ask Sam Hill about DW Link. Even Dave Turner who took the DW LInk for his lineup. I have ridden mine on anything a SC can and it has performed like a champ. I liked it so much I bought a Mojo SL for racing, while I train on my Standard Mojo. And I'd gladly take the challenge on the starting line with any SC out on the market, because I have at least three less pounds to carry, on the same amount of travel. It's about time the world noticed the best kept secret of the last three years. The Ibis Mojo
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 thats a nice bike man. i have a similar bike with a comperable built kit but mine is aluminum and weight nearly a pound more. its the pivot mach 5. you should check it out in my albums i hope you like it as much as i like mine.
  • + 0
 VPP DW link rug shmug... can U hear the Jean Wyclef singin' IT DOESN't MATTER! Single pivots are good enough, when I sell my Nomad when I get too old for riding it i buy Heckler, and I know I can do the same stuff with it or perhaps even more. But - we all love the higher technology looking toys dont we? so do I but dont compare suspension systems its pointless
  • + 1
 Haha. It's really funny how people boast about how good certain bikes on how good their riders are doing! I guess when Sam Hill wins again on Specialized , people will say again that FSR suspension is the best?
  • + 0
 I love my Single Pivot!

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