NEW RIDE: Ibis Mojo HD3

For years, the Ibis Mojo HD has been setting the bar as the ultimate all-mountain machine in the eyes of many riders. It’s been atop the dream-bike list of many riders looking for a do-all machine. After the release of the chameleon-of-a-bike Ripley, it was apparent a long-travel, 27.5-inch Mojo HD would be next. We watched Anne-Caroline Chausson ride a sleek, prototype enduro machine to the top of the podium over the last few months and eagerly waited its arrival. Ibis has now updated their line with the third generation offering of their Mojo HD (shortened down to the Mojo HD3.)

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There’s now room for a water bottle cage on the top of the down tube. It won’t fit tall bottles, but any standard bottle size will work.

The Mojo HD3 is longer, lower and slacker than the previous rendition of their 27.5 inch all-mountain bike, the Mojo HDR. Its dw-link suspension has received further refinement, while the geometry has also changed to keep up with the rest of the pack. With a top tube that is 20mm longer than the HDR, along with a 67-degree head tube angle, the HD3 is following the trend of a long front center to keep the bike stable at higher speeds, through rougher terrain. While press-fit tolerances have come a long way since their inception, we’re happy to find a threaded bottom bracket on the Mojo HD3. It’s hard to make a 6″ travel, 27.5-inch frame that’s sub-6 pounds, but the Ibis crew has tackled the task with it coming in at 5.9-pounds for the frame and shock, with a matte finish, in a size large.

20141005-Ibis-215The lines of the Ibis Mojo HD have always been amongst the most elegant, but to some of us, the lines didn’t add up to a visually appealing whole. The top tube now swoops down for a shorter standover height and the down tube now sweeps down, then back to the bottom bracket area, rather than directly into it. Both open areas in the profile view of the frame have expanded into a design that expresses refinement, without being cramped.

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Internal cable routing cleans up the frame, while the lines of the top tube continue to wrap around the head tube.

Mojo-HD3-Linkage-GreenTheir first fleet of the Mojo HD3 will be shipping to distributors and retailers during the first week of December, so expect to start seeing them out on the trails before Christmas. The bikes are available in their demo fleet as of today, November 17th, so if you’re in the Santa Cruz area, stop by their offices to take one for a spin in Demo Forest! Their address is:

Ibis Cycles
2240 Delaware Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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An asymmetrical rear triangle provides strength where needed and lighter characteristics where possible. The crank arm of a SRAM XX1 crankset was physically matched up to the length of the chainstays during the design process to make sure it matched the tightest fitting crank with proper clearance.

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The longer, slack, lower design is immediately apparent in the frame geometry with an effective top tube of 620mm, 735mm (28.9-inch) standover height and a 344mm (13.5-inch) bottom bracket height. It begs to be ridden fast and railed through berms! Be sure to check out future issues of Mountain Bike Action for a more in-depth look into the new Mojo HD.

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