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.)
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.
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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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