First Look: Ibis Mojo HD3

Mojo HD3-9

The Mojo HD has been a successful bike for Ibis, with multiple wins under current team rider Anne-Caroline Chausson and former team rider Brain Lopes. But with 27.5 wheels now the norm for long travel bikes—and even though the previous 26-inch model was approved for use with bigger wheels—creating a chassis designed around 27.5 is obviously a good idea.

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The new 150mm HD carries over most of the main design points from the previous bikes, with a full-carbon frame and swingarm, dw-link suspension, and distinct industrial design. The look is becoming less distinct as more and more companies adopt a similar appearance, but the original Mojo broke new ground in styling of full suspension bikes and influenced most of the industry.

Mojo HD3 Frame Blue

But this bike isn’t just about looks. The geometry is slacker, lower and longer. The longer top tubes are offset with shorter chainstays, a slacker head tube angle and a lower bottom bracket—all in line with modern 150mm trail bikes. The tweaked dw-link suspension is claimed to be as efficient as the 120mm travel Ripley 29er, with a similar frame weight (5.9lbs), but a much more capable machine on the descents.

Size   Seat Tube   Head Tube   HT length   Top Tube   Chainstay    BB   Stack   Reach   Wheelbase
14.5   74.1°/73.6°   67º/66.6°        85                 580               430       340    577       415          1131
16.5   73.1°/72.6°   67º/66.6°       105                600               430       340    595      419          1142
18.5   73.1°/72.6°   67º/66.6°       117                 620               430       340    607      434         1164
20.5   73.1°/72.6°   67º/66.6°       132                640               430       340    620      451         1185

Bucking the “one-by only” trend, the Mojo HD has a front derailleur option, with a removable mount for a clean look when running a single front ring. Internal cable routing all around, including dropper post. The routing looks well thought out, with removable “ports” to ease cable swaps. Glad to see the through-the-headtube routing go away, while in theory it might have been an interesting idea, in practice is certainly is not.

Mojo HD3 Linkage Green
Ibis has these bikes in their demo fleets starting today, and complete bikes will ship to dealers worldwide starting the first week of December. As expected, this premium product will be priced accordingly:

Frame only:

  • Frame w/Cane Creek InLine Double Barrel Air Shock: $2,960
  • Frame w/Fox Float Kashima Coat CTD Adjust Shock: $2,900

Complete Bikes:

  • XTR 2X (Available January 2015) $9,200
  • XX1 $8,700
  • XTR 1X Werx Spec $7,900
  • XTR 1X $6,500
  • XO1 Werx Spec $7,600
  • XO1 $6,200
  • XT Werx Spec $7,400
  • XT $6,000
  • Special Blend $3,950

The Werx Spec gets an Cane Creek DBInLine shock, Fox 36 and Ibis 741 Carbon wheels.

The three color choices are pictured below.

Mojo HD3-4 Mojo HD3-3 Mojo HD3-2

 

Need more info? Go to the Ibis website.

Tim Bateman mountian biking on the Captian Ahab trail, Moab, Utah. Mojo-HD3-6I0A4851