By Josh Patterson
After five years of service the Ibis braintrust had wrung all the performance they could out of the very successful Ibis Mojo SL frame. Making the Mojo lighter required Ibis engineers to go back to the drawing board. They used different layups and molds to craft an even lighter 140mm trail bike.
While the geometry remains the same as the Mojo SL, the SL-R incorporates many new standards, namely, a tapered head tube, BB-92 bottom bracket, direct-mount front derailleur and a 12x142mm Maxle rear end. In an effort to increase stiffness the tube diameters mimic those of the burlier Mojo HD but in a much lighter package. A large Mojo SL-R frame (with a shock) reportedly weights less than 5lbs.
The bike shown here reportedly weighs 22.4lbs.
Frame with Fox Kashima-coated RP23 will retail for $2,500. Ibis build kits will range in price from $4,100 for a Shimano SLX build to $6,680 for a SRAM XX kit.
Ibis founder Scot Nicole said a long-awaited 29er version of the Mojo was also in the works, expect more details this fall.
Check out our full review of the Ibis Mojo SL-R’s big brother, the Mojo HD, in Issue #155.
For a good cause: Ibis is raffling off the first production SL-R. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds a will be donated to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Deadline for entry is April 21, 2011.