2018 Ibis Mojo 3
Though for quite a few years mountain bikes have been getting much more segmented and specialized, the Ibis Mojo 3 proves that it is possible to find a bike that is as perfect for steep enduro runs as it is effective on big, long Rocky Mountain climbs.
Rear Triangle: Carbon
Suspension: DW-link version 5
Shock Option(s): Fox Float Performance DPS (stock), Fox Float DPS “Roxy Tune” for lighter riders (optional), Fox Float Factory DPS (optional +$166)
Rear Travel: 130mm
Shock SAG: 25 - 30%
Fork Travel Range: 140mm - 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 49mm
Headset Included: No
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm | English threaded
ISCG Tabs: 05
Cable Routing Brake: External
Cable Routing Shifter: Internal
Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal
Front Derailleur Mount: Direct mount
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Top pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 27.5"
Brake Mount Type: Post mount, 160mm
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 148mm BOOST
Sizes: 14.5” SM | 16.8” MD | 18.6” LG | 20.3” XL |
Colors: The New Black, Corinthian Red
Warranty: 7 years
It’s probably not far off the mark to say that what Ibis really wanted to do was create a bike with balance; to offer every DH shredder the chance to enjoy climbing again without sacrificing the types of technical, aggressive runs you like to do. To accomplish this, they have played around with the geometry, similarly to the HD3, so that there are slacker angles like a 66.8° headtube angle to get you way back for the gnarly drop-offs. But agility isn’t compromised largely because the 425mm seatstays keep the handling nice and tight. The 148mm Boost swingarm helps them get the stays so short while still allowing enough room to slap a pair of 2.8 inch Plus tires on the 27.5 inch wheels, so you’ll get the cushion and traction you love in a 29 inch wheel, but with a weight savings and increased nimbleness. And with the Boost swingarm, the rigidity is increased by 20% while gaining only a handful of grams.
Combining that with the 130mm of travel and loads of anti-squat that the dw-link with the Fox DPS shock with the EVOL sleeve offers, makes Ibis believes they’ll have you nestled right in that sweet spot for a trail bike suspension. The tuned shock offers consistent, predictable compression that feels very linear without getting stuck in the middle of the travel. Since the swingarm is Plus compatible, you will also have the choice of rolling with the 2.35 inch tires if you are in muddy terrain or are more interested in going uphill faster, but the 2.8 Plus will put big time fun into all trail shredding since you’ll feel confident and comfortable enough to be launching yourself off every ledge and rock.
For the front end, the tapered head tube and steerer tube provides the level of rigidity that an enthusiastic enduro bike needs. And for those of you who live and ride in particularly steep terrain and are still devoted to a 2x gearing option, there is a front derailleur mount to accommodate your double ring crank, though it is removable for anyone who relishes the clean lines and simplicity of the 1x setup. The clean look is maintained with a versatile internal cable routing including internal dropper routing that will help make this bike easy to set up and maintain. The threaded 68mm bottom bracket provides more evidence of the practical thought that went into the design of the entire bike since it offers ISCG-05 capability which will make it possible to mount a chainguide if you like. The carbon fiber monocoque frame and swing arm promises serious durability while helping it maintain its flickable lightweight.
Whether DH is your thing, or you are a cross country trail rider at heart, you are going to find tons of things to love about the Ibis Mojo 3. It will encourage you to discover new trails and enhance your skills and fitness.