When the resurrected Ibis brand introduced its first bike, the Mojo, at the 2005 Interbike trade show, riders were instantly drawn to the combination of the marque’s heritage and the beautiful, organic curves of the frame itself. Less obvious at first glance were the structural underpinnings that made it a fantastic ride: great geometry, a well-tuned suspension, and quality carbon construction.
But what’s remarkable about the Mojo is how Ibis has continued to innovate and refine the design even as it looks so similar to those first bikes from a decade ago. Equally remarkable: The current iteration, the Mojo HD3, still looks somehow fresh and timeless, and rides even better.
Perhaps nothing on the Mojo has changed so much since its inception as the geometry. That’s partly because of a change in wheel size, from 26 to 27.5-inch wheels, and partly a reflection of the broader geometry shift in trail/enduro bikes, which are getting longer wheelbases and front ends, slacker head angles, and shorter stems.
On the HD3, the top tube on our medium scoots out 13mm, while the wheelbase grows 37mm, compared to the now-departed HDR in 27.5 livery. But despite more travel, standover height actually drops 27mm. The head angle is an enduro-friendly 66.6 degrees with a 160mm fork. The blocky Thomson X4 stem is a stubby 40mm long.
The original 26-inch Mojo had 140mm of travel. Through the years (and through various other iterations of the bike), Ibis added to that except when it introduced 27.5 versions, where travel shrunk slightly to accommodate the bigger wheels.
The HD3 fully fuses those approaches, marrying the larger wheels to more travel via the geometry changes noted above. From 130mm on the older HDR, you now get 150mm in the back, all via the same DW-Linksuspension design used by Ibis from the beginning and also found on highly regarded brands like Turner and Pivot.
ox supplies the suspension, with a Float DPS rear shock with three compression damping settings, plus low-speed compression adjustment. Tuners take note: While our tester had a standard Float DPS, the rear shocks on most complete-bike HD3s shipped now come with the DPS’s optional EVOL sleeve that increases positive air volume and makes it more sensitive to smaller forces. The spring curve on the EVOL-equipped DPS can also be adjusted with spacers. Up front, a beefy Float 36 RC2 with 160mm of travel handles things nicely. You can opt for a 150mm fork, which steepens the angles a bit and lowers handlebar height slightly.
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